Martin R. Smura will be taking the helm as CEO of the Kempinski Group—Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group—on July 1. Smura brings vast anagement experience and expertise from top international hotel companies across five continents; his most recent remit was that of executive chairman of the board of the Dorint Hotel Group.
Smura completed his studies at Cornell University, New York and California State University Hayward in San Francisco, where he finished his MBA studies.
Important steps in the career of the designated CEO include a seat on the board of Azimut Hotels, Russia’s largest hotel group, and the chairmanship of the board of directors of Adlon Holding. His also spent 15 years with Intercontinental Hotels Group, serving as director operations in East and Western Europe. With InterContinental, he became the brand’s youngest Regional general manager at 30.
Smura will be replacing Markus Semer, who has spent 16 years with Kempinski, including the last three as CEO.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels now comprises a portfolio of 77 hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.