Topping Hotelier Middle East’s power list of the 25 most influential women in hospitality, Candice D’Cruz has shattered the glass ceiling in style. As Vice-President, Luxury Brands, Middle East and Africa for Marriot hotels, Candice leads a portfolio of eight hospitality brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide. This 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry headed marketing and communication for Burj Khalifa when she was just 27. Her resume includes stints at Meraas, heading marketing and communications for its hospitality division and at Starwood. A mum of one, Candice believes it’s the innate ability to multi-task that gives women a natural edge, while the EQ allows them to manage situations better.
MANTRA FOR SUCCESS: Remain focused on the end game. Surround yourself with people who have similar drive and vision.