SIMON COOMBS
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SIMON COOMBS

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
Shaza’s expansion continued as it was appointed to take over operations of the Sharjah Collection retreats from Mantis. It now manages three properties: Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba, Al Badayer Oasis in Al Badayer, and Al Faya Lodge in Mleiha.

In the past 12 months, Shaza Hotels has doubled the number of its operating portfolio in the region with the introduction of three new hotels.

February saw the opening of Shaza Riyadh, the third Shaza hotel in the Kingdom. The 205-key property was inspired by an Andalusian riad and is located next to the capital city’s Al Rajhi Grand Mosque.

It followed the launch of the 251-room Shaza Makkah last year and US$2.7m refurbishment of Shaza Al Madina.

Shaza’s expansion continued as it was appointed to take over operations of the Sharjah Collection retreats from Mantis. It now manages three properties: Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba, Al Badayer Oasis in Al Badayer, and Al Faya Lodge in Mleiha.

Having started with just one property when he took over in 2009, Coombs told Hotelier Middle East that he is now aiming to build a portfolio of “30 to 40 carefully selected properties” that are “each in the top three of their competitive set”.

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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

9
Number of years in role
6
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
9
Number of years with company
8
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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