Ringing in a new era, Retaj Hotels and Hospitality has opened its arms to Kamel Senhadji who is to serve as the company’s new CEO.
An experienced hotelier, Senhadji is of Algerian decent and brings with him more than 25 years of hotel management experience spanning France, Morocco, Malta, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, China and Japan.
His hospitality journey began in F&B. He rapidly worked his way up the ladder from steward to restaurant manager within a few years, which then led to his first stint at a hotel in Bordeaux in 1992 and a second in 1994 in Paris.
He was later appointed the general manager of a three-star hotel near Paris, and then area manager of restaurants.
Following this, Senhadji made his way to Egypt to begin a new adventure with AccorHotels. His first stint with the hospitality giant was as director of food and beverage at Sofitel Maadi Cairo, followed by general manager of Novotel Luxor.
Senhadji then moved to Jordan to manage three Accor properties based at Sofitel Petra Taybet Zaman.
In 2003 he was selected to establish Academy Accor for the Mediterranean region, and shared his experience with younger generations through training programmes, assessments and coaching.
Following this, Senhadji went on to manage the Grand Mercure Selmun Palace in Malta, followed by a task-force mission to Sudan for the opening of Sofitel Villas Khartoum. He then moved to Morocco starting with Coralia Club in Marrakech and in 2006 he handled the opening of Novotel and Ibis in Casablanca.
In 2008 he moved to Beijing where he spent four years managing a 709-key complex. Prior to his recently assumed CEO position, he was in charge of Accor hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto.