Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Welcomes Jean Francois Richard

Jean Francois Richard

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, a prestigious luxury resort in the Maldives, announced the appointment of Jean Francois Richard as its new Director of Sales and Marketing.

In his new role, Jean Francois will be responsible for leading and enhancing all aspects of the Sales and Marketing Team, further establishing the resort’s reputation as one of the finest in the Maldives.

With an impressive background in the international hospitality and travel sectors, Jean Francois brings almost two decades of extensive experience to his new position. He recently held the role of Director of Sales and Marketing at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, where he contributed significantly to the resort’s success. Prior to that, Jean Francois worked with esteemed brands such as Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he steadily climbed the sales and marketing ladder, culminating in his appointment as Cluster Director of Sales for Mauritius.



Jean Francois, who holds dual French and Mauritian citizenship, holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Hotel Management and Marketing. His expertise covers various areas, including cross-functional interactions, strategic planning, implementation of brand standards, and the creation of innovative food and beverage concepts.

When asked about his new role, Jean Francois expressed his excitement about joining the Seaside Finolhu family and creating exceptional experiences for guests. “It’s the people that make the soul of this beautiful paradise,” he said. “Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll offers a different holiday experience, a kaleidoscope of happiness and freedom with a luxury twist.”



Beyond his role in the hospitality industry, Jean Francois is an avid traveler and appreciates diverse interests. He enjoys horseback riding, listening to music, fishing, and cooking. As an active sportsman, he also participates in soccer, rugby, badminton, and golf.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, owned and managed by Seaside Collection, is renowned for its stunning two-kilometer white powdery beaches that stretch across four islands. The resort, comprising 125 beachfront and overwater villas, has solidified its position as one of the most exquisite destinations in the Maldives. Guests are captivated by the resort’s natural beauty, luxurious accommodations, and world-class hospitality.

The appointment of Jean Francois Richard as the new Director of Sales and Marketing is a testament to Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll’s commitment to delivering unparalleled guest experiences. With his extensive industry knowledge and passion for creating exceptional moments, Jean Francois is poised to lead the Sales and Marketing Team towards continued success and elevate the resort’s standing in the Maldivian hospitality landscape.


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