Christian Ruge has moved from the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to become the new general manager at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Bulgaria.
Having worked in Germany, New York, Poland, Egypt, China, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Ruge brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his new position.
He started his career at Hotel InterContinental Frankfurt in Germany, where he held various leadership positions in the front office. In 2001 he moved to Hotel InterContinental in New York as assistant manager returning in 2003 to Germany to take on the role of assistant front office manager at Hotel InterContinental Berlin and revenue manager at Hotel Le Meridien Munich.
He then moved to the French luxury hotel brand Sofitel, where he spent over eight years, working for Sofitel Munich Bayerpost in Germany, Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town in Poland and Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor in Egypt.
In 2012, he joined Kempinski as hotel manager of Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich followed by a promotion to general manager of Kempinski Hotel Taiyuan in China. In 2017, Ruge moved to the United Arab Emirates as general manager of Kempinski Hotel Ajman, after which he was appointed general manager of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ruge holds a Master of Business Administration of the University of Wales and is certified in Rooms and Strategic Management by Cornell University. He is a German national and, in addition to his mother tongue, speaks fluent English and conversational Spanish and French.
He has taken over the position from Natalia Kashirskaya, who served as general manager of the most awarded hotel in Bulgaria during the last two years.