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Alexander Pichel and Mirco Zanini Named to GM Posts
with Rocco Forte Hotels

11 September 2007 - Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, Russia has named Alexander Pichel as General Manager.  Alexander joins The Rocco Forte Collection after many years with Hyatt International, most recently holding the position of General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan; he has also worked in Hyatt hotels in Dubai, Germany, Argentina, London and France.  Alexander will start at Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria on 23 October.

With immediate effect, Mirco Zanini has been named General Manager of the Angleterre Hotel, the four-star sister property that is located next door to Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg.  Mirco joined The Rocco Forte Collection in 1998 as Restaurant Manager of Hotel Astoria, going on to fulfill several roles before taking over as Director of Operations for Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria and the Angleterre Hotel, from where he has been promoted to his new role. 

Commenting on the change of General Manager at Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria, Richard Power, Managing Director of The Rocco Forte Collection, said, “It is with great regret that Michael Walsh has left his job at Hotel Astoria and Angleterre Hotel.  Michael had serious heart surgery last year and bravely returned to work after a short break. However, his doctor has now told him to rest for a year or so in order to achieve a full recovery and Michael has, therefore, returned to London.”

The Rocco Forte Collection was established in 1996 to create a group of luxury hotels in Europe. The properties have individual styles, with each hotel reflecting its nationality and location. They are linked together under The Rocco Forte Collection, which guarantees attention to detail, quality and service delivery.

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Contact:

Sue Heady
Director of Communications
Direct line: 020 7766 3107
Email: sheady@roccofortecollection.com

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Also See: Michael Walsh Named General Manager of Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg, Russia / May 2005
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