Deutsche Hospitality names new chief development officer

by | 10 May 2022 | Chains

Marie-Noële Schwartzmann & Claus-Dieter Jandel (Imagery: Deutsche Hospitality)

Marie-Noële Schwartzmann has been appointed chief development officer for the global hospitality company.

Schwartzmann succeeds Claus-Dieter Jandel who made the decision to retire after more than 40 years with the company.

Looking ahead

Effective May 1, Marie-Noële Schwartzmann has taken on this development leadership role after most recently serving as vice president of international operations for the Louvre Hotels Group. 

“We are looking forward to Marie-Noële’s extensive know-how, her international experience and her passion for our industry,” said Oliver Bonke, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality.

“In her previous roles, she has successfully created high-value, owner-facing platforms and systems beyond classic development boundaries. Her work will be essential for our ambition to grow and position Deutsche Hospitality and our brands as a high performance partner in all markets where we conduct business.”

Schwartzmann commented: “Deutsche Hospitality is an international hotel group with high potential and fabulous portfolio of brands to capitalise. I am thrilled to join the team and help boost Deutsche Hospitality into the next era.”

Schwartzmann earned a master’s degree in finance, management, strategy and marketing at the University Paris Dauphine and in 2020 she graduated with honours in strategic management of innovation and service from ESSEC Business School.

A lasting influence

Former chief development officer Claus-Dieter Jandel first joined Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt in 1975 after graduating from the Steigenberger Academy. From that time he went on to serve in leadership roles across operations, human resources and strategy. 

Jandel served as chief development officer of the company for 12 years, making an impact with contributions including being a driver behind the acquisition of Zleep Hotels A/S.

“On behalf of the entire leadership team, I would like to sincerely thank Claus-Dieter for his leadership and dedication through the decades,” said Bonke.

“His career is evidence how immensely successful careers can be built in our industry by embracing new challenges, building relationships and driving results in an ever-changing environment. I wish Claus-Dieter all the best, and I am sure that we will continue to have a regular exchange about the future of our industry.”

Jandel added: “In a professional career of 50 years, I have had the chance to work with a fantastic hotel family. I have shaped the business, implemented plans and have put forward new ideas. I proudly look back at the great time I enjoyed very much, and I am excited to closely follow the further development of Deutsche Hospitality.”

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The unique and varied Deutsche Hospitality portfolio includes the Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotels brands. Deutsche Hospitality was acquired by Chinese hotel operator and franchisor Huazhu Group in January 2020.

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