Michel Noblet
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Michel Noblet

president & founding partner, Hospitality Management Holdings

A fledgling company compared to many in the top 20, HMH has benefitted throughout its first 10 years in operation from the expertise of Michel Noblet, who last September celebrated his 50th year as a hotelier.

Noblet has continued to drive the company forward this year, though portfolio growth has slowed somewhat because of the necessary curtailing of pipeline projects in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq and Sudan owing to various levels of unrest.

Nevertheless, the group opened four hotels in the past 12 months — namely The Ajman Palace, Corp Executive Hotel Amman, EWA Mahadha Hotel and EWA Deira, Dubai — and signed four more, two of which are in Dubai and expected to be announced soon.

In total, there are 23 hotels operational and eight in the pipeline. Six hotels are expected to open by the end of 2014: Coral Plaza Qurum in Muscat, Coral International Hotel at Sports City in Dubai; Corp Noor Khartoum, Al Bada Oasis in Al Ain, EWA Nile Tower Khartoum, and EWA Port Sudan.

Performance has been robust, with record occupancies at some properties, such as Coral Beach Resort Sharjah.

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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

23
HMH Hotels open in Middle East
8
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for ME
4
ME HMH hotels opened in past 12 months
4
ME HMH hotels signed in past 12 months
6
ME HMH hotels due to open by end 2014
51
Years in hospitality
23
Years in Middle East
French
Nationality

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