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Shakawath Hossain Reappointed as CEO of Unique Hotel & Resorts PLC

Recently, Shakawath Hossain has been reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Hotel & Resorts PLC which is the owning company of The Westin Dhaka, Sheraton Dhaka and HANSA – a premium residence. Shakawath is the youngest professional in the industry to be assigned such a role of managing 3 leading hotel brands in Bangladesh as the CEO of the leading hospitality service provider company in the country – Unique Hotel & Resorts PLC.

Shakawath is a veteran contributor and leader in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry of Bangladesh with over 20+ years of experience working in multiple leadership roles for the Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He was also appointed as the youngest Resident Manager by Marriott International for The Westin Dhaka where he acted as the General Manager and led the team to generate the highest revenue and also win multiple international and local awards for the hotel from 2017 till 2019. For his superlative contribution, he was appointed as the CEO of Unique Hotel & Resorts PLC back in 2019. In 2020, to accept a new challenge he left his role to join StarkTree Group, a private sector high potential conglomerate, as their CEO.

At The Westin Dhaka, Shakawath was also the first Bangladeshi national who worked three years in various leadership positions – Resident Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Rooms and Director of Operational Excellence. Under his supervision, The Westin Dhaka became the top 3 hotels in the region in terms of ADR and RevPAR in Asia Pacific. He introduced many sustainable business practices which enhanced revenue generation, cost savings and increased guest & associate satisfaction. During his tenure at Westin, he showed his successful leadership ability in various capacities which include revenue management, operations management, resource development, process development and hotel pre-opening management along with having a sound knowledge about the overall market, including competitors’ strengths, economic trends, supply and demand.

He has won many accolades throughout his career for achieving exceptional results and recently he was recognized as a winner in Asian Curry Award 2021, for his impactful contribution, influence and leadership in the industry. The Curry Award is an exclusive International accolade awarded by Asian Catering Federation, UK for outstanding achievements and contribution in the national and global hospitality industry.

He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Tourism and Hospitality from the University of Dhaka. In his free time, he loves researching on various topics in Hospitality & Tourism and also enjoys exploring new destinations with his family.

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