Sofitel London Gatwick, the only premium hotel linked directly to the North Terminal at London’s Gatwick Airport, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Yasmin Keen as General Manager and Laukik Kharkar as Food and Beverage Manager.
Yasmin joins Sofitel London Gatwick, managed and operated by the Arora Group under a franchise agreement with AccorHotels, from her recent position as General Manager at the Queens Hotel Cheltenham, where she repositioned the hotel to become a flagship MGallery by Sofitel property for AccorHotels worldwide.
With over 20 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Yasmin’s previous roles include the position of Operations Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at Pullman London St Pancras, where she helped drive the repositioning of the former Novotel hotel into the first Pullman hotel in the UK. Yasmin has also held senior sales and marketing roles at the Holiday Inn London-Camden Lock and The Principal London.
Laukik Kharkar returns to Sofitel London Gatwick as Food and Beverage Manager, 15 years after he started his hospitality career as a waiter at the hotel following
the completion of his training in Mumbai. Laukik has held positions at many hotels across the UK, including Deputy Food and Beverage Manager at the Premier Inn London Gatwick and Operations Manager at Whitbread, Gatwick.
Vincent Madden, Director of Operations at Arora Hotels, a division of the Arora Group, commented: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Yasmin and Laukik to the team. With Yasmin’s vast experience and expert knowledge of the hospitality industry, Yasmin is exceptionally well-placed to ensure our guests continue to receive a first-class experience when visiting the hotel.
“We’re also delighted to welcome back Laukik in his new role of Food and Beverage Manager. Laukik brings a wealth of creativity and knowledge, and we know he will be an asset in the team and enable them to continue to deliver remarkable and memorable moments for guests.”
Yasmin Keen commented on her appointment: “I’m thrilled to be joining Arora Hotels and the team at Sofitel London Gatwick. The hotel excels at providing high standards
of luxury travel and facilities for business travellers, leisure guests and corporate delegates alike, and I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and ideas to the table, and working with the fantastic team here to ensure we continue to deliver a seamless experience.”
Laukik Kharkar commented on his appointment: “It’s a very good feeling to be returning to Sofitel London Gatwick, and to lead the department where I started my career 15 years ago. No two days are the same at a luxury airport hotel and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
The 4-star Sofitel London Gatwick is directly linked to Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal and only minutes from the South Terminal by monorail. The hotel boasts 518 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, 14 meeting and events spaces with first-class facilities, award-winning restaurants and bars, and an onsite car park with competitive park and fly packages for both leisure and business travellers.