Kempinski Group's new Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Bernold Schroeder.

The Board of Directors at luxury European property group, Kempinski Hotels, has voted to install Bernold Schroeder as the company’s permanent Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board.

Schroeder has been acting in the role since December 2020 following the abrupt departure of former CEO, Martin Smura, with the company remaining tight-lipped on the circumstances behind Smura’s leaving.

Now permanent in his new role, Schroeder will continue to drive the company’s strategic agenda and growth objectives to ensure continued success, manage relationships with hotel owners and add value for shareholders.

Schroeder joined Kempinski Hotels in 2017 after successful stints with Pan Pacific Hotels in Singapore, Jin Jiang International in Shanghai and Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, part of the Accor Group. He brings over three decades in the hotel industry to his new role along with an acute sense of managing stakeholder relationships in the luxury hotel sphere.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.

“Bernold Schroeder has demonstrated his leadership qualities by successfully steering our company through a global pandemic and setting it on a course of sustained long-term growth and profitability as international travel resumes,” said Kempinski AG Chairman of the Supervisory Board, His Excellency Abdulla H. Saif.

“Bernold is deeply dedicated to the art of carefully crafted guest experiences and firmly committed to our company’s heritage and values.”

Schroeder said he was delighted to be continuing to work with the company’s distinguished owners and the wider Kempinski team.

“Together with my colleagues on the Management Board and our employees, I want to further enhance the delivery of Kempinski’s brand promise to guests, property owners and shareholders in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable manner,” Schroeder said.