Mandy Merks, Michael Nassiri, Patric D. Loeser, Mohamed Elsayed and Ahmed Mahmoud have taken charge at five Egyptian resorts
Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts made a series of leadership changes at its hotels on the Red Sea coast of Egypt between November 2020 and May 2021. No fewer than five new General Managers took up the reins in Hurghada, in Sharm El Sheikh and in Marsa Alam during this period.
The first appointment was Mandy Merks, who became new General Manager of the Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle, an adults-only hotel in the Premium Segment. She was followed by Michael Nassiri, who assumed management responsibility at the exclusive five-star deluxe Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel and by Patric D. Loeser, new Director of the five-star Steigenberger Aqua Magic, which also boasts a water park and direct beach access. They were then joined by Mohamed Elsayed and Ahmed Mahmoud, both Egyptian born, who embarked upon new general management roles at the five-star Steigenberger Alcazar Resort on the Sinai Peninsula and at the adults-only five-star Steigenberger Coraya Beach in Marsa Alam respectively.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Ms. Merks, Mr. Nassiri, Mr. Loeser, Mr. Elsayed and Mr. Mahmoud,” said Kai H. Gehrmann, Vice President Franchise. “All five are highly experienced leaders and passionate hosts. They have country-specific knowledge and identify with our quality commitment. This is precisely the profile we are seeking for executive management at our Egyptian hotels. We extend a warm welcome to these five General Managers as they join our company and hope that they enjoy exciting times with Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts.”
Mandy Merks is from Schlema in Saxony and holds a degree in Engineering. She has lived in Egypt since 2007 and began her career in the hotel sector as an administrative assistant and Guest Relations Manager at the Iberotel Makadi Beach. Her most recent role was as Hotel Manager of the Tui Blue Makadi and the Tui Blue Makadi Gardens.
Over the course of his career, the 49-year-old German national Michael Nassiri has worked for major hotel chains including Kempinski, Hyatt International, the Intercontinental Hotels Group and Radisson Blu. He was Resident and Hotel Manager at various Adaaran Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives from 2016 to the end of 2020.
After completing a master’s degree in Hospitality Management at Cornell University, Patric D. Loeser went on to secure a whole range of positions at hotels and restaurants all over the world. His roles have included Assistant Banquet Manager and Director of Food & Beverage on Tenerife and in the Dominican Republic, Cluster General Hotel Manager on Cuba and Jamaica and General Manager in Cancún, Mexico.
Mohamed Elsayed is also able to look back on several years of hotel management experience as he takes up his new job. After stints in Germany and Saudi Arabia, Mr. Elsayed headed up the Steigenberger Makadi Hotel, the Jaz Almaza Beach Resort, and the Beau Rivage Hotel Aqaba in Jordan between 2015 and 2020.
Ahmed Mahmoud is highly familiar with the Egyptian market after having worked at numerous hotels in the country over the course of his professional career. In his most recent Hotel Manager role, he took charge of the rebranding of the Jaz Grand Resort and of the openings of the SuneoClub Reef Marsa Hotel and the Iberotel Costa Mares in Marsa Alam.