People On The MovePhilipp C. Knuepfer returns to the Lion City for his latest appointment at the luxury hotel.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore welcomes new GM

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Philipp C. Knuepfer was previously GM for Mandarin Oriental, Boston.
Philipp C. Knuepfer was previously GM for Mandarin Oriental, Boston.

Philipp C. Knuepfer has been appointed general manager of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, previously held by Christian Hassing for nine years.

Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Knuepfer was general manager for Mandarin Oriental, Boston, where he spearheaded the hotel's most extensive renovation in history and the development of its F&B and wellness concepts.

With more than 20 years in hospitality, Knuepfer started in the industry as a management trainee in a Hawaii resort, before rising through the ranks to secure many prominent positions in Honolulu, Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Taipei and Washington D.C. with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

The German hotelier is familiar with the Singapore hotel scene, having served at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore as executive assistant manager from 2008 to 2012.

With F1 returning Singapore’s streets once again this year, Knuepfer adds, “It is indeed a great pleasure to return to Mandarin Oriental, Singapore and this beautiful city we call home. I look forward to the exciting journey working with my colleagues to elevate the Group’s flagship hotel in Singapore to greater heights, enhancing the bespoke guest experiences and expanding our World of Fans."

Knuepfer graduated from the International School for Hotel & Catering Business in his home country of Germany. He also holds a degree from the Cornell Hotel School in Ithaca, New York, and an MCA from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

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