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Reginald T Pereira Named Chief Executive Officer
for the Malaysian Association of Hotels

Kuala Lumpur - February 10, 2010 - Malaysian Association of Hotels, (MAH), the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia announced the appointment of Reginald T Pereira as the Association’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As a well-respected and prominent figure in the hospitality industry, Reginald brings more than two decades of passion, management experience and proven record of success to MAH. Reginald shall be responsible to oversee the MAH Secretariat and the Malaysian Association of Hotels Training & Education Center (MAHTEC) and work towards the objectives of the Association with effect from 1 February 2010.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Reginald led the Malaysian Association of Hotels Training & Education Center (MAHTEC) as its Chief Operating Officer for three years transforming the company into a leader in the Human Resource Development and education in the hospitality industry in Malaysia. 

Reginald obtained a Diploma in Hotel Management from The Les Roches School of Hospitality Management in Switzerland and has an MBA (Human Resources). He has been involved in the industry since 1983 and has served in various capacities in the Food & Beverage, Human Resources and Training Departments of international hotels, and food and beverage operations. Upon completion of his course in Switzerland His passion for training and education was instrumental in him joining Stamford College and under his leadership, made them at the time, the largest private school of hospitality management with more than 1,000 students. He was also a member of the evaluation committee for developing the standards in food and beverage for the National Vocational Training Council under the Ministry of Human Resources and served as a judge for three terms for the Ministry of Tourism on the evaluation of hospitality services in the country. Reginald is also a Certified Instructor of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. In recognition of his efforts in developing the Institute’s courses in Malaysia Reginald received the Institute’s Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Hospitality Education- International in June 2007. Reginald is among the first Malaysians to receive this prestigious award. 

Reginald currently sits on the Board of Directors for Human Resource Development Corporation of Malaysia as well as a member of the DPCCE Industry Advisory Council under the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia and Council Member for the National Association of Private Education Institutes (NAPEI)

The Board has also appointed Sophia Maxwell as the General Manager of MAH. Sophia has been with MAH since 1995 and served in various capacities and until her promotion was the Administrative Manager of MAH. Sophia will be responsible for the daily management of MAH. 

Sahak Ahmad who has extensive experience in the Education industry, most recently with Stamford College Malaysia where he held various positions including Student Services Manager and Principal has also been appointed as General Manager of MAHTEC.
“I am extremely pleased to have Reginald to head the Secretariat and the company, where we will benefit immensely from his experience, proven record of success and passion for the industry. He has the knowledge and skills to run MAH & MAHTEC efficiently and effectively. With this new structure in place, the Board is confident that MAH and MAHTEC will be moving to greater heights in the future and foster closer relations with members and the industry.” said YBhg Datuk Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin, MAH President.

About Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)
Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is the umbrella body for hotels in Malaysia formed in 1974 and initially established by a group of concerned and dedicated hoteliers to bring about a more dynamic hospitality industry aimed at building a workforce of highly skilled, innovative and disciplined individuals. Its long term goal was to enhance the efficiency of the hospitality industry, thus, bringing about a more dynamic Malaysian hospitality industry. MAH, as the official national network for the hotel industry, represents close to 515 hotels throughout Malaysia supplying a total of 98,238 rooms which is more than half the number of hotel rooms available as guest accommodation in this country. With 13 chapters across the nation, MAH acts as a voice of the industry, working as one body to promote, protect, represent and advance the interests of its members.

MAHTEC Sdn Bhd commenced its fiscal year in 1998 to profile MAH as a human resource development provider and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of staff-in-service in the industry. MAHTEC is the training arm of the Association specializing in developing quality human resources in the hospitality industry. Highly specialized in the areas of Hospitality Skills Training and Managerial Development Training, all programs are facilitated by experienced and qualified Trainers through workshops and practical session. 


Malaysian Association of Hotels

Also See: Ten Malaysian Hotel General Managers Receive the Certified Hotel Administrator CHA Designation from the Malaysian Association of Hotels / December 2009

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