The complete Hotelier MidEast 2012 Power 50 list

An at-a-glance guide to the region's top 50 most powerful hoteliers

Gerald Lawless made this year's Hotelier Middle East Power 50 top spot
Gerald Lawless made this year's Hotelier Middle East Power 50 top spot

The Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2012, presented by Voglia, is out. Here are the top 50 most influential hoteliers that made it onto this year's list. 

1 Gerald Lawless, president and group CEO, Jumeirah Group

2 Rudi Jagersbacher, area president Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

3 Guido De Wilde, senior vice president and regional director - Middle East, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

4 Selim El Zyr, co-founder, president and CEO, Rotana

5 Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director – Middle East and Africa, Marriott International

6 Christophe Landais, managing director, Accor Middle East

7 Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer for India, the Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group

8 Michel Noblet, chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings

9 Amine E. Moukarzel, president, Golden Tulip MENA

10 Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, president and CEO, Millennium and Copthorne Middle East

11 Bani Haddad, regional vice president Middle East and africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

12 Sami Nasser, VP Operations, Sofitel Middle East, Egypt and Indian Ocean and GM, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

13 Mark Willis, area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa,The Rezidor Hotel Group

14 Pascal Duchauffour, area vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa,The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

15 Peter Fulton, managing director, Hyatt International - South West Asia

16 David Roberts, executive vice president Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Fairmont Raffles Hotels

17 Ulrich T. Eckhardt, president, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels

18 Simon P Casson, regional vice president and general manager, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

19 Andreas Mattmüller, COO, Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Asia

20 Fadi Mazkour, regional director, founder, MENA Hotels and Resorts Management

21 Mohammed H. Arkobi, VP and MD, Fairmont Raffles Hotels Int'l, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

22 Hussein Ali Hatata, vice president - hotels division, Al Khozama Management Company

23 Kevin Wallace, president and CEO, Jebel Ali International Hotels

24 Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, president, Elaf Group of Companies

25 Sultan B. Al Otaibi, general manager, Makarim Hospitality Group

26 Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla, chief executive officer, Katara Hospitality

27 Raj Shetty, chairman and managing worker, Ramee Group of Hotels & Resorts

28 Magdi Samman, regional director of operations & development, Swiss-Belhotel Int'l

29 Glenn De Souza, VP Int'l operations - Asia and the Middle East, Best Western International

30 Simon Coombs, president and chief executive officer, Shaza Hotels

31 Hatem Gasmi, founder, managing director, Auris

32 Michel Koopman, director of operations, Middle East, Anantara Hotels & Resorts and general manager, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara

33 Serge Zaalof, president / managing director, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

34 Peter Blackburn, president and chief executive officer, Cristal Hotels and Resorts

35 Mohamed Awadalla, area vice president, Time Hotels Management

36 Darroch Crawford, managing director, Premier Inn Middle East & Africa

37 Tarek El Sherif, managing director, V.Five Contents Hospitality Group

38 Carl Henderson, general manager, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

39 Vatché Yergatian, CEO, Le Mirage Hospitality

40 Dr Ali Kasapbashi, group general manager, Bin Majid Group

41: Shuja Zaidi, general manager at Makkah Hilton and Towers, and vice president of projects, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hilton Worldwide

42: Bernhard Haechler, vice president/general manager, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai

43: Jiri Kobos, vice president operations, Dusit International

44: Samir Daqqaq, senior vice president, development, Middle East and Africa, The Oetker Collection

45: Paul Arnold, vice president development - Europe, Middle East & Africa at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

46: Abdin Nasralla, vice president, Meydan Hotels & Resorts

47: Anton Bawab, regional president, Viceroy Hotel Group

48: Anders Dimblad, area general manager, Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach

49: Russel Sharpe, chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels

50: Daniele Vastolo, group director of operations,. Nikki Beach EAME Hotels and Resorts Ltd

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