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September 7, 2009

QNCC names executive team

Three of the biggest names in convention centre management will be heading to Doha in the coming months to join the pre-opening team at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).


Boasting careers that include serving His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the Queen of England, Prince Charles & Diana, Princess of Wales, Albert II Sovereign Prince of Monaco, 42nd President of the United States of America Bill Clinton, Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl, as well as corporate identities such as Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Michael Schumacher, the new executive team are more than equipped to deal with the challenges of opening the new centre.


Detlef Haupt will join QNCC as director of kitchens. Haupt has previously worked in the Middle East, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.


“Once you have catered for 13,500 like we did for Amway China, or prepared a seven-course vegetarian menu (without garlic or onion) for 3,200 monks as we did for the opening of the NanTien Temple, the opportunity to be part of the amazing development in Qatar was an opportunity I did not want to miss,” remarked Haupt.


Cathy Neagle joins the team as director of operations, following a successful career that has seen her serving the past seven years as director of operations at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (SCEC), where she had extensive involvement in the US$45million SCEC extension and venue negotiations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Most recently Neagle was director of Clubhouse and deputy general manager of the Royal Sydney Golf Club.


The third appointment is QNCC’s director of food and beverage, Jeremy Hagenbach.


Hagenbach has held senior management positions in convention centres, international hotels and contract catering in both the UK and Australia. His most recent position was director of food and beverage for the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre including the opening of Convention Centre South and the strategic planning for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


When QNCC opens in 2011 it will become one of Qatar’s largest employers in the hospitality sector with a core contingent of 250 employees.

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