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Guenter H. Richter, CHA, Appointed Managing Director Of
The Setai Fifth Avenue, A Capella Managed Hotel

NEW YORK – April 26, 2010 – Guenter H. Richter has been named managing director of The Setai Fifth Avenue, A Capella Managed Hotel. The hotel, which will introduce Capella Hotels and Resorts to New York City, is slated to open November 1, 2010 with Richter at the helm. The veteran hotelier brings to his position many years of experience managing some of the finest hotels in North America.
Richter’s new role at The Setai Fifth Avenue signals his return to the New York hospitality scene after three years as general manager of The Regent Hotel Bal Harbour in Florida. For six years prior, he led two of Manhattan’s most legendary hotels, more recently as managing director of The St. Regis Hotel, New York, and before that, as general manager of the Swissôtel New York, The Drake. 
“Guenter’s extensive experience managing iconic hotels in cities across the U.S. and, specifically in the highly competitive New York City market, makes him the ideal hotelier for The Setai Fifth Avenue,” said Bob Warman, president and COO of Capella Hotels and Resorts. “We are confident that he is the right choice to lead the hotel successfully through pre-opening and into operation.”

From 1986-1998, Richter served in a series of senior management roles, including regional vice president of operations with Grand Bay Hotels and  Resorts and its owner, Carnival Hotels and Casinos. His long tenure there took him to properties spanning Toronto, New York and Philadelphia to Miami, Key Biscayne and Puerto Rico.    
Richter has also served as vice president of operations and general manager for a series of hotels in the Rosewood Hotels portfolio, including The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, The Remington on Post Oak Park in Houston, and The Bel-Air Hotel in Beverly Hills. Before that, he served three years as vice president and general manager of The St. Regis under Sheraton management. He launched his career at Hilton Hotels Corporation, taking on managerial roles at The Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, The Palmer House in Chicago, The Waldorf=Astoria in New York and other hotels.

Born and educated in Germany, Richter is a member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and the distinguished Waldorf Astoria Alumni Association. He is also a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Order of Sepulcher.
About Capella Hotels and Resorts
Capella Hotels and Resorts serves today’s top-tier travelers and residential property owners and is setting a new standard in the hospitality industry.  Capella promises the unique benefits of the finest boutique hotels, including superb architecture and interior design, privacy, individualized service and attention to detail – combined with the amenities and activities of the world’s great luxury hotels and resorts.  Capella, led by founder Horst Schulze, is a brand focused on customer choice, and offers choices that no other hotel company in the world can match.  Capella is opening world-class properties in gateway cities and high-profile resort destinations around the world, including: Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel (Düsseldorf, Germany); Capella Bahia Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico); Capella Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand); Capella Georgetown (Washington, D.C.); Capella Ixtapa (Ixtapa, Mexico); Capella Nahui (Riviera Nayarit, Mexico); Capella Niseko (Niseko, Japan); Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico); Capella Singapore (Sentosa Island, Singapore); Capella Telluride (Telluride, Colorado); and Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel (Velden, Austria).  Learn more at


Megan Bishop
(212) 980-9231

Also See: Led by General Manager Guenter H. Richter, the Executive Management Team at The Regent Bal Harbour Finalized / April 2008

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