Al-Mohammadia Almotahda signs agreement with AccorHotels
Al-Mohammadia Almotahda – a family-run, Riyadh-based business group which was founded and managed by Khaled and Fahad Al Turki – has signed an agreement with AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, for an upper midscale Novotel Suites in Al Khobar.
The 196-key property is the fourth project between AccorHotels and Al-Mohammadia Almotahda in Saudi Arabia and will be the first Novotel Suites in the Eastern Province.
Olivier Granet, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to introduce the Novotel Suites brand in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia with our trusted partner Al-Mohammadia Almotahda. We have had the pleasure of working with the group on a number of properties including the first ibis that was introduced to the Kingdom in 2012. I am certain that with our partner’s expertise in the local real estate market we will create a unique offering for visitors to the Eastern Province.”
The development of Novotel Suites Khobar will entail the conversion of an existing serviced apartments building, which will undergo a complete refurbishment in order to reflect Novotel Suites’ brand standards.
Novotel Suites Khobar will be strategically located along King Abdullah Road in close proximity to key attractions such as the Khobar seafront, the Corniche, Bin Jaluwi Park, as well as well-known shopping destinations in the city including Valencia Mall and Al Rashid Mall. The hotel will provide connectivity to Dammam through King Abdullah Road and Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Road.
Read the April 2016 issue of Business Review Middle East
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.