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Mon, 9 Dec 2019

Alban Dutemple Appointed Cluster GM of Two Swiss-Belhotels in Bahrain

Alban Dutemple has been appointed as Cluster General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain and the Swiss-Belsuites Admiral Juffair.

Alban has been working with the Swiss-Belhotel group as General Manager for Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain since June 2018.

The Swiss-Belsuites Admiral Juffair is scheduled to open in Q1 2020.

Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India for Swiss-Belhotel International, said, Alban is an accomplished professional with a strong track record in the hospitality industry. Being the General Manager for Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain, Alban has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills, team spirit and dedication in managing the property efficiently and improving its performance year on year. As we expand our footprint in Bahrain with our flagship brands, we are confident Alban will lead the two properties to great success.

Alban has over three and a half decades of experience in the hospitality industry, with much of that with the Accor Group where he spent nearly 19 years serving various hotels in different capacities.

Alban Dutemple. Click to enlarge.

A French national, Alban entered the hospitality industry as Chef de Partie at a Michelin star restaurant in France in 1978. He moved to Mexico in 1993 joining the Hotel Nikko in Mexico City as Executive Chef. In 1997, Alban took up the role of Executive Chef at the Sheraton Maria Isabel in Mexico City before moving to Brazil in 1999 as the F&B Director of Sheraton Rio De Janeiro. In 2001 Alban returned to Paris as F&B of the Sofitel Paris Porte De Sevres.

In 2004, Alban took on his first role in the Middle East moving to Dubai as Resident Manager of Sofitel City Centre Hotel & Residence. Two years later, he was assigned the responsibility of Hotel Opening Project Manager for Accor Middle East and in 2008 was promoted to the position of VP F&B Sofitel for Africa, Middle East & Indian Ocean.

 In 2009 he went back to Brazil as the General Manager of Sofitel Rio De Janeiro Copacabana. After three years there he returned back to his home country in 2012 as VP F&B for Pullman Europe & Worldwide strategy based in Paris.

 Alban left the Accor Group in 2014 to join Leylaty Catering and Restaurants Group in Jeddah as General Manager where he stayed until December 2017.

Commenting on his new role, Alban said, I am excited to take on this new challenge and very grateful to Swiss-Belhotel International for this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working closely with the teams and our business associates across the two properties.

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