BANGKOK, 6 December 2023: Centara Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel operator headquartered in Thailand, has strengthened its executive management team with the appointment of Michael Henssler as its new chief operating officer.

He will oversee the expansion of the company’s diverse global portfolio and support the creation of exceptional guest journeys by blending innovation with Centara’s timeless Thai hospitality.

A hotel industry expert with almost 30 years of experience, Henssler has held senior leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East, and China. A prestigious École Hôtelière de Lausanne graduate, he has enjoyed a stellar career, mainly with Kempinski, the leading European luxury hotel group. Most recently, he was Kempinski’s chief operating officer – Asia.

As chief operating officer of Centara, Henssler will oversee the company’s commercial, operations, and development divisions. Working alongside the senior executive team, he will add considerable value to the business, helping Centara to double its total portfolio and achieve its five-year goal of becoming a top 100 global hotel operator by 2027. He will strive to deliver new hotel management contracts in dynamic destinations and exciting new international markets through Centara’s collection of six brands and new sectors, including branded residences and wellness retreats.

“Centara is an outstanding company with a proud history and a bright future. It has a balanced portfolio of six distinct hotel brands, all of which have significant potential for growth. Coming from a large family, I deeply admire Centara’s commitment to family values and heartfelt Thai hospitality. I look forward to helping the group extend its warm welcome to even more guests around the world,” commented Henssler.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Centara family. With such an impressive career – including extensive experience in key markets such as China and the Middle East – and a proven track record of achieving exceptional results, he is the perfect person to help our company reach our goal of becoming a top 100 global hotel group,” said Centara Hotels & Resorts chief executive officer Thirayuth Chirathivat.

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