W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island reveals executive team

Published: 22 September 2019 - 5:45 a.m.
By: Claudia De Brito
W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island has revealed its newly appointed executive team.

General manager Faiek El Saadani, will lead the dynamic team through the brand conversion, a first for the W brand globally. El Saadani is joined by executive assistant manager of F&B Nabiel El-Nakib, director of sales & marketing Jeannette Smit, director of human resources Maren Fernandes, director of rooms Niazy Mohamed Youseff, cluster director of finance Majdy Khoury, director of engineering Ayman Alhalalat, directory of culinary Phoebe Hanson and the W Insider Essa Al Ansari.

Faiek El Saadani will be responsible for the operational planning and management of the hotel and is the pdriving force behind the upcoming launch. El Saadani comes to W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island with a wealth of international hospitality expertise and knowledge, having previously worked across multiple Marriott brands including St. Regis and JW Marriott.

Nabiel El-Nakib, executive assistant manager of F&B, will define W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island’s beverage and culinary philosophy, working alongside his team to create innovative beverage and food concepts that would resonate with the UAE consumer. Having worked for some of the most renowned names in the industry such as David Myers and Heston Blumenthal, El-Nakib will ensure a seamless transformation of the Yas Hotel to the W Brand.

Jeannette Smit, director of sales & marketing hails from the Netherlands and has worked with some of the world’s leading hotel chains globally. Her experience and understanding of sales and marketing strategies enabled her to roll out the successful launch of Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. Smit has an asset to the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island during its launch phase and through her dynamic leadership will help position the hotel as the most hip and happening destination on the island.

Essa Al Ansari will be the W Insider connecting ideas, events, people and guests by being always in the know. With a finger on the pulse on the latest happenings within the UAE, he will be the tastemaker who keeps a close eye on what’s new and next, finding ways to elevate the guest experience.

“As we come closer to the opening of the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island we welcome a diverse and passionate executive team that will help bring the W brand’s disruptive DNA to life and set the scene for a successful launch of the brand in the emirate” said El Saadani.

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