Guido De Wilde

Guido De Wilde

Senior Vice President and Regional Director Middle East, Starwood Hotels And Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Guido de Wilde maintains his top five position in the hotelier middle east power 50. Under his regional leadership, starwood hotels & resorts has made significant headway over the last 12 months with signings across its trendy lifestyle brand, aloft and eco-conscious long-stay brand, element.

Four new properties were signed this year, marking the launch of both the Aloft and Element brands in the region.The properties, signed with Wasl Asset Management Group are Aloft Al Raffa and Dubai Airport, and Element Al Raffa and Dubai Airport. Additionally, Starwood will be one of the first groups to open a hotel in Dubai World Central, following the signing of Aloft Dubai World Central with Radar DWC. The Aloft brand will also make its debut in Qatar and Oman with the signings of Aloft Doha and Aloft Muscat this year.

Another first secured this year is the company’s polo resort, The St Regis Polo Club & Resort in Dubai, being developed with the Al Habtoor Group alongside the three-property Habtoor complex on Sheikh Zayed Road, the first phases of which — the St. Regis and W Dubai Al Habtoor – are earmarked to open this year, followed by the Westin Habtoor next year.

Top inspiration

“On a personal note I am inspired by the great athletes, especially in the world of cycling. I think in particular about my all-time favourite and hero Eddy Merckx, the Belgian cyclist who won over 500 races during his career and who just turned 70 a few weeks ago. He was an incredible champion and is a great human being. He believed in himself, pushed his boundaries during every race, gave his utmost to achieve his objective and constantly revised his goals. Yet despite all his wins he remained humble and was and still is easily approachable for everybody. I am privileged to know him personally”.


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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