Waldorf Astoria Kuwait has appointed Kemal Sirtikirmizi as General Manager. Sirtikirmizi, a hospitality veteran, brings more than 20 years of international experience across North America, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He has worked with many luxury brands including St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton.
Stefano Micocci, an Italian citizen, has been appointed Executive Chef at St. Regis Downtown, Dubai. Chef Micocci has over 20 years of progressive experience working in countries like Italy, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Langkawi. Prior to this, he was Executive Chef at The Andaman Luxury Collection in Malaysia.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has appointed Jay Pricher as General Counsel. Pricher had joined the organization in 2009 and has served as Vice President of Legal. Prior to joining Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Pricher served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Financial American Corporation.
Explora Journeys, the new luxury brand of MSC Group’s Cruise Division, has appointed Helen Beck as Head of Global Sales Excellence. Beck previously spent five years as Vice President International Sales and Marketing with Crystal Cruises and, prior to that, 16 years with Royal Caribbean as EMEA Regional Director.
Ammar Helal has been appointed the new Director of Sales and Marketing of Marriott Hotel Al Forsan situated in the vibrant Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi. Most recently, he was the Multi-Property Director of Sales at The Abu Dhabi Edition, Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi.
Saleh Bataineh has been appointed Deputy General Manager of Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas in Qatar. He has 24 years of hospitality experience. Prior to joining Salwa Beach Resort, he was the Director of Asset Management at Katara Hospitality, overseeing 13 asset portfolios across Qatar, Egypt and Singapore.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas Abu Dhabi has appointed Sid Fikri as Executive Assistant Manager. Fikri’s hospitality career began 20 years ago, in New York City. He brings with him a wide creative knowledge and practical understanding of the hospitality and service industry, working his way up in the Big Apple.
Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with operations in 13 countries, has appointed Fernando Eiroa as the new Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding Entertainment. Eiroa brings nearly 20 years of experience in the experiential entertainment industry. In his last role, he was CEO of CircusTrix.
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