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TIM CORDON

Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group
A first Radisson Resort to be opened globally is confirmed for Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE with an expected completion date of Q1 2020, while this year will also see the first Radisson hotel in Casablanca, Morocco opening.

It’s been a big year for Radisson Hotel Group which achieved its vision of being one of the top three hotel companies in the world through its acquisition by Jin Jiang International, as set out by Tim Cordon to Hotelier Middle East last year.

It’s only his second year in the role but Cordon has wasted no time in opening flagship properties including Radisson Bu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront last year and is set to introduce Radisson Red to the region in November 2019.

Indeed, Cordon has led the group’s expansion in the Middle East with no fewer than 11 hotel openings across the region in 2018, and another 15 planned for 2019.

Cordon told Hotelier Middle East that “the last years have definitely been dedicated towards openings, which has seen our impressive development pipeline come to fruition”.

A first Radisson Resort to be opened globally is confirmed for Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE with an expected completion date of Q1 2020, while this year will also see the first Radisson hotel in Casablanca, Morocco opening.

The first half of 2019 has also seen positive financial results with strong like-for-like performance meaning revenue increased within the first quarter.

While the number of successful openings pleases Cordon, he shows real pride in the company’s regional Balanced Leadership programme, of which he is a champion.

One of Radisson’s latest CSR initiatives is a collaboration with Evolvin Women that enables organisations to offer skill development placements to unemployed women from rural areas.

Radisson has also led initiatives to support its female employees with enhanced maternity leave and continuous coaching and development.

Saudi Arabia has been a key focus for growth with more than 40 hotels and 10,000 rooms in operation or development, it is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the Kingdom where it has exponentially grown its number of female employees and was the first hotel group to assign a Saudi female GM.

Cordon has worked his way up from the bottom His first official role in the industry was in the kitchen. He spoke about his hospitality journey saying: “Looking back today I think that is where my strong belief in leadership and development has come from. I started with pots and pans and today I am surrounded by an outstanding senior team, leading one of the largest areas in our company.”

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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
53
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
16
Number of years with company
51
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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