Industry Update
Appointment 2 December 2019

Jan Arnold

Appointed VP Sales
At The Rocco Forte Collection in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Jan Arnold

Headquartered in Frankfurt, Arnold will lead a team of 24 regional sales managers in 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East, America and China. He will be a member of the executive committee of Rocco Forte Hotels, under the responsibility of the director of operations, Maurizio Saccani.

Arnold joins Rocco Forte Hotels after starting his career at Four Seasons in 2002 as a trainee in operational and administrative departments in Boston, USA. He quickly rose through the ranks of the company, occupying positions such as Associate Regional Sales Director in 2008, London, Regional Sales Manager, Global Sales Office, Frankfurt, 2010, and EMEA Sales Director, UK. Dubai headquarters, in 2016. A native German, Jan holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is passionate about golf and, in his free time, he volunteers as a freelance language teacher. Jan recently left Dubai for Frankfurt with his wife and two young daughters.

The Rocco Forte Collection (RF Hotels)

Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations.
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16 May 2019 — Berlin - The Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome has a new chef: Davide Mazzarella, 31, is responsible for the culinary concept of the five-star superior hotel at Bebelplatz and the in-house restaurant LA BLANCA.
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Franco Girasoli - General Manager

29 March 2019 — Rocco Forte Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Franco Girasoli as General Manager of Masseria Torre Maizza set to open May 1 in Puglia. An Italian native, Girasoli brings 30 years of hospitality experience to the new Apulian resort and has excelled at building strong relationships with an international clientele from key markets such as the United States, the UK, Russia, Japan, France and Germany.
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Giacomo Battafarano - General Manager

12 March 2019 — Experienced international hotelier Giacomo Battafarano has returned to Sicily and been named as the new General Manager of Verdura Resort. Battafarano, born in 1974 and originally from Matera, brings a wealth of knowledge with him to the iconic Sicilian resort - a Rocco Forte Hotel - which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
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