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Christian Westbeld Appointed General Manager Of Raffles Singapore

September 5, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Raffles Hotel Singapore is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Westbeld as its General Manager, effective from 1 October 2017.

Christian brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning Germany, Bangkok, Manila, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing and more. His journey as a hotelier started at the front office of one of the top hotels in Germany and saw him rise through the ranks in Food & Beverage operations across the globe from The Peninsula in Manila to The Fairmont in Dubai and subsequently, being part of the pre-opening team in Raffles Dubai.

Christian is no stranger to Raffles Hotel Singapore, having served as its Executive Assistant Manager from July 2009 to February 2011 before moving on to Raffles Beijing as Resident Manager. He returned to Raffles Hotel Singapore in June 2013 as Hotel Manager until August 2015, where he continued to deliver outstanding results. Most recently, Christian was based in Macau with MGM China Ltd, where he led the Hospitality Operation at MGM Macao and was part of the pre-opening team for MGM Cotai. In his new role as General Manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore, Christian will oversee the hotel through its careful and sensitive restoration and into its highly anticipated grand reopening in the middle of 2018.

Jeannette Ho, Vice President of Raffles Brand and Strategic Relationship, Accor Luxury Division, said, “We warmly welcome Christian back to the Raffles family. Christian is the consummate hotelier and in the course of his various assignments, has gained a comprehensive perspective on the intricacies of helming luxury hotels. We look forward to Christian bringing his own inimitable style and extensive market knowledge to successfully lead Raffles Hotel Singapore, our flagship property, into another grand chapter.”

Garth Simmons, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore, AccorHotels, said, “Christian is an invaluable addition to our operational leadership team in Singapore. His return to Raffles Hotel Singapore is poised to ensure that this iconic hotel continues to be a heritage lifestyle destination when it reopens in mid-2018 to Singapore and the world.”

Christian graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maine at Augusta, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, International Management. He also holds a Diplom-Kaufmann FH from the University of Applied Studies and Research Wernigerode in International Business Studies, Economics.

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