Rotana Hotels has promoted Shaikha Al Nowais to vice president - owner relationship management. Previously, Al Nowais served as the director of internal audit and first joined the company in May 2011. The role has been newly created as part of Rotana’s ongoing drive to further enhance and strengthen the relationship with all of Rotana’s property owners.
The promotion will see Al Nowais report directly to the chief executive officer, with the objective of strengthening the close working relationships between Rotana and hotel owners and ensuring they are kept fully up to date on all the latest developments and initiatives implemented at their properties, a statement said.
The promotion in a traditionally male-dominated industry underlines the company’s ongoing commitment to career development and reputation as a progressive, equal opportunities employer, statement from the company said.
Commenting on the promotion, Rotana CEO and president Omer Kaddouri said, “Following her highly successful seven-year tenure as head of our Internal Audit team and her involvement in several of our operations like Yas Island Rotana, Park Rotana and lately the luxurious Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, we are delighted to announce Shaikha Al Nowais’ appointment as vice president - owner relationship management. Shaikha’s deep understanding and knowledge of the industry and our owner’s needs in addition to her impressive communication skills demonstrated over the years makes her the ideal and natural choice for this highly important role.”
Recently, Rotana also announced that Kaddouri will be stepping down from his top position at the company with Guy Hutchinson taking his place as the acting president and CEO in his place.
Al Nowais is a graduate of Dubai’s Zayed University, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Sciences – Finance.