Torsten Obermann has been promoted to General Manager at the JA Oasis Beach Tower, while Otto Kurzendorfer returns to the UAE, and to JA Resorts & Hotels, to take over the general management reins at the JA Ocean View Hotel.
In their new roles they will have responsibility for the overall day-to-day operation at their respective hotels as well as playing a key role in the development of long-term strategic direction for the two high profile beach-facing properties.
A German national, Obermann has been with JA Resorts & Hotels for four years, formerly working as Executive Assistant Manager of Rooms for the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort before moving across to the JA Oasis Beach Tower as Resident Manager in 2012.
He has more than two decades’ experience in the hospitality sector, and has worked with a slew of leading international brands including positions with Accor (Mercure) in Germany, Crowne Plaza and Marriott in the USA, and The Dolder Grand, one of Switzerland’s legendary properties.
Otto Kurzendorfer, who is also a native of Germany, comes from a food and beverage background with experience across all hotel departments, and a 24-year career spanning several continents and companies with positions in the Bahamas, Germany, Seychelles, Damascus, Qatar, UK and the Chinese main hotel locations, Shanghai and Sanya working mainly for Starwood and InterContinental Hotels Group.
As General Manager of the newly opened 338-room JA Ocean View Hotel, Kurzendorfer will focus on building on the property’s initial successes, which include recognition as the ‘Middle East’s Leading New Hotel’ at the 2013 World Travel Awards and an average occupancy of 83% since opening in January this year.