Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa in Lhaviyani Atoll has revealed its new senior appointments; Airika Sirak as Director of Sales & Marketing, Priti Pandey as Director of Revenue Management and of Sivakumar Gopalakrishnan as Executive Sous Chef.
The new Director of Sales & Marketing, Airika Sirak is an industry expert with over 25 years of experience, contributing to a vast portfolio of hospitality brands including Hilton and Marriott International, in Europe and UK, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and now Maldives.
Airika will formulate and conduct various business, sales and marketing initiatives to in her responsibility to increase business growth and brand awareness. She will further lead and mentor her team to achieve targeted goals.
Starting off her career with Marriott International in 2013, Priti Pandey has been loyal to the hotel brand, building up her experience through its various channels. As a data-driven professional, she sees her role as paramount in streamlining distribution channels, optimizing revenue streams, and in aligning the resort’s long-term strategy in the highly competitive hospitality landscape of the Maldives.
Bringing over 15 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Executive Sous Chef Sivakumar Gopalakrishnan has shaped his food philosophy of high quality, innovative, sustainable, and mindful consumption, becoming a great asset in refining the food and beverage services of the resort.
He has previously worked at renowned properties such as The Oberoi, Trident and The Leela in India and Le Cirque in New York, where he oversaw the main kitchen operations, was responsible for a team of over 100 members and the planning and executive of various menus and serving styles to deliver best dining experiences to guests. His restaurant has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller's Top 50 restaurants in India 2018 –19.
Commenting on the new appointments, General Manager Nilesh Singh said: “We are delighted to welcome Airika, Priti and Shivakumar as integral parts of Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa. Each of their outstanding career accomplishments and incomparable experience is truly an asset and will be instrumental in helping the teams achieve new benchmarks.”
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