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ATLANTA – Jan. 19, 2018 – The Whitley, a Luxury Collection® Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead is proud to introduce Marc Suennemann as executive chef of the newly rebranded neighborhood icon. In this role, award-winning Chef Suennemann is managing culinary operations for the 507-room luxury hotel, overseeing the culinary team, bringing to life signature, sophisticated dishes and providing the tailored, anticipatory service for which The Whitley is known. Under his leadership, the property will open Trade Root – a Mediterranean-inspired concept – coming in February 2018.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Marc Suennemann, with his 28 years of industry experience, to The Whitley team,” said David Friederich, managing director, The Whitley. “His innovative cooking style and focus on fresh, local flavors will elevate our hotel’s fine dining experiences to an even greater level of style and service, and solidify The Whitley as a culinary force in Buckhead.”

Suennemann joins The Whitley from his previous position as Executive Chef of the Emory Conference Center Hotel Atlanta, Ga., where he led culinary operations of the hotel’s two restaurants, in-room dining, on-site bowling alley, wedding venues and banquet services. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Suennemann’s impressive resume also touts a four-year stint as Executive Chef of Sheraton Atlanta, and sixteen years of infusing his creative signature into diverse and multicultural restaurants at Château Élan in Braselton, Ga. – the most awarded winery on the east coast. Suennemann’s innovative and worldly culinary vision is rooted in classical training from the College of Gastronomy and Food in Hamburg, and years of apprenticing in five-star hotels throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Combining the rich history and Southern elegance of the Buckhead neighborhood with the unmatched luxury and service of The Luxury Collection, The Whitley treats guests from around the world to tailored stays featuring timeless, yet trendsetting chic design and gracious hospitality.

To learn more about The Whitley, please visit or call 404-237-2700.

About The Whitley

Newly rebranded and situated in the heart of Atlanta’s urban chic Buckhead neighborhood, The Whitley pays tribute to historic trailblazer and Buckhead founder, John Whitley, introducing a luxurious space for gathering and idea sharing to the thriving, metropolitan hub. The Whitley intertwines timeless and chic to captivate guests with authentic Southern hospitality, cosmopolitan style and luxurious experiences, with some of the world’s best shopping
 and nightlife just minutes away. The luxury hotel’s 507 rooms and 56 spacious suites feature sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline and thoughtful appointments, such as mahogany flooring and custom refreshment centers, capturing the essence of Buckhead sophistication and the hotel’s characteristic charm. Maintaining Buckhead’s historic purpose as a meeting space, The Whitley is also a superlative setting for gatherings of all kinds, with 31 diverse event spaces covering more than 30,000 sq. ft., including the 5000 square foot Legacy Ballroom with outdoor patio.  

Contact: McKenna Matthews / 850-668-2222

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