Spanish native and hotelier Pep Lozano is the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, announced Pascal Duchauffour, area vice-president, Europe, Middle East and Africa of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
In his new role, Mr. Lozano is responsible for all operations and sales, as well as guest and employee engagement, of the new 532-room waterfront hotel slated to open end 2011. Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Lozano helmed The Ritz-Carlton, Doha in Qatar, his first foray in the Middle East, as general manager from 2009.
Mr. Lozano began his professional career in Hotel Arts in Barcelona, a Ritz-Carlton managed property, in various food and beverage roles. The experience in this department enabled his transfer to The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. as the director of food and beverage in its opening phase in 2000. Mr. Lozano then returned to Hotel Arts for a series of consecutive leadership roles, culminating in his promotion to hotel manager in 2006. A year later, he was appointed general manager of Abama Golf & Spa Resort, another Ritz-Carlton managed property, in Tenerife, Spain.A Ritz-Carlton veteran, Mr. Lozano has participated in the successful openings of various Ritz-Carlton properties around the world, namely in Wolfsburg, Germany; New York, United States; Marbella, Spain; and Penha Longa, Portugal. He is married with three children and speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.