Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin Appoints New Managing Director

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin has appointed Karina Ansos as its new managing director starting mid-October. Ansos has become the first woman ever to head the historic hotel at the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital. After three successful years, the previous director, Michael Sorgenfrey, is handing over the reins to his successor before taking a sabbatical. A return to one of the properties of the Kempinski Hotels’ global portfolio at a later date is not excluded.

“As an experienced hotelier, Karina Ansos instills professional, comprehensive know-how and offers an excellent track record in delivering luxury to our guests. She has impressively demonstrated this over the past seven years as general manager at Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch,” said Timur Sentuerk, CEO, Europe, Middle East and Africa and member of the management board Kempinski Hotels S.A. “With little interruption, Karina has been successfully working in our company for a total of 23 years and lives the Kempinski DNA through and through.”

French-born Ansos started her hospitality career as director convention sales at then Kempinski Hotel Atlantic Hamburg, and at Kempinski Hotel Elephant Weimar. Later she served as the director of sales and marketing at Tigerpalast Variété Frankfurt and as F&B director at the catering and convention company Fachwerk 319, before returning to Kempinski Hotels, where she worked her way up to executive assistant manager at Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt. In 2009, she moved to China, first as executive assistant manager at the 486-key Kempinski Hotel Suzhou. Later, she was appointed general manager at THE ONE Executive Suites managed by Kempinski in Shanghai, where she was responsible for the pre-opening phase and opening, and subsequently managed the 244-suite hotel for three years.

“It is a great honour for me to take over the management of this iconic hotel, and I look forward to continuing the Adlon story together with the team,” said Ansos.

Sentuerk added: “We thank Michael Sorgenfrey for his extremely professional work and high-level expertise. As a first-class leader, he has managed to steer our flagship Adlon and the entire hotel team through the difficult pandemic period with confidence. His time at the hotel was rounded off with a first-class 25th anniversary celebration of the Adlon last week.”

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