Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah appoints new hotel manager

Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah appoints new hotel manager

With the assignment of Arlette Richter-Picardo half of the hotel's management team is now female

Marriott Hotels has appointed Arlette Richter-Picardo as hotel manager of Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 

With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and sales, Richter-Picardo will oversee all operational, quality and guest-related aspects of the running of the resort, including room operations, F&B management and spa and recreation supervision.

Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah general manager Gerrit Schmitt said: “We are delighted to welcome Arlette as our new hotel manager. She is a well-rounded hospitality professional with vast hotel operations experience and a strong background in commercial functions, specifically catering sales, as well as event-planning and execution. 

"We're deeply invested in diversity and inclusion and are extremely proud that half of Marriott Resort’s leadership team is female. While experience and skillset for the role is ultimately paramount, I wanted to have a 50 per cent female leadership team because the better the diversification in the team, the stronger the output, collaboration and insights." 

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A German native, Richter-Picardo held the position of general manager at Dubai Edition hotel ahead of her move to the resort. In 2012, she moved to Abu Dhabi to become director of events sales at the St Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel, swiftly progressing to assistant director of sales. 

Before joining Marriott, Richter-Picardo held a variety of executive roles in London and Australia, overseeing events and banquet operations. At Marriott, she has managed room and F&B revenues and presided over key department heads, attributing her success to being a hands-on, forward-thinking leader.

Speaking about her new role, Richter-Picardo added: “Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah has already earned its place as one of the most exciting new resort openings in Dubai, and I'm honoured to be the new hotel manager. 

"I'm particularly looking forward to working side-by-side with our talented operations team. Together, we’ll be setting new standards for quality and wonderful service as we debut an international brand and launch exciting, new signature outlets.” 

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