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Michael von Siebenthal

General Manager
Hyatt Regency Osaka

Hometown: Saanenmoeser, Switzerland

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 4 (as of January 2018)

Michael von Siebenthal
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japanese people was back in 1988 at the Bali Hyatt, where many of the guests were Japanese. 
In 2001, I visited Japan for the first time when I went to Kobe for an interview with the owners of Hyatt Regency Saipan. I ended up working for them in Saipan for almost seven years. In 2008, I transferred to Grand Hyatt Fukuoka for two years.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My motto has always been that hard work and dedication will be rewarded, but you must stay humble. This is certainly a lesson that is as valid now as it was 30 years ago. It has served me well in my career.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

After more than 35 years in the industry it is most rewarding to see the many great people I have worked with all over the world, many in junior positions, who made great careers either with Hyatt or other hotel companies. After all, it is people who make all the difference. This is why I endorse the motto of Hyatt: We care for people so they can be their best.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

In Japan, as in any other country I have worked, I want to be part of the community, discover the country and understand the people and the local culture.
At Hyatt Regency Osaka, my goal is to work together with our owners to bring the hotel back to its former glory. We will be going through major renovations over the next few years.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Take full advantage to get to know the country and its people. Japan has so much to offer, from beautiful scenery and rich culture to the most amazing culinary experiences. Don’t miss out on anything.
If possible, try to squeeze in a visit to a sumo tournament. It is an experience I would not want to have missed.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018