MARK WILLIS
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MARK WILLIS

Chief Executive Officer, Accor Middle East & Africa
As of July 2019, Accor operates 210 hotels in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa with a total of 55,000 rooms and today, is the largest hotel operator in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco.

Accor currently operates more than 100 hotels and 50,000 rooms in the MENA region and Mark Willis, the group’s CEO, has been a major driver of growth.

Willis, who has more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience in key global markets, has spent a significant part of his career working in senior roles in the Middle East for brands including Accor, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) and InterContinental Hotels Group.

As of July 2019, Accor operates 210 hotels in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa with a total of 55,000 rooms and today, is the largest hotel operator in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco.

The group also has a promising pipeline with more than 100 properties and 50,000 rooms. In August it was announced that Rixos Hotels, in which Accor has a 50% stake, signed a deal to operate its largest all-inclusive resort in the world on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. The 1,636-key Rixos Hurghada Makadi Bay will debut on the Red Sea Riviera in 2020.

Willis said: “Since I joined the company, our growth strategy for this specific region has primarily focused on cementing our presence in the markets where we operate, identifying opportunities for our rapidly-expanding portfolio of brands. We believe there is particularly strong growth potential for residences, extended-stay and lifestyle brands, as well as all-inclusive luxury resorts, and our partnerships with companies including sbe and Rixos reflect this.

“We already have a strong network in the Middle East and North Africa, but there is room for a more diverse range of brands in these markets, which are entering a new phase of maturity,” he added.

Since the time Willis joined Accor, Accor’s properties in Egypt have reported double-digit growth.

Willis is responsible for a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and development across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, with 270 properties equating to 61,000-plus rooms across 36 countries currently operational.

Assembling a brand new team to carry out his vision as CEO, Willis leads the MEA management committee comprising senior leaders in operations, sales, marketing, communications, talent & culture (HR), revenue management, design and technical services, development, finance, security and business intelligence, procurement and legal.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President And Managing Director, Middle East & Africa
MARK WILLIS
Chief Executive Officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Managing Director, India, Middle East And Africa
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice President, Operations, KSA & Levant
TIM CORDON
Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa
KURT STRAUB
Vice President Of Operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia
GUY HUTCHINSON
Acting CEO
KEVORK DELDELIAN
Chief Executive Officer
PANOS LOUPASIS
Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa
MOHAMED AWADALLA
Chief Executive Officer
VINCENT MICCOLIS
Regional General Manager, Middle East, Africa, Turkey & India
LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for the Middle East, Africa & India
HENK MEYKNECHT
Chief Operating Officer- Middle East & Africa and Member of the Management Board
CENK UNVERDI
Regional General Manager
TARAS ETTL
Vice President Middle East & Asia
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief Operating Officer
SIMON COOMBS
President and CEO
SIMON P. CASSON
President – Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
KAMAL FAKHOURY
Chief Executive Officer
HASSAN AHDAB
President of Hotel Operations
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
JOSÉ SILVA
Chief Executive Officer
HUSSEIN ALI HATATA
Chief Executive Officer
JAMAL SERHAN
Senior vice president and CEO MENA
PRATEEK KUMAR
Regional Vice President EMEA
JOHN NORTHEN
Executive Vice President
SUMAIR TARIQ
Managing Director
RICHARD HADDAD
Chief Executive Officer
RIAD ABI HAIDER
Cluster general manager
AMMAR KANAAN
Group general manager
ALY SHARIFF
Chief executive officer
MOHAMED SOUSSAN
Group General Manager and Co-founder
THIRAYUTH CHIRATHIVAT
Chief executive officer
ABDULLA BIN SULAYEM
Chief executive officer
HOSNI ABDEL HADI
Chief executive officer
NAEL ELWAARY
Cluster General manager
ANTHONY ROSS
Chief executive officer
ARUN KUMAR
General manager hospitality
GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Vice chairman and CEO
MICHAEL WALE
Chief Executive Officer
COLIN A. BAKER
Regional director – Middle East
RANJIT PHILLIPOSE
Area director – Middle East and General Manager
PHILIPPE HARB
Chief Operating Officer
JAYDEEP ANAND
Chief Financial & Operating Officer
ALISON GRINNELL
Chief executive officer
CLAUDIO CAPACCIOLI
Chief executive officer
ABDULLATIF KABBARA
Corporate office general manager
TOMMY LAI
Chief executive officer

BY THE NUMBERS

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Number of years in role
210
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
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Number of years with company
100
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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