Unveiling Hozpitality's Best Sales and Marketing Leaders of the Year in the Middle East: Power List by Popular Choice for 2023
Discover the top-performing sales and marketing leaders in the Middle East's hospitality industry with Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular S&M in the Middle East for 2023. This list features the sales and marketing leaders who have demonstrated exceptional sales and marketing performance, public relations, communications, strategic thinking, and leadership skills, chosen by popular vote from the region's hospitality community.
We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023, selected through the power of popular choice. The hospitality industry is known for its competitive nature, with sales and marketing being the driving force behind its success. The Best 30 list is a celebration of the top-performing S&M leaders in the region who have demonstrated exceptional sales performance, strategic thinking, and leadership skills.
The winners were selected by popular vote, with the Middle East's hospitality community casting their votes for the most outstanding sales and marketing leaders in the industry.
These sales and marketing leaders have consistently contributed to the success of their organizations, showing resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges. Their sales performance, marketing techniques, leadership qualities, and industry recognition make them true inspirations to their peers.
The Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023 list will provide insights into these inspiring figures' career journeys and success stories. We congratulate the winners and look forward to sharing their stories with the industry.
Here is the list of 30 Best Most Popular Sales and Marketing Winners (in alphabetical order):-
Cyrine El Klifi
Djaja Marie S. Pastor
Mohammad Daud Ali
Commended Leaders (in alphabetical order):
Cecilia Natalia Hage
Maria Madara Venclova
Shayne Marie Monasterio
Revealing the 30 Best Sales and Marketing Leaders of the Year: Discover their stories here.
Adil Aitlahri, Director of Sales, Kempinski Hotel Muscat
Adil Ait Lahri, an Omani National, started his hospitality career in early 2001 in Morocco in banquet sales before moving to the USA. While in the States, Adil obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree in addition to his associate degree from Morocco.
After living in the States for 11 years, he moved to Oman, where he joined Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. In 2016, he joined the Grand Millennium Muscat & Millennium Executive Apartments as a Cluster Sales Manager.
In 2017, Adil joined Kempinski Hotel Muscat as a Sales Manager, where he spearheaded the leisure segment, helping establish the hotel as one of the Sultanate's leading leisure destinations.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Adil Aitlahri, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Ahmed Abdraboh, Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing, Fairmont Dubai, Fairmont Ajman, and Fairmont Fujairah
Ahmed has over 13 years of progressive experience in the commercial field. He commenced his career with Hilton in Egypt and later moved to Kempinski hotels in the UAE in 2011. After his tenure with Kempinski, he joined Rixos hotels before eventually joining the Fairmont family in 2018 as a Senior Sales Manager.
Being a hands-on director driven to create an environment of genuine trust, respect, and teamwork through training, and empowerment, Ahmed is an exceptional leader, loved and respected by his team members, peers, and seniors. Ahmed has implemented colleague development programs for all his team to bring out the best in them and help them develop further in their career path.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Ahmed Abdraboh, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Ali Ozbay, Regional Director Marketing Communications - Gulf Region, Rixos Hotels
A consummate professional and dedicated individual with over 20+ years of experience in well-reputed international companies in the UK and the Middle East, Ali Ozbay is currently the Regional Director of Marketing & Communications at Rixos Hotels, a fast-growing brand and a major key player in the hospitality industry. Having worked in a range of established organizations in the F&B and hospitality industry, Ali brings abundant experience to his role with Rixos Hotels.
Starting his career in 2001 as a Food and Beverage Assistant at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in the UK, he transitioned to the marketing side of hospitality in 2003 as Marketing Manager for Malmaison and hasn't looked back since.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Ali Ozbay, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Annelise Berthon, Senior Manager Brand PR India, Middle East & Africa and South East Asia & Korea, IHG Hotels and Resorts
Annelise Berthon, Senior Manager of Brand PR at IHG Hotels and Resorts, brings a wealth of experience to the table. With over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, consumer and corporate communications, and PR in both agency and in-house departments, she has a wide range of skills across various areas such as media relations, project management, event organization, press office, sponsorship and promotions, online activities, and web PR.
