Industry Update
Appointment 5 December 2011

Niklaus J. Leuenberger

Named Managing Director
At The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

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Niklaus J. LeuenbergerNiklaus J. Leuenberger, a Swiss hotelier originally from the canton of Bern, has been appointed Managing Director of The Alpina Gstaad, the first five-star hotel to be built in the Alpine village in 100 years. He brings more than three decades of experience with luxury hotels in Asia, the United States and the Middle East. Prior to joining The Alpina Gstaad, Mr. Leuenberger was Chief Operating Officer for Resorts Development Company, a subsidiary of the Alfardam Group in Dubai, overseeing the development of the $800 million St. Regis Hotel and Residential complex in Doha. He spent 27 years in management roles with The Peninsula Hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines, before transferring to the New York flagship in 1992. Under his leadership, the New York hotel completed a comprehensive renovation in just 10 months and was recognized as having the highest employee satisfaction among all Peninsula Hotels. With this success under his belt, he was promoted to Regional General Manager and charged with overseeing all aspects of the development and construction of The Peninsula Chicago.