Kempinski appoints 3 Area GMs for Middle East, Africa


Kempenski Hotles has appointed three seasoned hoteliers as Area General Managers to oversee a number of the Group’s luxury hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

Sébastien Mariette, Karim Tayach and Manish Nambiar are the newcomers and at the same time retain responsibility for their own hotels as general managers.

“Given the ever-changing landscape of our industry, this improved and very effective new operational structure enables 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 agile business partner and reacts effectively and quickly to demand, “explains Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer ad interim and Chairman of the Management Board of Kempinski Hotels.

Sébastien Mariette, the new Area General Manager Levant, started his journey at Kempinski in 2007 and has held several management positions in different parts of the world, including Cluster General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and Kempinski Hotel Aqaba in Jordan, Managing Director at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and Area General Manager Egypt. Bulgaria, Djibouti, China and the United Arab Emirates have also been stations of his Kempinski career over the past 14 years.

Mariette holds a Master’s degree and a Master of Business Administration in International Hospitality Management, which he graduated with honors. As Area General Manager Levant, he is now in charge of the three Kempinski Hotels in Jordan and the Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut, Lebanon.

Karim Tayach comes from a successful family of hoteliers and brings a lot of experience and know-how to his new position. From Qatar he not only looks after Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl and Kempinski Residences & Suites in Doha, but also the Kempinski Hotel Muscat in Oman and the Kempinski Al Othman Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Tayach has been in the luxury hotel industry for more than 27 years and began his career as a management trainee at the Hyatt Regency Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He then rose the career ladder from food and beverage positions at the Ritz Carlton Hotels in Dubai, Doha and Jakarta until he reached the next level and became General Manager at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place in 2007, followed by a position as General Manager at the Ritz Carlton Bali in 2013. Karim is a Tunisian-German citizen who, in addition to his mother tongues Arabic and French, speaks fluent English, German and Italian.

As a well-known expert in the luxury hotel industry in Africa, Manish Nambiar is the new Area General Manager responsible for Kempinski Hotels in this region. He joined the company in 2004 as Regional Executive Chef and held several management positions such as hotel manager at the Kempinski Soma Bay in Egypt or the Kempinski Hotel Delhi in India. In the course of his career over the past 17 years, he was appointed Cluster General Manager of Kempinski Kenya and then General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra in Ghana, where he successfully positioned the hotel as a market leader.

Nambiar completed his hospitality degree from the Indian Institute of Hotel Management and the European Executive MBA from Reims Management School. In addition to his position as General Manager in Accra, he is now in charge of 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


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