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.