Ofner, who joins the luxury property from Dukes Dubai, will oversee the operations of six restaurants and bars at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.A graduate of the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland, Ofner’s career in hospitality started at Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisboa, before he took up various roles with Le Meridien Copacabana and Le Meridien in Beverly Hills. He later moved onto the Orient Express Hotels Group in Mexico and Peru before heading back to Europe as director of F&B at Verdura Golf Resort and Spa Sicily, part of Rocco Forte Group.
In 2016, Ofner moved to Dubai to join the Madinat Jumeirah team. Prior to his current role, he was the F&B and culinary director at Dukes Dubai.Speaking about Ofner’s appointment, David Wilson, general manager of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah said: “We are delighted to welcome Rodrigo to the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah team. His experience in worldwide leading brands within hospitality will be key in this role."