Marriott names its first female GM in Saudi Arabia for St Regis Riyadh

Marriott names its first female GM in Saudi Arabia for St Regis Riyadh

Marina Krasnobrizhaya will lead St Regis Riyadh’s pre-opening efforts

Marriott International has announced the appointment of Marina Krasnobrizhaya as general manager of the St Regis Riyadh Hotel, slated to open Summer 2022. 

Krasnobrizhaya is the first woman to hold the position of general manager at Marriott International in Saudi Arabia and the country’s first woman to lead a luxury hotel.

Speaking about the groundbreaking appointment, Ahmed Hozaien, Marriott International area vice president for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, said: “Marina brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we’re delighted to have her join The St Regis Riyadh.

“Marina’s appointment adds valuable leadership to the property, and highlights Marriott International’s commitment to championing the advancement of women in executive positions.”

Krasnobrizhaya brings almost 17 years of international experience in the hotel industry. A Marriott International stalwart, she joins The St Regis Riyadh following her recent position as director of operations at The Park Tower Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel in London. Prior to this, she held senior roles at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow and Hotel Arts Barcelona.

Krasnobrizhaya has also played a core role within several pre-opening and task force missions across Marriott International’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portfolio of hotels, spending time at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Hotel de la Paix, Geneva and The Ritz-Carlton, Astana.


Commenting on the announcement, Krasnobrizhaya said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role and look forward to working with the team to deliver an uncompromising level of bespoke service and exquisite experiences in the city’s best address.”

Owned by Sela, the St Regis Riyadh will offer 83 guest rooms, including 23 suites, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa. The property will be a key part of ‘Via Riyadh’, a luxury mixed-use development with retail and entertainment outlets, located in the main zone of Riyadh Season, the city’s five-month arts and culture festival.

The much-anticipated addition of The St Regis Riyadh further strengthens Marriott International’s footprint in Saudi Arabia, where the company currently has a portfolio of more than 30 properties across 10 brands.

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