On the move

Viceroy Hotel Group appoints Kohn

Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Andreas Kohn as regional director of sales and marketing for the Middle East and Europe. In his new role, Kohn will oversee the Yas Viceroy and the opening of Viceroy Maldives and Viceroy Bodrum. More recently, he was director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore.






New appointments at Jumeirah Group

Jumeirah Group has appointed Detria Williamson Chapman (right) as director of marketing and public relations for Burj Al Arab and Christopher Walters as director of public relations for Jumeirah Essex House, New York. Ross McAuley takes charge as vice president, Brand Marketing while Shaf Butt is the new director of marketing for the Dubai commercial team.






New GM’s at the Carlson Rezidor Group

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced Freddy Farid (right) as GM of the Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai. Farid moves from Layia Hospitality, where he was VP and managing partner. The company also appointed Khamis Kazzaz as GM for Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown and Rob Collier as GM of the Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina.






Sawaya joins Crowne Plaza Beirut

Fady Sawaya has been appointed as general manager for Crowne Plaza Beirut. Sawaya has held various positions with the Intercontinental Phoenicia, Beirut, InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi and most recently Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, as hotel manager.






Traders Hotel strengthens team

Traders Hotel, Dubai has appointed Mohamed Taher as director of sales & marketing. Prior to his new role, he was director of sales for Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.  Taher also spent six years with Accor where he managed Accor International Sales office for the Middle East.






New roles for team at IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group has restructured its management team across India, Middle East and Africa region. Chris Moloney is vice president of operations, South West Asia, Ignace Bauwens (right) takes over as vice president of operations, UAE, Near East & Africa and Bander Harbi, vice president of operations, Saudi Arabia & Gulf.






Hyatt assign Graf for SouthWest Asia

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has appointed Pablo Graf to the position of senior vice president of operations for Hyatt International, South West Asia, based in Dubai. As GM, he has led Hyatt teams in Poland, Mexico, India, Thailand as well as Park Hyatt, Dubai. Prior to his current appointment Graf served as the regional vice president for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.






New GM joins InterCon Doha

The InterContinental Doha, The City has welcomed Renzo Cavagliotti as general manager of the hotel. Cavagliotti has worked with the IHG in the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain and UK. In the GCC and Levant he was with the InterContinental Le Vendome in Beirut, The Regency InterContinental in Bahrain and the InterContinental Muscat.






Fazekas joins Ramada Hotels

The Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence & Ramada Sharjah has appointed Tamas Fazalas as cluster general manager. Fazekas has previously assisted in the openings of the Corinthia Grand Royal, the re-branding of Corinthia Aquincum Hotel to Ramada Plaza, Budapest and opening of Ramada Sharjah.






New role for Ammatoury

The Al Hokair Group has appointed Rania Ammatoury as public relations manager for the group in UAE. Ammatoury brings over 13 years of hospitality experience having started her career with The Phoenicia intercontinental Hotel. She has also worked with proeprties including the Safir Hotel, Grand Hotel, Hotel De Ville and Golden Tulip Hotels & Resorts.






Golden Tulip appoints Zein

The Golden Tulip Galleria Hotel has appointed Mohammad Zein as director of sales & marketing. Graduated from American International University major Business Administration, Zein started his career in the sales & marketing department at Le Meridien Hotel. Most recently he was director of sales with Riviera Hotel & Resort.






New role for Zaid

Yasser Zaid (right) has been promoted to operations manager in Al Nawras Hotel Apartments, Dubai. Zaid was part of the pre-opening team at Banyan Tree Bahrain, Kempinski Egypt before joining Al Nawras Hotel Apartment as front office manager. Corcil Aloba joins the team as new sales & marketing coordinator for the hotel.






Al Bustan Rotana welcomes Mehdi

The Al Bustan Rotana Dubai has appointed Bilal Mehdi as director of Human Resources. Mehdi joined the Rotana Group in 2004, and has been part of the pre-opening teams of four Rotana properties. Prior to his new role he was the director of HR at Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa.






InterCon Regency welcomes Koth

InterContinental Regency Hotel has appointed Michael Koth as general manager. Koth is also responsible for all IHG hotel operations in the Northern Gulf. Most recently he worked as general manager and operations support for IHG IMEA. Koth brings over 30 years of experience holding several GM positions with IHG hotels in Cairo, Doha, Budapest and Athens.






Ramada Downtown appoints Rageh

Ramada Downtown Dubai has announced Khaled Rageh as front office manager. Rageh moved to Dubai as part of the pre-opening team of Safir International Hotels and Coral International Hotels. He was also on the pre-opening team of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa before moving to Jebel Ali International.






Dusit Thani Dubai strengthens team

Dusit Thani Dubai has appointed Tarek Aouini as director of rooms.

Aouini has worked for a number of European hotel chains across the region. Pior to joining Dusit Thani Dubai, he worked and pre-opened various hotels and resorts in Libya, the Maldives and Dubai, before being part of a pre-opening team in the Maldives.






New DOSM at Mövenpick Bahrain

The Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain has appointed Abdul Nabi Shakeeb as a director of sales & marketing. Shakeeb moves with 23 years of expertise having previously worked as director as sales capacities at the Sheraton Bahrain and operational management and hospitality development with other international chains locally and internationally.






Wyndham appoints Zabarah in Doha

Wyndham Grand Regency Doha has appointed Al Hareth Zabarah as director of human resources. Zabarah, with a degree in Business Administration from Thames Valley University London brings with him over nine years of hospitality experience having worked with five-star hotels like Mövenpick in Saudi Arabia & Yemen.






Koopman joins Anantara

Michel Koopman has been appointed Anantara Hotels,Resorts & Spas as director of operations in the Middle East as well as general manager for Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara. Koopman joins Anantara Hotels & Resorts from InterContinental Hotels Group where he held the position of regional general manager for the Group’s properties across China.






New members at The St Regis Doha

The St Regis Doha team continues to grow with the appointment of André Jacques (right) as director of sales and marketing and Leslie Garcia-Moica as director of public relations. The hotel has also appointed Amr Abdel Mohamed Moety and Alexandra Vasilopoulou to join its sales team as assistant directors of sales.