Guenter Gebhard promoted to RVP and GM of Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Guenter Gebhard promoted to RVP and GM of Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center has promoted Guenter Gebhard to regional vice president and general manager. 

Born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany, Gebhard attended the Hotel and Tourism Academy in Munich and studied finance and management at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

A veteran hospitality executive, with 35 years of experience in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia, the GCC and the Middle East, Gebhard joined Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh in 2019 and was appointed general manager. During his tenure, he has overseen all operational and commercial aspects of the hotel, including a renovation that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. He also has been the main driver in attracting local talent to the team. In his latest role as senior general manager, he had been supporting the ongoing strategic expansion efforts of Four Seasons within KSA.

Commenting on his new appointment, Gebhard said: “I feel honored and privileged to take on this regional role with Four Seasons. There is a rich legacy to draw upon as we chart our course for an exciting future ahead. With Saudi Arabia turning into a dynamic destination full of art, culture, and entertainment, I look forward to working with the team and the local community to further establish the kingdom on the international stage.”

Simon Casson, president of hotel operations for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, added: “Guenter is a creative hotelier with a strong track record in delivering results. In his new role, he will continue to oversee Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh and will lead regional responsibility for all operational aspects of our nascent growth in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia is the most active destination for our region from a growth perspective, with 10 new projects at different stages of development. We are fortunate to have a leader who shares the aspirational vision for the future of the kingdom.”

Situated in the heart of Riyadh, the newly renovated Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh offers an appealing combination of modern luxury interiors combined with Saudi heritage touches. The hotel is tucked inside Kingdom Tower, a familiar sight on the skyline and one of the most popular attractions in the city for tourists and locals alike.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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