AMMAR KANAAN
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AMMAR KANAAN

Group general manager, Central Hotels
The group also has five properties in the pipeline that are all set to operate in Dubai. They are the Diamond Central at Business Bay, C Central at The Palm Jumeirah, Island Central at Deira Island, Central Houses at Bur Dubai and the Grand Central Suites at Media City.

With five properties soon to be open, hospitality group Central Hotels aims to expand its presence in the United Arab Emirates focussing on Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain and in the GCC targeting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Group general manager, Ammar Kanaan has focused on sustainable initiatives for the company. For instance, he introduced a paperless system by using a tablet in all guest rooms. Through this initiative, guests can access room service, housekeeping, maintenance and the front desk electronically.

Kanaan also accomplished the opening of Canal & Royal Central last year with a minimal pre-opening budget and a positive GOP in the second month.

The group also has five properties in the pipeline that are all set to operate in Dubai. They are the Diamond Central at Business Bay, C Central at The Palm Jumeirah, Island Central at Deira Island, Central Houses at Bur Dubai and the Grand Central Suites at Media City.

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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

5
Number of years in role
3
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2019
5
Number of years with company
5
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2019

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