Having worked across Europe and Asia, Annelise has multi-market experience and is currently based in Dubai, working across India, the Middle East, and Africa. Her strategic communications and public relations experience has helped to build luxury brands and expand portfolios in new markets while enhancing corporate reputation and meeting financial targets.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Annelise Berthon, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Chris Moraes, Cluster Director of Sales, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel | ibis Styles Jumeira
Chris Moraes is a true leader in the sales industry, and his accomplishments speak for themselves. His exceptional sales strategies have resulted in a remarkable 25% growth in revenue from 2021 to 2022, a testament to his ability to deliver outstanding results consistently.
During high-demand periods, Chris implemented a carefully crafted yielding strategy that enabled the hotel to capitalize on the opportunity and generate substantial revenue. He meticulously studied market trends and applied his extensive knowledge to develop a winning strategy that helped the hotel achieve exceptional revenue growth. Chris's attention to detail and deep understanding of the market has enabled him to identify untapped markets and forge long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders, positioning the hotel for long-term success.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Chris Moraes, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Cyrine El Klifi, Cluster Marketing Manager, Grand Mercure & Ibis Styles Dubai Airport
Originally from France, El Klifi Cyrine brings a wealth of marketing experience to the hospitality team, making her a highly valued asset to the hotel and group. Leveraging her expertise, she plays an integral role in leading, developing, and driving strategic marketing campaigns and initiatives to optimize the property's revenue streams.
In 2016, El Klifi Cyrine moved to Dubai and landed the position of Digital Marketing Executive at ACCOR Hotels. There, she was responsible for devising the marketing strategy for five properties. Before joining Grand Mercure & Ibis Styles Dubai Airport, El Klifi Cyrine worked as the Digital Marketing Manager for Barcelo Group, overseeing the marketing department of a 5-star luxury resort situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Cyrine EL KLIFI, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Djaja Marie S. Pastor, Cluster Sales & Marketing Manager, Novotel, Ibis & Adagio Fujairah
Djaja embarked on her journey in the UAE in January 2014, beginning as a Business Centre Attendant for Novotel, Ibis & Adagio Fujairah as part of the Pre-Opening Team. Since then, she has advanced through various positions, progressing to Cluster Sales & Marketing Coordinator, then Cluster Sales Executive and Assistant Sales Manager, and presently serving as Cluster Sales & Marketing Manager. Her responsibilities encompass sales, particularly in the Leisure Segment, and Marketing, overseeing all three properties. With 9 years and 2 months of tenure with the company, Djaja has achieved significant growth throughout her career.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Djaja Marie S. PASTOR, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Giacomo Ucelli, Director of Sales & Marketing, Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel
Giacomo began his career with Marriott International Hotels in Beijing in 2011, progressed into a new role and journey into the Middle East region in Doha – Qatar, and later moved to Abu Dhabi – UAE, in 2018 as Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing for two Aloft Abu Dhabi and Aloft Al Ain Hotels. He manages Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel as the Director of Sales & Marketing.
Between the APAC and EMEA areas, over the course of his experience, he has gained the capacity to adapt to various market conditions, giving his properties and teams the leadership and teamwork they need in every market situation. Giacomo leads with a studied and careful attitude because he is eager to learn and sets a good example.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Giacomo Ucelli, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Glaiza Raposas, Marketing Manager, voco Bonnington Dubai
Glaiza has over 15 years of experience in hospitality, and she's worked with IHG and Accor to manage multiple brands across the United Arab Emirates. She started her career in marketing at IHG in 2008, where she developed her skills across various channels, including digital marketing, social media management, content marketing, influencer marketing, and search engine marketing.
She is a dedicated and passionate marketer with a proven track record of delivering on key metrics. She has implemented numerous initiatives and strategies to improve operations, sales, and marketing while maintaining customer satisfaction and exceeding expectations. Glaiza is adept at making decisions and solving problems promptly and effectively!
