Kempenski Hotles has appointed three senior hoteliers as Zone General Managers to oversee a number of the group’s luxury hotels in the Middle East and Africa region.
Sébastien Mariette, Karim Tayach and Manish Nambiar are the new appointments and at the same time they will keep the responsibility of their own hotels as general managers.
“Given the ever-changing landscape of our industry, this new improved and highly efficient operational structure allows us to be as close as possible to our hotels and owners in the region and gives us the right framework to remain a flexible and business partner. agile who adapts and responds efficiently and quickly to demand, ”explains Bernold Schroeder, Interim Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Kempinski Hotels.
Sébastien Mariette, the new general manager of the Levant zone, started his journey with Kempinski in 2007 and has held several management positions in various parts of the world, including general manager of the cluster at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and at the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba in Jordan, General Manager of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore as well as Area General Manager Egypt. Bulgaria, Djibouti, China and the United Arab Emirates have also been resorts in Kempinski’s career for the past 14 years.
Mariette holds a master’s degree as well as a master’s degree in business administration in international hotel management, which he passed with distinction. As regional general manager of the Levant, he now oversees the three Kempinski hotels in Jordan as well as the Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut in Lebanon.
Coming from a successful hotel family, Karim Tayach brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new position. Based in Qatar, he will not only look after Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl as well as Kempinski Residences & Suites in Doha, but also the Kempinski Hotel Muscat in Oman as well as the Kempinski Al Othman Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Tayach has worked in the luxury hospitality industry for over 27 years and began his journey as a business management intern at the Hyatt Regency Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He then worked his way up the ranks of his career, moving up food and beverage positions at the Ritz Carlton hotels in Dubai, Doha and Jakarta until he moved up to the next level and became General Manager of the Ritz Carlton Jakarta. Pacific Place in 2007, followed by an assignment as General Manager. at the Ritz Carlton Bali in 2013. Karim is a Tunisian-German national who is fluent in English, German, Italian, in addition to his mother tongues Arabic and French.
Well-known luxury hotel expert in Africa, Manish Nambiar is the new Zone General Manager in charge of this region for Kempinski Hotels. He joined the company in 2004 as Regional Executive Chef and has held several management positions such as Hotel Manager at Kempinski Soma Bay in Egypt or Kempinski Hotel Delhi in India. During his career over the past 17 years, he was appointed General Manager of Kempinski Kenya Cluster, then General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra in Ghana, where he successfully positioned the hotel as market leader.
Nambiar completed his hotel studies at the Indian Institute of Hotel Management and European Executive MBA from Reims Management School. In addition to his position as Managing Director in Accra, he now oversees in his new role Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi and Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara in Kenya, Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Kempinski Seychelles Resort as well as three hotels in Egypt, Kempinski Nile Hotel and Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski in Cairo and Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay. – TradeArabia news service