Seven Tides appoints management team for Dukes
Luxury British-themed hotel and hotel apartments, Dukes on Palm Jumeirah count down to Q1 2016 opening
Dubai-based luxury property developer and holding company Seven Tides has appointed the general manager and four senior executive committee members for its latest five-star hospitality venture, Dukes Dubai hotel and hotel apartment project.
Mete Atakuman, will head up the team as the general manager and brings more than 20 years’ industry experience to the role with emphasis on openings and acquisition.
Atakuman has vast experience of Dubai-based brands, having previously worked with the Jumeirah Group to oversee the takeover of the Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Turkey as well as managing several pre-opening projects in China and Azerbaijan for the international luxury hotel chain.
Atakuman will lead a team which includes Laetitia Pardo who joins Dukes Dubai as director of sales and marketing. With 17 years’ experience in both the hotel and serviced apartment sector, Pardo has worked for renowned hotel groups such as Atlantis The Palm, Hilton International and Sofitel, as well as properties including The Savoy in London.
Richard Mazeau, takes on responsibility for Dukes Dubai’s recruitment strategy as the new director of human resources. Previous experience includes Anantara Doha, where he oversaw recruitment from pre-opening, the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, as well as managing HR and training for One&Only Resorts, Dubai.
The fourth new member of the executive team, director of engineering, Avnish Kumar, has been in the region for a decade as a pre-opening specialist, working with TIME Hotels, Mövenpick and The Address Hotels amongst others.
Rounding out the appointments list is Navin Shah, the hotel’s director of finance, a qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience.
"Mete has a proven operational and commercial track record when it comes to spearheading new hotel projects, and his experience of conveying luxury brand concepts will be instrumental to our success as we introduce this uniquely British brand to an expectant market in the region,” said Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides, developer of Dukes Dubai.
“The success of DUKES Dubai in the UAE is contingent upon its leadership team and their ability to position the brand as a market leader and deliver its distinctly unique character in today’s extremely competitive marketplace,” added Bin Sulayem.