Living & breathing the brand with Patrick Both
The role of general manager is so much more than a job: your leadership, vision and the standards you set are crucial. Here at IHG, our GMs have always led the way – championing change, inspiring others and moving the entire industry forwards. Now we are searching for the next generation of GM to help us redefine a new era of luxury and lifestyle. GMs like Patrick.
Patrick has had an outstanding career in hospitality. Over the last 25 years, he’s honed his craft across a range of prestigious hotels. When the time came for him to seek a new challenge, Patrick wanted somewhere he would have the freedom to innovate, opportunities to unleash his creative side and the autonomy to drive things forward.
We recently caught up with him to find out how this journey led him to be standing in the distinctive surrounds of a Kimpton lobby at the heart of Bangkok.
Patrick now lives and breathes the Kimpton brand in two General Manager roles with us. He splits his time between being General Manager of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok with additional responsibilities as Area General Manager for luxury and lifestyle across Thailand. Reassuringly for him, we take pride in immersing all of our new starters in our culture from the moment they walk through the door.
“The onboarding experience for IHG was exceptional. They’ve been flying me all the way to the US to experience different kinds of Kimpton properties to really understand the nuances of a Kimpton. When you come into a Kimpton Lobby you feel that difference, you feel the energy of the property.”
Once fully up-to-speed with the subtleties and nuances of Kimpton, Patrick has focussed on driving things forward. Here at IHG Hotels & Resorts, our growth mindset is built around giving exceptionally gifted individuals the freedom to explore their full potential.
This philosophy really spoke to Patrick. As a creative person, he now has the freedom to express himself in ways that his long and impressive career in traditional luxury would find difficult to match. Our collaborative, open and engaging culture empowers brilliant people to create unforgettable guest experiences.
“Something a lot of us GMs are looking for is personal growth and career growth. If you want to operate in the luxury space; if you want to win awards; if you want to create your own guest experiences – but you really want to have fun while doing it – you can do that with a brand like Kimpton.
You can really create something here. You’re really part of designing the guest journey. You can be very, very creative.”
Patrick’s decision to start his next chapter at IHG Hotels & Resorts gives him the power to write his own script for the future of luxury and lifestyle. Now, you can join him.
We’re searching for general managers that specialise in turning our guests' dreams into reality. Leaders capable of inspiring colleagues around them to realise their own ambitions. Visionaries ready to redefine luxury and lifestyle travel at an industry level.
To discover how you can follow in Patrick’s footsteps to lead the new era of luxury and lifestyle, click here.
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