UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TI’ME Hotels Management has announced the appointment of Joseph Fayad as its new Corporate Director of Information Technology as it moves to implement several major IT initiatives including cloud computing and virtual technology.
A graduate of the Lebanese University faculty of science, Beirut, with 15 years’ experience in the hospitality field, Fayad is reprising his hotel career following the completion of a 12-month project at the American University of Technology in Jbeil, Lebanon, where he was appointed to restructure and leverage the university’s IT capabilities.
Prior to this he was the managing partner of Computer Communication Services, Beirut, where he consulted on a number of hospitality and real estate client projects including Teal Hospitality, which manages two Dubai-based properties, and Al Fahd Hotels & Resorts in Saudi Arabia.
“Joseph’s experience and in-depth understanding of both the hospitality sector and the light-speed nature of the IT world, means that he is able to jump in at the deep end and take the lead in implementing corporate plans to upgrade our IT capabilities in order to drive new business opportunities,” said Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels.
Following enhancements to its guest Internet service offerings last year, 2015 will see TIME Hotels introduce virtual technology applications across its expanding portfolio and take its pilot cloud computing programme to the next level, as well as continue with the switch to using multi-function devices in order to significantly reduce carbon footprint, energy costs and power consumption as part of its corporate sustainability mandate.
“It’s an extremely exciting time to join the TIME Hotels team as growth plans for the region and the increasing geographic diversification of its portfolio requires an accelerated IT infrastructure designed to streamline operations, increase efficiency and add value to the guest experience. It’s more important now, than ever before, that the industry invests into new technologies and applications as we move even further away from a tangible to a virtual operational environment, and TIME is definitely looking to position itself as a leader in the field,” said Fayad.
Senior property and area IT roles with Habtoor Hospitality and Crowne Plaza have given Fayad a well-rounded experience covering all aspects of the operation from the planning and implementation of new systems and system migration to IT solution provision and involvement in the technological application of corporate marketing strategies.
“I am also keen to develop our in-house talent as TIME Hotels places great emphasis on personnel development, and with the rapid pace of change in the IT world, this is an area that offers tremendous opportunity,” said Fayad.
His passion for his own professional development has also seen Fayad attend numerous conferences, seminars and technology forums delivered by leading solutions providers including Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, HP and ERP Solutions.
In his spare time he swaps a computer screen for action as an avid football, volleyball and tennis player.