new appointments

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa welcomes new Executive Chef

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2018

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa has appointed Clive Micallef as its new Executive Chef. Bringing almost two decades of international hospitality and restaurant experience ranging from Malta and United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates, Chef Clive will be overseeing the culinary operations for the resort’s banquet, in-room dining services, outside catering and

IHG Festival City appoints Lebanese national as new DOSM

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Aug 2016

Sayed Tayoun has been appointed as the new area director of sales and marketing at InterContinental Hotels Dubai Festival City. Tayoun brings with him 15 years of hospitality experience and an extensive commercial background. Tayoun, a Lebanese national, originally started his career in Beirut and has held several leadership roles with IHG in the region. Prior

TIME Hotels names new Director of Revenue

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Aug 2016

TIME Hotels has appointed Laurent Barelier as the new corporate director of revenue management and e-distribution.  A graduate of the American College of Greece and holder of an MBA in International Hospitality Management from Cornell University, Paris, French national Barelier has over 17 years’ corporate hospitality experience having worked for a number of successful international

Jumeirah Group makes series of senior leadership appointments

by Sophia Soltani | 09 Aug 2016

Jumeirah Group has made a series of senior leadership appointments to its management teams. British National, Graham Kiy has been named as the group’s new  regional vice president where in his role he will head operations across Greater China, where currently there are eight hotels in Jumeirah’s  pipeline.  Kiy will also continue his responsibilities leading

Kempinski Hotels names Dutch national as new SVP operations

by Dina Maaty | 20 Jul 2016

Kempinski hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht as the new senior vice president, regional operations for the Middle East and Africa.   A seasoned hotelier, Dutch national, Meyknecht brings with him than 30 years’ experience and a skillset of three languages, including fluent Dutch, German and English. Meyknechat, a graduate of Maastricht Hotel School in the Netherlands

Kempinski MOE names new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Jul 2016

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has appointed Michael Payne as the new general manager at the property, a role that marks his return to Dubai. Payne bring with him almost 30 years of experience in luxury hospitality as he joins Kempinski from Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley Blue Mountains in Australia. Payne previously launched One&Only

Rocco Forte Hotels welcomes new global director of operations

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jun 2016

Family of ten hotels and resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels, has appointed Maurizio Saccani as  the new global director of operations. In his new role, Saccani will be responsible for operations, sales  marketing and HR.  He will be a member of Rocco Forte Hotels’ executive committee and will report to Karim Naffah the managing director. Saccani most

Shangri-La Hotel Dubai announces new resident manager

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Feb 2016

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has welcomed newly appointed resident manager, Craig Cook to the executive committee.  Cook, an Australian national, has worked extensively in hospitality having held positions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and  throughout Asia with Intercontinental, Marriott, Movenpick and Fairmont. With a background in food and beverage as well as senior hotel operations. Commenting on

Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers appoints new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 09 Feb 2016

 Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers Dubai, has appointed seasoned hotelier Chadi Gedeon as the new GM of the property. Bringing with him over 25 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Gedeon has already spent  13 years with Mövenpick. A native of Lebanon and a graduate of International Institute ‘Maxim’s de Paris’ in France, Gedeon began

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