Alexander Skibbe Appointed General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Bremen

Germany, Berlin. August 12, 2019

Berlin-born Alexander Skibbe will assume overall charge at the Steigenberger Hotel Bremen with effect from 1 July 2019. Mr. Skibbe is currently Director of Operations at the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg and has already been responsible for the Steigenberger Hotels in Deidesheim and Munich in his capacity as an interim manager within Steigenberger Hotels AG.

"The Steigenberger Hotel Bremen will be receiving an extremely experienced hotel manager in the person of Alexander Skibbe," said Deutsche Hospitality's CEO Thomas Willms. "Mr. Skibbe has performed very valuable work in the past, and we are delighted that he is now to take up the reins as General Manager in Bremen."

Alexander Skibbe has previously worked for various prestigious international hotel chains in London, Munich, Moscow and Baku. His employers have included Sheraton, Kempinski und die InterContinental Group.

Mr. Skibbe joined the Deutsche Hospitality corporate family at the end of 2016, and his leading role since then has been as Director of Operations at the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg.

Marc Wachal, the outgoing General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Bremen, is leaving the company for family reasons. "We would like to thank Mr. Wachel and wish him all the best for the future," added Thomas Willms.

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