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Sofitel New York Appoints Rudy Tauscher as General Manager

NEW YORK, N.Y. April 17, 2017 – Rudy Tauscher has been appointed as the new general manager of Sofitel New York. He brings to his role an illustrious 20-year track record at the helm of some of the finest hotels in New York City and overseas.

“A natural leader, Rudy is among the most respected hoteliers in the business and his attention to detail is legendary,” said Balendra Nagesvaran, vice president of operations for luxury and upscale brands, AccorHotels North and Central America. “We are thrilled to have him take the lead of one of our flagship hotels in the region and we anticipate that it will continue to flourish under his expert guidance.”

Tauscher is known in the hospitality industry for a leadership style that galvanizes teams through trust, resulting in impressively high staff retention rates at the properties he manages. “Bringing together the right personalities with the right skills is essential to delivering a luxury guest experience,” said Rudy Tauscher, general manager, Sofitel New York. “I feel fortunate to be joining a team that is already deeply committed and talented.”

Having steered a number of hotels through openings in the luxury New York City market and beyond, Tauscher has developed an exceptional skillset, including a strong working knowledge of engineering and building technologies. Most recently, he participated in the conceptualization of Equinox Hotels, a lifestyle and millennial hotel brand by Related Companies that will debut in New York’s emerging Hudson Yards neighborhood.

Tauscher first came to New York in 1995 to serve as hotel manager of the Peninsula Hotel. He was then brought on to open and position the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York as general manager.

In 2002, Tauscher was hired as opening general manager of the Mandarin Oriental, New York. His exceptional performance there led to his promotion to area vice president in 2008. In this role, he oversaw the opening of the Mandarin Oriental in Boston while continuing to lead the Manhattan flagship until his departure in 2012.

Tauscher’s first general manager role was in his native Germany, where he opened the Park Hotel, Pforzheim in 1991. His early hospitality experience also included positions at Mansion on Turtle Creek and

Hotel Crescent Court, both in Dallas, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. He spent three years as hotel manager of The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa.

Tauscher earned his general manager certificate at Cornell University and completed his management training at Brenner’s Park Hotel in Baden-Baden and Le Bristol in Paris. He was awarded Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Food and Beverage Association of America in 2007 and General Manager of the Year by HSMAI in 2008.

About Sofitel New York

Sofitel New York, part of AccorHotels group, is a stylish Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent in its contemporary décor, sophisticated artwork, brasserie cuisine and cosmopolitan service. It features 398 guest rooms, including 52 suites; function space that serves small-to-mid-sized events; and an outstanding restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française. Sofitel New York is ideally located at 45 West 44th Street, affording easy access to Fifth Avenue and the Times Square Theater District. For reservations, call 212-354-8844 or visit http://www.sofitel-new-york.com/. Sofitel New York is the Official Hotel Partner of the 2017 Tony Awards.

About Sofitel Hotels & Resorts

Sofitel, AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travellers seeking a uniquely elegant experience. Guests staying at one of Sofitel’s 120 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own “cousu-main” service, stylish interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand’s hotels are located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia. AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. sofitel.com | accorhotels.com

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