Winston J. Zahra
Group Chief Executive Officer
Director on all subsidiaries and joint venture companies
Winston J. Zahra graduated with a First Class Bachelors of Arts honours degree in Hotel and Catering Management from Portsmouth
University in 1991 following which he joined the Group. He was instrumental in the setting up of Island Caterers as well as The Coastline Hotel, Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s and Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands. After having effectively managed all areas of the Group, in June 2001 Mr Zahra was appointed Director of Operations, Sales and Marketing and appointed CEO in August 2009. He was the youngest ever President of the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association serving from 2002-2004 at a time when Malta’s entry into the European Union was high on the national agenda. Winston J. Zahra has also served on the boards of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. Over the years he has also occupied various posts on national and private boards including the HCEB, the main board of the Malta Tourism Association, Malta International Airport p.l.c., the Malta Transport Authority and the Airport Charges regulatory Board. He was recognised as the “Young Hotelier of the World” for 1999 by the International Hotels and Restaurants Association and HOTELS Magazine after a recommendation from the President and CEO of the Rezidor Hotel chain.
Group Chief Finance Officer and Company Secretary
Director on a number of subsidiary/joint venture companies
Kenneth Abela is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants. He joined the group in 1992 and has since occupied a number of senior level positions within different subsidiaries across the group. In September 2009 Kenneth assumed the responsibilities of Chief financial Officer. His current role sees him overseeing all company accounting practices including the management of the accounting departments, budgetary control preparation and monitoring, and coordination of tax and audit functions. Kenneth also directs the group’s financial strategy, planning and forecasts and supervises investment appraisal and the raising of funds for business. In addition to the role of CFO, Kenneth is also the Company Secretary of all the companies within the group.
Chief Operating Officer
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
Director on a number of subsidiary/joint venture companies
Ernest Barry joined the company in 1989 at the Bugibba Holiday Complex and has since held a number of positions across the Group. Between 1997 and 2004 he held the position of General Manager at The Coastline Hotel. In 2005 he assumed the position of General Manager, heading the team at the Radisson Blu Resort, St. Julian’s. His current role sees him administer the day to day running of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands hotel as well as developing the long term strategy for the Resort focusing on sales and profitability, guest service and product quality, property maintenance and most importantly stakeholder feedback and satisfaction. The resort incorporates 329 rooms and suites and employs a team of 300 employees. He is also involved in the development of the Hal Ferh site.
General Manager, Costa Coffee Malta
Christina Galea joined the Group in 2004 as Human Resources Manager for Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, she was subsequently appointed Group Director of Human Resources in 2008. During this time she was responsible for the implementation of the human resources strategy across the Group keeping the company’s core values at the centre of all initiatives. In 2015 she was appointed General Manager for Costa Coffee in Malta leading all management functions for the growing number of Costa Coffee stores on the Island. Her background in human resources also allows her to continue to head the human resources function for Costa Coffee in both Malta & Spain. She also forms part of the council for the Malta Employers Association representing the Group on any related matters.
Group Director of Sales and Marketing
John Dandria joined the group in 1997 having previously held a number of positions within the local hotel industry. He is responsible for the overall sales and marketing efforts within the group for all market segments. The role incorporates the development and implementation of the group’s sales and marketing strategy aimed at developing the revenue potential of each market stream and the achievement of revenue budgets.
General Manager, Radisson Blu Resort, Malta St. Julian’s
Adrian Attard joined the group in 2005 and has since held positions including Asst. General Manager and Group Food & Beverage Manager; he was promoted to Group Director of Revenue Management in October 2009. He currently also occupies the position of General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort, St. Julian’s. He is primarily tasked with maximising group revenues and managing distribution networks. He overseas all E-commerce and Web-Development initiatives, and is responsible for the companies CRM and Loyalty Programmes. Adrian also directs the corporate communications strategy including marketing, advertising and public relations.
Group Executive Chef
Director on two joint venture companies
Mario Caruana commenced his career at the Arches Restaurant and has since held several positions both locally and internationally within the culinary department. He joined the Group as Executive Chef of the Bugibba Holiday Complex assuming the role of Group Executive Chef in 1994. Mario is responsible for the overall culinary direction of the Group’s food preparation and production operations both within the hotels as well as at Island Caterers. His role also sees him overseeing the culinary creativity, production and operational controls as well as hygiene of all the kitchens within the Group.