GUY HUTCHINSON
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GUY HUTCHINSON

Acting CEO , Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
Last year, Rotana expanded in to Marrakesh with Palmerai Palace and Hotel du Golf with a total of 640 keys. Basra, Iraq saw a new hotel with a total of 200 keys.

Guy Hutchinson, acting CEO of Rotana Hotel Management Corporation makes his debut on Hotelier’s Power 50 list. He took over from Omer Kaddouri who was number four on our Power 50 list in 2018

Six months into his role, Guy has overseen a strong period of growth. Last year, Rotana expanded in to Marrakesh after signing  Palmeraie Palace and Hotel du Golf with a total of 640 keys.  The group also signed the Business Bay Rotana in Dubai with 350 keys and the Tanmia Arjaan in Muscat, Oman with 100 keys. The growth shows no signs of abating with 14 hotels set to open before the end of 2020, adding 4,102 rooms to its portfolio.

Hutchinson, who joined the group in 2014 as the chief operating officer, is the brains behind the roll-out and implementation of ‘Ideas’, Rotana’s revenue management system, across all hotels.

Talking about his vision for the company he said: “Our exceptionally strong product offering and level of service have allowed us to reach the hearts of our guests and the desired market recognition over the last 26 years.”

One of Hutchinson’s ideas was a direct distribution agreement with Airbnb in Dubai. Speaking about the Airbnb pilot scheme, Hutchinson said: “This is the first time in the UAE a hotelier has entered into an agreement with the online marketplace and hospitality service listings company.”

Outlining his overall vision for the future of the company, he said his goal was to “create a meaningful difference by continuing to be different from our competitors, but always relevant to our guests. My priority will always be to help Rotana pioneer experiences that meet the evolving needs of guests, achieve our target of managing 111 hotels by 2020 and double that to over 200 by 2030 to bring genuine hospitality to new markets.”

Currently, the group handles 65 hotels in the Middle East and North Africa region with 17,310 keys. Rotana also has 47 hotels and 12,056 keys in the pipeline.

An industry veteran with 30 years of experience working in the hospitality business, Hutchinson is also an Advisory Board Member of the Global Hotel Network.

Hutchinson has played an instrumental role in strengthening Rotana’s leadership credentials in global markets, driving the company’s quality standards and financial performance and ensuring the scalability of its business model with a view to creating shareholder value.

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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 HAIDAR
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

0.5
Number of years in role
65
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
5.6
Number of years with company
47
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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