Jamal Serhan
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Jamal Serhan

CEO, Vice President, Warwick MENA, Warwick International Hotels

Four years into his Middle East expansion plans, this CEO is accelerating regional growth.

During his four years at the helm of Warwick MENA, Serhan has initiated the brand’s move into Doha, Baghdad, Dubai, Riyadh, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, and has grown the local workforce to 1800.

The New-York-founded company operates in the Middle East out of two regional offices (in Beirut and Dubai) with 18 operational and support staff, including a director of business development, chief operating officer and a chief marketing officer.

Serhan is accelerating local growth, increasing the number of pipeline properties threefold in the last 12 months, from four to 12. He told Hotelier his priority is to “continue to penetrate the Middle East gateway markets and ramp up our expansion into Africa, India and the sub-continent.”

To do so, he will use his 35-years of industry experience — one third of which has been with Warwick — and draw upon the commitment that comes from the company’s owner-operator focus.

Serhan is a member of the USA & Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the South Pacific Hotel Association, and chairman of the TAG Group.

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“Having spent 24 years with Warwick International Hotels, I name Mr Richard Chiu, the company’s president, as the one person I would thank for inspiring me to get to where I am today”

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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
President
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

BY THE NUMBERS

43
Last year
4
Number of years in role
24
Number of years with company
8
Number of operating hotels in the Middle East
12
Number of pipeline hotels in the Middle East

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