Reuel ("Reli") Slonim
President of the Management Board
Mr Slonim joined Arena Hospitality Group as Executive Director in 2008. His previous role was as Vice President of Operations & Development and board member of Isrotel Hotels and Resorts, one of Israel’s leading hospitality companies. Prior to that, Mr Slonim was Vice President Marketing & Sales after having served for ten years as General Manager of 5-Star resort hotels. Since joining Arena Hospitality Group in 2008, he has led a programme of major transformations which include the renovation, upgrading and rebranding of six properties (1,200 rooms) and the growth in EBITDA from €4.0 million in 2008 to €18.0 million in 2016. At the same time, several of the Group’s IT systems were updated and a management and training culture has been introduced, which has resulted in Arena Hospitality Group being recognised as a leading hospitality company in Croatia. Mr Slonim is an active member of the Pula and Medulin Tourist Board, in the community of Medulin and city of Pula and in culture and sports associations.
Member of the Management Board and Financial Director
Mrs Perković joined Arena Hospitality Group in 1986 as Director of Planning, Organisation and Economics and was appointed Vice President in 1999 when she joined the Board of Directors. Mrs Perkovic became the Group’s Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and together with Reli Slonim has managed the transformation of Arena Hospitality Group and its growth into a major force in the Croatian hospitality industry, while maintaining its position and reputation within Pula and the Istrian region. Mrs Perkovic was responsible for negotiating the financing of the €54 million renovation, upgrading and rebranding of six properties. Mrs Perković holds a master's degree in Economics. She is a member of the Council of the Croatian National Tourist Board and a council member of the Istrian County Tourist Board and the Pula and Medulin Tourist Board. She is a member of the Croatian Chamber of Economy for the Istrian region and a member of the council of a number of different professional associations in the hotel industry.
Member of the Management Board and Marketing and Sales Director
Mrs Kraljević joined Arena Hospitality Group as Sales and Marketing Director in January 2009. During her previous appointment, Mrs Kraljević was covering for six years the position of Sales and Marketing Director in Croatia for the renowned hotel chain Sol Meliá. Previously to that, for the same company, she was the Contracting Director for both Istraturist Umag and Jadranturist Rovinj for 4 years. Since joining Arena Hospitality Group in 2009, she has projected the company to the top of the market in Croatia, thorough the repositioning of seven upgraded properties, the development of a modern sales and marketing department and the introduction of revenue and yield management, the growth of new digital and online business, the introduction and launch of new technical hotel innovation. Under her leadership, developing and directing marketing and sales strategies for 15 hotels and 12 camping and resorts, AHG is now gaining market share and penetration in Germany, Hungary and Croatia. Mrs Kraljević is Member of the Istrian Tourism Marketing Director’s Board since 2003. Her marketing achievements were awarded four times with the Golden Goat Award.
Member of the Management Board
Devansh Bakshi obtained a Hotel Management degree and started his hospitality career in hotel operations working for Taj Group of Hotels for four years. He then completed his Master of Business Administration in International Business before joining the Finance department at Hilton Hotels Worldwide, where he worked for Hilton in London UK for over 10 years, latterly as the Cluster Finance Director. On 2011 Mr. Bakshi subsequently joined the PPHE Hotel Group and worked for over five years as a Regional Financial Controller for the UK region leading a portfolio of owned, managed and franchised hotel finance operations. Mr. Bakshi recently worked as Group Finance Director for Arora Group, which is a diverse real estate business managing hotels, construction and commercial property portfolio in the UK. He is a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant and Fellow Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is also a Financial Management Certified Associate Member of Hospitality Professionals Association in the UK. With over 23 years of experience in the hotel industry covering multiple finance disciplines, he brings a wealth of industry experience.