Quick Takes – Hotel industry personnel roundup

by | Feb 18, 2019 | News

Take a look at a summary of personnel changes, promotions and awards in the international hospitality industry

S. Aboujaoude ranks on Power 25 list

Stephanie Aboujaoude, Area Senior Marketing Communications Director for Radisson, has ranked at number eight on Hotelier Middle East’s Women in Hospitality: Power 25 list.

Aboujaoude, born in Lebanon, joined the Radisson group in 2006, and has over 15 years of experience within the hospitality industry.

Her role is as the Area Senior Director Marketing Communications for the Middle East and Africa, a job in which she oversees the marketing activity of 85 properties in 27 countries, which is set to more than double in the next four to five years.

“Women need to challenge the status quo and make sure they are visible and their voice is heard. We need to go after what we want and not the other way around,” Aboujaoude said after the achievement.

C. Zappia joins Hilton in Sri Lanka

Californian hotelier Christopher Zappia has become a core part of the Hilton team in Sri Lanka.

Joining the Hilton Colombo and Double Tree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort as the Cluster Commercial Director, Zappia will bring his lifetime of hospitality to bear in his new position.

Hailing from Anaheim, California, Zappia cut his teeth in the industry at the motel that his family owned near Disneyland, and went on to work in the Double Tree Hilton property in Orange County.

Formerly, he was Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay in Vietnam, and he has previously worked in the hotel industry in Jordan, Egypt and the Philippines.

H. Konings of Radisson Blu Sochi gets honorary doctorate

Radisson Blu Paradise Resort and Spa’s GM Hans Konings has been awarded an honorary doctorate in hospitality by the Russian-British Management Institute, which celebrates international and Russian hospitality experts’ contributions to the industry.

Konings was bestowed with the prestigious Doctor Honoris Causa degree, which is a reflection of his extensive career in hospitality, which has spanned more than 20 years.

Over the course of his career, Konings has worked in Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Germany, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, before moving to Russia to head up the Sochi property.

A. O’Dea promoted to top spot at Campbell Gray Hotels

Alan O’Dea has been made Managing Director at Campbell Gray Hotels, after an expansive 20-plus year career in hospitality which has seen him rise up the ranks in Europe and the Middle East.

Hailing from Ireland, O’Dea has worked for some of the biggest names in hospitality, including Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, where he was positioned for 12 years and worked across many of their properties in locations such as Paris, Zurich, Cairo and Dubai.

He was Senior Vice President for Africa at Mövenpick, and prior to this was the regional director of revenue management France for InterContinental Hotels Group.

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