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Glaiza Raposas, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Hiten Umrania, Associate Director Marketing & Films, Zee Entertainment Middle East FZ LLC
Hiten has been a part of the media fraternity for over 10+ years in the Middle East. He has been leading marketing strategy & implementation for media giant Zee Entertainment. Partnered and curated over 400 events catering to the correct target audience as well as been actively involved in the production of six shows for the group. Currently heading Zee Studios in the Middle East & grown it to a 30 million USD revenue-generating business by distributing and marketing over 70 films under the banner in the past five years. He has also been in charge of bringing entertainment to theatres in Saudi Arabia.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Hiten Umrania, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Jan Siddiqi, Cluster Director of Sales, Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel & Coral Beach
With a BBA degree in Marketing from the American University of Hawaii, Jan Siddiqi brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and years of experience, a persistent record of pre-opening, re-branding, and Cluster roles with international hotel brands like Marriott, Hyatt International, Wyndham, ACCOR, and IHG before joining Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel and Coral Beach Resort Sharjah.
Jan has a relationship-oriented personality with local and international contacts to be a rainmaker for the organization. Jan is an asset to the hotels where he helps General Manager develop the commercial strategy covering all segments and channels to maximize total revenue and profitability.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Jan Siddiqi, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Jayadev Nakka, Assistant Director of PR & Marketing, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi
Jayadev Nakka is endowed with a sense of responsibility, team spirit, and a flair for getting things done, and he can handle pressure. Yet, he will still be able to deliver excellent results regardless of how many tasks he has been assigned. As an individual who strives to see more improvement and revolution, Jayadev always seeks opportunities to learn as he strives to be a perfectionist.
Jayadev believes that he is responsible for establishing and preserving the brand image by fulfilling various roles, including on-site branding, media advertising, website and social media management, OTAs, marketing events and partnerships, and handling responsible business activities and brand sponsorships.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Jayadev Nakka, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Karishma Chopra, Director of Marketing and PR, Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai
Karishma crafted the resort's pre-opening Marketing & PR strategy, reflecting new industry trends for a new brand post-COVID era. Her efforts have resulted in a consistently high occupancy since the resort's opening in October 2021. Karishma's impact has been particularly notable in introducing the Centara Hotels & Resorts brand to the UAE.
In addition to her marketing and PR efforts, Karishma also engages in operational support, driving guest retention and strategically marketing resources. She has a strong sense of synergy between revenue and sales, positioning the resort successfully and driving demand through the correct channels.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Karishma Chopra, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Malek Fakhro, Commercial Director, Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences
Malek Fakhro is a skilled Commercial Director with extensive knowledge of Rooms Division, Hotel Management, Revenue Management, Sales, PR, Marketing, Yield Management, and Hotel Openings. Malek has a bachelor's degree in Hotel Management & Tourism from Notre Dame University. He has worked with Marriott International, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Starwood, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
Malek has held various roles, and currently, he is the Commercial Director at Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, one of the biggest Hilton Hotels in the region with 866 rooms and residences, in addition to the biggest ballroom in the Middle East. Malek's impressive achievements in his current role include the 2023 Marketing Team of the Year and RESMAX awards among 35 hotels.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Malek Fakhro, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Matt Roberts, Director of Customer Experience MEA & India, UNOX Middleeast DMCC
Matt Roberts, MD of UNOX MENA, has 15 years of experience in food service manufacturing. He started as a Sales Assistant and quickly climbed the ladder to become Export Manager. In 2018, he joined UNOX MENA as Regional Director and now leads the team as Managing Director. He opened offices in Riyadh, India, and South Africa and plans to achieve 20% growth year on year for his team. He believes the food service industry is the place for him and enjoys golfing and traveling with his family.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Matt Roberts, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Mayda Solatre, Cluster Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Sales & Marketing,
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman
Mayda started her career in the hospitality industry as an F&B hostess and has grown to become Cluster Executive Assistant Manager in charge of sales and marketing. Mayda joined Wyndham Hotels Ajman group in the year 2010 in the reservations department and has achieved unbelievable milestones with pure dedication and hard work. Her journey is nothing less than a motivational story that has encouraged many colleagues to achieve bigger and better.
