After six years of successful leadership and notable contributions to elevating the resort's profile, Thomas Goval is now expanding his career internationally within the same ownership company, Katara Hospitality, joining the iconic Raffles Singapore as Hotel Manager. Originally from Zermatt, Switzerland, Chris Franzen has worked in the hospitality industry for over three decades. He has spent more than half of that time in the Gulf States, where he held management positions within the Hyatt group across the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar; most recently, opening and running the Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail luxury hotel complex since 2021.

Raised in Zermatt, Chris Franzen is a third-generation hotelier with a rich background in the industry. His career began with culinary training, which he completed with distinction. Subsequently, while completing his bachelor's degree, he expanded his horizons by studying at the Australian International Hotel School in Canberra and the prestigious Cornell University in Ithaca, United States.

In 2000, Chris Franzen joined Hyatt and has remained in the group for over 22 years. He initially worked in various operational departments across different properties before taking up his first position as General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Muscat in 2009. This was then followed by further roles as General Manager and, in parallel, as Regional Vice President for Qatar and Oman, and finally as Regional Vice President for Hyatt Western India.

In his last position before joining the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, Chris Franzen opened and managed the Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail Resort, which boasts 267 rooms and suites, 150 luxury apartments and villas, diverse dining options, numerous meeting and conference spaces, and extensive spa and relaxation facilities. Simultaneously, the hotelier served as the CEO of Aureus Advisors LLC, a luxury hospitality consultancy.

Chris Franzen is currently active in various committees and consultancies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Della Leaders Club for Hospitality & Travel Committee in India and of the Alumni Board of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. He is also a tourism ambassador for the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt and works as a consultant for Guidepoint Advisors. Chris Franzen has won several awards during his career and was included on the General Manager's Power List Middle East 2023 (Hotelier Middle East).

He succeeds current Acting General Manager, Thomas Goval, who after six successful years enters the next phase of his international career within the same ownership company, Katara Hospitality, joining the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore as Hotel Manager.

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