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Dusit Thani Dubai Trio Team Ready to Tackle New Challenges in 2010

A trio of dedicated industry veterans has joined Dusit Thani Dubai, ready to lead their respective teams to bigger and greater achievements in 2010. In the brief period since joining the hotel, they have put in place and implemented new strategies and practices that will help boost Dusit Thani Dubai’s position in an ever-growing competitive market.

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Leon Salinel, Dusit Thani Dubai’s new Director of Sales and Marketing, joins the team from the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, where he was Director of Sales. Mr. Salinel has extensive experience in the Middle East region, especially in Dubai, where he was part of the opening team of the Fairmont Dubai and the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. He is the recipient of many awards, such as Sales Person of the Month for five consecutive months in 2007 at the Fairmont Dubai and was the 2005 President’s Circle Winner, being one of the top 12 sales persons for the entire Fairmont Hotels & Resorts group, and further established record-breaking sales revenue by achieving over 100% of his sales quota each year from 2002-2005.. Apart from being a proactive and results-oriented sales professional, Mr. Salinel is also a fabulous singer, having competed in many singing competitions ,and a talented dancer, earning him the reputation of being Dusit Thani Dubai’s very own Fred Astaire.


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Sylvie Zotoff is Dusit Thani Dubai’s new Director of Rooms. A French national and permanent resident of the USA, Ms. Zotoff has worked for international hotel chains such as IHG, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in properties across Europe and the United States, with her last posting being part of the transition team for the Fairmont Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt as Director of Rooms. She is exceptionally skilled in implementing procedures that will ensure service excellence and the greatest guest satisfaction, as well as expertise in the financial aspects of operation. Ms. Zotoff is also a marathon athlete, having completed various marathons in the past such as the Chicago Marathon and the San Jose Marathon, and is participating in the 2010 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon taking place on 22 January 2010.

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Completing the trio is Flemming Schulthess, a Swiss-national who has lived and worked in Thailand for the past nine years, allowing him to accumulate a great understanding and knowledge of Thai culture and cuisine, in addition to his extensive knowledge in Korean, Japanese, and international cuisine.  Chef Flemming has worked in many international hotels and Michelin-star restaurants across Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Dusit Thani Dubai, Chef Flemming was Executive Chef at Dusit Thani Pattaya, in Thailand. He has also  a veteran on the culinary competition scene, where he has competed in various cooking competitions as part of the Swiss national team and as leader of his teams competing in regional competitons in Thailand, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. He has also been on the panel of judges for many regional and international cooking competitions. When not preparing gastronomic feasts in the kitchen, Chef Flemming can be found on the golf course, practicing his swing and perfecting his handicap.

(From left): Leon Salinel, Director of Sales & Marketing; Sylvie Zotoff, Director of Rooms; Flemming Schulthess, Executive Chef.


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