Jan Hanák is named the new managing director of Radisson Hotel Group in UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar

Jan Hanák is named the new managing director of Radisson Hotel Group in UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar

Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Jan Hanák as managing director for UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. He will be based at the group’s area support office in Dubai.

Hanák, a Czech national, has been with Radisson Hotel Group for more than 24 years. He began his career in hospitality in 1988 at the Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel Prague, where he was employed as a porter. He then held various positions in front office and revenue management in Prague and London before joining the Radisson SAS Belfast as general manager. His most recent role was general manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, the oldest five-star hotel in Dubai.

Hanák will be leading the operations and strategic initiatives in the region. In parallel, he will work closely with all key business partners to achieve quality results. He said: “I am delighted to continue my journey with Radisson Hotel Group and look forward to working with the hotels and corporate leadership team to continue delivering the success and growth of our company in the region.”

Tim Cordon, COO for the Middle East and Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, added: “I am pleased to have a hospitality veteran like Jan to take on this role. With a track record in several leadership positions within the company, his extensive expertise will be instrumental in continuing successful delivering results in his new area of responsibility. I am confident that with his knowledge and experience, he will add immense value.”


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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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