Saturday, May 8, 2021

On the move

Royal Jordanian hires CEO

The Royal Jordanian Board of Directors has elected Samer Majali as Vice Chairman and designated him to assume the role of RJ President/CEO. Majali is a RJ veteran, widely credited for the companies’ growth in the region. His recently founded Plane Vision, a Corporate Strategy & Organization Advisory in Bahrain.

 

REVIER Hotel Dubai appoints opening team

REVIER Hotel Dubai has appointed a new team to lead its operations. Italian hotelier Alessandro Mortillaro has been appointed General Manager, having managed properties in London, Singapore, China, and Macao. Bikash Chatterjee has been appointed Director of Finance with his proven international track record spanning three decades. The Director of Sales & Marketing, Sahil Thakur is a dynamic leader with 14 years of hospitality global sales experience. Olga Alvarez has been appointed Human Resources and Training Manager. Sandor Sigler Gonzales has also joined the team to oversee the hotel’s distinct Swiss food and beverage concept. Mayank Bajpai will be responsible for engineering and facility management.

 

Guatemala posts Bassila in UAE

Guatemala has appointed José Bassila as the new Commercial Counsellor in its UAE Embassy, connecting the heart of the Mayan world to new markets, promoting trade, attracting foreign direct investment and increasing tourism. Prior to this, Bassila was a lawyer with experience in public management. 

 

Mattar joins IHG as MD

IHG Hotels & Resorts has appointed Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa. Mattar is a well-known industry veteran in the IMEA region, with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining IHG Hotels, he was Senior Advisor to the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.

 

Marriott International hires for key positions

Marriott International has made some key regional appointments. Sandeep Walia has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East. Prior to this role, Walia was Area Vice President for the UAE. He will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Turkey, representing 21 hotel brands across ten countries. Jerome Briet has been appointed as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to this role, Briet was Chief Development Officer, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for driving Marriott’s growth trajectory and market position across EMEA.

 

Jumeirah Group strengthens senior leadership

Jumeirah Group announced three key appointments across three of its GCC hotels. Marcus Sutton takes on the role of General Manager at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens following three years at Jumeirah Emirates Towers as Hotel Manager and then General Manager. Kirti Anchan will be stepping into the role of General Manager at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. His most recent role was Hotel Manager of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Luke James has been appointed General Manager of Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman. 

 

Marriott International hires for key positions

Marriott International has made some key regional appointments. Sandeep Walia has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East. Prior to this role, Walia was Area Vice President for the UAE. He will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Turkey, representing 21 hotel brands across ten countries. Jerome Briet has been appointed as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to this role, Briet was Chief Development Officer, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for driving Marriott’s growth trajectory and market position across EMEA.

 

Garan joins as new GM

Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf has appointed Hossein Garan as the General Manager. Prior to this, he was General Manager for Doha Marriott Hotel. Garan is a true Marriott veteran, having first kicked off his career with the Grand Hyatt in 1982 in New York City as a Management Trainee.

 

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