David Todd appointed Minor International’s vice president of operations  

David Todd appointed Minor International’s vice president of operations  

After nearly six years with IHG Hotels and Resorts, David Todd has joined Minor Hotels as vice president of Middle East operations, reporting to Amir Golbarg, SVP of Middle East and Africa operations.

Todd brings to the role two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. His long career with IHG began with an EAM position at InterContinental Semiramis in Cairo. He later served as resident manager at Oman’s Al Bustan Palace and subsequently worked as general manager of Crowne Plaza Muscat before taking on his first directorial role as the director of operations support and franchising MEA.
Todd was general manager of the InterContinental Doha The City for a year before becoming the director of operations for IHG in Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. He rejoined IHG in 2017 as senior director of new hotels after serving as Millennium’s VP of operations MEA. His most recent position was as the MEA’s head of operations, which he held for three years.
In his new role, Todd will be responsible for overseeing the operations and development of Minor Hotels’ portfolio of hotels in the Middle East, including the Anantara, Avani, NH Collection, Oaks and Tivoli brands. He will also be responsible for developing and implementing the group’s growth strategy in the region.
“We are delighted to welcome David to Minor Hotels. His proven track record in hospitality, deep understanding of the region’s business landscape, and his strategic vision will be invaluable as we continue to grow our presence in the Middle East,” said Amir Golbarg, senior vice president operations Middle East and Africa for Minor Hotels.
“I am excited to join Minor Hotels and to be part of the talented team that is driving the group’s growth in the Middle East. The region holds enormous potential for Minor Hotels, and I am looking forward to working with the team to deliver on the ambitious plans,” added Todd.
Minor Hotels operates the Anantara, NH Collection, Avani, Tivoli, Oaks and other brands. The flagship Anantara brand has a strong presence in the Middle East, with three hotels in Dubai, two in Qatar and five in Abu Dhabi.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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