Guido de wilde
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Guido de wilde

senior vice president and regional director - Middle East, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

The past 12 months have been filled with a number of milestones — most notably three openings, 11 signings and multiple renovations — for Starwood and Guido de Wilde, who hosted Starwood’s second ever global HQ relocation in March, in Dubai.

Headed by global president and CEO Frits van Paasschen and largely facilitated by de Wilde, the team conducted nearly 50 owner meetings, visited all 14 Starwood hotels in Dubai, travelled to 19 cities in 12 countries and met with 150 corporate and leisure customers.

The exercise demonstrated the value of the Middle East to Starwood globally and over the past year, de Wilde has simultaneously expanded the company’s presence and embarked on extensive renovations at 25% of the portfolio.

Nearly 50% of the development pipeline includes hotels in emerging markets such as Jordan, Oman, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Qatar, while luxury brands — St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels — and mid-scale brands – Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element — represent nearly two-thirds of the current pipeline, to date dominated by Sheraton and Le Méridien.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is the most high profile opening of the past year, while Ajman Saray, A Luxury Collection Resort, will open by the end of 2013 and become Starwood’s 23rd hotel in UAE. A further 10 new hotels and nearly 3000 rooms across the Middle East are due to open by the end of 2013, including three more hotels in the UAE, most notably the 660-room Sheraton Dubai Tower Sheikh Zayed Road.

Meanwhile, the Aloft brand will debut in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, and De Wilde will launch the first Sheratons in Iraq, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

De Wilde has also ramped up the company’s conversion tally, with Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates and Four Points by Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia now open and Grand Hills, a Luxury Collection Resort, currently undergoing extensive renovations ahead of the brand’s Lebanon debut next year.

These achievements come as De Wilde celebrates his 30th year in the industry, 12 of which have been dedicated to this region. He has also continued to participate in the Road to Awareness UNICEF fundraising initiative he helped pioneer, somehow fitting in time to cycle 450km through the Austrian Alps this summer in pursuit of the group’s target to raise a massive US$500,000 for children in Nigeria and Cameroon.

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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

BY THE NUMBERS

47
Starwood Hotels open in Middle East (excludes Egypt)
31
Starwood Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
3
Middle East Starwood Hotels opened in past 12 months
11(includes Iraq, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan)
Middle East Starwood Hotels signed in past 12 months
11
Middle East Starwood Hotels due to open by end 2014
30
Years in hospitality
12
Years in Middle East
Belgian
Nationality

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