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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi names new GM

Released at: 16:23, 27/06/2017

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi names new GM

Mr. William Haandrikman. Source: Metropole Hanoi

With 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. William J. Haandrikman will also serve as Area General Manager for AccorHotels North Vietnam.

by Thu Hoang

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi announced on June 27 the appointment of a veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. William J. Haandrikman, to lead the hotel and its 650 staff as General Manager and he will he also serve as Area General Manager of AccorHotels North Vietnam.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing markets in Asia,” said Mr. Haandrikman. “I look forward to immersing myself in all that Hanoi has to offer and to continue building on Metropole’s reputation as one of the top hotels in Asia.”

Mr. Haandrikman was previously General Manager of Thailand’s Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. He relocated to Hanoi in June and has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having started with AccorHotels in 1992.

Since joining the French hotel chain, Mr. Haandrikman has held senior management positions in Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, and Moscow, as well as with the Sofitel brand in The Hague, Paris, Vienna, Shanghai and, most recently, Bangkok.

During his assignment in Bangkok, he served as the Cluster General Manager for two AccorHotels properties, including the 345-room Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, which under his leadership was positioned as one of the leading five-star properties in Thailand. The Dutch national also oversaw the opening and managed the prestigious Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom in Austria and the well-known Sofitel Paris Defense in France.

Mr. Haandrikman is a graduate of Glion University, Hotel School in the Netherlands, the ESSEC Executive Management Program and the Executive Management Program at Cornell University in the US.

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