Due to the unexpected and sad death of Mr. Hans C. Sebesta, the Baltschugs enigmatic General Manager, Mr. van Daalens transfer to the Russian metropolis will occur within the next few weeks. Mr. van Daalens replacement at the Adlon will be announced shortly.
The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski in Moscow is a key anchor in the Kempinski network. Thus, it is no surprise that the Kempinski Board of Directors elected van Daalen to fulfill this prestigious position. Van Daalens know-how, his longstanding experience in the international hotel industry, and his professionalism ensure a successful continuation of the development of the hotel in the Russian capital city and the strong reputation of the Kempinski name in Russia.
Van Daalen was elected General Manager of Hotel Adlon Kempinski in 1996. Under his successful direction, the Adlon celebrated its reopening in 1997 and was completed in the following years with innovations, reconstructions and expansions for example, the Adlon Palais and the Adlon Expansion. With its exceptional quality, unparalleled individual service and profitability, the new Adlon soon followed in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor and once again gained a leading position in the international luxury hotel market. Furthermore, Gianni van Daalen oversaw the development and opening, in 2003, of the Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea.
During his time as General Manager of the Adlon, van Daalen has received numerous national and international awards for his achievements, including Hotel Manager of the Year 2002 by the European Hotel Managers Association. His commitment to the city of Berlin is reflected by his honorary activities as President of the Berlin Hotel and Restaurant Association (HOGA), as Member of the Board of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce (IHK) and as President of the Berlin Round Table of Tourism. His wife, Marylea van Daalen will accompany him to Moscow and will continue pursuing her cultural activities.