Mayda has repeatedly proven her leadership abilities in her department by introducing various effective and efficient best practices. She also possesses' expansive knowledge of revenue and yield management. She is a reliable team member who has contributed to the growth of Wyndham hotels in Ajman simultaneously.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Mayda Solatre, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Moataz Desouki, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Meet Moataz, an accomplished Director of Sales & Marketing at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers with a remarkable track record of more than 15 years in the hospitality industry; he is an integral part of the team, working tirelessly to grow the business and maintain its competitive edge.
As a bilingual speaker, Moataz has an excellent command of both Arabic and English, a unique advantage in building relationships and communicating effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds. He has a dynamic and enthusiastic personality, also known as a trendsetter in the industry, always seeking innovative ways to improve the customer experience.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Moataz Desouki, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Mohamed Afifi, Assistant Director of Sales, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
With over 17 years of experience, Mohamed Afifi has always followed 3 keys to success: Communication, Confidence, and Character. Mohamed Afifi has been a valuable Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort member for the past five years. His expertise and dedication to the hospitality industry are key to his success. With him on the team, the hotel has achieved record-breaking numbers in Sales and customer satisfaction. His exceptional sales strategies and leadership have been instrumental in driving the hotel's growth and maintaining the vision of the brand. Mohamed has developed and implemented innovative sales and marketing strategies to attract new customers and retain existing ones.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Mohamed Afifi, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Mohamed Taher, Director of Strategic Sales and Events, Palazzo Versace Dubai
Mohamed Taher is a hospitality professional with extensive experience in the luxury travel industry. He is driven by revenue and service-oriented goals and has exceptional leadership and communication skills. Mohamed has a proven track record of driving high-value sales, improving profitability, and increasing brand loyalty through his strategic approach to sales, marketing, operations, and profit. Throughout his career, he has worked with esteemed organizations such as Starwood, Accor, Shangri-La, and Palazzo Versace Dubai and has successfully improved their profitability. In recognition of his achievements, he has been awarded Starwood and Accor President Awards and the Shangri-La Highest Revenue Achievers Tiger Award.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Mohamed Taher, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Mohammad Daud Ali, Head of Sales & Marketing, Avis Rent a Car
Mohammed is a Strategic & enterprising leader with 23 years of career success in developing & executing business/operational strategies to accomplish top & bottom-line profitability. Presently associated with AVIS (A Part of MHAO Group) as Head of Sales and Marketing – UAE.
Mohamed has worked in Kuwait, Oman, and UAE for established and reputed groups, i.e., Suhail Bahwan Group, Zubair Automotive Group and Al Naboodah Group is leading their automotive dealership operations for Brands like Nissan, Mitsubishi, Fuso, Haval, Great wall, and Peugeot.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Mohammad Daud Ali, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Nuran Kilani, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Tower Plaza Hotel Dubai
Nuran Kilani is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of extensive experience with prestige hotel brands in the region, including Conrad, Shangri-La, Grand Hyatt, Emaar, Rixos, and Louvre, to name a few.
Nuran is presently working at The Tower Plaza Hotel, where she handled the property during the process of rebranding. Throughout her one-year journey, she has proven her expertise in sales and marketing by developing local and international strategic partnerships with MICE, leisure, and corporate industries. Her experience in marketing and brand strategy also led the hotel to compete with other clusters in the area despite being a stand-alone property.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Nuran Kilani, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Ossama Charrouf, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
With over 18 years of extensive experience in hotel management in different functions such as operations, revenue, sales, and marketing, Ossama Charrouf has clearly made a solid mark in the industry with his proven track record. Holding a bachelor's degree in commercial studies and a high diploma in strategic management from OTHM and Pearson BTEC, Ossama has been playing key sales positions.
