Rudy Tauscher has been appointed as the new general manager of Sofitel New York. He brings to his role an illustrious 20-year track record at the helm of some of the finest hotels in New York City and overseas.
Tauscher is known for his impressively high staff retention rates at the properties he has managed. “Bringing together the right personalities with the right skills is essential to delivering a luxury guest experience,” Tauscher said.
Having steered a number of hotels through openings in the New York City luxury market, Tauscher has developed a strong working knowledge of engineering and building technologies. Most recently, he participated in the conceptualization of Equinox Hotels, a lifestyle and millennial hotel brand by Related Companies that will debut in New York’s Hudson Yards neighborhood.
Tauscher’s first taste of New York came in 1995 when he served as hotel manager of the Peninsula Hotel. He then opened the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York as general manager.
In 2002, Tauscher was hired as opening general manager of the Mandarin Oriental, New York, where he was promoted to area vice president in 2008. In this role, he oversaw the opening of the Mandarin Oriental in Boston while continuing to lead the Manhattan flagship until his departure in 2012.
Tauscher’s first general manager role was in his native Germany, where he opened the Park Hotel, Pforzheim in 1991. His hospitality experience also includes positions at Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court – both in Dallas – and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. He spent three years as hotel manager of The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa.
Tauscher earned his general manager certificate at Cornell University and completed his management training at Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden and Le Bristol in Paris. He was awarded Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Food and Beverage Association of America in 2007 and General Manager of the Year by HSMAI in 2008.
Sofitel New York is a Midtown hotel with a French accent in its contemporary décor, artwork, cuisine and service. It has 398 guest rooms, including 52 suites.