Everyday, Jad feels grateful that he is able to be himself inside and outside of work. “I am a very outspoken person, I define myself as a big extrovert. It has been a long journey to be who I am today.” To Jad, #BeWhoYouAre is something that he cherishes. Moving from Lebanon to Helsinki and then to London was a long journey that moulded him into who he is today and allowed him to feel comfortable in expressing his identity, “It is my identity, I am very proud of myself.”
On a personal level, Jad believes that he embodies the Andaz brand, as Andaz London is a place that combines formal and informal. It is an artistic, financial, and colourful place that brings art, design, and culture into every space of the hotel, as well as a location that embraces important values like diversity and inclusivity everyday, being part of Hyatt. With that aside, Jad enjoys the diversity, food and nightlife in East London, alongside the area’s lack of judgement around self-expression.
Jad takes inspiration from several aspects of life, starting with the people around him, such as leaders, friends, and his partner. He draws motivation from stories about people that fight for values, and people that have positively changed and affected lives.
‘Eccentric’, ‘On-fire’ and ‘Beautiful’ are the three words that Jad uses to describe Andaz London. He admires the people at the hotel, including guests and colleagues. He explains that challenging times over the last few years have helped the team grow closer to one another: “Every day we wake up to create new memories and experiences for our guests and bring that personal touch to our property, and to be in contact with our surroundings”.
In his spare time, Jad enjoys exploring new destinations and learning about culture and local food. Meet Jad Lian, the Marketing Communications Executive at Andaz London.
‘Andaz’ translates to ‘Personal Style’ and the London hotel exemplifies heaps of this – nowhere more so than in its stunning lobby. Refurbished in 2018, the lobby smoothly and creatively blends the hotel’s Victorian heritage with the modern East London of today.
The feature wall by the front desk is by a local art collective called Le Gun, and the Rhino is work by famous local graffiti artist Otto Schade; the original art is in Shoreditch and it was replicated in the Andaz London lobby.