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Published on : Thursday, July 28, 2016
Christian Clerc has been appointed President, Hotel Operations – Americas
Simon Casson has been promoted to President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa
Rainer Stampfer has been promoted to President, Hotel Operations – Asia Pacific
Each will focus on key initiatives across their respective regions, strengthening the company’s position as a RevPAR leader and ensuring that both existing and new properties are the best representation of Four Seasons in every market where the company operates.
“Christian, Simon and Rainer are exceptional leaders, accomplished hotel operators and committed to the culture and values that define Four Seasons,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
“These appointments demonstrate the deep bench strength of leadership experience we have across the organisation,” continues Smith. “We are proud to be able to promote from within as we develop the next generation of operations leadership at Four Seasons. Having the right leaders in place ensures that we continue to operate the very best luxury hotels, resorts and private residences in the world.”
Christian Clerc will assume the role of President of Hotel Operations – Americas, succeeding Chris Hart, who is leaving Four Seasons after a 32-year career with the company.
Clerc moves into his new role after spending two years based in Dubai as President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa. During this time Four Seasons opened several new properties across Europe and Africa including those in Johannesburg, Casablanca, Moscow and Cap-Ferrat, France, and continued to strengthen its presence in the Middle East with key openings in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Born and educated in Switzerland and a graduate of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Clerc has enjoyed an exemplary 16-year career with Four Seasons. In 2003 he received his first General Manager (GM) assignment in Punta Mita, Mexico and was quickly promoted to Regional Vice President (RVP). Clerc continued his Four Seasons journey with senior operational roles in Chicago and Washington, DC before assuming the role of GM of the iconic Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris in 2013, while also overseeing properties in Europe and Africa in his capacity as RVP. He was promoted to President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2014.
In his new role Clerc will oversee operations for the company’s largest region, which will soon see new properties opening in New York (Downtown), Anguilla and Surfside, Florida. Other upcoming developments in the region include recently announced luxury resorts in Los Cabos and Napa Valley and a property in São Paulo, which will mark the company’s highly anticipated entry into Brazil.