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Marriott International Appoints Craig S. Smith as Group President

Craig S.Smith the new Group President for Asia Pacific region
Marriott International has appointed Craig S. Smith as the Group President for all non-North American operations.

Marriott International has appointed Craig S. Smith as the Group President for all non-North American operations. In his new role, Craig Smith will oversee the operations in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Caribbean and Latin America regions.

Craig Smith is the son of an American diplomat and has lived in 13 countries. He completed his Bachelor of Science from Bringham Young University and graduated with an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

He started his career leading teams in the rooms department of a hotel and climbed his way up the corporate ladder. With nearly three decades of experience, Craig knows the hospitality business from ground up and has earned industry-wide recognition.

Prior to the promotion, Craig held the position of President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriot International. For more than four years overseeing the Asia Pacific region, Craig was responsible for the strategic leadership of all operations and development functions spanning 25 countries and 23 brands. He oversaw more than 670 hotels and 135-thousand employees.

Craig Smith also served two-and-a-half years as President of Marriot’s Caribbean and Latin American region. Before that, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Asia Pacific.

Having been a part of Marriot International for over seven years, Craig’s knowledge of the brand and expertise in the industry makes him ideal for the new role as Group President for all non-North American operations.

Marriott being one of the oldest and most exclusive hotels brands globally. With a portfolio of 30 brands and more than 7000 properties across 131 countries and territories, Marriott International is one of the leading hospitality brands in the world. The company has lived by the core value established by the founder of the hotel chain, JW Marriott, “take care of our guests and associates’’ for over 90 years now.

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February’s Finest: 05 Key Appointments in the Maldives Resorts

The month of February has seen various key-promotions and appointments in different resorts of The Maldives.

Resorts in the Maldives are constantly working towards providing travellers with better experiences and services. One of the key factors that contribute to these personalised experiences is the effort put in by employees. In addition to anticipating the needs, preferences, and interests, the amazing teams at resorts tailor services perfectly customised for each traveller. To provide this stellar experience, resorts are constantly on the lookout for the best of the best. The month of February has seen some amazing appointments and promotions. Here are the top appointments made in February, as some key personnel joined top-notch resorts!

Rifaath Saeed Returns to Dusit Thani Maldives as DOSM

One of the most major appointments, or shall we say re-appointments of this month was the return of Rifaath Saeed to Dusit Thani Maldives. Rifaath was part of the pre-opening team at the resort back in 2011, taking on the role of Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) before she departed from the resort. As she returns to the role, Rifaath has gained 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before her return, Rifaath worked as DOSM at Amari Raaya Maldives, Cluster DOSM at OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, Kandima Maldives, Kurumba Maldives, Velassaru Maldives, W Maldives, as well as Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

Roberts Ejubs as Group Director of Operations at Crown & Champa Resorts

This February, Crown & Champa Resorts revealed the key appointment of Roberts Ejubs as Group Director of Operations. Hailing from Australia, Roberts has an extensive career, spanning several countries. Prior to the Maldives, Roberts has worked across the US, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. With a specialization in sales, marketing, revenue distribution, and resort operations, Robert has some ambitious goals lined up for the resort.

Zakwan Ahmed as Director of Sales at Kuda Villingili Resort

Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives announced the key appointment of Zakwan Ahmed as Director of Sales this February. Zakwan joins with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Prior to this, Zakwan worked as Assistant Director of Sales at THE OZEN COLLECTION. At Kuda Villingili, Zakwan will work towards developing strategies to achieve the sales target as well as managing relationships with key partners. Additionally, he will also collaborate with various teams to ensure successful sales outcomes for the resort. In this role, Zakwan’s primary focus will be the German-speaking countries, Europe, and the UK market.

Josje Van Engelen as General Manager of Soneva Secret

Soneva’s newest addition to the resort collection, Soneva Secret announced Josje Van Engelen as General Manager. Hailing from the Netherlands, Josje brings to Soneva Secret over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before this, Josje worked in various countries across the globe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, and Turks and Caicos. Josje will be leading an incredible team of over 25 nationalities. With this, she brings a new wave of rare, personalised hospitality to the Maldives!

Ali Ashfag as Front Office Manager at Seaside Finolhu

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll introduced Ali Ashfag as the new Front Office Manager this February. Ashfag joined the hospitality industry at the young age of 18, working his way up to this new position. His transition to Front Office was made eight years ago. From here on, Ashfag ventured on his journey as a butler, later becoming the Front Office Manager. Ashfag brings over a decade of experience across five internationally recognized brands and two local establishments to his new role. In addition to his priceless contributions to Seaside Finolhu, Ashfag has also made generous contributions towards handpicking and training individuals at the resort.

Interested in all the appointments made this February? Head over to our website, and find out more.

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