On the move

Rotana appoints key personnel to support expansion plans

Rotana adds key members to its team to aid its aggressive expansion plans. Frederic Savoye has been appointed as Vice President of Brand Performance. Savoye will oversee the brands’ sales processes in addition to managing and executing commercial plans across markets. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Victor de Vries has been appointed as Vice President Franchise Strategy. De Vries will lead and advance the engagement with existing franchise partners, optimising the value from the partnerships and support the development team to identify and convert new franchise opportunities.


Leo promoted to Chief Concierge

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has promoted Vince Leo as its Chief Concierge. Leo has worked with the Four Seasons brand since 2016, working his way up the ladder. He is also a member of Les Clefs d’Or UAE, a league of world-class concierges with around 4,000 members globally.


Hyatt Regency appoints Abdelli

Maroua Abdelli has been appointed as Events Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha. Abdelli began her hospitality career in 2015, at ITC Grand Chola Hotel in India. She worked for several companies between India and Tunisia until she joined Park Hyatt Doha in 2019 before moving to her current role.


Meziane to lead DIP hotel

Copthorne Lakeview Hotel & Executive Apartments in Dubai Investments Park (DIP) has appointed Malik Meziane as General Manager. Meziane has worked in reputed brands in Europe and the Middle East and has received the Gold Medal award of Professional Merit at the Foro-Europa.


Halim appointed Cluster GM

Nader Halim has been appointed as the new Cluster General Manager for Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, The WBTM Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton, and DoubleTree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences. He has over 24 years of hospitality experience and has spent 20 of these with Hilton.


El Khal joins Kempinski Muscat

Kempinski Hotel Muscat has appointed Julien El Khal as the new Executive Chef. Prior to this, Chef El Khal was Cluster Executive Chef at Marsa Malaz Kempinski in Doha from 2018. He has over 15 years of operational experience in Western, Oriental, Continental, and Mediterranean cuisines.


Kerten appoints general counsel

Kerten Hospitality appoints Tara Marlow as Group General Counsel. Marlow is a highly experienced lawyer in real estate development and the Hotels & Leisure industry, with over 20 years of experience. She was recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader in Hospitality.


Nane appointed Chair IATA Board

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Pegasus Airlines Vice-Chairperson of the Board (Managing Director) Mehmet Tevfik Nane as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term. Nane is the 80th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since 2019.


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