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Orchard Hotel Singapore Names Eric Teo - Director of Food and
Beverage and Ruprecht Schmitz – Executive Assistant Manager  
January 10, 2007 - General Manager Mr Eric Brand is proud to announce the appointments of the following key personnel at award-winning Orchard Hotel Singapore :

Mr Ruprecht Schmitz – Executive Assistant Manager

In his present capacity, Mr Schmitz assists the General Manager in the day-to-day running of the operation of the hotel and focusing on rooms division department.

Prior to assuming his present position, Mr Schmitz was the Rooms Division Manager of Millennium Hotel Paris Opera. Before that, Mr Schmitz has worked in management positions with various International hotel chains in Europe.  With over ten years of international experience in the hospitality industry, he has had extensive knowledge in the areas of Front Office and Rooms Division Operations.   

Commenting on his position, German-born Ruprecht Schmitz who is trilingual in German, English and French remarked, “I am grateful to be in Singapore, my first Asia posting!  It is also an honour for me to be working for one of the largest hotel groups in the world.  I am most delighted to be part of the award-winning Orchard Hotel Singapore and look forward to contribute to the ongoing success of the hotel.” 

Mr Eric Teo - Director of Food and Beverage

Mr Eric Teo has been promoted to the position of Director of Food and Beverage.  Mr Teo has been the Executive Chef with Orchard Hotel Singapore since 2003 and the first Singaporean President of Singapore Chefs Association since 2005, having achieved many accolades for the hotel, SCA and Singapore! 

In his new capacity, Mr Teo oversees all operations and management of the Food & Beverage Division, including the award-winning Hua Ting Restaurant where its Masterchef Chan Kwok has recently won the “Best Chinese Cuisine Chef” at the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2006-2007 and trend-setting Orchard Café where Mr Teo himself was most recently bestowed the Honorary Award for 2006 Singapore Gourmet Hunt. 

“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to move to the next level and am looking forward to lead the food and beverage outlets to greater heights!” said a joyful Eric Teo.

“This is a perfect example for young Singaporeans on lifelong learning in their career ladder and I hope to inspire individuals to upgrade and challenge themselves in their work through continuous learning. The team members welcome Ruprecht to Singapore’s world famous Orchard Road and congratulate Eric on his achievements!  With the launch of our new series of Signature Club rooms and suites, I am confident that Orchard Hotel’s position as the new level of luxury and the best culinary destination will be further enhanced with Ruprecht’s outstanding customers’ experience and Eric’s creative finesse.” says Eric Brand, General Manager of Orchard Hotel Singapore.   

About Orchard Hotel Singapore
Winner of the Best Accommodation Experience (Superior Hotel) at last year’s prestigious 20th Tourism Awards, Orchard Hotel is a 653-room hotel situated on Singapore’s renowned Orchard Road, the city-state’s famous shopping and entertainment belt.  All our guest rooms and suites are tastefully yet functionally appointed in two characteristically unique twin buildings – Orchard Wing (325-room) and Claymore Wing (328-room). Orchard Hotel offers cosmopolitan elegance and comfort, complemented by some of the city’s finest dining in award winning restaurants - Hua Ting and the Orchard Cafe. La Terrasse is the perfect rendezvous for afternoon tea or porridge supper whilst Intermezzo Bar offers entertainment and cool cocktails perfect for wind-down sessions.  Guests staying at Orchard Hotel will enjoy its perfect location and choice offerings for shopping, business, entertainment and relaxation. 

About Millennium & Copthorne
Millennium & Copthorne International Limited (a subsidiary of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc and member of the Singapore-based Hong Leong Group) owns and operates hotel properties in seven countries in Asia. Globally, the UK-headquartered Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc owns and operates more than 108 hotels, making it one of the largest owned and managed hotel groups in the world.

Contact:

Ms Amy Ang
Director of Marketing Communications
Tel: (65) 6739 6595
E-mail: amy.ang@orchardhotel.com.sg

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Also See: Yin Yin Wong Named Director of Marketing, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels International / May 2006
Millennium & Copthorne International Limited Appoints Michael Sengol as Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific / August 2006

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