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Marriott Names Satya Anand President of Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Marriott International has appointed Satya Anand the President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division within Marriott International that encompasses over 75 countries and territories.

Anand, who was most recently the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe and Global Design for EMEA, will replace Liam Brown.

Brown has been appointed Group President, U.S. & Canada for Marriott.

“I am delighted that Satya has taken on this role to lead our business across Europe, Middle East and Africa at such a fundamental time for the hospitality industry,” said Craig S. Smith, Group President, International, Marriott International.

“As a 32-year Marriott veteran, Satya has a remarkable knowledge of the industry and our business, as well as outstanding relationships with associates, guests, owners and franchisees. His ability to engage and inspire will serve him well as he takes on this important position.”

In his new appointment, Anand will spearhead Marriott International’s post-COVID-19 recovery approach across the region, working with his team to inspire travel again. Under his leadership, the region’s 998 hotels will deliver enhanced cleanliness and sanitization levels to ensure guests have total peace of mind when staying at a Marriott International property. Additionally, he will drive the roll-out of a range of initiatives and campaigns designed to reinvigorate the hospitality industry. From the deployment of digital technology such as mobile key, mobile check-in and mobile chat between guests and hotel associates, to new initiatives which include Day Pass, Stay Pass and Play Pass from Marriott Bonvoy®, the company’s latest offering designed to provide its 140 million Marriott Bonvoy members with flexible options to work, stay and play in Marriott International’s hotels

The company has 24 of its 30 brands represented in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, W Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Le Méridien, Sheraton and AC Hotels by Marriott. Additionally, Design Hotels, a collection of privately owned and operated hotels and a part of Marriott International’s brand portfolio, will be overseen by Anand in his new role.

Originally from India, Anand joined Marriott in 1988 as a night auditor at the Vienna Marriott Hotel. As he progressed in his career, he went on to hold a number of leadership positions at Marriott, including Area Vice President roles in Western and Central Europe, Chief Financial Officer for Europe, Board Member of the AC Hotels Joint Venture, and most recently Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe and Global Design EMEA. Under his leadership, he oversaw the multi-million-dollar renovation of The Ritz-Carlton Berlin, the opening of The St. Regis Venice and the latest addition to W Hotels & Resorts, W Ibiza.

Educated primarily in Bangalore, India, Anand holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bangalore MES College of Commerce. In 1988, he completed his Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management at the International College of Tourism and Management in Semmering, Austria.

Anand currently resides in both London and Vienna with his wife, Lisa and daughter, Savita.

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Business Edge | CBN Directs Banks to Close International Monetary Transfer Operators’ Proceeds

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Today on Business Edge, Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun and Tunji Andrews, Financial Analyst and Co-founder Awabah talked about the following and how it affects you and I: 1. Nigeria’s CBN Directs Banks to Close International Monetary Transfer Operators’ (IMTOs) Proceeds 2. Forex Liquidity and the Risks to Nigerian Banks’ Ratings according to Fitch

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Nigeria’s Arik Air Cuts Jobs, Sends 300 Employees into Redundancy

It blamed the sacking on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The management of Arik Air has relieved 300 staff members of their appointments.

This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday.

It blamed the sacking on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant.”

The company explained that a redundancy package will be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions.

Related: Arik Air Workers Ground Operations

The statement read in part, “… arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (in receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

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Nigeria, Germany to Deepen Sustainable Economic Development

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, commended the German government for its commitment and undying interest in the affairs of Nigeria since independence.

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The Nigerian and German governments have agreed to deepen ties on sustainable economic development, climate change, and agriculture.

This was disclosed at the just concluded Nigeria-German Bilateral government consultations and sectoral dialogue held in Abuja, reported in a statement by the Ministry of Information.

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, commended the German government for its commitment and undying interest in the affairs of Nigeria since independence.

He stated that the cooperation between both countries was based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding.

He added that since the last consultative meeting between both sides was held in 2017, progress had been made on programmes and projects as contained in the resolutions.

Read also: Tanzania, Germany look to strengthen economic ties

The meeting was also to discuss the new German Reform Strategy, which is a plan to improve Germany’s development policy with its partner countries. 

Agba also disclosed that the reforms will focus on areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Germany, including, climate, health, and family policy, sustainable supply chains, harnessing digital technology, technology transfer, and strengthening private investment, with a view to overcoming hunger and poverty. 

He pointed out that the reform strategies were in line with the economic sustainability and inclusive growth espoused by the Government of Nigeria in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017-2020).

Claudia Wolk, Country Manager Nigeria, representing the German Government, said the bilateral development co-operation, was to reform processes and reposition German development co-operation, in order to improve the capacity to tackle new challenges and demands in international co-operation.

The areas outlined by both countries include sustainable economic development, responsibility for our planet-climate energy, agricultural sector, and COVID-19 responses.

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