Four Seasons veteran Didier Jardin will lead the team of more than 400 professionals appointed to manage the seventh property in the Four Seasons GCC collection, which currently includes three properties in the UAE, one in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one in Qatar and one in Bahrain.
“After hosting a growing number of Kuwaiti guests at our properties within the region and beyond, we are pleased to bring the Four Seasons experience to the heart of Kuwait City.
“The team in charge of this beautiful property know they have a great responsibility at hand, and drawing from their many years of experience with Four Seasons, they make an excellent choice to extend the brand’s legacy in this dynamic market,” said Simon Casson, president, hotel operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Four SeasonsHotels and Resorts.
A French national, Jardin has spent the last two decades at nine Four Seasons properties, with a strong focus on food and beverage. He relocated to Kuwait last year from Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita where he was resort manager.
Christel Artaud, director of human resources for the property, is a Four Seasons veteran of eight years. Artaud joined the company at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in 2008 where she served for seven years as director of human resources. A French national, Artaud moved to Kuwait in April 2016 to take charge of the human resource function at the new property.
The director of finance is Mohamed Ismail, who has moved to Kuwait after completing a decade at Four Seasons Hotel Doha. Ismail has extensive experience in launching new properties, having been part of pre-opening teams at Four Seasons properties in Doha, Russia and Azerbaijan.
Mohamed Karara joined the Kuwait property as director of sales and marketing as part of the pre-opening team in 2016 – moving from the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – Middle East Worldwide sales office. Previously, he has served in similar roles at Four Seasons properties in Jordan and Egypt.
Georges Safi has come on board at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait as director of food & beverages after serving in the same role as part of the pre-opening team for Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, where he managed the hotel’s eight restaurants and bars. Safi began his career at Four SeasonsHotel George V, Paris, now the only palace hotel in Europe to offer three Michelin-starred dining experiences with a total of five stars. In his new role in Kuwait, Safi will oversee the hotel’s five restaurants and lounges.
Director of rooms Mohamed Zakaria started his journey with Four Seasons in 2002 as assistant resort manager at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh and later moved to Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano and most recently at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
As director of engineering, a Lebanese-Swedish national, Ali El-Zein is responsible for overseeing the operational maintenance of the new hotel. El-Zein has previously worked as chief engineer at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh followed by other engineering appointments at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre and Four Seasons Hotel Baku.
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