Fries appointed regional VP UAE for Fairmont
Hotelier will remain general manager for Bab Al Bahr property
Henning A. Fries has been appointed regional vice president, United Arab Emirates and general manager, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Fries will be responsible for the performance of all properties in the Fairmont UAE portfolio and for properties under development, including the Fairmont Fujairah.
He will continue overseeing the performance and day-to-day operations of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, the 369 room property in Abu Dhabi.
Fries has a career spanning over 25 years across four continents, where he has held executive positions with leading hotel companies, from Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, to nine years with the InterContinental Hotels Group, including one of London's most esteemed five star hotels, The Churchill InterContinental.
He first joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (then Canadian Pacific Hotels) in 1987 where he held progressive food and beverage roles at The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Royal York and Fairmont Château Laurier.
In 2007, he became regional director, U.A.E. Refad Hotels & Resorts and general manager, The Monarch Dubai.
Fries holds an Executive MBA from the Henley Business School, United Kingdom and a diploma in Hotel Management from Hotel School SBC, Trier, Germany
He replaces Philip M. Barnes, who held this position since 2007 and will take on his latest role as vice president and general manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Canada.