Marriott veteran to retire


Marriott International has announced that Harry Bosschaart, area vice president for the Middle East and Africa, will retire on July 1, following 23 years of service.

Anton Najjar, currently vice president development Middle East and Africa, has been named as Harry Bosschaart's successor.

In his new role, Najjar will be responsible for Marriott's lodging operations in the Middle East and Africa, which encompass 19 operating hotels in nine countries offering almost 5,000 rooms and spanning three lodging brands.

"Harry Bosschaart leaves a legacy that will be very hard to duplicate," said Ed Fuller, president and managing director for international lodging at Marriott.

"His depth of knowledge and experience of the Middle East is second to none.

"He has been an important catalyst for our expansion in the region. We are delighted that Harry will assist us in the future as a consultant."

Speaking about Najjar, Fuller said: "Fortunately Marriott's management ranks are formidable. Anton Najjar brings to his new post an impressive base of experience in the Middle East and we are confident that this transition will be seamless."