Pascal Gauvin
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Pascal Gauvin

chief operating officer, India, Middle East And Africa, Intercontinental Hotels Group

Pascal Gauvin has overseen a period of significant growth for IHG since he took on his role as regional head at the beginning of 2012.

IHG already dominates the international chains when it comes to the number of operating hotels in the Middle East, but it continues to sign new properties at a pace.

As of June 2013, IHG has 79 hotels (21,435 rooms) operating in the Middle East across five brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites — 70% of which are in the GCC. There are an additional 22 properties in the pipeline for the GCC and 26 in total across the Middle East.

Over the past 12 months, IHG has made brand debuts in several markets, with the first Crowne Plaza in Jordan and the first Holiday Inn Express in Bahrain. Six new hotels opened, including Crowne Plaza Madinah, the first under this flag in the holy city.

Five hotels have also been signed, including InterContinental Dubai Marina, Crowne Plaza Resort Ras Al Khaimah (the first Crowne Plaza resort in the UAE), the second Crowne Plaza in Muscat, the first Staybridge Suites in Saudi Arabia and the first Holiday Inn in Doha. There are nine hotels due to open by the end of 2014, four this year in Oman, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and five the following year, in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Commenting on the growth, Gauvin says: “IHG has a rich and longstanding history in the Middle East, with brands such as InterContinental Hotels which has been in the region for over 50 years.

We will continue to build on our well established legacy of quality and excellence as well as meeting the needs of the Middle East’s diversifying tourism market with exciting new brands such as the boutique Hotel Indigo, which will open its first Middle Eastern property in Riyadh.”

At the same time, he says leadership, guest experience and brand standards are vital areas of priority for the next year.

“I’m a strong believer in the principles of ‘leadership by example’ as well as ‘empowerment’, I spend at least 50% of my time in the field making sure that day-to-day operations are in line with IHG’s standards,” he says.

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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

79
IHG Hotels open in Middle East
26
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
6
IHG hotels opened in past 12 months
5
IHG hotels signed in past 12 months
9
Middle East IHG hotels due to open by end 2014
32
Years in hospitality
14
Years in Middle East
French
Nationality

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