President – EMEA, Marriott International
Marriott International announced Satya Anand has been appointed President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division that encompasses over 75 countries and territories. Anand was most recently the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe and Global Design for EMEA. In his new appointment, Anand will spearhead Marriott International’s post-COVID-19 recovery approach across the region.
Senior VP – Retail, MEA Amadeus Dubai
Amadeus has appointed Jamel Chandoul as Senior Vice President – Retail, Middle East and Africa, effective January 1, 2021. He will also be responsible for the Travel Channels business across the Middle East and Africa. Chandoul joined Amadeus in 2011 as Head of Global Sales for Amadeus Rail. In 2014, he took over as General Manager of Gestour in Strasbourg after the company’s acquisition by Amadeus. He was subsequently appointed as Commercial Director of Amadeus France & managed both roles from 2016 until this year.
Chief Marketing Officer Travelport, New York, USA
Travelport has appointed Jennifer Catto as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Catto is an award-winning marketing executive, with two decades of leadership experience. Catto’s responsibilities include elevating Travelport’s brand, enhancing lead generation and defining and communicating a new confident, distinct and compelling company narrative. She reports directly into Greg Webb, CEO. She has also joined the company’s Senior Leadership Team.
Area General Manager IHG Hotels
IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City announces the appointment of veteran hotelier Thomas Schmelter as Area General Manager of IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City overseeing four properties and the Dubai Festival Arena. He is responsible to drive the performance of InterContinental, InterContinental Residences Suites, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Dubai Festival Arena by InterContinental at Dubai Festival City with a total number of 1,600 rooms & over 10,000 sqm of event venues.
GM, Gulf & MEt Singapore Airlines, Dubai
Singapore Airlines has appointed Ryan Yeoh as General Manager Gulf & Middle East, based in Dubai. In his new role, Yeoh will be responsible for all aspects of SIA’s commercial and operational activities across the Gulf & ME. Yeoh joined Singapore Airlines in 2011 & has held various leadership roles in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and North Asia, positioning him well to lead SIA in the equally challenging and exciting Gulf and Middle East region.
General Manager Sheraton Oman Hotel
Sheraton Oman Hotel has announced the appointment of Samir Messaoudi as General Manager of the hotel. He brings nearly two decades of experience to his new role. Messaoudi has been associated with Marriott International since 2006. He has worked in various roles in the US before moving to the Middle East in 2010. Messaoudi joined the Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz Carlton Hotel as the Director of Banquets and gained thorough F&B experience in his roles in Doha, Dubai, Jakarta and Oman.
General Manager Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Heliopolis
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis has appointed Yasser Bahaa as General Manager. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he has a track record of driving best practices to position brands into market leaders. Bahaa is a customer-centric & result-driven hotelier with varied experience in ME & GCC. At Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis, his aim is to deliver excellent best-in-class service, memorable and the highest quality of guest experiences.
Director of F&B Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has appointed Mohamed Abdallah as the Director of Food and Beverage. In his new role, Abdallah will provide strategic leadership and oversee the operation of the hotel’s diverse F&B outlets as well as its banqueting and catering services. Abdallah has 16 years of experience in Abu Dhabi where he brings a wealth of knowledge in enhancing revenue for conference and banqueting operations. With his expertise and fresh insights, Abdallah will ensure the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr continues to provide guests with the best culinary experiences.