RICHARD HADDAD
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RICHARD HADDAD

Chief Executive Officer, Jannah Hotels and Resorts
Currently, in the MENA region, the group operates 736 rooms and five hotels. The number of operating hotels have decreased by two this year. However, the group has seen an increase in their pipeline with four hotels and 1,000 rooms in the region.

Richard Haddad the CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resorts has worked in the hospitality industry and the Middle East for 27 years now, two of which he has spent with the group.

Haddad took over the role from previous CEO Nehme Imad Darwiche (who was part of the Power 50 list in 2018) last year.

This year Jannah hotels has jumped 14 places to be ranked 30 when compared to 44 last year. 

Currently, in the MENA region, the group operates 736 rooms and five hotels. The number of operating hotels have decreased by two this year. However, the group has seen an increase in their pipeline with four hotels and 1,000 rooms in the region.

In the last year, the group has expanded in Oman with the Dibba Sea View by Jannah in Oman property. The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites for adventure-seekers.

Since Haddad took over, the group has signed new properties in Oman and Tajikistan and are in discussion for a couple of new emerging markets.

Haddad’s vision for the company is simple, he said: “We are aiming to keep our position as one of the leading halal brands in the Middle East and grow it globally while introducing three new sub brands to be able to cater to various consumer needs. We aim to reach 15% of direct hotel bookings in 2020.”

Currently heading 375 people, Haddad has introduced various performance enhancement initiatives such as a new centralised property management software, central reservation system and a training plan for the team at the property level as well as at corporate office among other things.

The group has performed well financially in the last 12 months. Haddad said: “This has been achieved by clustering some positions and improving a few third party contracts while ensuring no cost cutting is affected.”

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MARK WILLIS
Chief Executive Officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
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KAMEL AJAMI
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TIM CORDON
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GUY HUTCHINSON
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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
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HENK MEYKNECHT
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CENK UNVERDI
Regional General Manager
TARAS ETTL
Vice President Middle East & Asia
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief Operating Officer
SIMON COOMBS
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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

1
Number of years in role
5
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
2
Number of years with company
4
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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