Rudi Jagersbacher

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Rudi Jagersbacher’s grass roots experience, strong relationships, business acumen and drive to succeed, with a team of more than 21,500 employees, including 69 GMs in 19 MEA countries, has snagged him the number one spot on Hotelier Middle East’s Power 50 for the third consecutive year.

After graduating from hotel school in Innsbruck, Austria, Jagersbacher joined Hilton in 1974 as a trainee at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and one of his proudest moments came 20 years later when he was appointed general manager of the same hotel.

“My four-decade long career has brought many challenges and highlights including managing hotels such as The Langham, The Savoy and Claridges,” states Jagersbacher, who has worked his way up the ladder across a number of different functions and countries.

Top inspiration

“The person who has inspired me in my career journey is my grandfather, Rudolf Ager, owing to his gentlemanly approach to life, which inspired my love of hospitality and encouraged me to follow my dream. In the Middle East, the opportunities in our industry are endless, which reminds me of a memorable quote from our founder, Conrad Hilton: ‘To accomplish big things… you must first dream big dreams’”


Rudi Jagersbacher
President, Middle East & Africa
Alex Kyriakidis
President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
Chief Operating Officer
Guido De Wilde
Senior Vice President and Regional Director Middle East
Pascal Gauvin
Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa
Omer Z. Kaddouri
President & CEO
Gerald Lawless
President and group CEO
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
Founder, President & CEO
Mark Willis
Area Vice president, Middle East and Turkey
Michael Zager
Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa
Philippe Zuber
Chief Operating Officer
Sami Nasser
Senior Vice President Operations, Middle East, Africa, & India
Christian Clerc
President of hotel operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa
Andreas Mattmüller
Chief operating officer, Middle East and Asia
Amine E Moukarzel
President, President and Founder
Alan Leibman
Chief Executive Officer
Pablo Graf
Senior Vice President, operations
Robert Kunkler
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Griffiths
SVP, regional operations, Middle East & Africa
Baran Turkel
Managing Director Turkey, Middle East & Central Asia
Laurent A. Voivenel
Chief Executive Officer
Ziad El Chaar
Managing Director
Ibrahim Barghout
Area Vice President, Middle East & Africa
Adam Nicholls
Managing Director Middle East/Africa
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer
Anton Bawab
Regional President
David Grant Thomson
Chief Operating Officer
Thierry Douin
Vice President, operations
Hussein Ali Hatata
Vice President — hospitality division
Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
Chief Executive Officer
Noel Massoud
VP — operations and development
Rob Weeden
VP sales & marketing EMEA, India, Indian Ocean & Canada
Hamad Abdullah Al Mulla
CEO and board member
Bugra Berberoglu
Chief Executive Officer
Sumair Tariq
Managing Director
Maximilian Lennkh
Vice President – hotel operations EMEA
Antoine Sayegh
Siegfried Nierhaus
Vice President Middle East
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
Vice Chairman and CEO
Russel Sharpe
Chief Operating Officer
Jamal Serhan
CEO, Vice President
Peter Blackburn
President & CEO
Vincent Miccolis
Area Manager GCC
Hatem Gasmi
Managing Director
Abdulla Bin Sulayem
Chief Executive Officer
Jason Harding
Area Director, General Manager
Philippe Harb
Chief Operating Officer and Partner
Daousser Chennoufi
Concept Creator and Partner
Paul Arnold
Vice President Development — Europe, Middle East & Africa
Vardaraj Shetty
Chairman & Managing Worker


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Number of Middle East operating hotels
63 (1/3 in the mid-market segment)
Number of Middle East pipeline hotels

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