President and Chief Executive Officer
With Kempinski since 1995
Wittwer is regarded as an inspiration to many, and as a motivational and generous leader, the grand ambassador of the Kempinski collection. Under his leadership, Kempinski has become one of the most prestigious names in the hospitality industry. Wittwer previously held the position of President and CEO of Ciga S.p.A. and prior to that, he was President and CEO of Swissair Nestlé Swissôtel Ltd. Wittwer has worked for Le Méridien, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, The Mandarin Hotel Group, The Peninsula Hotels group and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Wittwer is a graduate of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. With over 30 years’ experience in international luxury hospitality, Wittwer has received many honours for his contribution to the Hotel and Tourism industry.
Chief Operating Officer
With Kempinski since 2002
O’Rourke was one of the industry’s youngest COOs when appointed to this position from within the group. His main responsibility is consolidating Kempinski’s expansion and ensuring the group delivers on its brand promise through operational excellence, through his own extensive international experience. O’Rourke was educated at the prestigious Cesar Ritz hotel school in Switzerland and holds a European Executive MBA from Reims Management School. Over two decades before beginning his career at Kempinski, O’Rourke has worked for premium brands such as Rosewood and Marco Polo in Washington, Moscow and Saudi Arabia, before joining Mövenpick as Director of Operations for their Gastronomy division in Switzerland.
Chief Financial Officer
With Kempinski since 2009
Responsible for the Corporate and Hotel Finance Department, Lubbe is also responsible for Real Estate Investments and Information Technology for the group, leading the implementation of effective business strategies in a multi-national environment. Before joining Kempinski, Lubbe was the Vice President Financial Shared Services for Hyatt Corporation in Chicago. During his 27 years of experience in international hospitality, he has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, the United States as well as South Africa, and has opened 26 hotels in his career so far.
Chief Group Development & Corporate Affairs Officer
With Kempinski since 2002
Semer leads the group’s major growth areas of hotel and new business concept development, ensuring Kempinski’s portfolio expands according to the group’s strategic plan. He also oversees Corporate Affairs, including Legal, Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications and People Services as well as Kempinski’s Associated Businesses. Semer studied Economics at the University of Würzburg in Germany. Prior to joining Kempinski, Semer worked with Commerzbank AG in Corporate Banking. He also holds an MBA from the prestigious HEC/ Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. A classical music enthusiast, Semer is a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Beethoven-Haus Bonn.