Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana appoints new director of human resources

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Published September 27th, 2016 - 04:19 GMT
Schalk van der Merwe
Schalk van der Merwe

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana is pleased to announce Schalk van der Merwe as the new Director of Human Resources. An ambitious, driven and highly motivated professional with excellent communication skills will continue to be an asset to Rotana Hotel Management Corporation.

In this role, Schalk will partner with other department heads and lead and develop an HR strategy and programs for Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, including design and implementation of organizational development programs, orientation and training programs, corporate policies and procedures, benefit plans, client service strategies and other employee and organizational initiatives.

“Schalk’s recognised success record in the human resource initiatives, his charisma and strong working ethics make him well-positioned to empower our colleagues as well as attract and retain top talent. We are delighted that he joined our human resources team.” said Eleni Tsolakou, General Manager at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. “

Schalk brings a solid human resource knowledge from leading companies in various industries as well as educational institutions in South Africa. Prior to his new appointment Van der Merwe worked as a Group Human Resource Manager where he was responsible for the complete human resources function and development, after which he joined the Rotana family as an Assistant Director of Human Resources in Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

In addition to holding various accreditations and certificates, Schalk received his B.A. Degree in Humanities as well as a B.A. Honours Degree in Development and Management which he passed Cum Laude from the North West University, South Africa. He also earned an Executive Diploma in Labour Relations from the Potchefstroom Business School, South Africa in 2007, after which he was invited to deliver his thesis during the annual SA Symposium for Arts and Science in South Africa.

Background Information

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Rotana was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.

Operating as Rotana, it opened its first property in Abu Dhabi in 1993 and is today one of the leading hotel management companies within the Middle East and North Africa.

Rotana is a company offering the best of both worlds. A unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East combined with the collective expertise of an executive team contributing over 35 years of international experience in the service industry.

Rotana aggressive expansion plans have seen the company grow from 2 properties in 1993 to a total of 70 by 2014. With several further properties planned for opening and new projects in the pipeline confirming the company's intention to have a Rotana managed property in all the major cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa within the next five years. 

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