Simon Hirst joins Raffles Singapore

Hospitality — By on July 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Simon Hirst has been appointed General Manager of Raffles Singapore. Simon  moves  from  sister  property  Raffles Praslin, Seychelles to take up the  position  in Singapore on 1 August 2013. Simon’s  role  in  the  Seychelles  will  be  filled  by  Christoph  Ganster  who  succeeded  him  as  General  Manager,  Raffles  Praslin,  Seychelles,  on  15  July  2013. Peter French, President of Raffles Hotels  &  Resorts,  said  “I  am  delighted  to  announce  the news of Simon’s move  to  Raffles Singapore. Simon’s high  regard  within  the  industry  and  his  extensive  international hotel experience speaks for  itself  -  as  do  the  results  of  the  past  eighteen months he has spent with us in  the Seychelles. I am more than confident  that  Simon  will  be  an  exceptional  custodian  of  Raffles  Singapore  and  do  justice  to  the  legacy  of  such  an  iconic  property,  especially  in  this,  its  125th  anniversary year.”

Simon  joined  the  Raffles  family  in  February  2013,  as  General  Manager,  Raffles Praslin Seychelles. Simon  established his  reputation  in  the  hotel  industry  over  15  years  working  with hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. In  1997,  Simon  was  appointed  opening  General  Manager  of  One  Aldwych,  London.  In  2008,  he  moved  on  to  be  Operations Director  of  Campbell Gray  Hotels,  overseeing  the  whole  hotel  collection. Simon’s career began with the Mandarin  Oriental  Hotel  Group,  where  he  held  management positions  in Hong Kong and  San  Francisco  over  11  years.  He  then  joined Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in  1988, as Resident Manager of  the Four  Seasons,  Park  Lane,  London.  He  returned  to  Asia  in  1991  as  Hotel  Manager  of  Mandarin  Oriental,  Hong  Kong and then re-joined Four Seasons in  1994 as opening General Manager of The  Regent  Chiang  Mai  (a  Four  Seasons  hotel).

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