Michael Koth has been announced as the new general manager of the iconic Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
He will also take on the role of area vice president of operations, overseeing Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai and the upcoming Mandarin Oriental Downtown, Dubai, which is launching next year.
Koth, a German/Swiss national, has over 35 years of hospitality experience. Prior to his new post, he held a number of senior leadership roles at IHG, including the position of general manager at InterContinental, Doha and Cairo. He then moved to IHG’s corporate office in Dubai as general manager, operations support and moved on to work as the director of operations, Levant, overseeing 13 hotels falling under three brands.
Koth also spent two years as the director of IHG’s Luxury and Lifestyle Resorts for Southeast Asia. He was responsible for overseeing pre-opening hotels, repositioning luxury resorts and leading the full refurbishment of InterContinental Bali Resort.
Enthusing on his new challenge, Koth said: “My goal at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, is to continue to build upon the legacy of this iconic property. It is a great honour to lead the vision of the owners and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in achieving a successful rebranding and delivering exemplary service standards and an unparalleled sense of place.”
Koth, who is fluent in English, French and German, was crowned the General Manager of the year – Middle East in 2016 by World Luxury Hotel Awards. He enjoys contemporary art, culture and opera, playing cricket and badminton, and travelling with his family.