Steigenberger Hotels AG announces management changes
Wilhelm Bender has been elected chairman of the supervisory board and Oliver Bonke will be the new group CEO.
This announcement follows the recent resignation of André Witschi as Chairman and the announcement of Marcus Bernhardt’s departure from the company.
Under new management, Steigenberger Hotels AG now aims to take off and realize the full potential of the Deutsche Hospitality brands after a difficult period in the market.
Jihong He, CEO of International Affairs of Huazhu Group, said, “I am delighted to welcome Wilhelm Bender, an internationally renowned director and member of the supervisory board. His experience in managing complex transformation processes will be essential as we recover from a difficult time in the market. »
“I would like to thank André Witschi and Marcus Bernhardt for their work and wish them the best for their future projects”, she added.
The newly elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wilhelm Bender, was Chairman of the Management Board of Fraport AG for 17 years. Since then, he has been active on several supervisory boards and corporate advisory boards.
Bender commented: “Since my childhood in Frankfurt I have known Steigenberger and have been close to the company throughout my career. I feel privileged to be Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG from today.
“Mutual trust and respect will be my guiding principles as we embark on our joint mission with owner Huazhu Group, the management board and the entire supervisory board.”
The company’s new CEO, Oliver Bonke, brings with him over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He previously served as CEO in the Middle East, Europe, India, Americas and Hong Kong-based President and COO for Shangri-La Group.
Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer of Loews Hotels & Co., Chief Commercial Officer of InterContinental Hotels Group in North and South America and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing EMEA, and before that Asia Pacific, of Starwood Hotels. and Resorts.
“Oliver Bonke is a leading expert in the global hospitality industry,” said Jihong He. “He has proven his ability to build and develop business on three continents. I got to know Oliver as an inspirational leader who constantly drives innovation on all fronts, and I’m sure he will make our brands shine.
Bonke commented: “Today, Deutsche Hospitality is a relevant and respected player in the market. It will be an honor to work with Huazhu and the global team to realize the full potential of this remarkable company and its brands.