New sales director


Jirayr Kececian has been appointed as the new director of sales and marketing for the Middle East and Africa at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Philippe Cassis, the group's vice president and director of operations in the region has announced.

Kececian was general manager of the Sheraton Voyager Antalya Hotel in Turkey before his current appointment.

He began his career with Starwood in 1978 at the Sheraton Istanbul Hotel in the front office and sales.

Between 1995-1998, he worked with the Sheraton Skyline Hotel in London where he joined as director of sales before being promoted to executive assistant manager.

He holds a degree in hotel management from the Balikesir University in Turkey.