Schukowski, the winner of Hotelier Middle East’s Hotel Manager / EAM of the Year 2015 award for his successful leadership at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, will move to the next level with a promotion to General Manager.
In his new role, he will continue overseeing the entire operation in line with the owner’s expectations at Kempinski Hotel Ajman while upholding and delivering a high level of European luxury standards together with his fresh, innovative approach.
Commenting on the well-deserved step, Schukowski said, “I am absolutely thrilled about the new challenges ahead and very confident that with our passionate, young and driven team, we will continue to rejuvenate the hotel and build on the success of 2015. Also, I am deeply grateful to Kempinski and our owners for giving me such a unique opportunity to prove myself and lead a five-star hotel at such young age, which motivates me even more to prove them right.”
The German national joined Kempinski’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland in 2009, where he was involved in the strategic planning of the brand and reported directly to the company’s COO. During his two years in this position, he proved his talent and potential and was given the opportunity to become the regional operations manager in charge of all Kempinski hotels in China. In the summer of 2013 at the young age of 26, Schukowski was appointed as Hotel Manager at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, the first Kempinski property in the region of India, the Middle East and Africa. In November 2014, Schukowski took on the responsibility of acting General Manager due to the resignation of the regional president who was the General Manager for 17 years. Schukowski has proven to be the right person to bring a youthful flair and fresh approach to the property, being the youngest General Manager in the history of the Kempinski brand.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 78 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski, while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.