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Schöpfer to step down as Bürgenstock Selection managing director

Schöpfer to step down as Bürgenstock Selection managing director

Bruno Schöpfer will step down as the managing director of the Bürgenstock Selection next month.

He will hand over leadership of the organisation to Saeid Heidari, but will remain on the administrative boards of the hotels that comprise the collection and will continue to supervise ongoing projects.

It follows a stories decade at the company, with Schöpfer overseeing the complete renovation of Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & The Spa, Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa Lausanne and Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne.

The Bürgenstock Selection has become the largest operator of luxury hotels in Switzerland and has set new standards both at home and abroad.

The Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & The Spa reopened in 2011 following a complete renovation.


Four years later, Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa Lausanne greeted its first guests after the historic hotel, including its gardens, were completely renovated and expanded with a garden wing, spacious banquet halls and a spa.

“With the grand opening of the Bürgenstock Resort in September, I was able to successfully conclude an intense and exciting chapter of my life.

“It would not have been possible to develop the Bürgenstock Selection without our important investor, my dedicated team and the support of my family – they all have my sincere gratitude.

“With Saeid Heidari, we have been able to appoint an international hotel expert who is intimately acquainted with the Bürgenstock Selection and the local customs and traditions,” Schöpfer said.

The final project, the development of the new Bürgenstock Resort, stands for Schöpfer’s unparalleled dedication and commitment.

The property is considered the World’s Leading New Hotel by World Travel Awards.

Heidari grew up in Germany as the son of Iranian parents, going on to study chemistry and law.

A German citizen, he has more than 30 years’ experience with Marriott International.

As cluster general manager, he was most recently responsible for the activities of the hotel giant in Qatar.