Jumeirah Group has announced a number of new appointments.
Hakan Petek, a Turkish-British national joins Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah as the new General Manager. Petek will be responsible for building on the success and reputation of the award-winning resort, taking over from the current General Manager Fernando Gibaja, who has moved on after two successful years.
Hakan joined Jumeirah in June 2010 as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait. He was a key player in the pre-opening of the hotel as well as a member of the Executive Committee.
With over 27 years’ experience in the hotel industry, his career highlights include eight hotel openings across several five-star luxury brand properties in Turkey: Dedeman and the Sheraton in Antalya, Conrad in Istanbul, Swissotel in Istanbul and Izmir, as well as Raffles Browns and Guoman Hotel both in London.
Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai has appointed Violet Wang as the new Director of Marketing & Communications. Violet Wang joined the hotel in June 2017 from InterContinental Hotels Group. In this role, Violet was responsible for the brand marketing communications of Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo and led the marketing activities at hotel property level.
Before IHG, Violet honed her skills working for creative agencies and was responsible for marketing projects of several high-end brands such as Land Rover and Porsche in Shanghai and Hong Kong markets. Violet graduated from Shanghai Fudan University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, and received her Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has appointed Christopher Baker as the resort’s new Resident Manager. An experienced hospitality professional, Christopher brings strong leadership and management skills to his new role.
He first joined the Jumeirah Group early on in his career, for the opening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and joins Jumeirah Vittaveli with excellent knowledge of the brand. Christopher has filled managerial positions for a number of hospitality companies including Rosewood, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels, and Emirates Hotels & Resorts, in countries including Vietnam, UAE, Jordan, India and the UK.
Originally from the UK, Christopher studied at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism, & Creative Studies, and started his managerial career as Head Chef at Oliver’s Restaurant, located in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Christopher joins General Manager Amit Majumder and his team at Jumeirah Vittaveli, an award-winning luxury island resort, situated only 20-minutes from the capital of Malé.