A results-orientated hospitality leader who continues to develop high-performing teams that lead to increased efficiency and productivity, Ossama is the backbone of the company's Sales & Marketing structure which elevated the hotel's revenue by an average of 10-15% year on year.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Ossama Charrouf, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Paromita Ohri, Director of Marketing & Communications, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Paromita Ohri is synonymous with excellence, professionalism, and success in the UAE hospitality industry. Her exceptional leadership skills have catapulted not only the businesses she has worked for but also the industry as a whole, making her a force to be reckoned with.
With her unwavering commitment to excellence and an impressive track record of successful marketing campaigns and managing public relations, Paromita has taken her employers to new heights of growth and expansion. She is a true gem in the World of marketing management. Her ability to infuse curiosity into every project is a testament to her innovative thinking and boundless creativity.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Paromita Ohri, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Prasanth Janarthanan, Director of Sales and Marketing, Millennium Place Barsha Heights
Prasanth has been a driving force behind the success of Millennium Place Barsha Heights, consistently exceeding sales targets and propelling our property to new heights. Through his hard work, dedication, and innovative approach to sales and marketing, he gained the respect and admiration of colleagues and competitors alike.
Prasanth has been in the UAE for the last two decades, working with well-known brands, including Starwood, Habtoor Hospitality, and Time Hotels. One of his earliest roles dates back to 2000, working with Taj Hotels in India as a travel executive. He worked with Starwood - now part of Marriott - for seven years.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Prasanth Janarthanan, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Priyanka Kapoor, Group Director Sales, Marketing, Branding, Communications;
Senior Regional Director EMEA and India at Swiss-Belhotel International
Priyanka Kapoor has over 20 years of outstanding experience in the Hospitality and airline industry, working with leading brands such as Hyatt Hotels and Jet Airways. Currently at Swiss-Belhotel International, with a portfolio of 125 hotels and projects, she is responsible for sales, marketing, and revenue growth strategies at a Group level while managing the requirements of the EMEA region more closely.
In keeping with the market trends, Priyanka leads the team with innovative ideas while consolidating the company goals with the ever-changing market situations and expectations of clients and owners.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Priyanka Kapoor, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Rawaa Theeb, Marketing Manager, Soul Hospitality LLC
Rawaa Theeb is an accomplished marketing manager with over 12 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality, and investment sectors. She has worked with renowned organizations such as Soul Hospitality, Emaar, Marina Mall, and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority "Shurooq."
Rawaa is known for her exceptional skills in developing and executing marketing strategies that have resulted in increased brand awareness, customer engagement, and revenue growth. Her expertise lies in market research, brand management, advertising, and digital marketing.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Rawaa Theeb, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Robert Nicolas, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah
With 19 years of experience in hospitality and a wealth of prowess in the industry, Robert Nicolas Sahyouni is leading sales, marketing, revenue, and reservations activities as the newly appointed Director of Sales & Marketing.
As a Lebanese national born in the UAE, Robert graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Sales & Marketing. This achievement subsequently led him to pursue the path towards hospitality as his preferred route.
Robert started his career in 2004 with Marriott International and has kept his relentless passion for hospitality ever since.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Robert Nicolas, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Salim Lakdawala, Head of Marketing and E-commerce, R Hotels
Salim Lakdawala is an accomplished leader in Marketing and E-commerce with over 20 years of experience driving growth for both B2B and B2C companies and is known for his innovative strategies and results-driven approach. With a strong background in strategy, sales, and customer engagement, he has a proven track record of developing and executing successful marketing campaigns that drive revenue and increase market share.
