Appointed General Manager
At Velaa Private Island in Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Velaa Private Island welcomes Michal Smejc as the new General Manager. Having witnessed the development and growth of the resort from the beginning, Smejc’s objective is to ensure that Velaa continues to be positioned as one of the top five hotels of the world.
Michal will now be responsible for the overall resort operation and strategic leadership of the onsite and international team. Due to his extensive experience in sales and marketing gained during his time at Home Credit, Michal will also oversee PR & marketing strategies. Smejc studied Economics in Pilsen, graduating in 2006. Since then he has enjoyed much success within the financial industry, moving from a role as Financial Analyst at PPF (privately owned international financial group) and Asset Management at Generali to Home Credit, an international non-bank financial institution where he worked for the past six years. During that time, Smejc travelled frequently throughout Asia, expanding the Home Credit business to India and Indonesia, as well as working as Head of Product, Marketing and Business Development at Home Credit Philippines.
From the very beginning, Michal witnessed the property evolve from a construction site into one of the top tropical private islands in the world. His passion for the culinary, knowledge of luxury travel, and his love for nature, diving and Southeast Asian culture, were key factors in the decision to choose Michel for the General Manager role when it became available earlier this spring.