BY PAUL RICHARDSON — I’m pleased to join human resources in announcing two new management hosts at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. Welcome to Guillaume de Lasteyrie, resort manager, and Janice Shahine, director of human resources. Both positions report to John Allanson, general manager.
Guillaume, a French national who speaks English, French and Spanish, brings with him valuable hotel and resort experience from far-flung places around the world.
Before joining Outrigger, Guillaume was resort manager at Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam, a tropical resort island in the South China Sea, a position he held for three years. Before that Guillaume held key positions such as executive assistant manager of rooms, director of rooms and executive club manager with leading hotel brands in an impressive range of destinations. These include the Sultanate of Oman (Six Senses Zighy Bay); Morocco (Royal Mansour, Marrakech); Dubai (One & Only Royal Mirage); France (The Hotel Lancaster, Paris); and Belgium (Holiday Inn), as well as Vietnam (Six Senses Con Dao).
Guillaume has served as headwaiter for the commander as part of his military service for the French Navy.
With a BBA in hospitality & tourism management at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Montreux, Switzerland, Guillaume is also interested in the arts, reading, DJ work, dance, new technologies, tennis, golf skiing and photography.
His ambition is to travel the world, one country at a time, starting with Indonesia. Guillaume’s favorite movie is Braveheart, most inspirational public figure, Richard Branson, and motto, “Never give up. Always believe in your dreams and show happiness.”
Janice is a Filipino national with a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City in the Philippines. She worked in the education system there and taught for three years at the same university before taking up HR as her long-term professional vocation.
Within HR, Janice has extensive experience in the hotel sector in the Maldives and Dubai. Before joining Outrigger, she was with Constance Hotels & Resorts and helped to open two properties in the Maldives, Constance Halaveli Maldives and Constance Moofushi Maldives. She was with the Constance Moofushi Maldives property for almost six years, first as HR and training coordinator, then assistant HR manager and finally HR manager. She also had a stint as part of the pre-opening team for the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai.
Outside of work, Janice has checked off quite a few things from her travel bucket list: riding the Formula Rossa in Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi; visiting France and Italy; and ascending the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. She still has much more to do: explore Japan, Korea and Thailand; dive with a whale shark; and explore underwater caves in the Philippines with her husband.
Janice is inspired by Steve Jobs and Mother Teresa; admits she indulges in shopping online a bit too much; and ranks drivers who turn and don’t signal high on her pet peeve list. She is currently reading two very different books: Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes and Essential Managers – Leadership.
Please join me in wishing Guillaume and Janice much success at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.