Starwood Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Stoppe as the new General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Penang. Stoppe brings a wealth of food and beverage and operational management experience to this new role. He will oversee all management functions at the hotel and will be instrumental in driving further revenue growth in both business and leisure segments.
A German national and a fluent English speaker, Stoppe has held management positions on three continents during a varied and challenging 15-year hospitality career. His globetrotting career path so far has taken him to leading hotels in Germany, USA, Austria, Thailand and Malaysia. He began his career in 1999 as Assistant Chief Steward in Frankfurt and has steadily progressed up the management ladder. Stoppe has served in key F&B management positions such as Food and Beverage Operations Manager in a premium hotel in Washington DC, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at Le Mèridien Phuket Beach Resort and is also a former Director of Food & Beverage.
He arrived in Malaysia in 2011 as Director of Food & Beverage at The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi. In this role he created effective dinner concepts for all dining areas which paved the way for promotion to his most recent position as Executive Assistant Manager at The Andaman. Under his tenure, the hotel has significantly grown revenue and improved service delivery. He directed a successful room renovation project covering 65% of the hotel’s inventory, and helped create four entirely new room categories. In addition Stoppe has developed concepts for three new food and beverage venues.
A graduate of the Restaurant Management School in Wuerzburg, Germany, Stoppe has played a critical role throughout his career in hotels achieving prestigious awards for excellence. This includes the 2007 ‘Top 100 Europe Hotels’ by Condé Nast Traveler, ‘Best Sustainable Hotel Malaysia 2013’ by Asia Pacific Hotel Awards and last year, the ‘Best Restaurant Concept’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards.
He takes over in Penang from acting General Manager Fauzy Wahab and aims to build on its success as the most comfortable and uncomplicated resort hotel on the island. For Stoppe, providing memorable hospitality is a passion. “The hotel business is my greatest passion and a good manager makes the job fun, exciting, and full of opportunity for all involved. My drive is to be successful and to always reach my goals,” he said.
“Penang has historically been a tourist attraction with the longest established hotel and tourism industry in South East Asia. It has achieved many ‘firsts’ in the region, such as the first hotel association, the first chef association and the first street hawker association. Penang has the potential to develop into a worldclass tourism destination.”
The hotel’s new GM has also revealed a series of new initiatives to further expand guest services and amenities. These include updated food and beverage concepts comprising brunch and BBQ events. Furthermore Four Points by Sheraton Penang will leverage its captivating beachfront setting to develop new destination wedding packages.