Bani Haddad

Bani Haddad

regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Moving into the top 10 for the first time is Bani Haddad, who has this year overseen the opening of seven hotels and signing of 10 more properties with Wyndham Hotel Group in the region.

With his background in development, Haddad has been instrumental in securing new projects, as well as raising the profile of US-based Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) and increasing awareness of its brands, which total 17.

Having entered the market with the midscale Ramada brand, the group has now added Wyndham Grand and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in the upper-upscale and upscale segments, as well as Days Inn and Super 8 in the economy and budget segments.

There have been several notable progressions in Q2 of this year; the signing of the first Wyndham Hotels and Resorts branded property in the UAE, in Dubai Marina; the opening of the first Days Inn hotel in Saudi Arabia, the first of 10 signed in a deal announced late last year with Riyada International Hotels and Resorts; and the group’s debut in Iraq, with the opening of Ramada Sulaymaniyah Salim Street in Kurdistan in June.

Momentum is expected to continue, with The Wyndham Grand Manama and Wyndham Grand Riyadh both anticipated to open by the end of summer 2014. In total, six hotels are due to open between now and end 2014.

Ultimately, Haddad wants to further increase the range of products, confident that “no other company in the region will be covering such a vast spectrum of segments”. With the backing of the world’s largest hotel group with 7380 hotels worldwide, his confidence is sustained.

“Our success is driven by our ability to be truly flexible — we are able to develop both management and franchise contracts,” he says of the company.

The group is also increasingly focusing on management rather than franchise projects, investing in F&B development — with Brazilian outlet Fogueira setting Dubai’s churrascaria scene alight at Ramada Plaza JBR— and rolling out its loyalty programme in the Middle East.

Haddad joined Wyndham Hotel Group in 2007 to head the company’s development in the Middle East and Africa and was promoted in 2012 following five years of strong growth. Prior to joining WHG, Haddad worked in Dubai with Hospitality Management Services and was instrumental in the introduction and development of Holiday Inn Express in the Gulf.

Based in WHG’s Dubai office, Haddad holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management from IMHI, a joint programme established by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and ESSEC. He firtst entered the Power 50 in 2011 at number 13.


Rudi Jagersbacher
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer, India, Middle East And Africa
Guido de wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Alex Kyriakidis
president, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Selim El Zyr
president & CEO
Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Amine E. Moukarzel
president, president
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president EMEA
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president Middle East & Africa
Simon Casson
regional vice president and GM
Andreas Mattmuller
chief operating officer
Josef Kufer
chief operating officer
Sami Nasser
senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa and India
Peter Fulton
group president
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Michel Noblet
president & founding partner
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Mahmoud Mokhtar
vice president of operations for KSA
David Thomson
chief operating officer
Jiri Kobos
vice-president operations
Glenn de Souza
vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East
Moritz Klein
GM, Area GM
Anton Bawab
regional president
Paul Arnold
vice president of development, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Raj Shetty
chairman & managing worker
Ziad Al Chaar
managing director
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Simon Coombs
president & CEO
Mohammed H. Arkobi
vice president & managing director
Fadi Mazkour
managing director hotel division
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president — hospitality division
Peter Blackburn
president & CEO
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Tarek el Sherif
managing director
Serge Zaalof
president/managing director
Aqeel Raees
chief executive officer
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Hatem Gasmi
founder and managing director
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Horsten Ries
managing director
Patrick De Groot
general manager
Rupprecht Queitsch
General manager


Wyndham Hotel Group hotels open in Middle East
Six (plus a further 29 under master franchise or development agreements)
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
Hotels opened in past 12 months
Hotels signed in past 12 months
Hotels due to open by end 2014
Years in hospitality
Years in Middle East
Lebanese / French

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