The Galle Face Hotel makes five appointments to its team

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
26 February 2019 | Updated 27 February 2019

Sri Lanka: The Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka has made five new appointments to their team.

The new team with a combined total of 100 years of local and international experience in hospitality, include a new resident manager, head of sales & marketing, corporate chef of Sri Lankan Cuisine, cluster director of human resources and a new executive chef.

Sanjeev Gardiner, Galle Face Hotel chairman, said: "This is such an exciting time, both in the country and in the hotel. Lonely Planet has rated Sri Lanka the "Top Country for Travel in 2019", meaning a new era of growth for the destination. We want to ensure we have the team to take the hotel on that journey, creating new and authentic experiences for our guests in the years to come."

Mubarak Gaffoor the hotel's new resident manager is now overseeing operational departments including the rooms division and food & beverage. After many years in the UK, "Muba" has been a part of the Galle Face Hotel family since 2014 when he joined as a director of sales, and later promoted to the role of director of group sales & marketing.

Narelle McDougall has been appointed the new head of sales & marketing for the Galle Face Hotel and Ceylon Hotel Corporation (CHC), overseeing sales and marketing, revenue and reservations, catering sales and public relations. Narelle has many years' experience in the region including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives with leading brands such as InterContinental, Le Méridien and Anantara.

Chef Saman Jayawardene is now corporate chef of Sri Lankan Cuisine for the Ceylon Hotel Group and EKHO Hotels. With almost 30 years' experience, he moves from executive chef at the Galle Face Hotel having previously worked with leading hotels across Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives

Nalaka Dissanayake has come on board as cluster director of human resources, with a responsibility for identifying and nurturing talent for the Galle Face Hotel and Ceylon Hotel Group. Nalaka has worked with major brands in the Middle East, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, including Radisson Blu, Millennium and Copthorne, and Habtoor, a leading Emirati hotel group.

Jay Kay Govind joins as the Galle Face Hotel's new executive chef, on board and excited to create culinary experiences for guests and events. Chef Jay is an award-winning chef with a career spanning 25 years in five different countries. Prior to joining the Galle Face Hotel, he worked for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Anantara, Banyan Tree and InterContinental.

"Although from different disciplines, our new team members are leaders in their fields and dedicated to success. I am personally excited to have them on board and look forward to creating new experiences together in this incredible destination," said Robert C. Hauck, the hotel's general manager and area vice president.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's The Galle Face Hotel has made five new appointments to their team.

 

The new team with a combined total of 100 years of local and international experience in hospitality, include a new resident manager, head of sales & marketing, corporate chef of Sri Lankan Cuisine, cluster director of human resources and a new executive chef.

 

Sanjeev Gardiner, Galle Face Hotel chairman, said: "This is such an exciting time, both in the country and in the hotel. Lonely Planet has rated Sri Lanka the "Top Country for Travel in 2019", meaning a new era of growth for the destination. We want to ensure we have the team to take the hotel on that journey, creating new and authentic experiences for our guests in the years to come."

 

Mubarak Gaffoor the hotel's new resident manager is now overseeing operational departments including the rooms division and food & beverage. After many years in the UK, "Muba" has been a part of the Galle Face Hotel family since 2014 when he joined as a director of sales, and later promoted to the role of director of group sales & marketing.

 

Narelle McDougall has been appointed the new head of sales & marketing for the Galle Face Hotel and Ceylon Hotel Corporation (CHC), overseeing sales and marketing, revenue and reservations, catering sales and public relations. Narelle has many years' experience in the region including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives with leading brands such as InterContinental, Le Méridien and Anantara.

 

Chef Saman Jayawardene is now corporate chef of Sri Lankan Cuisine for the Ceylon Hotel Group and EKHO Hotels. With almost 30 years' experience, he moves from executive chef at the Galle Face Hotel having previously worked with leading hotels across Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives

 

Nalaka Dissanayake has come on board as cluster director of human resources, with a responsibility for identifying and nurturing talent for the Galle Face Hotel and Ceylon Hotel Group. Nalaka has worked with major brands in the Middle East, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, including Radisson Blu, Millennium and Copthorne, and Habtoor, a leading Emirati hotel group.

 

Jay Kay Govind joins as the Galle Face Hotel's new executive chef, on board and excited to create culinary experiences for guests and events. Chef Jay is an award-winning chef with a career spanning 25 years in five different countries. Prior to joining the Galle Face Hotel, he worked for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Anantara, Banyan Tree and InterContinental.

 

"Although from different disciplines, our new team members are leaders in their fields and dedicated to success. I am personally excited to have them on board and look forward to creating new experiences together in this incredible destination,"  said Robert C. Hauck, the hotel's general manager and area vice president.

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