Ms. Tatoum Athanassiou joined Marriott International in 2014 and serves as Director of Interior Design for Global Design Middle East Africa. With 20 years of experience in the hospitality and leisure industry, Tatoum has an extensive wealth of knowledge on the requirements and standards of international hotel design and operations. Her exposure to various cultures has been manifested through an international career spanning across Europe, America, Middle East and Africa, where she has worked on a variety of hospitality, mixed-use, and luxury residential projects. Prior to joining Marriott, Tatoum honed and applied her design skills with such renowned design firms as Areen Design and Wimberly Interiors in London, UK, and LW Design in Dubai.
In her current capacity at Marriott International, Tatoum oversees interior design decisions throughout Middle East and Africa for new-build projects and renovations across all brands, utilizing strong leadership and negotiation abilities that enable her to manage projects successfully from inception to completion. She employs a resourceful and proactive approach to design problem-solving, and ultimately understands the importance of retaining a positive rapport among key stakeholders such as GM’s, project designers, and owners, ensuring her strong passion for forward-thinking design and keen eye for detail is executed, which ultimately results in a unique guest experience for each project. Additionally, Tatoum is playing a key role in the revitalization of the Sheraton Brand, spearheading interdepartmental coordination with Brands and Strategy, serving as key liaison with Marriott Headquarters, managing the design consultants, and implementing the new Sheraton Public Space pillars’ ‘Proof Of Concept’ in Dubai.