Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts Makes Key Leadership Appointments – Hotelier Maldives

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts (AH&R) has announced four key leadership appointments to support its ambitious development plans.

Atmosphere’s strategic onboarding of top talent to its senior leadership team include Michel Politano as VP Revenue & Distribution, Sarah Walker Kerr as VP Communications, Ashley Goddard as Corporate Culinary Director and Silvia Collepardi as VP Sales & Marketing for COLORS OF OBLU & By Atmosphere.

Coming from the finest brands across the globe, these accomplished leaders add to the company’s growth momentum. With six established properties in the Maldives, they will help expand Atmosphere’s three brands – THE OZEN COLLECTION, COLORS OF leisure OBLU and By Atmosphere – to alluring destinations in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director, Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts said: “As we prepare for our next phase of expansion, we are thrilled to welcome such outstanding talent to our senior leadership team. I am eager to see how their depth and breadth of collective experience will help us drive brand distinction, foster culinary excellence, elevate our reputation and reach new markets.”

Ashley Goddard – Corporate Culinary Director

Taking up the newly created role of Corporate Culinary Director, Ashley Goddard will drive brand distinction and corporate reputation by refining dining experiences throughout Atmosphere’s portfolio of resorts. He will mentor and develop the company’s culinary teams, enhance existing Food and Beverage experiences, and contribute to launching of our new openings and projects in the current pipeline.

During his successful career spanning over thirty years, this Australian Chef & Culinary Entrepreneur has worked with some of the leading international hospitality companies, immersing in cultures across the globe. Having been a part of different cultures has enriched Ashley’s palette for life – allowing him to develop world-class culinary teams, in numerous countries and throughout reputed hotels and resorts. “I believe raising both the perception of our guests, as well as the expectation of a truly memorable dining experience, we are lucky to touch so many people and bring the Joy of Giving,” says Ashley Goddard.

Silvia Collepardi – VP Sales & Marketing for COLORS OF OBLU & By Atmosphere

Silvia Collepardi has been promoted to Vice President Sales & Marketing for the company’s recently launched brand COLORS OF OBLU as well as By Atmosphere. In her new role, Silvia will focus on strengthening brand positioning in key feed markets across the globe and developing new markets.

Hailing from Italy, Silvia joined AH&R in 2018 as Regional Director of Sales Europe. She offers a wealth of expertise acquired over sixteen years of sales and marketing experience, including senior positions at international brands like Centara Hotels & Resorts. Her love for oceans has inspired Silvia to focus her expertise on promoting dream destinations and beautiful resorts in the Maldives, Thailand and Bali, with a passion for pre-opening and business development.

Michel Politano Vice President Revenue & Distribution

In the role of VP Revenue & Distribution, French national Michel Politano will work towards maximizing revenue, enhancing channel connectivity and profitability, and optimizing online presence, traffic acquisition and conversion.

An impactful leader with fifteen years of hands-on experience, Michel excels in implementing unique and highly effective market strategies, successfully entering new markets and providing value-based leadership.

He has most recently held senior leadership positions at Emaar Hospitality Group, where he set up and grew the entire distribution ecosystem (spanning 20+ hotels across 4 brands) and contributed to organizational growth by leading change management of cluster structure.

Sarah Walker Kerr – Vice President Communications

Recently appointed, Sarah Walker Kerr has hit the ground running – steering the company’s

communication strategy with a focus on promoting brand distinction. With over 20 years of international experience, UK-born Sarah is adept at setting up and managing global integrated communication programs that drive guest engagement, elevate corporate identity and build brand equity.

Sarah comes to Atmosphere from Marriott International, where she spent three years as VP Communications, achieving positive awareness (externally and internally) and brand distinction. As part of this role, she set up a fit for purpose organizational communications across complex geography of thirty countries. She was ranked among the Top 25 ‘Most Influential Communicators in the Middle East’ by PR Week UK.

Featured Image: (Left to right) Walker-Kerr, Politano, Collepardi and Goddard

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