Alex Kyriakidis
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Alex Kyriakidis

president, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Alex Kyriakidis was a new entrant to last year’s Power 50 following his appointment in January 2012. Twenty months on and he’s already accumulated some hefty achievements, most notably the opening of the first 804-room tower of the mammoth JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.

Acknowledged by many as a true game changer for Dubai’s hotel industry, this convention hotel created quite a buzz with its three-day official opening party back in February; with both Marriott HQ and the UAE’s government and tourism chiefs watching its impact. Kyriakidis was a lynchpin in the launch, beside CEO Arne Sorenson’s side throughout the programme.

Another significant opening was the debut of Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi, a monster itself with 447 rooms and 85 villas, opposite the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Again, Kyriakidis was there with Ritz-Carlton president Herve Humler to launch the property ahead of Arabian Travel Market.

Under Kyriakidis’ leadership the Marriott International Middle East portfolio stands at 34 hotels comprising 8978 rooms.

New openings over the past 12 months included Renaissance Cairo Mirage City, Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh and the Residence Inn by Marriott, Juffair Bahrain.

Five more hotels are expected to open by the end of 2014, three in KSA and two in the UAE, while three Middle East hotels have been signed in the past 12 months, including the JW Marriott Hotel Jeddah and JW Marriott Doha. In total, 21 hotels totalling 6541 rooms are in the Middle East pipeline.

Meanwhile,Kyriakidis is also busy expanding the group’s reach into Africa, with 22 hotels to open across nine countries by 2018. He is keen to establish the company as a first mover in the market, already overseeing programmes to train African nationals in UAE hotels ready for launches in virgin territories such as Rwanda.

Having previously worked for Deloitte, Kyriakidis has been providing strategic, financial, M&A, and operational insights, and working across asset management and integration services to the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors for 40 years.

By the Numbers:

Marriott international hotels open in Middle East: 34
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 21
Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 2
Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 3
Middle East hotels due to open by end 2014: 5
Years in hospitality: 40
Years in Middle East: 30+
Nationality: British

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Rudi Jagersbacher
president
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