Schalk van der Merwe. Schalk van der Merwe.

Schalk van der Merwe has joined Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana as its director of human resources.

Prior to his appointment Van der Merwe worked as a group human resource manager where he was responsible for the complete human resources function and development, after which he joined Rotana as an assistant director of human resources in Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

In this role, van der Merwe will partner with other department heads and lead and develop an HR strategy and programmes for Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, including design and implementation of organisational development programmes, orientation and training programmes, corporate policies and procedures, benefit plans, client service strategies and other employee and organisational initiatives.

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana general manager Eleni Tsolakou “van der Merwe’s recognised success record in the human resource initiatives, his charisma and strong working ethics make him well-positioned to empower our colleagues as well as attract and retain top talent. We are delighted that he joined our human resources team.”

Van der Merwe has worked in human resources for several companies, as well as educational institutions in South Africa, throughout his career.

In addition to holding various accreditations and certificates, he received his B.A. degree in humanities as well as a B.A. honours degree in development and management which he passed Cum Laude from the North West University, South Africa.

He also earned an executive diploma in labour relations from the Potchefstroom Business School, South Africa in 2007, after which he was invited to deliver his thesis during the annual SA Symposium for Arts and Science in South Africa.

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