Management Board

The Management Board oversees and is responsible for the smooth running of the company in terms of financial, operational, legal and business development matters, including investment and strategic initiatives, which concern the Kempinski group portfolio.

Management Board
From left to right: Marcus van der Wal, Chief Operating Officer;
Markus Semer, Chairman of the Management Board & CEO; and Colin Lubbe, Chief Financial Officer; 


Markus Semer - CEO

Markus Semer
​Chairman of the Management Board & CEO

With Kempinski since 2002

Semer has served on the Management Board since 2008, and after serving as Deputy CEO since 2014, was appointed Chairman of the Management Board and CEO in 2016. He is responsible for company strategy as well as the group’s major growth areas of portfolio and associated business growth. He also oversees Corporate Affairs, including Brand Management, Corporate Communications, Human Resources and Legal Services.

Semer studied Economics at the University of Würzburg in Germany. He 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.

Marcus van der Wal - COO

Marcus van der Wal
Chief Operating Officer

With Kempinski since 1998

Van der Wal is a highly regarded international hotelier with nearly thirty years' operational experience. He is responsible for translating group strategy into operational initiatives and performance, in order to deliver on Kempinski's brand promise. Van der Wal also oversees the group’s sales and marketing, which includes sales, digital distribution, revenue management, marketing and public relations.

Van der Wal studied French at the University of Nice, has a Hotel Management Diploma from Glion Hotel School in Switzerland, as well as an MBA from Reims Management School in France.

At Kempinski, van der Wal began his career in Munich and over the years has overseen several of the group's key properties, including Beijing, Budapest and Munich, assuming regional responsibilities. Most recently, van der Wal was SVP Europe overseeing 22 properties. Prior to joining the group, he worked in management positions at Radisson, Sheraton and Intercontinental in Austria, Brazil and Venezuela.

Colin Lubbe - CFO

Colin Lubbe
Chief Financial Officer

With Kempinski since 2009

Responsible for the Corporate and Hotel Finance Department, Lubbe is also responsible for Information Technology and Technical Services for the group. His role is to drive performance by enabling business, supporting decision-making and resources planning in the hotels Kempinski operates. He pioneered taking financial services entirely into the cloud to allow for accurate decisions around the clock from anywhere in the world. He oversees the support provided to properties which are being newly built, renovated or taken over, under technical services.

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.

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