On the move

New Abu Dhabi leadership team

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the promotion of Wael Soueid (pictured here) to area general manager of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Patrick Both joins as general manager of the property, while Mark Eletr joins as cluster general manager of Anantara’s Sir Bani Yas Island properties.

Bagaeen joins Carlson Rezidor

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Tareq Bagaeen as regional director of sales for the Middle East. Bagaeen will work closely with the hotels providing inbound and outbound sales support across the region. He will manage sales activities including roadshows, workshops and exhibitions for the region.

Bin Majid appoints Chinopoulou

Bin Majid Hotels & Resorts has appointed Vanessa Chinopoulou as new cluster marketing manager of Bin Majid Hotels & Resorts. She will lead the daily marketing operations as well as oversee the group’s properties in the region. She has extensive experience in the hospitality field.

Minor Hotel Group appoints SVP

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has appointed James A. Kaplan to the position of senior vice-president development for the group. Kaplan joins Bangkok-based MHG from Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) where most recently he held the position of SVP development for Asia-Pacific and India, based in Singapore.

New GM for Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has appointed Anthony Tyler as general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. A British national raised in Switzerland, Tyler comes to Saudi Arabia with a wealth of experience gained from international postings within the hospitality industry over the past 20 years.

Barghout named area vice president

Ibrahim Barghout has been appointed as the new area vice-president of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. In his new role, Barghout will have operational responsibility for Ritz-Carlton hotels, providing oversight and leadership to positively impact hotel performance, portfolio development and owner relations.

IHG appoints F&B director

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has appointed Donald A. Wingell, as its new director of food and beverage for South West Asia. Wingell will be based at IHG’s corporate Office in Gurgaon, New Delhi, reporting to the vice president of operations for South West Asia.

New sales and marketing director

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has appointed Egyptian-national Hossam Nabil as its new director of sales and marketing. Nabil brings with him 18 years of UAE experience within the hospitality industry, having held senior sales and marketing positions with leading hotel brands such as the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), Time Hotels and Rotana Hotels.

F&B manager for Ramada Plaza JBR

Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence has announced the appointment of Manoli Athanassiou as food and beverage manager. In this role, he will lead the overall operations of the hotel’s five dining outlets, including strategic planning, revenue management, budgeting and staff training.

New GM for Jumeirah Messilah

Jumeirah Group has appointed Hakan Petek as the new general manager for Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait. Before being promoted to his current role, Petek a key player in the pre-opening period of the hotel as well as a member of the executive committee.

Schuller appointed DOSM at Raffles 

Saskia Schuller has been appointed director of sales and marketing, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles. A German native, with 19 years of international experience in the hospitality industry, she joins the Raffles family from Kerzner International’s Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

Turkish Airlines appoints new GM

Turkish Airlines has appointed Rafet Alper Ozen as general manager of the global carrier’s operations in Dubai and Northern Emirates. Ozen will be responsible for developing the business strategy for Turkish Airlines specifically for Dubai and Northern Emirates, and further strengthening the growth recorded by the airline.

Carlton welcomes new staff

Donato Ubana (pictured here) and Felix Francis have joined the Carlton Tower Hotel team. Ubana leads the engineering department in his new post as chief engineer. Francis joins as food and beverage manager at the hotel, and comes with 17 years of hotel experience.

Chalak promoted to manager

Grand Millennium Dubai Hotel has announced the promotion of Oussama Chalak as resident manager. He has been with the hotel for over six years, as director of rooms and director of revenue. He has been in the hotel industry for over 15 years, starting his career with Hilton Hotels.

Aruba appoints Graeme Kane

Aruba Networks, Inc. has appointed Graeme Kane as regional hospitality business development manager for GCC, Egypt and Turkey. Kane is responsible for developing and executing strategies to expand Aruba’s customer base in the hospitality sector, a key vertical in which the company has been experiencing a great deal of success.