Industry Update
Appointment30 September 2020

Cristiano Rinaldi

Appointed Chief Operating Officer
At Capella Hotel Group

Cristiano Rinaldi

Capella Hotel Group has appointed Cristiano Rinaldi as Chief Operating Officer. Armed with an impressive resume incorporating some of the world's most sought-after luxury hospitality brands, Cristiano joins the group at an exciting time as Capella pursues international expansion plans.

Prior to joining Capella Hotel Group, Cristiano was based in Tokyo. He spent the last four years as General Manager leading the pre-opening activities for The Bangkok EDITION as well as The Tokyo EDITION Ginza and Toranomon. He has also held the position of Vice President, Operations for One & Only Resorts in Dubai, where he oversaw the performance of the nine resorts within the group's portfolio, as well as leading plans for future expansion. Cristiano began his career with Hilton and was employed in several Food and Beverage management roles across London and Dubai. In 2001, Cristiano joined the Ritz-Carlton Doha as part of the pre-opening team. Following this, he had the opportunity to join Bulgari Hotels & Resorts in various senior leadership assignments across Milan and Tokyo, including supporting the opening of the Bulgari Hotel in Bali. He then went on to successfully open The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong as Hotel Manager. In 2012, Cristiano was recognised for his valuable contributions with a promotion to Area Director of Operations for Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari and EDITION hotels. Throughout his career, Cristiano has opened more than 35 luxury hotels across the globe.

Capella Hotel Group

The Capella Hotels and Resorts collection consists of properties in Singapore, Bangkok, Ubud, Shanghai, Sanya, and Düsseldorf. Joining the portfolio later this year is Capella Hanoi, designed by world-renowned architect Bill Bensley.
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