Marriott International veterans Gerrit Graef and Sandeep Walia will take on the positions of area vice president premium & select brands and area vice president luxury brands in the United Arab Emirates respectively. The appointments reflect the company's new direction to split its portfolio into 'Premium & Select' and 'Luxury' brands - done specifically to meet the market demands of a diversifying travel and tourism sector in the UAE.
For the company's luxury portfolio, Walia will bring his extensive luxury experience to the region in his new role. He has worked with Marriott International since 2005 and most recently held the position of area vice president luxury brands for Western Europe, overseeing the company's luxury portfolio across Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.
Recent Appointments at Marriott
10 July 2020 — Marriott International has announced that Tolga Lacin has been made area general manager after a long stint as complex general manager.
In his new position, Lacin will oversee nine Dubai hotels including The Westin and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Le Meridien Dubai, Aloft and Elements hotels.
3 July 2020 — JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is proud to announce that Doug Ridge has been appointed as the resort's new general manager for the 1,002-room resort. Ridge joined the resort team in March 2020 after previously serving as the general manager for Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.