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Marriott International appoints Richard Collins as area VP for Sub Saharan Africa

Christian Fernsby |
Cape Town, South Africa - Marriott International has appointed Richard Collins as its area vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mr. Collins takes on his new position following the announcement of Volker Heiden’s retirement, effective from the end of March 2022.

Mr. Collins has over 30 years of hospitality experience and is a 20-year veteran with Marriott International.

A graduate of the Shannon College of Hotel Management in his native Ireland, he started his career with Marriott International in Scotland at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club in Edinburgh in 2001, before leading the Marriott Druids Glen Hotel and Country Club near Dublin.

Mr. Collins moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2013 where he was General Manager of Dubai’s first JW Marriott Hotel.

Following a successful period at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, he then took the helm at The Ritz Carlton, Dubai where within a three-year period the property saw unprecedented success growing its business, profit, associate engagement, RevPAR index, and guest voice scores.

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