French-born Jean-Louis Ripoche has been appointed as Complex General Manager for the Maldives and General Manager for Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide manages two resorts in the Maldives; the uber-trendy W Retreat & Spa Maldives in North Ari Atoll and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa in North Male’ Atoll.
Mr Ripoche has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having started working with Starwood in 1982 as a Management Trainee at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. During his professional career with Starwood, Mr Ripoche has travelled the globe with positions at Le Meridien Boston (USA), Le Meridien Kuwait, Le Meridien Phuket (Thailand), Le Meridien Jakarta (Indonesia), Le Meridien Hotel & Tower Bangkok (Thailand) and Le Meridien Khao Lak (Thailand). His last posting before packing his bags for the Maldives was as General Manager at Sheraton Tel Aviv, Israel.
“I’m excited to be here in the beautiful destination of Maldives and to be back in Asia after being in Europe for a long time," said Mr Ripoche.
"I’ll continue to work together with the teams at both resorts who has done a fantastic job and to further enhance the guest’s experience with us," he added.