GENEVA—Christophe Piffaretti has joined Kempinski Hotels S.A. as chief development officer and member of the management board.
In this role, Piffaretti is responsible for the expansion of the Kempinski portfolio by focusing on the company’s footprint growth in current and new markets as well as supporting the real-estate development strategy. He also oversees technical services & design of new build and conversion hotel projects before the pre-opening phase.
He has more than 25 years of luxury hotel, real estate and development experience in international markets. He joins Kempinski Hotels from his most recent position of leading two real estate investment funds for Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he was responsible for the strategy, development, operations and performance of a portfolio of more than 150 properties in Switzerland, including several hotels as well as senior living, campus and residential properties. Previous senior roles in development include companies such as Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Residencium and La Perla International Living.
From 1998 until 2007, Piffaretti already worked for Kempinski Hotels, first in the role of VP development before being promoted to SVP development. From 2005 on, he served as managing director of Kempinski Residences S.A., where he launched and developed the company’s residential business.