Jean-Marc Michel has been appointed General Manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu and Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club.
Mr Michel has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, having working in international assignments that gave him a wide exposure and the opportunity to adapt to a multi-cultural environment across various remote destinations.
“It is an exciting time to be joining the Rasa Ria team, and the opportunity to work and live in such an exotic tropical setting,” said Mr Michel. “My special focus will be the resort’s expansion of guest facilities, including the renovation of spa treatment rooms, building of a new specialty restaurant and the addition of 83 Premier Rooms to Ocean Wing, making this a 499-room resort by end of 1st quarter 2015.”
A Swiss national, Mr Michel is fluent in English, French and German, with knowledge of Italian, Portuguese. Prior to this appointment, he served as general manager at Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva and Constance Ephelia Resort Seychelles.
Mr Michel previously spent several years in senior positions at One&Only Le Saint Geran Mauritius, Reid’s Palace Madeira, an Orient-Express property, as well as a number of luxury properties in the West Indies, Malta, France and Switzerland. He began his career from a culinary apprenticeship in Switzerland and later graduated from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.