On the move


Simon takes charge at Refad Hotels
Refad Hotels & Resorts has appointed Hermann Simon as its new senior vice-president in charge of ‘worldwide’ operations.

Prior to joining Refad Hotels & Resorts, Hermann worked for Hilton and ITT Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.

Fakhoury is new GM at Jumeira Rotana
Rotana Hotels has appointed Kamal Fakhoury as the general manager (GM) of Jumeira Rotana Hotel, Dubai. Fakhoury was previously director of food and beverage and executive assistant manager.

Kopera at Corniche, A Rosewood Hotel
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Gert Kopera managing director of Corniche, A Rosewood Hotel. Kopera has served as MD of The Dharmawangsa, A Rosewood Hotel, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to which he was with Hotel Seiyo Ginza, A Rosewood Hotel, in Tokyo, Japan, Al Faisaliah, A Rosewood Hotel, and Hotel Al Khozama, A Rosewood Hotel, both located in Riyadh, KSA.

Iseli is GM at Four Seasons Damascus
Four Seasons has appointed Markus Iseli as GM of its new Damascus property. Iseli was previously hotel manager at Four Seasons Istanbul and takes his first position as GM in their new property opening later this year.

Aoun at Grand Continental Flamingo
The Grand Continental Flamingo Hotel, Abu Dhabi, has promoted Pierre Aoun as GM of the property. Aoun has worked in global hotel chains like InterContinental, Marriott and Le Meridien.

Hassan joins F&B at Al Bustan Rotana
Al Bustan Rotana Hotel has announced the appointment of Mohamad Haj Hassan as the food and beverage (F&B) manager. Hassan, was previously working with Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers in Abu Dhabi as the assistant F&B manager.

Banks at Fairmont Hotels
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced that Stephen Banks is the executive director, sales and marketing. Banks was previously with Hilton, Hyatt, Europa Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental in the Middle East. Stephen was Ritz-Carlton’s regional director of sales and marketing (DoSM) before joining Fairmont.

Strachan promoted as area DoSM
Marriott International has promoted Jeff Strachan to area DoSM for Marriott properties in the Middle East and Africa. Strachan joined Marriott Hotels in Kuwait as country DoSM. The highlight of Strachan’s achievements in Kuwait was in establishing and developing a country sales and marketing team proactively selling Marriott properties in Kuwait.

Traynor at InterCon Citystairs
InterContinental Citystars Cairo hotel has recently appointed David Traynor as DoSM. Traynor worked for Marriott International Hotels as Asia Pacific DoSM. He then joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World as group DoSM.

Heerah as executive housekeeper
Khaleed Abu Heerah, assistant housekeeper, Sheraton Deira Hotel & Towers, Dubai, has been promoted to executive housekeeper. He started his career at the Radisson SAS in Amman, following which he joined the Grand Hyatt, Amman.

New faces at Mövenpick Bur Dubai
The Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai welcomed two new sales executives to its youthful team. Heading the sales department is Karen Hardan, DoSM, with a strong background in hotel operations as well as a proven track record in sales and marketing. Supporting Hardan is Govind Pratap who has a background in sales from leading hotels in the industry.

El Menshawy at Rezidor SAS
Rezidor SAS Hospitality has appointed Nouha El Menshawy as corporate sales manager at its regional office. Nouha was previously with Emirates airline. As corporate account executive in Egypt, she gained experience in customer relationship management as well as acquired sales and training skills.

Al Indri joins Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi has recently appointed Abdullah Al Indri as banqueting manager. Al Indri started his career from Plaza Hotel in Syria, Al Farabi Hotel in Lebanon and the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi.

Ramada Bahrain promotes Al Khooheji
Ramada Hotel Bahrain has promoted government relation officer Murad Al Khooheji to personnel manager. Murad has been a very dynamic and hardworking member of the Ramada team since 1995.

Lots cooking for Chef Hany
The Coral Deira, Dubai, has appointed Hany Hassan as executive sous chef. Chef Hany has worked with top five-star hotels including Le Royal Meridien Bahrain, the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo and Metropolis in Switzerland.

Obeid makes mark at Novotel
Novotel World Trade Centre has announced the successful completion of management training of the first UAE associate, Jawaher Obeid. Obeid is a fresh graduate from Dubai Higher College of Technology.

Samia Khan at Holiday Inn Downtown
InterContinental Hotels has appointed Samia Khan as director of sales at the Holiday Inn Downtown Dubai. With a proven track record in the sales and marketing sector, Khan will rely on her experience in her previous role as senior sales manager.

Molinari takes over Sabella’s
Andrea Molinari is the new chef at Sabella’s restaurant, Ajman Kempinski. Molinari, who started at the Ramada Hotel in Milano, has worked with Marriott Hotel Milano and Melià Poltu Quatu Hotel in Sardinia.