Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On the move

Hartwell is new corporate MD

Kieran Hartwell is the first MD for corporate travel at Travel Counsellors. Hartwell’s role will include scaling Travel Counsellors for Business over the next five years, identifying the right investments to support the growing network of corporate travel specialists and clients, and acting as global leader for corporate.


Kempinksi promotes Youssef

Wafik Youssef, a 10-year hospitality expert, has been appointed vice president operations, Middle East & Africa at Kempinski Hotels. In his new role, Youssef will continue to support the MEA operations and reinforce the Kempinski brand. More recently, he was the regional director of operations, Middle East & Africa.


Six Senses appoints CCO

Bryan Gabriel, a 15 years IHG veteran, joins Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas as chief commercial officer where he will be overseeing the group’s sales and marketing department and implementing effective systems to support the brand’s expansion. Most recently, Gabriel was head of commercial for America from 2016.


Emirates promotes Nawabi

Emirates has appointed Shahreyar Nawabi as senior vice-president Legal, Compliance & Privacy. In his expanded role, Nawabi, a UAE National, will lead Emirates' growing compliance efforts globally. He will continue to lead and manage the legal teams, while also retaining his appointment as the Group's data privacy officer.


Rotana gets new cluster GM

Rotana Hotel Management has appointed Timur Ilgaz as the cluster general manager for Arjaan Dubai Media City and Centro Barsha in Dubai. Ilgaz has been associated with Rotana for over 13 years and has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry working in Turkey, Canada and more. 


Silva is F&B director

Miguel Duarte Silva has been appointed as F&B director at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. Since arriving in Dubai in 2015, Silva has worked as operations manager for Grosvenor House which won multiple awards under his leadership, and managed the teams at Belgian Beer Café, Cargo, Maison Mathis and Le Petit Belge.


Fairmont Dubai appoints DOE

Fairmont Dubai appoints Samuel Saravanan as director of engineering. Most recently, he was chief engineer at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Saravanan brings 24 years of experience across multiple industries. His prior tenure with Accor included successful senior unit leadership appointments. 


JA appoints Singh

Simarna Singh, a 22-year-old joins JA Resorts & Hotels as their official sustainability consultant, responsible for all 9 properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean. Singh represented the UAE Youth Delegation at the GMIS conference in Russia and was UN Global Compact Youth Ambassador in 2017.


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