Appointed General Manager
At Grand Hyatt Muscat , Oman
Grand Hyatt Muscat recently announced the appointment of Garry Friend as its new general manager. Friend joins from Grand Hyatt Doha with extensive experience in Hyatt properties. He is set to begin his tenure with Grand Hyatt Muscat on January 13.
Friend has held the role of general manager of Grand Hyatt Doha from the hotel's inception in 2007. He has accumulated 25 years of experience in the hospitality management industry in six countries, including extensive experience in the Middle East, a press release said.
Born in Sydney, Friend graduated from the Australian School of Tourism and Hotel Management, and in 1986 started his career as a restaurant manager with numerous five-star hotels. He joined Hyatt International in 1988 as the food and beverage team leader and has continued to grow throughout his 22 years with the company.
In Australia, Friend worked at the Hyatt Regency Coolum, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Regency Adelaide and Park Hyatt Canberra. He then moved overseas and was a part of the pre-opening team at Hyatt Regency Guatemala as well as the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki in Greece.