Salim's expertise lies in creating customer-centric marketing strategies that leverage the latest digital technologies to engage and retain customers. He has a deep understanding of e-commerce and has successfully led the development and launch of multiple e-commerce platforms that have driven significant revenue growth for his organizations.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Salim Lakdawala, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Sam Dulka, Associate Vice President, Marketing, Dubai Economy and Tourism
An award-winning communications and marketing leader, Sam has been instrumental in the global positioning of Dubai as both a world-leading tourism destination as well as one of the most sought-after business, investment, and talent hubs internationally – all of which has been accelerated in the last few years to see Dubai emerge as one of the truly global sought-after cites. Running high visibility and impact marketing campaigns, strategic communication platforms, and engagement programmes across the World, as well as shaping Dubai's domestic activity agenda, Sam continues to build on his 40+ years in the region to deliver a unique global communications and marketing podium for Dubai.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Sam Dulka, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Zakaria Abdelhai, Cluster Marketing Manager, Central Hotels & Resorts
Zakaria is a passionate and creative marketer with six years of experience in successfully executing marketing campaigns and strategies. As the Marketing Manager at Central Hotels & Resorts, Zakaria leads the development of in-house marketing campaigns in collaboration with copywriters, graphic designers, and SEO specialists.
Zakaria manages online visibility, and boosts campaigns, including Google Ads and all international search engines. Since joining the team six years ago, Zakaria has played a significant role in growing the company's follower and customer base by an impressive 40%. He is deeply committed to elevating brands through innovative and creative strategies. Zakaria is skilled in driving strategic marketing campaigns that optimize commercial performance while ensuring a positive return on investment.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Zakaria Abdelhai, named among Hozpitality's Best 30 Most Popular Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Revealing the 10 Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders of the Year: Discover their stories here: -
Aafrin Shaikh, Marketing and Communications Manager, The H Dubai
A dynamic and passionate marketing communications specialist with nearly a decade of industry experience, Aafrin Shaikh is the all-around package when it comes to the many facets of marketing communications. Driven by data, facts, and abundant experience, she has developed a unique understanding of ongoing market scenarios and customer trends, which she has used to create immense value for several upscale brands across the UAE. Presently, Aafrin is working as the marketing and PR manager for The H Dubai hotel.
Born with a passion for hospitality, Aafrin studied hospitality administration and hotel management at the University of Pune, India; after that, she moved to the UAE to further her professional trajectory.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Aafrin Shaikh, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Alex Simmons, Marketing Director, 4 Front Hospitality
Alex Simmons has over 15 years of experience in marketing, events, and broadcast services. Having worked across the UK at the Marketing Director level and as Head of Diversity both client-side and in the agency, Alex has accepted a new challenge here in the UAE, already making big strides in leading the team at the ForeFront group. Alex's understanding of the entertainment industry with 23 years of experience as a DJ, Radio, and TV host has helped him make informed decisions in the hospitality space and leverage sporting connections after working in marketing and broadcasting within the professional sport for the past 12 years at the National team level.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Alex Simmons, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Cecilia Natalia Hage, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
Cecilia Natalia Hage is a highly accomplished marketing professional. She has an impressive educational background and demonstrates her commitment to continuing her education and staying up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques in marketing. She holds an MSc in Marketing Management from ESADE Business School (Spain) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from McGill (Canada) & Bocconi (Italy).
Cecilia has an extensive professional background and has worked in a wide range of industries that include hospitality, fashion, entertainment, and technology. She has held senior managerial positions in PR, communications, marketing, and social media management, both locally and internationally. This breadth of experience has given her a unique perspective on approaching marketing challenges.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Cecilia Natalia Hage, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Julio Rafael, Head of Marketing, Capital Motion
Introducing a dynamic and driven hospitality leader passionate about marketing, F&B, and the overall guest experience. With many years of experience in the industry, Julio has honed his skills in sales, marketing, and operations. He has an impressive track record of achieving outstanding results in all areas of hospitality management.
Having developed a deep understanding of the industry, he has a natural talent for creating exceptional guest experiences that leave a lasting impression. With a keen eye for detail and a creative approach to problem-solving, he has consistently delivered results that have exceeded expectations and driven business growth.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Julio Rafael, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Laxmi Soundalge, Sales & Marketing Manager, Asha's Restaurants International LLC.
Laxmi Prakash is a Marketing Manager for an award-winning Indian restaurant chain Asha's. She is an organized, detail-oriented, dynamic marketing leader with 12+ years of experience in Marketing, Media, Digital & Social.
