David Kianni Appointed General Manager of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama

December 16, 2022

Sofitel Legend, the renowned French heritage hotel brand, part of world-leading hospitality group Accor, is proud to announce the appointment of David Kianni as General Manager of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama, the brand’s first hotel in the North & Central America region.

In his new role, Kianni will lead with the same passion and confidence he is known for across the hospitality industry, overseeing all aspects of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama and ensuring it becomes a must-visit destination for travelers from around the world.

“We’re thrilled to welcome David Kianni as General Manager of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama,” expressed Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel. “As an inspirational motivator with extensive luxury hospitality experience and a vast expertise working in South America, David is an ideal leader to steer this magnificent property towards a successful debut as one of the most remarkable locales in Panama City. He also knows Sofitel Legend’s culture by heart and will deliver an unequaled guest experience with support from his amazing team.”

Kianni comes to Panama with over 20 years of industry experience, nearly 15 of which were spent in leadership roles across various Sofitel properties. Kianni’s most recent roles include General Manager of the Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia in Colombia and Pre-opening Project Manager for Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort, which opened in December 2021. His knowledge of the Sofitel Legend brand runs deep having also spent several years at the iconic Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena in Colombia.

“I am delighted and honored to be at the helm of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama; a new address that is poised to usher in a new era of luxury in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.” shared David Kianni, General Manager, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama. “My talented team and I look forward to welcoming guests to our exceptional property – where Panamanian heritage is celebrated and artfully infused with the brand’s French art de vivre spirit – and provide them with an unparalleled and unforgettable luxury experience in the historic destination of Casco Viejo.”

With captivating vistas of the serene Pacific Ocean and modern Panama City skyline, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will feature 159 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, most with incredible seascapes. Built on the storied site of the former Club Union of Panama, once home to the most exclusive and elegant social club in Panama City, the magnificent hotel will have five distinct food and beverage venues, including a lively rooftop bar and Mediterranean brasserie, led by celebrated Chef Lorenzo Di Gravio. Additional amenities include a stunning oceanfront pool as well as nearly 10,000 square feet of function space with the innovative ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor areas. Guests can also expect signature brand offerings such as the Majordome butler service, Sofitel Spa and Sofitel Fitness studio with spectacular ocean views.

For more information on Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, visit

About Sofitel Legend
Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,300 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

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