DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - Nov 20, 2012) - The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre is further strengthening its leadership team, with the appointment of four new Ladies and Gentlemen to senior management positions. As the five star hotel nears the end of its second successful year in operation, the new team members will be integral to the hotel's ongoing success and to cementing its positioning as a leading luxury hotel in the Middle East, and internationally.
General Manager, Lothar Quarz comments: "As we head towards the start of our third year in operations, we are looking to take the hotel to the next level in terms of guest engagement and experience. Our Ladies & Gentlemen are fundamental to achieving this and by strengthening the senior management team with four new members, I am confident and excited that we have the best people in place, to further establish the hotel as a leader in the luxury hotel market."
Rania J. Keedy, Director of Sales & Marketing
Rania Keedy joins The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC with 12 years of Sales & Marketing experience from InterContinental Hotels Group. Before joining The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Rania was Director of Sales & Marketing for InterContinental Doha The City, Qatar, where she was part of the pre-opening team, responsible for the commercial and strategic development of the property. Prior to this, Rania spent five years with Crown Plaza Dubai, starting in 2006 as Director of Sales, before progressing to DOSM in January 2008, where she held the position until March 2011. Rania also spent six years in sales management positions at InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut, Lebanon.
Lorenzo Maraviglia, Director of Food & Beverage
Following three years as Director of Food & Beverage at Armani Hotel, Dubai (2009-2012), Lorenzo Maraviglia joins The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC with extensive experience in the luxury food and beverage market. Part of the pre-opening team and responsible for six restaurants and two lounges at Armani, Lorenzo successfully helped create the concepts and launch the hotel's food and beverage outlets. Prior to Armani, Lorenzo first joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as Food & Beverage Manager for The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street, and also worked at The Dorchester Milan and Le Cirque Restaurant, New York City.
Benny Darsana, Director of Human Resources
Few people can claim the experience of Benny Darsana, who brings nearly 30 years of hospitality experience to The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, including 18 hotel openings across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Benny rejoins The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC as Director of Human Resources, following a secondment to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in a regional capacity, as Area Director of Human Resources for BVLGARI & EDITION, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to this, Benny was with The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC for five months and has been with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for 16 years, having first joined in 1996, as Front of House Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. He has since held positions in four further Ritz-Carlton properties, including Jakarta, Doha, Sharm El Sheikh and Seoul. Immediately prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Benny was with The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta for six years as Director of Human Resources.
Hannah George, Director of Public Relations
Hannah George joins The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC with nearly 10 years of PR & Marketing experience in the UK and the Middle East. From an agency background, Hannah was previously Account Director for leading Dubai-based agency DABO & CO, where she headed-up the Consumer PR Division, delivering strategic communications campaigns for luxury and hospitality brands including Hilton Worldwide, Anantara and Vertu. Hannah also spent many years as a PR professional in London, including three years with freud communications, managing integrated communications campaigns for a variety of global brands.
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).