Steigenberger Leipzig Welcomes Guntram Weipert as New General Manager

Germany, Frankfurt. August 27, 2019

Guntram Weipert officially took over as new General Manager of the Hotel Handelshof at the beginning of July. He replaces Hans Kauschke, who celebrated his retirement on the same date after a career of almost 40 years with Steigenberger and was also nominated as "General Manager of the Year" for 2017 by the EHMA.

Matthias Heck, CFO and Director of Human Resources at Steigenberger Hotels AG, thanked the former Director of the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof for the outstanding role he had played and described him as a "living hotel legend". Berlin-born Mr. Kauschke joined Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts in 1981 and went on to work at various hotels.

He became Director of the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin in 1990 and was named new General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden when it opened in 2005. Mr. Kauschke also achieved a successful market placement for the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof in Leipzig following his appointment as Director in the spring of 2011. In 2013, he was awarded the accolade of "General Manager of the Year" by Steigenberger Hotels AG.

Mr. Kauschke is now handing over the reins to Guntram Weipert, a dedicated hotelier who can look back at 25 years of experience in the sector. Mr. Weipert has been with Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts for almost eleven years. He was General Manager at the Steigenberger Alpenhotel & SPA Gstaad before moving on to the Steigenberger Bellerive au Lac in Zurich, which he has led with considerable success over the past three years.

"Mr. Weipert is precisely the right candidate for the position of General Manager in Leipzig," stated Matthias Heck. "His personality and leadership qualities are a perfect fit for a Grand Hotel, which is steeped in tradition."

The Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof is located in the historic old quarter of Leipzig within the immediate vicinity of St. Nicholas Church, the pedestrian zone, the marketplace and the Old City Hall. It offers 163 elegantly equipped rooms and 14 luxurious suites as well as boasting a restaurant, a bar, a Spa World Premium that extends over two storeys and six conference rooms fitted out with state-of-the-art technology.

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