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.
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