Tatoum Athanassiou, Director of Interior Design, Global Design Middle East Africa, Marriott International

Tatoum Athanassiou joined Marriott International in 2014 and serves as Director of Interior Design for Global Design Middle East Africa. 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

Marriott International has more than 6,700 properties across 130 countries and territories around the world offering more than 1.2 million rooms across 30 brands with an additional 195,000 rooms in the development pipeline.  In 2014 Marriott acquired the Protea Hospitality Group, making it the largest hotel company in Africa, operating 144 properties.

In line with the company’s strategic initiatives into the Sub-Saharan market, Tatoum is currently overseeing, to name a few, the first Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Sheraton Djibouti renovation, Marriott Addis, Le Meridien Accra and Sheraton Dakar.  She also oversaw the first AC hotel in Cape Town, which successfully opened its doors in December 2018.