Schukowski is due to leave Kempinski Hotel Ajman at the end of this month and he is taking up a new position as General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, located in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.
Commenting on the recent decision, Schukowski said: “It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience to spearhead Kempinski Hotel Ajman for the past three-and-a-half years and I am forever thankful for the support and achievements along with our hoteliers.
Having been transitioned from Hotel Manager to my first general manager position, I have found it to be a challenging but incredibly rewarding time, as together with the team, we have managed to successfully reposition and “turn the hotel around”, becoming the “top of mind” talk of the town, as the preferred getaway destination in the UAE.
We have built an award-winning team around us, which I am very proud of, and I am confident that the legacy of Kempinski Hotel Ajman will continue moving forward. The Middle East will always have a special place in my heart, and I will surely return here in the future.
I am equally excited about and very much looking forward to the new challenges within the company, as I take up my next GM position in Europe. Running the leading hotel in the Baltic countries, which is stacked with celebrities and heads of state, will be an entirely new experience, considering as well the fact that it will be my first city hotel to work for. In order to further enhance my career and continue the global movement, Europe is currently the logical consequence following the experience from Asia and the Middle East. I want to continue the global movement.”
Following Schukowski’s graduation from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, in 2009 he took a position as the corporate operations performance analyst at Kempinski’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland, 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 this role, he worked on the development planning of the brand NUO (the first Chinese luxury brand) and was also responsible for the regional strategy for Kempinski and its operational implementation and quality standards validation.
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. In light of his great achievements, in October 2015, after a long judging process, Schukowski won the Hotel Manager/EAM of the Year award at the Hotelier Middle East Awards, and in January 2016 was promoted to the position of General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Ajman.
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.
About Kempinski Hotel Ajman:
Situated 25 km from Dubai International Airport, Kempinski Hotel Ajman is an ideal luxury destination, which features a private 500 m white sandy beach, set in a serene vicinity. The 182 splendid rooms, each with its own private balcony, offer mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel’s 12 food and beverage outlets provide an excellent selection of cafés, bars and restaurants, offering something for every palate, ranging from gourmet Italian to authentic Indian cuisines. The hotel is also equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness centre and two spas for a revivifying experience. Activities ranging from jet-skiing, scuba diving and windsurfing to even fishing are catered for. Collectively, Kempinski Hotel Ajman promises a tranquil setting, where European luxury meets Arabic culture, providing a memorable experience.
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 comprises a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 30 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 includes historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one imbues 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 hotels.