The Chedi Andermatt appoints inaugural General Manager
Deputy General Manager Grand Hotel Park, Gstaad, Director of Food & Beverage The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, Food Beverage & Operations Manager, Anassa, Leading Hotels of the World, Asst.
Deputy General Manager Grand Hotel Park, Gstaad, Director of Food & Beverage The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, Food Beverage & Operations Manager, Anassa, Leading Hotels of the World, Asst. Director F&B, Mandarin-Oriental, Washington DC and a number of other positions in the hotel & restaurant industry are part of Alain Bachman, a Swiss National, who has been engaged as general manager of GHM’s forthcoming debut, The Chedi Andermatt.
Scheduled for a winter 2013 opening, GHM’s ambitious new hotel is the centerpiece of the Andermatt Swiss Alps project, the largest integrated year-round holiday destination currently under development in the canton of Uri, Switzerland.
Bachmann starts work in September.
“With The Chedi Andermatt, we’re focused on delivering the quintessential Swiss experience — an experience that pays due homage to the past but at the same time cultivates a cool, contemporary atmosphere,” said GHM President Hans R. Jenni, himself a Swiss native. “Nationality isn’t the primary driver in our selection of a GM, but with Alain Bachmann, we have, in fact, increased our investment in the ‘Swiss-ness’ of The Chedi Andermatt.”
After years abroad, honing his management skills at the Peninsula Chicago, the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. and the Ritz-Carlton Moscow, Bachmann returned to his Swiss roots with a three-year management role at the Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad, one of the top hotels in Switzerland.
He launched his professional life in the 1980s in banking before moving into the world of marketing and then on to hospitality in the mid-’90s. His education includes studies at both the Cornell Hotel Management School in the United States and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland.
“It is an honor for me to be a part of this milestone for GHM, as well as the hospitality landscape in Switzerland. The Chedi Andermatt will not only raise the profile of the destination, but also up the ante for the standards for luxury,” said Bachmann.
At The Chedi Andermatt, Bachmann takes charge of GHM’s first Alpine resort and the latest design by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston International Architects and Planners Ltd. The 106-room hotel features two gourmet restaurants, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a unique spa and wellness center and one of Switzerland’s most compelling ski experiences.
Set at an altitude of 1,440 meters between the peaks of Gemsstock and Natschen, The Chedi lies within walking distance of Andermatt’s picturesque old town in the majestic Lepontine Alps. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Lucerne, 90 minutes from Zurich, and two hours by train from Milan.