Mark Satterfield, chief operations officer for Marriott International for Middle East and Africa, has announced the appointment of Nihad Kattan to country general manager to Jordan and general manager of the Amman Marriott Hotel, effective April 2010.
In his previous role as area vice president, Nihad played a major role in strengthening relationships with current and prospective owners in the Middle East and Africa, which has been critical to support Marriott’s growth in the region.
Nihad joined Marriott in San Antonio, Texas, in the early eighties and has worked for Marriott for over 26 years. Nihad progressed with the company in various roles, increasing responsibility in operations. He held operational roles in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and at a number of Marriott Hotels in the United States including Austin, Tulsa, and La Jolla before assuming the role of opening front office manager in San Antonia River Center’s 1,000-room hotel. Nihad then assumed the same position in the opening of the Puerto Vallarta Marriott in Mexico. Nihad was then promoted to resident manager of the Cancun Marriott in Mexico before assuming the role of general manager in 1993 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.
Nihad became opening general manager of the San Salvador Marriott in 1999 and was promoted to the opening general manager of the JW Marriott Caracas, Venezuela, in 2001. In 2004, he became general manager of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott & Resort, Hawaii, a position he held before assuming his role of area vice president – Middle East and Africa.
During his distinguished career, Nihad has been recognized as “General Manager of the Year.” He has additionally received numerous general manager leadership awards for his results in opening new hotels, sales leadership, and owner relations.
Marriott International manages three properties in Jordan – the Amman Marriott Hotel, the Petra Marriott Hotel, and the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, and a fourth property in Aqaba is now under construction.
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