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Sofitel London Gatwick adds to its senior team

Sofitel London Gatwick, which links directly to the airport’s North Terminal, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Yasmin Keen as general manager and Laukik Kharkar as food and beverage manager.

Keen (pictured) joins Sofitel London Gatwick, which is operated by the Arora Group under a franchise agreement with AccorHotels, from her recent position as GM at the Queens Hotel Cheltenham. She repositioned the hotel to become a flagship MGallery by Sofitel property for AccorHotels worldwide. 

Keen also held previous senior sales and marketing roles at Pullman London St Pancras, the Holiday Inn London-Camden Lock and at The Principal London.

Kharkar returns to Sofitel London Gatwick F&B manager, 15 years after he started his hospitality career as a waiter at the hotel. He has been deputy F&B manager at the Premier Inn London Gatwick and operations manager at Whitbread, Gatwick.

Vincent Madden, director of operations at Arora Hotels said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Yasmin and Laukik to the team. With Yasmin’s vast experience and expert knowledge of the hospitality industry, she 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. He brings a wealth of creativity and knowledge.”

The hotel boasts 518 guestrooms and suites, 14 meeting and events spaces and an onsite car park.