Starwood Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce that Mr. Wolf-Alvaro Rautenberg has been appointed as the General Manager of The Grand Mansion, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing.
A seasoned hospitality veteran with decades of experience and special expertise with opening new, luxury hotels, Mr. Rautenberg is uniquely suited to open this distinctive new property in 2015.
A native of Germany born in Brazil and fluent in several languages, Mr. Rautenberg brings an extensive and distinguished resume with comprehensive experience of opening new luxury properties. For the past decade, Mr. Rautenberg has held a variety of positions of progressive responsibility at luxury hotels in China. Just prior to The Grand Mansion, Mr. Rautenberg served as General Manager of The Westin Hotel Wuhan and, prior to that, The Westin Hotel Fuzhou.
Before joining the Starwood family of hotels and resorts, Mr. Rautenberg served on the management teams for several Kempinski Hotels in China where he held positions of increasing responsibility and managed teams with hundreds of members. He served as General Manager for the Kempinski Hotels in Suzhou and Shenyang; both five-star hotels with gourmet restaurants and conference facilities. He served as the Executive Assistant Manager at Kempinski Hotels in Sanya and Shenyang and, prior to that, the Director of Food and Beverage for the Kempinski Hotel Beijing.
His achievements at Kempinski included the General Manager’s Finance Award for achieving the highest percentage increase for all Kempinksi Hotels worldwide; the Sales Award for best performance; the General Managers award for highest employee satisfaction; and Manager of the Year.
Before arriving in China, Mr. Rautenberg was the Director of Food and Beverage and the Kempinski Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia where he managed a team of nearly 400 members. At the Swissotel in Chicago, Mr. Rautenberg managed food and beverage and banquets for the popular 661-room hotel with restaurants and meeting facilities. Mr. Rautenberg launched his hospitality career in his native Germany at the prestigious Maritim Hotels. A trained chef, he started out in the kitchens where he worked his way up to Food and Beverage Director.
When he is not working, he enjoys landscape and Macro photography, experimenting and enhancing his culinary skills and uses his free time to explore the historic and ancient places a city has to offer.