Hong Kong, October 7, 2021 The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is pleased to announce that the French government has awarded the distinction of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier dans l’Ordre of Agricultural Merit on HSH Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Peter Borer, at a private ceremony held at The Peninsula Hong Kong on October 6, 2021.
The Order of the Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802. It is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Chevalier), Officer (Officer), Commander (Commandant) , Grand Officer (Grand Officer), and Grand Croix (Grand Croix).
Speaking at the ceremony, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr. Alexandre Giorgini, said: “This ceremony is absolutely exceptional because I will be giving Mr. Borer not one, but two important distinctions. In recognition of his exceptional work with France and with French companies, his unwavering commitment to the Peninsula in Paris project, and his dedication to promoting French gastronomic culture, the French government has decided to award Mr. Borer the titles of Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor and Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit. ”
Mr. Borer said: “I am delighted and honored to have received the honor of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor and Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit. I would like to thank the French government and the French Consulate in Hong Kong and Macao for granting me this recognition and this honor, which I would like to share with all my colleagues and friends. The Peninsula has had a long association with France and opening The Peninsula Paris, our first Peninsula in Europe, was one of the proudest moments in our company’s history. This honor is awarded in the name of service and so I would like to dedicate these two medals to my deceased parents, who taught me from an early age what a privilege and honor it is to serve others. ”
Mr. Borer joined HSH in 1981 and was appointed Managing Director of The Peninsula Hong Kong in 1994, taking on additional regional responsibilities in 1999. He was appointed Group Deputy Managing Director in April 2004. Mr. Borer is a graduate of the ‘Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and is now a member of the school’s International Advisory Board. In 2019, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alumni Network of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a member of the Advisory Board of Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital.
About Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), HSH is the holding company of a group engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, United States. United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and recreation, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio includes The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Istanbul. The Group’s real estate portfolio includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The monument in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The Group’s portfolio of clubs and services includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, CA; Peninsula clubs and consulting services, Peninsula merchandising and Tai Pan laundry in Hong Kong.
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