First Saudi female GM in hospitality announced

Maram Kokandi the newly appointed general manager of Jeddah’s new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel.
Updated 16 March 2017

First Saudi female GM in hospitality announced

JEDDAH: Maram Kokandi is the newly appointed general manager of Jeddah’s new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, setting another precedent for Saudi women as the first to hold such a position in the hospitality sector, it was announced Thursday.
Kokandi told Arab News she is glad “to be at the forefront of Saudi women’s participation in the hospitality industry.”
She said she is “looking forward to leading a successful launch” of the hotel. Part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, it is scheduled to open later this year.
The president and CEO of the group, Wolfgang M. Neumann, said his company is committed to empowering women in leadership positions, and the appointment is an “achievement not only for our group but for the hospitality industry worldwide.”
He added: “We are confident that this milestone, the appointment of the first Saudi female general manager, will inspire their women across the region to pursue their career aspirations in hospitality.”
Kokandi studied hospitality management in the UK before moving back to Jeddah to hold this position.
“We currently have over 80 Saudi females working in our company, and I want to help create opportunities for more Saudi women to join our industry,” she said.
Rezidor runs a program called “Balanced Leadership” to support female employees.
Boosting the presence of women in the job market from 22 percent to 30 percent is a main goal of Saudi Vision 2030.
Last month, three Saudi women — Sarah Al-Suhaimi, Rania Nashar and Latifa Al-Sabhan — were appointed in the space of a week to lead three financial entities: The Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul), the Samba Financial Group and the Arab National Bank, respectively.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 3 min 21 sec ago

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.