An Indian-born Canadian, Channa's career has taken him all over the globe. Channa speaks six languages, allowing him to bridge cultures with ease. After studying hospitality in Neufchatel, Switzerland, he began his career in Algeria, working in Stewarding. Channa then moved to United Arab Emirates, where he worked in various Food & Beverage roles for Starwood, leading him to his first Director of Food & Beverage position at the Great Wall Sheraton in Beijing, China. A few more leadership moves led him back to UAE, to Kenya, and then back to China where he served as the Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Sanya Resort.
Channa took on his first General Manager role at Le Meridien Port Vila Resort & Casino in Vanuatu, followed by another GM assignment at the Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa in India. He then served as Task Force General Manager for Starwood's Brand Assurance Team as well as the Acquisition & Development Team, both for South Asia. Arjun then moved his family to the Americas, taking the role of Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. It was during this time that he gained experience in the Caribbean as the Task Force General Manager at the Westin Aruba Resort & Casino, as well as the W Vieques Resort in Puerto Rico.
Recent Appointments at Marriott
1 December 2020 — Kevin Briggs, general manager of The Glenmark, Glendale, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel has announced the appointment of Shant Hallajian as the hotel's new Executive Chef. With Hallajian's rich experience in upscale eateries throughout California, he is excited to bring a fresh take to the Mediterranean-inspired menus at signature restaurant Olia and the popular Mila Rooftop Bar.
26 November 2020 — Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Parool Shah as Vice President of Global Brand PR. A seasoned brand communications and media relations executive, Shah has over 20 years of experience, and her appointment marks her return to Marriott International, having previously worked as Global Director of Public Relations, Americas for The Ritz-Carlton.