Real estate services firm Avison Young join hands with Empact CRES, opens first office in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Global commercial real estate services firm Avison Young has announced an expansion of its service delivery to clients across Europe, Middle East, and Africa with the addition of Empact Corporate Real Estate Services (Empact CRES), a full-service commercial real estate services firm in South Africa. It will rebrand as Avison Young and provide customized real estate solutions throughout South Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa. “The team in South Africa share a fundamental belief in delivering the positive impact that commercial real estate can make in people’s lives across the African content,” said Mark Rose,…

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Radisson Blu celebrates a decade as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe, confirms 16 new signings in EMEA

WORLD – Radisson Hotel Group is celebrating Radisson Blu’s reconfirmed position as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe for the past decade and continues its successful portfolio growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa with over 2,000 rooms and 16 signings added to the Group’s portfolio in quarter 1. In a year of historic challenges, Radisson Hotel Group has remained actively committed to its five-year development plan to be recognized as one of the top hotel brands in the world and the brand of choice for owners, guests, and…

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Marriott International appoints two new executive team members for the EMEA region

AFRICA – American multinational company Marriott International, has appointed Sandeep Walia as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East and Jerome Briet as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Walia will assume office on July 1, 2021, following the retirement of current COO, Guido De Wilde in March 2021while Briet will take on the role from Carlton Ervin, who was recently appointed as Marriott’s Global Development Officer, International. Walia will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Turkey, representing 21…

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Netflix appoints Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments for the EMEA Region

EMEA – Netflix, a global movie streaming outfit, has appointed Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments to lead its payments in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Atawodi will oversee these payment dynamics to keep Netflix ahead of shrewd competitors in Africa’s streaming video on-demand market, especially Showmax. The Multichoice-owned service has been working to dominate the market by offering on-demand video streaming and live TV including football matches, music and news. This is coming on the heels of her spearheading Uber’s arrival and growth in West Africa, six years…

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Youssef Merjaneh appointed as Senior Vice President of Black & Veatch for EMEA region

EMEA – Black & Veatch, an engineering firm, has named Youssef Merjaneh as Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as the region’s focus on the dynamic energy transition continues. The company’s expansion in the EMEA region and Youssef’s appointment come at a transformational time for Black & Veatch. In 2020, the company announced it would cease participation in any new coal-based power design and construction and focus its capabilities on supporting the other parts of its portfolio including renewable generation, transmission and distribution, and other aspects of…

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Marriott International appoints Satya Anand as president of EMEA region

EMEA – Marriott International, a multinational hospitality company, has announced the appointment of Satya Anand as President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division within Marriott International that encompasses over 75 countries and territories. Anand was most recently the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe and Global Design for EMEA. He will replace Liam Brown, who has been appointed Group President, U.S. & Canada for Marriott. In his new appointment, Anand will spearhead Marriott International’s post-COVID-19 recovery approach across the region, working with his team to…

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YouTube appoints Alex Okosi as the new MD for emerging markets in EMEA

AFRICA – YouTube, a video-sharing platform, has announced the appointment of Alex Okosi, a Nigeria-born American media expert as managing director of emerging markets for YouTube in Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The tech giant said in a statement that Alex would be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub Saharan Africa. Alex Okosi is a Nigerian-born, US-educated media executive responsible for developing and launching MTV Africa in February 2005. He has also spearheaded the…

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Nutanix Sub-Saharan Africa region gets a new General Manager

SOUTHERN AFRICA – Nutanix, a cloud computing software company that sells infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage, has appointed Dom Poloniecki as General Manager for its Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe region. Mr. Poloniecki joins Nutanix after a 17-year career at IBM, where he built extensive business leadership experience in enterprise technology. For the last six years he was responsible for leading and transforming the company’s software and software-as-a-services businesses in the UK and Ireland, latterly as Vice President of Cloud Software. Commenting on Mr. Poloniecki’s appointment, Sammy Zoghlami, Senior Vice…

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