KEE Club International has appointed Mr. Jan Michael
Svoboda as Managing Director and Partner. KEE Club International is the
management company which currently operates KEE private members clubs in
Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In his new position, Jan Michael will be
responsible for the overall planning and management of the present
two clubs including operations, finance, marketing, design, art
acquisition as well as strategic planning of the group’s expansion
and management of new projects.
Prior to KEE, Jan Michael was Hotel Manager of
The Peninsula Hong Kong since June 2004, having spent the previous
four years as Resident Manager of The Peninsula Bangkok, where he
worked to create an identity and build up the reputation of the
newly-opened hotel in a competitive market.
Born in Rome to an Austrian father in the oil
business, he travelled around the world as a child and decided to
use his widespread talents and fulfill his desire to travel by
embarking on a career in the hospitality industry.
After graduating from Vienna’s College of Hotel
and Tourism Management with a diploma in hotel and tourism
management, Jan Michael headed to New York where he worked as a
bartender in a champagne bar, experiencing the thrill of the
hospitality industry in a cosmopolitan city. In 1987 he joined the
Mandarin Oriental group as a management trainee in their Macau
Jan Michael worked his way up through the ranks
in Food & Beverage in Macau and at The Oriental Singapore,
subsequently becoming Director of Food & Beverage at the Mandarin
Oriental Hong Kong before joining the Peninsula group in 2000.
“After 21 years of being in the hotel industry
in Asia, the move to KEE is certainly an exciting challenge and
one which I welcome greatly. I have always admired the vision and
creativity of the Rhombergs and the uniqueness of the KEE concept
and am delighted at the opportunity of working with them,
particularly on the development of new projects” said Jan Michael.
KEE Hong Kong was founded in 2001 by Austrian
Christian and Maria Rhomberg. Their concept was based on creating
a private members club with an exclusive salon culture
incorporating convivial fine dining, an international nightclub as
well as unique lifestyle, corporate and cultural events. Located
in the heart of Central, KEE Hong Kong is a sanctuary where
members, their international guests and visiting celebrities
gather to eat, meet, do business, party, or just be.
KEE Shanghai opened in October 2008 in the
beautifully restored 1921’s Twin Villas in the prestigious French
Concession. It shares the building with the Richemont Shanghai
headquarters, sitting above the flagship stores for China of
distinguished brands such as Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron
Constantin. Serene landscaped gardens take you to the villas where
you enter KEE either directly or choose to walk up the stunning
wooden staircases with sunlight streaming through original
stained-glass windows. KEE Shanghai comprises a cosy, elegant
brasserie style restaurant serving French & Mediterranean cuisine,
an exquisite yet relaxing lounge and bar, both with outdoor
balconies overlooking the gardens, and four intimate rooms for
private dining. All-wood floors, high ceilings and French windows
add wonderfully to the ambience of the club.
The group is currently working on a project in
Jakarta, Indonesia which is expected to open in 2010 and also on a
spiritual health resort in Bhutan.
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