On the move

New appointments at Doha Marriott

The Doha Marriott has appointed Marwan Haddad (right) as director of sales and marketing. Prior to this he was director of sales at the Bahrain Marriott Executive Apartments. The hotel has also appointed Katie Roberts as the new PR and marketing communications manager.







Etihad gets new GM for Seychelles

Etihad Airways has appointed Ahmed Ershood Al Shehhi as its general manager in Seychelles. Ahmed replaces Rashed Saif Al Shabi who has taken up the role of GM in Cyprus. His key responsibilities will include driving commercial results and further enhancing the strong relationships with the airline’s travel trade and corporate customers in Mahé.







Promotions at Golden Tulip Seeb Hotel

Mashal Abdullah Somar Al Zadjali (right) has been promoted to the position of government affairs manager at Golden Tulip Seeb Hotel in Oman while maintaining his role as the human resources manager. Mohamed Shoeib has been promoted as a director of sales and marketing.







Cathay names new COO

Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed Rupert Hogg, currently serving as director of sales and marketing, as chief operating officer with effect from March 2014. He will also serve as director of Cathay Pacific. Hogg takes over the role from Ivan Chu, who will become the chief executive.







Park Hyatt Jeddah welcomes Kumar

Ashwini Kumar has been appointed as the new general manager of Park Hyatt Jeddah. He brings to his new role a vast experience covering 25 years within the Hyatt group and 32 years within the hospitality industry. Prior to this he was the GM at Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.







Assad joins Mövenpick Doha

Mövenpick Tower and Suites, Doha has appointed Sara Assad as marketing and communication manager. Her previous role was at Four Seasons Hotel Amman, as the director of public relations. She has graduated with a degree in communication and journalism from Lynn University, Florida.







Emirates Palace appoints new DOSM

Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has appointed Linda Steeger as the new director of sales and marketing (DOSM). Steeger joined Kempinski eight years ago and was recently recognised as the ‘Kempinski director of sales and marketing of the year for Europe’ in January 2013 and brings more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry.







Percy promoted at RAK Airways

Elizabeth Percy has been appointed as director of corporate communications for RAK Department of Civil Aviation, RAK Airport and RAK Airways. She will report directly to chairman of Department of Civil Aviation.








Ayla Hotels welcomes Yassin

Ayla Hotels and Resorts has appointed Ashraf Yassin as the new group director of human resources and training. He comes with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry having worked for international brands such as IHG, Marriott, Sheraton and Rotana with appointments across the Middle East (Jordan, KSA, Iraq, Oman and UAE).







Dusit strengthens Dubai team

Dusit International has appointed Sameh Shawkat (right) as regional director of sales and marketing – Middle East and Africa (MEA), based in Dubai. Prior to this he was executive assistant manager, sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Doha. The group also appointed Ahmed Talaat as director of sales.







New DOSM at Ritz-Carlton Bahrain

Soufiane El Allam is the new director of sales and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Prior to this he was executive sales director at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort in Eljadida, Morocco.








Gleeson is new executive chef

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat has appointed chef Gavin Gleeson to head up its culinary team. Gavin’s first act as executive chef at Le Deck was to create a brand new business lunch and revamp Le Deck’s menus. He most-recently served as the executive chef at Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers in Dubai.







Promotion for Lacin

The Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina has promoted Tolga S Lacin’s to complex general manager for both properties. In his previous role as complex hotel manager at both the Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.







Khair debuts with Marriott at Salalah

Salalah Marriott Resort has welcomed Samer Khair as its new general manager. With over 23 years of hospitality experience, Khair has gained a comprehensive understanding of the industry and the region. Prior to this he was general manager of hospitality division at Saad Group in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.







Gaessler moves to Abu Dhabi

Stefan Gaessler has been appointed the general manager at Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi. He brings a wealth of knowledge and over 24 years of experience, a number of positions within the Hyatt family. He has also held several roles at Steigenberger Hotel Sonnenhalde as part of the food and beverage and front office team.