KURT STRAUB
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KURT STRAUB

Vice President Of Operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Currently, the group operates approximately 7,000 rooms in the region. In the last year, the group has re-introduced the Hyatt Regency brand, after nearly 40 years, in Kuwait with the Hyatt Regency Al Kout Mall.

Out of his 35 year-old career in the hospitality industry, Kurt Straub has spent 26 years at the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Becoming the vice president of operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia at a relatively young age has pushed Straub to move faster towards his goals.

Currently, the group operates approximately 7,000 rooms in the region. In the last year, the group has re-introduced the Hyatt Regency brand, after nearly 40 years, in Kuwait with the Hyatt Regency Al Kout Mall.

Other introductions include the Hyatt Place brand and the first Andaz branded hotels in the region, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi and Andaz Dubai, which is set to open in the last quarter of this year. In addition, the group’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, means that it now oversees Oman’s Alila Jabal Akhdar.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has a pipeline of 16 hotels, 4,200 rooms and has plans to maximise its core business and continue to introduce new brands and properties “to the right places at the right time.”

Hyatt Hotels recognises that it is not the largest hospitality group, and Straub insists that isn’t a goal they are working towards. “Instead, we aim to grow with intent, introducing to markets brands that are best suited to their requirements and preferences at the time, leading to a prioritisation of quality rather than quantity,” Straub said.

“Our overarching goal is to maximise our core business and continue to introduce new and innovative brands and properties to the right places at the right time. Last year we announced that we are planning on doubling our portfolio in the Middle East by 2022 and we are on the right track to execute our plans,” he added.

Sustainability is one of the many goals Straub has set for himself and is keen on taking that further with the brand. “Sustainability and protecting our planet is a goal that I hold close to my heart. I’m proud to say that our regional office in Dubai has been plastic free for more than a year now.

“Since launching our 2020 Environmental Sustainability Vision in 2014, we have made, and continue to make significant strides towards sustainable goals, including the elimination of single-use plastics at Hyatt hotels worldwide,” he added.

In addition to heading Hyatt, Straub is also on the advisory board of one of Switzerland’s prestigious hospitality management schools — Hotel School Belvoirpark Zürich. 

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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

1.5
Number of years in role
25
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
26
Number of years with company: 26
16
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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