KAMEL AJAMI
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KAMEL AJAMI

Vice President, Operations, KSA & Levant, Hilton
Under Ajami’s leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA is rapidly expanding. With 13 hotels in operation and 41 in the pipeline in KSA, Hilton is set to quadruple its presence in that country alone over the next five years

With almost 100 active hotel deals in the Middle East and North Africa pipeline, Hilton has ambitious expansion plans.

In July 2018, Hilton made the global debut of its luxury collection brand LXR Hotels and Resorts with the re-branding of Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels and Resorts in Habtoor City.

In March 2019, Hilton announced the introduction of its lifestyle brand Canopy by Hilton to open at the Avenues – Riyadh, with an expected opening date of 2023.

The company also opened the Middle East and North Africa’s first Hampton by Hilton property in September of 2018. A master development agreement with Alshaya Group to launch and develop 70 Hampton by Hilton hotels in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Russia was announced this past July.

With the first hotel expected to open in Kuwait in 2021, Under Ajami’s leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA is rapidly expanding. With 13 hotels in operation and 41 in the pipeline in KSA, Hilton is set to quadruple its presence in that country alone over the next five years. In addition to this, Kamel oversees Hilton’s hotels across the Levant region. He has also overseen the successful opening of Hilton Beirut Downtown last year, joining two other Hilton properties in Lebanon’s capital.

When talking about Hilton’s plans for the future, besides expansion, Ajami claims to focus on his team and developing ‘young talent’. He said: “At Hilton, we have already made impressive progress towards Saudisation and other nationalisation agendas when it comes to resourcing and staffing our hotels.

The next level we need to get to is nurturing these individuals to become not just great Team Members but also leaders who are going to safeguard the future of our industry and the rich tradition and heritage of hospitality that exists within Arab culture.”

Some of the positive initiatives taken by Hilton is the partnership with the government on HR programmes in KSA and collaborating with the Queen of Jordan on an effort to see the establishment of a hospitality university and a youth job service.

The brand is also working to attract more females to careers in the hospitality industry and help its own female Team Members reach leadership positions through various management development programmes.

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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
68
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
17
Number of years with company
99
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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