Industry Update
Appointment 3 December 2019

Melissa Salibi

Appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Management Board
At Kempinski Hotels S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland

Melissa Salibi

Kempinski Hotels S.A. has appointed Melissa Salibi as Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Management Board. In her new role, she will drive the Kempinski HR agenda worldwide by overseeing the entire spectrum of human resources affairs with the support of the Corporate Human Resources & Training team.

An experienced Human Resources professional, Melissa Salibi started her career in 1999. Along the years, she gradually progressed into various Human Resources and Training-related managerial roles, developing herself into a knowledgeable and strategic Human Resources professional. Her performance and entrepreneurial spirit paved the way for her appointment, in 2013, to a regional role as Director of Human Resources - Middle East, Africa and India during the merger between Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel, which then became FRHI Hotels & Resorts, overseeing 18 properties and developing the Human Resources function in her region.

In 2015 Melissa joined Kempinski's Dubai Regional Office as Regional Director of Human Resources Middle East & Africa, overseeing more than 20 operating properties and actively supporting pre-openings and leading special projects. Earlier this year Melissa was promoted to Senior Director of Human Resources, Middle East & Africa.

Melissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health & Social Services, specializing in Psychological Counseling, from the University of South Africa and a Master of Science in Organisational and Business Psychology from the University of Liverpool, England. A South-African national, she speaks fluent English in addition to her mother tongue, Afrikaans.

A creative leader with a passion for people, Melissa is relentlessly focused on building high performing teams, while delivering an enhanced people experience.

Kempinski Hotels S.A.

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe"s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski"s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties.
more information
Recent Appointments at Kempinski

Marcel Kleffner - Vice President Finance Europe

5 December 2019 — Kempinski Hotels S.A. has appointed Marcel Kleffner as Vice President Finance Europe based at the company's corporate office in Geneva. In his new role he will oversee the financial performance of the European hotel portfolio of Kempinski and directly report to the company's Chief Financial Officer.
read more

Christophe Piffaretti - Chief Development Officer

2 December 2019 — Kempinski Hotels S.A. has appointed Christophe Piffaretti as Chief Development Officer and Member of the Management Board. In this role, Christophe Piffaretti will be responsible for the expansion of the Kempinski portfolio by focusing on the company's footprint growth in current and new markets as well as supporting the real-estate development strategy.
read more

Nikola Todorov - Executive Chef

18 November 2019 — Nicholas' childhood dream was to become a chef and he has not stopped pursuing his goal. He graduated from the Professional School of Tourism in his home-town of Varna, majoring in Culinary Arts. He began his professional career as a chef in 2005 at the newly opened Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko.
read more