Mark Willis

Mark Willis

Area Vice president, Middle East and Turkey, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rezidor boss breaks into the top 10 after a record year for signings in 2014. the company is on track to achieve another record-breaking performance this year, with a focus on Saudi arabia and the UAE.

Having been in the Middle East now for 13 years with its core brands, the upscale Radisson Blu and long-stay Park Inn, the Rezidor Group had a record year for signings in 2014, under the regional leadership of Mark Willis, with the addition of 12 new hotels.

Now with 35 hotels operational, and 38 in the pipeline, Rezidor is considering opportunities for new brands announced last year, Radisson Red and Quorvus, and is going full steam ahead with its Saudi pipeline, having signed a master development agreement with local owner Al Hokair Group in October 2014, for 30 new hotels.

Top inspiration

“I am inspired by our President and CEO Wolfgang M Neumann because he has taken a great company and made it even better. Under his leadership we have seen a new focus and real commitment to everything we do from the environment, to our commercial development and very importantly our people. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the company’s development and progress as an international hospitality brand, watching it grow into something very special”.


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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