On the move
Dimblad comes to RAK
Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has named Anders Dimblad general manager of Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree, Ras Al Khaimah Beach. He began his career at Banyan Tree in 2003, and worked with the group in the Seychelles, Ihuru and Bangkok.
Rosewood welcomes Steinbock
Rosewood Hotels has named Erich Steinbock regional vice president for Saudi Arabia, and managing director of the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama hotels. He was formerly area director for Rosewood in the US, overseeing the five-star Carlyle in New York and Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda.
Rezidor appoints Wardah
The Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina, has appointed Wael Wardah its director of sales. Wardah moved to the UAE with the Ramada, later working with Accor at the World Trade Centre Dubai before moving to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, his most recent posting.
Moore now at Arjaan
Chantel Moore is now general manager of the BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai. She was formerly GM at Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai, and has worked for Accor and Habtoor in Dubai. She has 19 years of experience in hospitality sector within Australia, the UK, and the Middle East.
Millennium Doha boosts team
Millennium Hotel Doha has announced two new appointments: Tarek Haroun (right) joins as director of sales and marketing, moving from the Al Ahsa InterContinental. Maya Hanna joins as PR and communications manager for the hotel and for the group’s two new properties; Kingsgate Doha and Copthorne Doha.
New GM at The Address Downtown
Emaar Hospitality Group has named Philippe Georges Zuber general manager of The Address Downtown Dubai, a flagship property of The Address Hotels + Resorts. He has worked with international operators in such cities as Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Casablanca, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Gauvin appointed as COO
Pascal Gauvin is now chief operating officer for IHG in India, the Middle East and Africa. He joined IHG in 1993 and has held senior positions across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His most recent position was VP operations, Near East & Africa.
New role for Leung
Southern Sun Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels has re-appointed Andre Leung to the post of complex human resources manager. Leung was part of the pre-opening team in 2007. He moves from his role as personnel manager at One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai.
Kunkler is major star at Minor
Minor Hotel Group has appointed Robert Kunkler as its senior vice president of hotel operations. Kunkler will oversee operating Anantara properties across all geographies. He joins MHG from Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts where he held the position of regional vice president for operations in Dubai.
Lufthansa names new chief for EAME
Carsten Schaeffer joins Lufthansa German Airlines as the airline’s new vice president for sales and services for Southeast Europe, Africa and Middle East. Schaffer was previously managing director at Miles & More International, Lufthansa’s frequent flyer programme, from 2005 to March 2012.
Air Astana appoints new GM
Air Astana has appointed Janar Jailauova regional general manager for the Gulf and Indian Subcontinent, based in Dubai. Jailauova was previously sales and marketing manager for the UK and Ireland markets as well as sales and marketing manager for Kazakhstan and Central Asia in Almaty.
Swiss-belHotel appoints new DOSM
Rana Mneimneh has been named director of sales and marketing at Swiss-belHotel Plaza Kuwait. She formerly worked with the Jumeirah Group, at the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, and at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, at its Al Bidaa property and its Bur Dubai hotel.
Sales news at Fraser Suites Dubai
Fraser Suites Dubai has named Sherin Mathews its senior sales manager. With almost 16 years of experience in sales and relationship management, she is a skilled negotiator and strategist able to build long term relationships with high-level personnel and close sales in competitive environments.
Fazekas joins Ramada Hotels
The Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence and Ramada Sharjah has appointed Tamas Fazekas 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.
Rotana welcomes new members
The Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana welcomes its new director of human resources, Andrea Lupova (right), who has worked with Rotana in Dubai for four years. Sami Ishak has been appointed as director of finance at the Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi.