Manager, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group
A South African National, Simone is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s Development Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Simone has been part of the Development team with Radisson Hotel Group for seven years with a focus on executing the Africa Development Strategy in the Anglophone speaking territories of sub-Saharan Africa. The Radisson Hotel Group currently has 87 hotels in operation and under development in 30 countries in Africa – under either their premium lifestyle Radisson Collection brand, upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale Radisson brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand.
Simone was born into the hotel industry through her father who was a General Manager for Sun International Hotels & Casinos for many years under Sol Kerzner. Her own career in the hotel industry started in 2000 after being enrolled in an in-house training programme at the Savoy Hotel in London. Thereafter, Simone held management positions within hotel operations in South Africa and the United Kingdom with Relais & Châteaux and Starwood. In December 2008, Simone decided to see the world and took up the challenge of an on-board F&B Manager position for Etihad Airlines based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In May 2011 Simone joined the Radisson Hotel Group and now forms part of one of the fasting growing hotel group in Africa.