On the move

Sahyouni joins Anantara

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has appointed Robert Sahyouni (pictured here) as area director of sales – corporatea. In his role, Sahyouni will oversee the corporate sales strategy of the five Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas in Abu Dhabi.

Matheu joins Etihad Airways

Bruno Matheu is chief operating officer equity partners in the Etihad Airways Aviation Group. He joins the UAE’s national airline after two decades at Air France-KLM. He most recently served as chief long haul officer at Air France.

FRHI appoints AGM Kenya

Davide Bertilaccio joins FRHI as area general manager for Fairmont The Norfolk, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and Fairmont Mara Safari Club. He will be responsible for the performance and operations of the three iconic Kenyan hotels.

New RGM for Air Astana

Karlygash Omurbayeva has been appointed as the regional general manager Gulf and Indian Subcontinent for Air Astana. Prior to new position in Dubai, she was overlooking Turkey for the last three years as country manager.

Zeeshan joins Golden Tulip

Golden Tulip Al Barsha Hotel has appointed Muhammad Zeeshan Ayub as the new director of sales. A Pakistani national, Zeeshan started his career in the UAE and has spent over 15 years in the country.

New appointments at Danat

Al Raha Beach Hotel has appointed Aamir Riaz (pictured here) as the new chief of engineering and Akobir as laundry manager. Both professionals are experienced in their line of work and have joined from reputable brands.

Senior leadership changes at IHG

Alan Watts (pictured here) is now COO for IHG Asia, Middle East and Africa. Clarence Tan is senior vice-president, development of the same region, and Paul Logan will take on the newly created position of chief development officer.

New changes at Rotana

Hossam Mansour (pictured here) joins Towers Rotana as executive assistant manager. Louana Moulaeb is promoted to director of marketing and communications for Park Rotana and Park Arjaan, Abu Dhabi, while Haya Samain joins as assistant director.

Wilson joins Jannah

Jannah Hotels and Resorts has appointed Stuart Wilson as vice-president, development and investment to spearhead the group’s expansion across the UAE and wider GCC region.

Niefer is GM in Bahrain

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Klaus Niefer as complex general manager for The Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre. Niefer, a German national, joins with experience of 30 years and three continents.

Carlson Rezidor appoints Russell

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Sandy Russell as vice-president, commercial operations, Asia Pacific. She reports to Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific and will be a member of the Asia Pacific executive committee.

Tilal Liwa has new GM

Tilal Liwa Hotel has appointed Khaled Sharabassy as general manager. Sharabassy has 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He previously served as cluster manager of ecommerce and revenue operations of Danat Hotels & Resorts.

New faces at Ramee Grand

Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa has named Michele Magrone (pictured here) as its new general manager. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Wolfgang Brandl has joined as director of food and beverage.

Jarosch joins Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach United Arab Emirates (UAE) have appointed Axel Jarosch as general manager. Jarosch brings a wealth of over 20 years’ experience to the two Banyan Tree resorts.

ADNH appoints CEO

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) has appointed Ignace Bauwens as chief executive officer. Equipped with 25 years of working for IHG and Accor, Bauwens aims to increase brand and shareholders’ value under his leadership.