After Stephan Kienle assisted Success Hotel Management GmbH as an external consultant for two years, he has now become a permanent part of the hotel company since November 1, 2021. Together with Michael Friedrich, he is the managing director of Success Hotel Management GmbH.

Numbers Are His Home

With his many years of experience from the banking world, the Success Hotel Management GmbH has gained an accomplished expert in Stephan Kienle, who will enrich our management team with his specialist knowledge. His focus is not only on finance and its further development, but also on central services such as accounting, controlling, purchasing and human resources.

The experienced financial expert previously worked as a civil servant at the Deutsche Bundesbank in the areas of payment transactions, risk management and in the economics department. He also spent a year in risk management at KfW and has published numerous articles in economic journals.

He is also familiar with the hospitality industry: Several relatives are also active in the hotel industry; his father, for example, worked as a chef. Stephan Kienle is therefore familiar with the job profiles and the challenges that this industry entails.

For the father of two, who was particularly influenced by the births of his daughters, open communication is very important when working together. He also loves challenges and wants to get a little better every day for and with Success Hotel Management GmbH.

Growing Personally and Professionally

In the beginning, the graduate economist supported Michael Friedrich as an external consultant to guide the Success Hotel Management GmbH through the Corona pandemic, which was challenging for the industry. During this time, Stephan Kienle got to know the company very well and also came to appreciate it: “I was particularly struck by the good working atmosphere and the cohesion among the employees. You meet your colleagues in the corridor with a smile and feel the optimism that you can overcome even difficult times together,” says Stephan Kienle.

But it was not only the positive working atmosphere that convinced him to accept the position as second managing director of the Success Hotel Management GmbH. Now that the hotel company has overcome the Corona pandemic and insolvency in self-administration, he is facing exciting and varied times ahead. After all, the company is undergoing a transformation and is on its way to becoming a group.

This development is a great example of the motto Stephan Kienle lives by: “Never start stopping, never stop starting.”


Die Success Hotel Group führt Hotels unterschiedlicher Kategorien als Franchisebetriebe in ganz Deutschland. Darum verfügt die Success Hotel Group als langjähriger, lizensierter Partner von internationalen Hotelunternehmen über ein starkes Multi-Brand-Portfolio mit renommierten Marken wie ibis Styles oder Holiday Inn Express.