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Ave Svarts to join Tallink Hotels Management Board, Marko Männimets to assume the position of Director for Sales and Development

Tallink Grupp announced that effective from February 2020, the group’s subsidiary Tallink Hotels’ management will be joined by Ave Svarts as the second Management Board Member alongside Eva-Hanschmidt-Kalmus, additionally, as of 20 January, Marko Männimets will start work as the Director for Sales and Development for Tallink Hotels.

Ave Svarts, having 20 years of experience in the spheres of hospitality, catering and entertainment, joins Tallink Hotels from theatre Vanemuine, where for the last 12 years she has headed sales and marketing areas. Prior to joining Vanemuine theatre in 2008, in Tartu, Svarts launched and managed popular cafe Pierre from 2006-2008, and from 2002-2004, launched and managed hotel London. At  the hotel London, Svarts’ areas of responsibility included participation in the planning stages of the hotel; hotel launching, day-to-day running and management, including customer relations as well as concluding contracts, managing sales work, organising and monitoring hotel’s business operations, hiring and training personnel, organising events and much more.  From 1998 to 2002, Svarts held various positions at the Atlantis night club in Tartu, of which the last two as the general manager of the night club. Ave Svarts has graduated from the University of Tartu, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philology, majoring in the Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics and Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Marko Männimets joins Tallink Hotels from Endover Real Estate company where he has held the position of Sales Director from May 2017 until present. In the sphere of hospitality, Männimets has been active since 2002, holding various positions in Reval Hotel Group from 2002 until 2010, his last held position there being the Sales Director for the group. In 2010, he founded eDream Management company and was at the helm of the company until 2016. eDream Management offers web-based booking systems and e-commerce solutions to hospitality companies. In 2016, Männimets founded his own company MM Business Advisory, which offers consultation and training services to companies. In addition to long term experience in the spheres of sales and marketing as well as development, Marko Männimets has graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

„I am delighted that we are able to strengthen the ranks of Tallink Hotels management and board with two such experienced and entrepreneurial leaders. Ave Svarts comes with two decades of experience from successfully starting and running organisations from the spheres of entertainment, catering and hospitality. In addition to being a person who takes everything she does with passion and dedication, Ave is an excellent leader and speaking about the hospitality business, success comes to those companies who are putting people in the heart of everything they do,“ Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said commenting on the recruitment of the new Member of Tallink Hotels Management Board.

„To Tallink, Marko brings along a wealth of experience from sales and hospitality areas. I believe that under his leadership, we will be able to vigorously develop further the sphere of sales at Tallink Hotels. Tallink Hotels sales potential is greater than where we’re currently at, and therefore our aim is to make better use of the existing potential and offer our customers the best possible service,“ Eva-Hanschmidt Kalmus, the second Board Member of Tallink Hotels, said.

Jan 13 2020

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