PASCAL GAUVIN
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PASCAL GAUVIN

Managing Director, India, Middle East And Africa, Intercontinental Hotels Group
IHG currently operates 93 hotels and more than 32,000 rooms across the MENA region. The group’s pipeline is one of the largest in the region with 38 hotels and 13,700 rooms expected to open.

Currently Pascal Gauvin is responsible for more than 25,000 people across India, Middle East and Africa, but he had very humble beginnings in the hospitality industry when he started his career as a waiter.

Gauvin joined the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in 1993 and has been with the company for the last 26 years. He became the chief operating officer for India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) in 2012, followed by a promotion to the post of the managing director in 2018. With close to 40 years’ experience in the industry, Gauvin has been part of the Power 50 list several times.

IHG currently operates 93 hotels and more than 32,000 rooms across the MENA region. The group’s pipeline is one of the largest in the region with 38 hotels and 13,700 rooms expected to open.

After the successful reflagging of Dubai’s Nassima Royal to Voco Dubai, the group recently signed the ‘world’s largest’ Voco property in Makkah. The property comprises 4,200 rooms and will be the second Voco-branded hotel in the region. Another upcoming IHG property will be the first InterContinental Hotel in Ras al Khaimah: the InterContinental Mina Al Arab Resort, which will launch in 2021.

Since Gauvin took over as the COO, IMEA in 2012, there has been an exponential growth in IHG’s regional footprint as well as the hotels’ performance.

There is no stopping Gauvin when it comes to improving the brand; he told Hotelier Middle East that his vision for the Middle East is to drive high value growth, drive operational excellence and deliver great results year on year and to continue developing talent. Gauvin said, “Given that we are now growing at a faster speed and openings more hotels consistently, we need a robust talent pipeline. I want to continue investing in training and development programmes that enable us to drive our talent pipeline and deliver against our growth.

“We are focused on developing talent across the region and have a strong commitment towards Saudisation, Emiratisation and Omanisation to support our growth plans in the Middle East,” he added.

IHG secured the second place in the ‘Great Place to Work’ 2018 survey in Saudi Arabia. IHG in Saudi Arabia was also recognised amongst the “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia in 2019” and ranked sixth on the list this year.

“These achievements,” Gauvin said, “bring me great satisfaction as a leader and in turn motivates me to keep doing a great job.”

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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

2.5
Number of years in role
93
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
26
Number of years with company
38
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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