Martin R. Smura takes top position at Kempinski

by | Jun 27, 2019 | Chains

New man at the top of Kempinski: Martin R. Smura

Martin R. Smura has been named CEO of Kempinski, Germany’s oldest luxury hotel group

Kempinski has a new CEO. Martin R. Smura will start his new role in Kempinski’s top job on July 1st.

We find out more about this important appointment and what Smura’s responsibilities will be.

Kempinski appoints new CEO

As of July 1st, Martin R. Smura will lead the way forward for Kempinski, a German hotel group whose name is synonymous with luxury, style and sophistication.

Smura has been appointed CEO of the Kempinski Group, which runs Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. He will now oversee the group’s 77 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries around the world.

At 50, Smura is relatively young to be taking on such a role, but he brings decades of management experience to the position, having previously held the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of the Dorint Hotel Group prior to being appointed CEO of Kempinski.

Martin R. Smura’s growth in the hospitality industry

Smura brings an international resume to his new job. Educated in the US, he attended Cornell University, New York and California State University Hayward in San Francisco, where he obtained an MBA.

Smura spent 15 years with IHG and became its regional general manager at the impressive age of 28.

Well wishes from the board

His Excellency Abdulla H. Saif, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Kempinski AG, spoke of the appointment, saying, “We are confident that Martin R. Smura with his outstanding leadership will continue to uphold the grand hotel tradition and quality at Kempinski. In particular, his leadership skills, strategic vision regarding the brand’s further expansion, his excellent network and long-standing bonds of trust, also with our partners, will strengthen the group’s position for the future.”

At the same time, the board thanked Markus Semer for his involvement and dedication towards the Kempinski Group over the last 16 years.

He had served as CEO over the last three years and successfully repositioned Kempinski and succeeded in making the company profitable by setting a financially sound strategy with an achieved sustainable net portfolio growth.

“Kempinski, which is celebrating its 122nd anniversary this year, has never been stronger and more competitive as an independent international hotel luxury brand, and we owe Markus Semer and the team our appreciation for this remarkable achievement. We wish him all the best in his new professional assignment as of January next year,” His Excellency Abdulla H. Saif concluded.

Let’s have a look at more upcoming Kempinski hotels.

Cabrits Resort Kempinski, Dominica

Kempinski Residences Guangzhou

Kempinski Hotel Almaty


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Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe's oldest luxury hotel group.


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