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Michael Gaehler has been appointed general manager of Oriental Residence Bangkok.

Gaehler was previously group general manager, Regent Hotels and Resorts in Taipei, Taiwan, where he oversaw hotel projects in Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and mainland China.

Gaehler began his hotel career as commis de cuisine at Restaurant Frohsinn in Aarau, Switzerland. He rose through the ranks, working in a variety of positions in the hotel industry and was named general manager, Villa il Tesoro, Maremma in Tuscany, Italy in 2003. During his tenure at Le Vieux Manoir Murten, meanwhile, he actively hosted art exhibitions in the hotel’s outdoor garden.

After another general manager assignment in Switzerland, Gaehler pursued pre-opening roles and focussed on running luxury hotels of various sizes in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and mainland China.