She is diligent and forthright and has always been well respected for her management skills and her understanding of the markets. Her ability to work through the crisis and develop new ways to achieve the targets is always inspiring. Her deep understanding of the subject is quite evident in her approach to challenges, and she always puts her heart into everything that she does.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Laxmi Soundalge, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Maria Madara Venclova, PR & Marketing Manager, Ajman Hotel Managed By Blazon Hotels
Maria Venclova is a highly experienced sales and marketing leader in the hospitality industry with over 15 years of experience working across all verticals in Europe and the Middle East. Throughout her career, she has been recognized with awards and accolades for her outstanding contributions to the industry.
Maria's expertise in hospitality sales and marketing has been honed through her work with some of the most prestigious hospitality brands. Her experience spans all industry verticals, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, and bars. Maria's in-depth knowledge of the industry has allowed her to develop and execute successful marketing strategies that have resulted in increased revenue and brand recognition for the companies she has worked with.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Maria Madara Venclova, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Moritz Frings, EAM Sales & Marketing, Grand Hyatt Dubai
A true example of professional development and personal growth, leading the Hospitality market in the UAE, Moritz started his career with Hyatt back in 2013 when he joined as a Corporate Leadership Trainee at Hyatt Regency Dubai. His vision and great achievements made his career escalate rapidly, positioning him as a Sales Executive, Sales Manager, Associate Director of Sales & Marketing, and now successfully leading his own team as EAM Sales & Marketing for Grand Hyatt Dubai.
Characterized as a smart worker and an achiever, Moritz has demonstrated exceptional leadership and mentorship skills, consistently driving growth and revenue for the hotel. One of his greatest strengths is his visionary mindset.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Moritz Frings, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Shayne Marie Monasterio, Cluster PR & Marketing Manager,
Wyndham Dubai Deira, Days Hotel by Wyndham Dubai Deira, Super 8 by Wyndham Dubai Deira
Shayne Monasterio is a highly experienced Public Relations and Marketing professional with over 16 years of experience working in the retail and hospitality industries. She is currently the head of marketing at the Wyndham Dubai Deira, Days Hotel by Wyndham, and Super 8 by Wyndham.
Throughout her career, Shayne has developed a deep understanding of the nuances of PR and marketing, enabling her to craft effective strategies and campaigns that drive business growth. Her skills in communications, positioning, relationship building, and crisis communications management have proven invaluable in establishing the Wyndham Dubai Deira cluster hotels as a prominent player in the highly competitive Dubai hospitality market, specifically in Deira.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Shayne Marie Monasterio, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Sherif Amin, Asst. Director of Sales, TIME Grand Plaza Hotel
Sherif Amin's career trajectory started as a GSA, where he displayed exceptional value at the front desk, leading to a quick promotion to Sales Executive. He continued to pursue his passion for sales and marketing, and after moving to Dubai, he became the youngest Director of Sales at ACCOR KSA before assuming the role of Assistant Director of Sales at Plaza.
Sherif's remarkable contribution to revenue generation is noteworthy. He has successfully managed his accounts and forged long-term deals with various clients, including sports teams, leisure organizations, government entities, and wholesalers. Sherif consistently exceeds expectations, achieving 60 percent more than what was budgeted.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Sherif Amin, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
Youssef Hebbo, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Operations, Movenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai
A young, energetic and high-performing talent who handles the challenging position of leading the Sales and Marketing Departments of Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai. Originally from Lebanon, Youssef holds a Bachelor of Science in Sales and Marketing and 17 years of experience leading multi-segments.
Youssef took over as the Director of the Sales and Marketing Department of Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai in January 2020, the most challenging time the UAE has ever faced. As a passionate leader, he has managed to increase the top-line revenue by 120% and overachieve revenue targets way before the end of financial years in 2021 & 2022 by acquiring long and short-term guests through corporate, travel, and leisure segments competing with the rivals in the most challenging location in Dubai.
Read the Full Story Here: - Hozpitality Group - Youssef Hebbo, named among Hozpitality's Best Commended Sales and Marketing Leaders in the Middle East for 2023
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