Minor Hotels Group has
appointed Ramine Behnam as Vice President Development for
Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Ramine’s prominent career in
hospitality development, operations, consulting and asset
management includes senior roles with JLL Middle East & Africa in
Dubai and the M.A. Kharafi Group in development, acquisitions and
asset management, based out of Cairo.
Prior to joining Minor, Ramine held the position of Director of Development with
Starwood Hotels and subsequently Marriott International – Middle
East & Africa, in Dubai.
A French national, Ramine is
fluent in French, English, Arabic and Spanish and is based at Minor
Hotels’ regional office in Dubai.
He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in
International Tourism Development and Hospitality Management from
Vatel International Business School in France. Ramine is also a
graduate of the Marriott International EMEA management programme,
having successfully completed a two-year Operations Management
tenure with the group in London.
James Kaplan, Senior Vice President Development,
said, “We are delighted to welcome Ramine on board and look
forward to working together, driving Minor Hotels’ growth in key
destinations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over ten
years of hospitality management and business development under his
belt, Ramine brings a wealth of experience to the role and is a
great asset to the company.”
Ramine will be responsible for
continuing to drive strategic growth for Minor Hotels in key
destinations across EMEA. In addition to a number of HMAs awaiting
imminent signing, Minor Hotels currently has a strong pipeline of
future properties under development in the region including in the
UAE (Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah), Saudi Arabia, Oman,
Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius and Maldives.
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