SINGAPORE – One of Asia’s best credentialed hoteliers, Hans R. Jenni, has retired as president and director of GHM.
The group’s current CEO, Tommy Lai, will assume responsibility for GHM’s day-to-day operations and management.
Mr Jenni co-founded GHM with Amanresorts group founder Adrian Zecha in 1992 with a vision to lead the management group down a succession of roads less travelled to little-known destinations.
What followed were luxury properties Datai in Langkawi, The Legian in Bali, The Nam Hai in Hoi An, and the Chedi brand in Muscat, Andermatt and most recently in Sharjah, UAE.
“Hans Jenni was never interested in doing anything easy and was never infected by the complacency that sometimes comes with success,” said Mr Lai.
“He remade the wheel with each new project, which was oftentimes a necessity because many of the places he wanted to go required a whole new means of getting there.”
Prior to the launch of GHM, Mr Jenni – a Swiss national – honed his skill-set in hotel management at the Peninsula Hotels, Shangri-La International and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Swiss-Belhotel Management Ltd., where he led the company as president.
“It's been an exciting and rewarding journey, and I have loved every minute of it. I had the pleasure to create and operate some of the finest properties in the world and work with some of the very best architects, designers and hoteliers of our time,” said Mr Jenni.
“I very much hope that GHM will continue to be remembered as one of the most innovative and influential hotel groups.”
Mr Jenni will continue to be based in Asia and plans to divide his time between Singapore and Manila.