Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit has appointed the pre-opening management team that will prepare the hotel for its opening in early 2012.
Christophe L.M. Caron (left) as General Manager: A French national with over 30 years of extensive experience in hospitality and service operations from five continents including South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. In August 2008, Christophe was promoted as Vice President, Sofitel South East Asia & India based in Bangkok. Prior to Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Christophe was General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Silom and is also Vice President of Sofitel South East Asia & India. Christophe began his career with Accor in the early 1980’s, in a range of Accor’s multi-brand group in France and West Africa. He rejoined Accor in 2001, as General Manager of the five-star Sofitel Resorts Complex at Costa do Sauipe – Bahia in Brazil, Subsequently, he was promoted as Director of Operations Accor Hospitality Middle East based in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
“It makes me very proud and happy to lead the first South East Asia flagship for Sofitel Luxury Hotels. I am passionate about our vision to create a new experience of classic French-inspired “art de vivre” combined with the legendary warmth of Thai hospitality. Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is a true Sofitel, reflecting French elegance and sophisticated lifestyle experience”, said by Christophe, Vice President of Sofitel South East Asia & India and General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Anthony Slewka (middle) as Director of Sales and Marketing: A Canadian national with many years of experience in Sales and Marketing positions with the Accor hotel group. Anthony began his career in 2003 at Accor Hotels World Trade Centre, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) where he was Director of Business Development. Consequently he worked as Director of Sales and Distribution Accor Middle East, based in the Regional Office in Dubai. In November 2008, he was promoted as Regional Director of Sales for Sofitel South East Asia & India based in Bangkok. Anthony will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities for the property, whilst continuing to hold the position of Regional Director of Sales for Sofitel South East Asia & India. He will drive sales revenue, establish a reputation for Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit as top corporate and leisure destination hotel and increase the profile of the hotel both regionally and nationally. He will play a major role in spearheading and steering the hotel in all markets.
Virinya Maytheepattanachat (right) as Director of Marketing Communications: A graduate of Thammasat University, with a M.A. in Mass Communications and Administration, Bangkok, she has extensively worked in the Public Relations and Communications field with luxury properties for the past eight years. Virinya began her hotel career with Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, Bangkok, rising to the position of Public Relations Manager. She subsequently expanded her experience at the former Marriott Resorts & Spa Bangkok-Pattaya-Hua Hin, where she was Assistant Cluster Public Relations Manager. Prior to joining Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, she was later promoted as Director of Marketing Communications of Sofitel Bangkok Silom in 2010.