Here's a name to remember when heading to Russia: Corinthia Hotels has appointed international hotelier Jesper Bo Henriksen as the General Manager of Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg.
Moving from the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow (one of Stalin’s legendary ‘Seven Sisters’ skyscrapers) to his new address in the nineteenth-century building on Nevsky Prospect, Henriksen joins Corinthia St. Petersburg with 34 years’ hotel experience in nine different cities worldwide. He has been a general manager for 12 of those years, and will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the hotel.
Henriksen started in the industry as a bellboy in his native Denmark in the 1980s. During his time as General Manager at the Radisson Royal Hotel, he reconstructed the entire Talent Development department. “The new system's goal is to help identify employee talents among the hotel's 1,000-plus employees and put poorly placed staff members into new roles,” he explained.
During his 30-year employment in the hospitality industry, Henriksen has gained experience worldwide, having worked in France, the United Arab Emirates and his native Denmark before becoming a general manager for the first time in 2002. Since then, he was been appointed as a general manager six times, working in cities including Brussels, Paris, Johannesburg and Moscow.