Kees’s immediate former position was as a General manager of the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania, for three years. The career hotelier has over 30-year experience working with some of the world’s finest hotel brands spanning in three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa.
A Dutch national, Kees is fluent in four languages, English, German, French & Dutch. The globe-trotting hotelier has worked in Germany, France, Holland, Great Britain, China, South Korea, Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Greece, Abu Dhabi, Lithuania and Chad where he worked as General Manager of the Kempinski N‘Djamena.
Kees is not new to the Kempinski brand. He has worked with the European luxury hospitality brand for 10 years in various positions, including top management. He was the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel N’Djamena Chad for 3 years, Hotel Manager, Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi and The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea, Jordan. He also has a decade experience working with Intercontinental Group of Hotels (IGH).
Keen, who describes himself as a lover of modern art, hiking, sailing, reading and music, said of his appointment: “I am delighted to be in Kenya and in charge of Kempinski flagship in East Africa and one of a kind tented camp in Masai Mara.”