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Introducing the Kempinski Alumni Association

Geneva/Berlin, March 8, 2017 – Networking, sharing, facilitating and bringing together current and former employees in an organised network: this is the mandate of the new Kempinski Alumni Association. The group was founded by a team of existing and ex-Kempinski employees with assistance from Kempinski Hotels.

The founding team – from left to right: Holger Schroth, GM Emirates Palace; Cinzia Schena, Head of CEO office; Gianni von Daalen, former President Europe; Heidi Niedermeier, former CFO; Ute Kayser, former Executive Assistant to the CEO; Katherine De Fontaine, former Vice President Training; Kai Schukowski, GM Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square Vilnius; Rene Schmitt, former President China.

The independent network aims to cement relationships between the member alumni, both on professional and private levels. It also serves as a platform to develop and exchange information and ideas. Kempinski Alumni is a place to share career advice and insider tips about destinations where the members may travel or relocate.
Another interesting perk of the Kempinski Alumni community is early access to interesting job openings as well as special offers from members and partners. Former Kempinski employees who are interested in joining can get more information by sending an email to or by consulting the group on LinkedIn.

“Alumni networks are fairly established in some industries, but not so in the hotel sector”, says Markus Semer, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “Kempinski employees share a common passion for hospitality and for the brand”, Semer observes. “We embrace our responsibility for active and former employees. This is why we chose to play an important role in initiating and supporting the Kempinski Alumni Association.”

“Kempinski is a very emotional brand”, adds Katherine De Fontaine, one of the Founding Members of the Kempinski Alumni and former Vice President Training at Kempinski. “Kempinski employees are unique. The sense of belonging amongst them is almost family like and having an alumni community is a logical consequence of this culture. With the support of Kempinski Hotels we have been able to bring to life an independent platform for former and existing employees. Now, we are looking forward to welcoming many members from around the world and building a very special network together.”

About Kempinski Hotels:
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 almost 75 five-star hotels and residences 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 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.

For further media information:
Kerstin Heinen • Director Corporate Communications • Kempinski Hotels
c/o Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Unter den Linden 77 • 10117 Berlin • Germany
Tel +49 30 2261-1942 • Fax +49 30 2261-1061

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