ON THE MOVE
Oliver Braun has joined as the director of sales and marketing for Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama. In his new role, Braun will oversee all marketing, sales and public relations strategies and initiatives for the two Riyadh hotels. Braun joins from Sun International Resorts and Hotels.
Otto joins as general manager
The Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group has appointed Lennard Otto as general manager of IMG Worlds of Adventure to provide strategic direction and lead all aspects of operations management. Otto comes with managerial and operational experience in Wild Wadi, Atlantis The Palm, and Wadi Adventure.
JacTravel has recruited Suman Khan as regional head of contracting for the Middle East and North Africa. Khan’s main target will be to increase the number of hotels contracted, in addition to exploring new markets, strengthening supplier relations and ensuring the best rates to clients while maintaining quality service.
Karim Ladil has been appointed as the ‘mayor’ of Jannah P’lace Dubai Marina and Marina Bay Suites by Jannah. Ladil is one of the founders of the Karim services, where he shapes and drives a team of highly trained butlers, who ensure Jannah’s first-class guests are taken care of to the utmost satisfaction.
New GM for Etihad
Etihad Airways has appointed Sarah Built as its new general manager for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney. Built has 25 years of aviation experience, which includes sales and senior management roles for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, American Airlines, Swiss, Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways.
Janet Abrahams joins as area director
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl has appointed Janet Abrahams as area director sales and marketing – Abu Dhabi. Janet’s luxury international hospitality career spans 20 years based in the UAE, Levant, Europe and Asia. She began her sales and marketing career in London.
Fanous joins as Radisson Blu GM
Radisson Blu Resort, Jizan in Saudi Arabia has appointed John Fanous as the general manager for the newly opened resort. An American citizen with Lebanese origins, Fanous has over 36 years’ experience in the industry. He began his hospitality career with Holiday Inn Bedford Texas, where he worked in the front office.
GainingEdge has announced that Paul Vallee is now heading up its operations in the Americas. With a career spanning over 25 years in destination sales, marketing and services management, Vallee was formerly the executive vice president of Tourism Vancouver (the Metro Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau).
Sabre Corporation has appointed Dino Gelmetti as vice-president of Airline Solutions, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Gelmetti will lead Sabre’s airline business in EMEA, a key growth region for the company. He will grow the company’s revenue and customer base, and maintain successful partnerships.
Hulugalle joins as Four Seasons GM
Sanjiv Hulugalle has been appointed general manager of the new Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina in Hawaii. Last month, he made the transition from general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing to Ko Olina, to lead the pre-opening team as the hotel prepares to open early 2016.
Tilal Liwa Hotel has appointed Ramesh Kumar Singh as director of sales. Singh started his career at Hyatt New Delhi some 16 years ago and his most recent appointment was at Al Raha Beach Hotel, where he was director of sales – corporate & meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (Mice).
The Semiramis InterContinental Cairo has appointed Mazen Fahmy as the new technology manager. He started his career with InterContinental Hotels Group in the year 2004 at the City Stars Complex Project, InterContinental, Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites in different capacities till his final post as assistant it manager.
Four Seasons at DIFC hires GM
Carlo Stragiotto is the general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Dubai at DIFC, expected to open in 2016. Most recently hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Milano, the tri-lingual Italian has worked with the brand in Paris, Istanbul, Las Vegas and at the Red Sea, in his 22-year history with Four Seasons.
Travelport has appointed Steven Chambers to its board of directors. He has spent most of his professional career in technology and the payments business, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief information officer of Visa Europe. He has also held positions with ACI Worldwide and First Data Resources.
Svensson joins as Viceroy Dubai GM
Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Mikael Svensson as general manager of Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, ahead of the property’s opening in 2016. A dynamic leader in the international luxury hotel industry, Svensson is well placed to oversee the launch of the $1 billion property, Viceroy Hotel Group’s first venture into Dubai.