Andreas Magnus

Andreas Magnus

05 Jul 2021

Andreas Magnus, General Manager Kempinski Palace Engelberg and Frutt Mountain Resort

Engelberg/Melchsee-Frutt, 5 July 2021 – From the vibrant Thai metropolis of Bangkok, Andreas Magnus headed for the heart of the Swiss Alps. The 38-year-old Magnus is General Manager at the new Kempinski Palace Engelberg, which opened its doors on 25 June, and at Frutt Mountain Resort, managed by Kempinski (formerly Frutt Lodge & Spa and Frutt Family Lodge). Andreas Magnus thus returns to the beginnings of his hotel career in Switzerland, where he successfully completed his Swiss Diploma in Hotel Management at the César Ritz Hotel School and his Bachelor of Business Administration at Northwood University's Hotel Institute of Montreux. The Norwegian-born hotelier, who speaks three languages in addition to German, has spent the last three years as Hotel Manager at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.

"With Andreas Magnus, we have gained a knowledgeable and innovative hotelier with international expertise for our two new hotels in Central Switzerland. He has ten years of experience in a wide variety of Kempinski hotels around the world, and his work makes it clear that he has the necessary expertise and industry knowledge for this challenging task," says Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer ad interim and Chairman of the Board of Kempinski Hotels SA. 

After completing his studies, Andreas Magnus first started in Food & Beverage as a trainee at the Lausanne Palace and the Hotel Castello del Sole Ascona and then moved to the front office at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, USA. In 2008, he moved to Russia, where he worked at the Belmond Grand Hotel in St Petersburg, first as Banquet & Conference Operations Manager before eventually being appointed Food & Beverage Manager. In 2011, he joined Kempinski Hotels in the same position at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and then as Executive Assistant Manager at Djibouti Palace Kempinski in Africa. From 2015 to 2017, he served as hotel manager at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center in the Chinese capital, Beijing, before also moving to Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok as hotel manager in charge. 

"I am very happy to return to Switzerland after all these years around the globe, to the country where my life in the hotel industry began, to which I owe a lot and where I have always felt very comfortable," Andreas Magnus said of his appointment. "Of course, it is also a great honour for me to be able to manage two such unique new luxury hotels for Kempinski as General Manager and to welcome our first hotel guests in the heart of Central Switzerland."