LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
13

LAURENT A. VOIVENEL

Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for the Middle East, Africa & India, Swiss-Bel Hotel International
The hotel operator is expecting to reach 25 hotels in the next five years, with eight currently operating in the region.

With more than three decades of experience in hospitality, Laurent A. Voivenel is a steady hand at the head of Swiss-Belhotel International in the Middle East.

The hotel operator is expecting to reach 25 hotels in the next five years, with eight currently operating in the region.

The ambitious plans being led by Voivenel include introducing brands such as Grand Swiss-Belresort, Swiss-Belboutique, Swiss-Belsuites and Swiss-Belinn into the region for the first time.

“We have identified the Middle East, Africa and India as the key growth markets for us and have got an aggressive expansion strategy that is aimed at giving more choice to our guests with new destinations and products. We have several new openings lined up this year and the next in addition to a series of projects under development. These will not only add some fantastic hotels to our portfolio but will allow us to penetrate new destinations such as Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tanzania while growing our presence in existing territories,” said Voivenel.

The French national reports that almost all of Swiss-Belhotel’s properties reported 3-4% growth in occupancy while keeping the ADR under control.

Voivenel has also proven himself to be a champion for diversity, creating the Excellence Award for Women in association with H.E. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum. In addition, he has underlined his commitment to making Swiss-Belhotel’s workforce 40% female by 2025.

Looking forward, he said: “We will continue to strengthen and develop our various brands while maximising returns for owners and accelerating growth across the region. In the next five years we expect to reach 25 hotels. This is mainly because we have a very strong development pipeline of over 2,000 rooms.  2019 is a hugely significant year for us with several new openings as well as up-coming opportunities with Dubai Expo 2020.  The new developments are in line with our multi-brand growth strategy and reinforce our commitment to the region.”

more

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
8
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
2.5
Number of years with company
12
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

From social media