A Swiss national, Sauter is a life-long hospitality professional with proven track record. He has also enjoyed a richly rewarding 24-year relationship with Phuket – and with Thailand as a whole. Having first arrived in the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ in 1997, as resident manager of Impiana Resort Patong, Sauter went on to manage some of the island’s top hotels and resorts. He is also proficient in Thai, one of six languages he can speak along with French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
A graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, the prestigious Swiss hotel school, and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Sauter is clearly highly-qualified. But it is his time in Phuket that has defined his life and career. Following five successful years with Impiana, Sauter achieved his first general manager’s role with Cape & Kantary Hotels, leading the famous Cape Panwa Hotel in southeast Phuket.
He has since headed-up several major properties in Phuket and neighbouring Phang Nga province for international hotel groups including Wyndham and Marco Polo. Most recently, he was general manager of The Surin Phuket for over six years, making it one of the island’s best performing hotels.