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French Govt Bestows Two Prestigious Accolade On Peter Borer

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is delighted to
announce that the French Government has bestowed the distinction of Chevalier dans
l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole
on HSH Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Peter Borer, at a private ceremony held at The
Peninsula Hong Kong on 6 October 2021.

The Order of the Légion d’Honneur was established by Napoléon Bonaparte on 19 May

  1. It is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier
    (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer),
    and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

Speaking at the ceremony, the Consul General of France to Hong Kong and Macau, Mr
Alexandre Giorgini, said, “This ceremony is absolutely exceptional as I will bestow upon
Mr. Borer not one, but two prominent distinctions. In recognition of his outstanding work
with France and with French companies, his unwavering commitment to the Peninsula
project in Paris, and his dedication to the promotion of France’s gastronomic culture, the
French Government has decided to bestow upon Mr. Borer the titles of Chevalier dans
l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.”

Mr Borer said: “I am delighted and humbled to have been bestowed with the honour of
Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier dans l’Ordre du
Mérite Agricole. I would like to thank the French Government and the Consulate of
France in Hong Kong and Macau for giving me this recognition and honour, 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 accolade is bestowed
in the name of service and therefore I would like to dedicate these two medals to my
late parents, who taught me from an early age what a privilege and honour it is to serve
others.”

Mr Borer joined HSH in 1981 and was appointed General Manager of The Peninsula
Hong Kong in 1994, taking on additional regional responsibility in 1999. He was
appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the group in April 2004. Mr Borer is a graduate
of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and is now a member of the
International Advisory Board of the school. In 2019, he was recognised with a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Alumni Network of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. He is
also a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management
of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a member of the Advisory Council of
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital.

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), The
Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the holding company of a group which is
engaged in the ownership, development, and management of prestigious hotels and
commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and
Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other
services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The
Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula
Bangkok, The Peninsula Manila, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The
Peninsula Beverly Hills, and The Peninsula Paris. Projects under development include
The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Istanbul. The property portfolio of the group
includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong
Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenues Kléber in Paris,
France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong
Kong; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy
Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

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