The Dolder Resort in Zurich, Switzerland, announced Mark Jacob as the new Managing Director following Thomas Schmid. The management change, occurring on January 1, 2013, will still include Thomas Schmid as part of the top management, as he will be overseeing the Dolder Waldhaus and acting as Resident Manager. The Dolder Resort comprises the Dolder Grand luxury hotel, the Dolder Waldhaus four-star hotel and Dolder Sports.
"Thomas Schmid has made a significant contribution to the reorientation of the Dolder and supervised what was probably one of the most extraordinary renovations in the history of the hotel industry," stated Urs E. Schwazenbach, Chairman of The Dolder Grand Resort. "Mark Jacob will continue these developments in the same spirit while Thomas stays on in an important new role."
A talented hotel professional with a proven track record at the company, Jacob joined the Dolder at the beginning of 2007 as Director of Purchasing in charge of initial furnishing during the conversion
and renovation of the hotel. In fall 2008, he was assigned the position of Director of Rooms Division. He was promoted to Resident Manager and has since acted as Schmid's deputy.
Born in Montreal, Jacob earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Hospitality Management School in Lausanne and later attended the General Managers Program at Cornell University. He spent part of his childhood in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where his parents run the Suvrette House. He has worked at various luxury properties during his hotel career, including Le Bristol in Paris, Hotel Hassler in Rome, the Turnberry Isle Miami and The Fairmont San Francisco.
Schmid will remain a vital member of The Dolder's top management team. "Mainly, I will concentrate on the construction project of the Dolder Waldhaus and act as Resident Manager until its closure in 2016," he said. Schmid became General Manager of the former Dolder Grand in 2003. In the scope of the reconstruction of the hotel and the new brand and organizational structure of the Dolder Grand Resort, he was given overall responsibility for all operations in 2006. From 2004 to 2008, he oversaw the renovation and conversion
of the Dolder Grand.
Located in a unique position between the pulsating life of Zurich and a natural green zone, the Dolder , City Resort of Zurich since 1899, enjoys unrivalled views of the city, the lake and the Alps. The hotel features 173 luxurious rooms and suites in the fully restored historic Main Building and new Spa and Golf Wings, as well as a 43,000 square-foot Spa and first-class cuisine in two restaurants. The most eye-catching of the banqueting facilities is the great ballroom, topped with its unusual cupola. The hotel is also outfitted a pioneering geo-thermal energy concept. The former Dolder Grand Hotel closed for renovation in 2004 and re-opened in April 2008.