On the move


Heyer is new Starwood CEO 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has named Steven J. Heyer CEO.

Heyer was most recently president and COO of The Coca-Cola Company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Special Olympics.

Rohling at Elephantine Resort
Brigette Rohling has taken over as general manager (GM) for Elephantine Island Resort Aswan which is operated by the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Group. Brigitte joins the resort with more than 24 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

Hayajneh is GM of Petra Marriott GM
Khadoun Hayajneh has been appointed GM of the Petra Marriott Hotel. Hayajneh has spent the last 14 years of his hotel career with international hotel chains and brings an abundance of knowledge.

Awadallah promoted as GM
Mohamed Ahmed Awadallah, who joined the Al Maha Rotana Suites last year as hotel manager, has been promoted as GM for Al Maha Rotana Suites. Awadallah has 20 years experience in hotel industry.

Zayoun takes charge
Pierre Zayoun, who joined Al Ain Rotana Hotel almost five years ago, has been promoted as GM of the hotel. Zayoon will be heading the hotel team with the emphasis on implementing new strategies.

Koumendakos at Crowne Plaza
George Koumendakos has been appointed as GM of the Crowne Plaza Bahrain. He was most recently EAM at the InterContinental Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Danby joins Metropolitan
David Danby has joined Metropolitan Hotels International as group director of marketing. Danby has had an extensive hotel career spanning more than 30 years and has worked and lived in many countries.

Mainguy at Ritz Dubai
Peter Mainguy has been appointed hotel manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai after working for Ritz-Carlton for almost three years as regional director of sales and marketing (DoSM) for the Middle East properties.

Al Awa as DoSM of two Holiday Inns
Walid Al Awa has been appointed as the new DoSM managing the two prestigious hotels: Holiday Inn Al Khobar and Half Moon Bay Holiday Inn Resort. Al Awa brings with wide experience in the hotel industry.

Bary joins Mövenpick Cairo
Ahmed Abdel Bary has been appointed as the front office manager of the Mövenpick Hotel Cairo Media City. He joins the Mövenpick team with more than 13 years of experience in five-stars hotels. Mövenpick.

Changes at Radisson, Taba
The Radisson SAS Resort, Taba, has appointed Mohamed Khorshed (right) as its new DoSM. He takes over from Magdi Sayegh who, after a successful year as DoSM, has been appointed as executive assistant manager at the luxury resort.

Lots cooking for Siebert
Carsten Siebert is the new director of F&B for the soon-to-open Courtyard by Marriott Green Community Dubai. German national Carsten has worked in the hospitality industry for 13 years.

Steyn joins Holiday Inn Al Khobar
JOHANNES Mackenzie Steyn is the new executive chef at Holiday Inn Al Khobar. He brings a wealth of experience from South Africa as well as England and New York where he has practised his craft.

Eid returns to Gefinor Rotana
Yasmine Eid, who was earlier front office manager of the Gefinor Rotana Hotel before joining Intercontinental Hotels IC Hotels Groups at Holiday Inn Dunes, is returns to Rotana Hotels to take up her earlier position at Gefinor Rotana.

Al Hashemi joins Al Sondos Suites 
Al Sondos Suites by Le Meridien has appointed Mohamed Al Hashemi as chief engineer. He holds a civil engineering degree from the Higher College of Technology, and has previously worked at the Dubai Ports and Customs Authority and Free Zone Corporation.

New faces at Dubai Marine
Ibrahim El Moghrabi has joined Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa as training and quality control manager and Wael Dodin has joined as front office manager. El Moghrabi had previously worked for Walt Disney World in Florida while Dodin has been in the hotel industry since 1989.

Jones is Shangri-La’s new PR manager
Shangri-La Hotels and Resort has appointed Kate Jones to the newly-created position of public relations manager, UK and the Middle East. Jones brings with her extensive PR  experience in  tourism. 

Wong moves to Grand Hyatt 
Min Min Wong has joined Grand Hyatt Dubai as marketing communications manager.  Wong, who originally hails from Malaysia, brings to the role a wealth of marketing experience in the hospitality industry.

Weiss joins Gulf Air, Kuwait
Gulf Air has appointed Houssam Weiss as general manager for Kuwait. Weiss has moved from the Gulf Air London office where he was a key account manager. His career in the travel market spans more than 10 years.