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