Mohammed Shihab and Ahmed Naufal, two members of Sun Siyam Resorts' business development team, have just been appointed to the positions of group director of sales and marketing and cluster director of sales and marketing, respectively.

In his new position, Shihab will be responsible for leading the sales and marketing teams at all six Sun Siyam Resort properties in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. He will do this by developing strong and efficient sales and marketing growth strategies and managing all international relationships with key partners.

Shihab began working for the organisation in 2020 as an Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at Sun Siyam Olhuveli Maldives. He advanced in his career to Director of Sales and Marketing before taking on a new project under the Sun Siyam Resorts banner and joining Siyam World in 2021 as Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing to be a part of an exciting pre-opening team. Shihab, who is based at Siyam World, efficiently oversaw all Sales & Marketing activities for Sun Siyam Iru Fushi while simultaneously overseeing the successful inauguration of the most innovative island resort and industry gamechanger to hit the Maldives.

Since September 2011, when he began working as the sales and marketing supervisor at Meeru Island Resort and Spa in the Maldives, he has been an expert in the hospitality sector. In September 2015, he joined Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa as Senior Catering & Conventions Manager, where he undertook a new challenge in the MICE industry. Before taking a job as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Standard, Huravalhi Maldives in 2019, Shihab also held the post of Director of Catering & Conventions at the same resort.

Born and bred in India and proudly half-Maldivian, Shihab speaks fluently Hindi, English & Dhivehi and brings more than 13 years of sales experiences in the hospitality sector with him. With a passion for the hotel sector and a master's degree in business administration from Bangalore, India, he is also ardent about running a business and effectively setting new standards for this industry in the days to come.

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Naufal on his new role

Naufal on his new role

From March 2023, Naufal will be based at Sun Siyam Olhuveli and assume his new position as Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing, where he will be in charge of all sales & marketing initiatives for both Sun Siyam Iru Veli & Sun Siyam Olhuveli. He was elevated from his prior role as Director of Sales and Marketing at Sun Siyam Olhuveli, where he was in charge of the global sales efforts for the three connected island properties.

Naufal, a native of the Maldives, graduated with a bachelor's degree in business tourism management from the Maldives National University and has worked in the country's hospitality sector for more than 15 years. Also, he has two diplomas from the highly regarded Cornell University in business strategy and revenue management 360 that he successfully finished.

In 2008, he started working as a reservations agent at One & Only Kanuhura. In 2011, he moved on to Baros Maldives, where he spent more than six years working his way up from reservations & sales executive to cluster assistant sales reservations manager.

He then accepted a position as Assistant Director of Sales at Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort in 2017 and served as Director of Sales at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo from 2017 to 2018. After serving as director of sales at the Radisson Blu Resort Maldives in 2019 and the Movenpick Maldives in 2020, Naufal then accepted his most recent position at Sun Siyam Olhuveli in 2021.

Deepak Booneady, CEO At Sun Siyam Resorts

Deepak Booneady, CEO At Sun Siyam Resorts

"We are immensely proud to be able to promote such trusted and experienced team members inside our company, since growing and supporting our employees is one of our major pillars at Sun Siyam Resorts," said Deepak Booneady, CEO of Sun Siyam Resorts. We are convinced that the company will be able to realise its intended goals and undoubtedly makes an impact in the industry because to Shihab & Naufal's impressive professional expertise and their "can do" attitude.

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