PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Marriott International has announced the expansion and strengthening of its sales and marketing leadership team for the Middle East and Africa. Led by seasoned Marriott International veteran, Neal
Jones, chief sales and marketing officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, the leadership team for Middle East and Africa has been formed from a highly experienced team
Puneet Baijal is the new general manager of Roda Al Bustan Dubai Airport Hotel. In his new role with RODA Hotels & Resorts, Baijal will be overseeing day-to-day operations and the strategic direction of the 279-room property.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown has appointed Fabrice Ducry as its new general manager. Having worked in the industry for 20 years and over seven spent with the Sofitel brand, Ducry brings with him a wealth of experience to his new position.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has introduced
Daniel Kaan as its new general manager. A versatile executive who brings over 16 years of experience to his position, Kaan takes up his new role from Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, where he held the position of general manager from 2014.
Savino Leone joins the Jumeirah Group as the general manager of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, having held the position of GM of Intercontinental Osaka, in Japan. Prior to this, he worked as the GM of Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park, Qatar. including: Paul Dalgleish, VP of sales and distribution; Sarah
Allen, VP of revenue strategy and analysis; Jitendra Jain, VP of digital, loyalty and portfolio marketing; Sandra Schulze
Potgieter, VP of premium and select brands; Sarah Walker
Kerr, VP of communications Middle East and Africa; Raheel
Baggia, senior director, brand, marketing, sales and consumer (BMSC) planning and services. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced Gloria Guevara
Manzo as its new president and CEO and successor to David Scowsill. Guevara served as secretary of tourism for Mexico, CEO of the Mexican Tourism Board from 2010 to 2012, and was a minister in the cabinet of president Calderón. Previously, she worked for global distribution system Sabre. Centro Capital Centre & Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana has welcomed Chadi Nicolas as their new general manager. Nicolas joins from Hala Arjaan by Rotana, where, as the hotel’s general manager, he played a pivotal role in driving the business and leading operations.
Swiss-belhotel International has promoted Herve Peyre to area general manager for Bahrain. Peyre was previously the general manager of SwissBelhotel Seef Bahrain, having been associated with the group since September 2013.
Alan Stocker is the new general manager of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. The appointment marks Stocker’s third Waldorf Astoria property since joining Hilton in 2011, before which he managed an island resort in the Maldives and a city hotel in Beijing. Pascal Gauvin has announced the promotion of Oussama Massoud to the position of IHG director of operations, Levant. Massoud follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Michael Koth. His career in the hospitality industry spans more than 30 years, all of which have been with the Intercontinental Hotels Group and included spells in several GCC countries, Jordan and Palestine.