Kempinski Hotels has appointed Marcel Kleffner as VP of finance Europe.
In his new role, Kleffner will oversee the financial performance of Kempinski’s European hotel portfolio and directly report to the company’s CFO Michael Pracht at the company’s corporate office in Geneva, Switzerland.
He joins Kempinski Hotels from Accor where he held the position of director of finance and business support luxury brands Europe since 2017.
Kleffner gained finance experience over the last 20 years in various positions across the hospitality industry. He started his career in 1998 at the Crowne Plaza in Heidelberg, Germany, as accounts receivable clerk, followed by accounts payable, cost controller and subsequently as assistant financial controller. He joined Swissôtel Düsseldorf/Neuss in 2001 as assistant financial controller and was promoted to financial controller in 2004.
In 2007 he transferred to the corporate office of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and continuously worked up the ranks in FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Swissôtel, Raffles and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts) before the company was acquired by Accor.
A German national, Marcel speaks fluent English and basic French. He holds a certificate as a Bilanzbuchhalter (Certified Chartered Accountant).