Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has announced the appointment of Alexander Pichel as general manager.
Pichel has transferred to Bangkok from the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta in Indonesia where he had worked as general manager since 2015.
A German national, he is a hospitality industry veteran who brings 30 years of experience to the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.
Pichel began his career in the hospitality industry in 1988, working as a bellboy at the Bristol Hotel Kempinski Berlin before moving to the reservations department at the Hyatt Carlton Tower in London.
In 1994, he moved to Argentina where he worked at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
He returned to the Hyatt Carlton Tower in London where he held a series of management positions before moving to Germany in 2000 to become director of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Mainz.
In 2003, he became the hotel’s deputy general manager.
The following year, Pichel was appointed as resident manager at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.
His first general manager position was at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan at the age of 34 years.
He then moved to Hotel Astoria and Hotel Angleterre – The Rocco Forte Collection in St. Petersburg, Russia as general manager and general director of the owning company.
His next appointment was as managing director for a number of Rosewood hotels in the Middle East.
In 2015, Pichel joined the Kempinski Group as general manager of the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta – his first appointment in Asia.