With over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, including 27 years at the helm of some of the world's most prestigious hotels in South Africa, Horst earned his esteemed reputation as a world-class operator and much loved leader in all the properties he has worked in. He has a 15 year association with the prestigious and overall respected Relais & Châteaux association together with having been the Relais & Châteaux - Southern & East Africa & Indian Ocean Delegate/Chairman and member of its international Board for six years, which reflects the outlook and goals of the highly personalized and all-round quality-inspired services also offered by Red Carnation Hotels.

Horst is warmly welcomed by the Red Carnation family and will begin on the 1 February 2011.