InterContinental Hotels Group appoints senior management team members

The hospitality group has appointed a cluster hotel manager as well as an area director of human resources

(L-R) Karim Abdelhamid and Marieke Schellen
(L-R) Karim Abdelhamid and Marieke Schellen

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Karim Abdelhamid as cluster hotel manager and Marieke Schellen as area director of human resources at the group’s hotels in Dubai Festival City.

Abdelhamid will be managing InterContinental Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City, and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and Festival Arena.

He will be responsible for establishing new operational and commercial synergies for the hotels to improve financial performance. He will be manage properties consisting of 1,088 keys and 10 F&B venues.

Abdelhamid brings with him close to 20 years’ experience with senior leadership roles, having previously worked at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City as F&B manager, resort manager at Marriot International and sales and service manager at The Plaza Hotel in New York again. His experience in the region includes being part of the pre-opening team for Sofitel Cataract in Egypt.

Schellen as area director of human resources at InterContiental Hotels at Dubai Festival City will oversee the human resources department for the cluster of four hotels as well as the Festival Arena.

Her team will be made up of 1,100 colleagues hailing from more than 63 nations.

She previously served Hilton Dubai Creek as human resources manager, director of human resources at both W Hotels and Starwood Central London. She has also worked as corporate director of human resources and administration for DXB Entertainments before reprising her latest role with IHG.

Mathieu van Alphen, area general manager, said “We are very delighted to welcome both Marieke and Karim to the leadership team, and along with their extensive experience in the hospitality industry, we are confident in achieving another grand chapter of success for our flagship IHG UAE hotels in Dubai Festival City.”

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