Marriott International, in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (Pty) Ltd, has launched its Khulanathi programme. Every year, a select group of talented South Africans will be selected to take part in the programme, which aims to fast-track their progress to leadership in the hospitality industry. The 12-month leadership development programme is based on a Marriott International talent development model.

Satya Anand, President of Marriott International’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division says, “Marriott International is committed to developing local talent in the markets where we operate, which in turn promotes the development of the industry as a whole.  The launch of Khulanathi in South Africa is testimony to our strategic view of the African region as a vital growth area for us, and evidence of our support for the continent’s phenomenal leadership potential.”

Marriott International operations in South Africa include brands such as Protea Hotels by Marriott, Westin Hotels, AC by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments and the Autograph Collection.

Khulanathi, which means ‘grow with us’ has been developed as an intensive programme designed exclusively for internal EE participants to access leadership theory, teachers and on-the-job mentorship.

“When it comes to our leadership pipeline, we adhere to our long-held philosophy of growing leaders from within, investing in the development of our people to see them thrive in their careers.” says the Chief Human Resources Officer, EMEA Marriott International, Francisca Martinez. “In South Africa, and across all of our worldwide operations we are committed to opening doors of opportunity and helping the talented people working in our properties realize their full leadership potential.”

The inaugural 2021 Khulanathi intake consists of ten participants who represent the diversity of the local community.  Seven of these potential next-generation leaders are female who works at Marriott International properties across the country. Rhodanthe Johannisen, currently employed as Food & Beverage Manager at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn says, “It’s taken hard work and a lot of dedication to qualify for the Khulanathi programme, and now I am excited and proud to be part of the 2021 cohort.  I am looking forward to learning from the best business teachers and developing my capabilities as a future leader in the Marriott International family.”

Volker Heiden, Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa, Marriott International says, “We’re delighted to launch Khulanathi, and commend the first participants who made it through the stringent selection process. As we have seen over the past year, our industry demands leaders with both skills and grit. South Africa is a country of immense talent, and Marriott International is proud to play our role in developing the country’s next-generation leaders.”

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