Marriott appoints new EMEA sales & marketing officer

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Updated 10 February 2020

Marriott appoints new EMEA sales & marketing officer

Marriott International announced that Marriott veteran Neal Jones has taken on the role of chief sales and marketing officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as part of the company’s EMEA leadership team led by Liam Brown, group president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Jones began his career at Marriott International in London more than 20 years ago and has most recently served as chief sales and marketing officer for Middle East and Africa based in Dubai. Over the last seven years in this role, Jones has provided strategic leadership to the brand management, marketing, digital, sales, revenue management, loyalty, communications and consumer insight functions.

“I’m delighted to welcome Neal to the EMEA leadership team,” said Brown.

“Neal is an engaging leader with a wealth of commercial knowledge. In this new role, he will be instrumental in driving demand into Marriott International’s diverse portfolio of brands, expanding the reach of our travel program, Marriott Bonvoy, and developing innovative strategies to further enhance the customer experience across the EMEA region.”

A UK national, Jones graduated from the Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands and is currently based in Marriott International‘s Dubai regional office. He will relocate to Marriott’s London headquarters in 2020 with his wife and two children. A lover of all things aviation, Jones holds a private pilot license and enjoys spending time in the skies when not at work.

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Updated 21 September 2020

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Speakers and experts at an international conference revealed that an estimated 1 million jobs are expected to be created in the Kingdom over the next five years, due to the acceleration of digital transformation in several industries and sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, chief executive of the STC Group and head of the Digital Transformation Working Group of the Saudi B20 business group, participated in an interactive session titled “Digital Transformation: The Future After the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was held recently and included the participation of representatives from the B20 business group in 20 countries.

Al-Nasser explained that future jobs will depend entirely on technology and innovation, noting the gender disparity in the field of technology. It is therefore significant to empower women entrepreneurs and work together with governments to create targeted employment programs, designed to involve and qualify women in the technical sector while encouraging their promotion to leadership positions.

“We need to ensure that young women receive training and guidance when they enter the job market or start their own businesses, and the Kingdom has adopted many initiatives and investments to qualify young men and women through education,” he said. “In 2019, the Kingdom allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to support universities in preparing students for the job market.”

The Saudi B20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) organized a virtual meeting, where a number of key government actors and G20 members presented recommendations and exchanged experiences on future investments, digital transformation, sustainability and 5G-based digital solutions.

The Saudi business group is committed to providing recommendations that promote the implementation of robust policies through transparent dialogue and constructive cooperation with all relevant parties, supported by a group of international organizations that act as knowledge and communication experts. It is the official platform of the business community at the G20 summit, and plays a representative role for the private sector before the group.

Maadad Al-Ajmi, head of the working group of the B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity and Compliance and vice president and general counsel for legal affairs at STC, participated in a session dedicated to compliance and integrity. Nasser Al-Jareed, head of the Workers’ Communication Group of the B20 and director of the Workers’ Committees Support Program at STC, was also a participant.

The Kingdom has taken qualitative steps toward ensuring a speedy development toward digital transformation through the adoption of state-of-the-art telecommunications and ICT technology, thereby facilitating the transformation toward a knowledge economy and e-commerce. These efforts ultimately aim to achieve higher satisfaction rates and quality of living for both citizens and residents, facilitating their everyday lives.