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4541 14 May 2024

New Appointments in Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills

Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills introduces Shannon Somaza – Marketing, PR and Social Media Manager, Ashleigh Dolan – F&B Operations Manager and Preet Sandhu – Assistant Front Office Manager

Shannon Somaza – Marketing, PR, and Social Media Manager

Shannon embarked on her hospitality journey with a solid academic background, completing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a focus on the food industry at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu school. There, she pursued the Grand Diplôme, specializing in high cuisine. Building upon this foundation, she furthered her education with a Master's degree from IE University, known for its excellence in business education worldwide. With a background in marketing and corporate communication within the F&B and hospitality sectors, Shannon has cultivated her expertise through diverse experiences across Europe.

Her passion for the industry is evident in her relentless pursuit of excellence and continuous learning, having achieved certifications such as the WSET level 2. Alongside her academic achievements, Shannon has delved into traditional media and social media landscapes, adept at navigating the ever-evolving digital landscape. Her ability to adapt to change and leverage emerging trends positions her as a dynamic force in strategic communications. With a keen eye for innovation, she excels in shaping brands' identities and positioning across diverse platforms, using emerging trends to drive impactful results.

"Strategic communication is the cornerstone of brand elevation and building genuine connections," shares Shannon. "Throughout my journey, whether working within organizations or collaborating with agencies, I've been driven by a commitment to shaping compelling narratives for FMCG companies, hotels, and restaurants."

Now, Shannon brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills, poised to leverage her expertise in marketing, PR, and social media to enhance the brand's presence in the dynamic Dubai market.


Ashleigh Dolan – F&B Operations Manager

Originally from Australia, Ashleigh started his hospitality journey at Radisson, laying the groundwork for a prosperous career. His experiences have spanned the globe, from vibrant urban centers to secluded islands, shaping his professional journey.

Ashleigh's career has been marked by diversity and adaptability. Managing lively pubs in Hong Kong and supervising bustling cafes in Dubai, he has refined his craft in various environments, always eager to apply insights into hospitality across cultures. Unafraid of challenges, he has embraced opportunities in remote areas, from the Torres Strait Islands to scenic villages in the Scottish Highlands. These experiences have not only enhanced his expertise but also fostered a profound appreciation for cultural diversity and community engagement.

"I firmly believe that genuine hospitality knows no boundaries and unites diverse cultures," remarks Ashleigh. "Every encounter, whether in a bustling city or a remote hamlet, presents a chance to forge meaningful connections and lasting memories."

Recently assuming the role of F&B Operations Manager at Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills, Ashleigh brings with him a steadfast dedication to contributing to a company that values its people, celebrates diversity, champions environmental sustainability, and fosters career advancement opportunities.


Preet Sandhu– Assistant Front Office Manager

Preet, a seasoned professional in hospitality, brings a wealth of experience and a genuine commitment to crafting memorable guest experiences. Beginning her journey in India, she graduated from WGSHA, Manipal, a prestigious hotel school, before launching her career with Taj Hotels and Resorts. With a thirst for growth, she embraced opportunities in scenic locations like the Himalayas and Goa, swiftly climbing the ranks at JW Marriott Mussoorie and W Goa.

Transitioning to Dubai in 2022, Preet's dedication to exceptional guest service continued at FIVE Hotels and Resorts. Now, as Assistant Front Office Manager at Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills, she channels her expertise and passion into her role.

"Joining Radisson marks a pivotal step in my career journey, where I can further hone my skills and embody values like infusing every interaction with fun and creating lasting memories for our guests.” Preet remarks. “It's about elevating experiences and leaving an indelible mark in every moment shared."


In the words of Siddhartha Sattanathan, the General Manager at Radisson Dubai DAMAC Hills: “I am delighted to welcome our new stars, who will besides strengthening their core departments, add value to our hotel, & RHG’s focus on gender diversity, & inclusion. And in this instance, we’ve added generational diversity by having in Shannon, our first Gen Z on our Management Team, and geographical as well with Spain, & Australia being added onto the countries represented on our team.”