CORPORATE EXECUTIVE PROFILES
Managing Director & Principal
Continent Worldwide Hotels
With more than 26 years of hospitality experience working for the variety of hotel groups in Turkey, Russia, UAE, and Central Asia, Ethem has worked in various managerial positions such as Director of F&B, Executive Assistant Manager and General Manager roles within Hilton, Hyatt, Emperial, Iberostar, Hawthorn and Wyndham hotel groups.
He managed property openings and beside of Continent Worldwide Hotels, led the brand development committee of Pacific Plaza Hotel Management Company in Russia.
He developed Continent Hotels & Resorts Brand and its sub-brands which after converted collectively Continent Worldwide Hotels Ltd. With the support of his father -Veteran Hotelier- Jirayr Zagikyan who has wide hospitality and hotel operation experience.
Other key developments and franchised brands led by Ethem has included the several independent Food & Beverage Outlets and Concepts such as People Club, House of People Club & Lounge, People Fine Dining Cafe, Loona Club, Aromas Cafe, and Valentine’s Restaurant.
Since 2006, Continent Worldwide Hotels, develops its path via Master Franchise partners and Regional Representatives, in East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Middle East, and Africa continents.
Operations & Franchise Development Worldwide
Bogac Fethi Gulderen is the President / Operations & Franchise Development -Worldwide of Continent Worldwide Hotels, Turkey.
Bogac Fethi Gulderen is a seasoned hotel professional with wealthy Rooms Division, F&B, and General Hotel Management experience. During his career, he used to work International chain hotels such as Iberostar, Sheraton, and Emprial. He developed and opened/reopened the certain number of hotels and nowadays he continues to work within Continent Hotels & Resorts and looking after Operations and Franchise Developments Worldwide of the group with a corporate level.
He is in charge of developing Manuals and Operational Standards of brands and also Franchise Agreements globally.
Corporate Chief Engineer
Zafer started his semi-professional career during university years and worked in a company which operates and install PBX telephone switchboards.
He graduated from Kocaeli University in 2000. His professional career began in Honeywell Turkey in 2001 as an Engineer and worked there until 2010. During this time, he took part in multi projects in Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia. Honeywell transferred him to Russia office in November 2010 and he worked in Far East Russia office for 5 years.
After 5 years he has been transferred back to Turkey office but at this time he took part in the sales department. Recently resigned from Honeywell and nowadays, he is in charge of Digital Information Society program as a Project Manager as well as works for Continent Worldwide Hotels as a Corporate Chief Engineering.
Corporate Business Development Director
Melek Girgin is Corporate Business Development Director, Turkey.
She is a seasoned hospitality professional and has advanced level of Business, Trade, B2B and exhibition development experiences.
Holding degrees from Dubai University, Dubai College of Tourism and knows Arabic and English.