Mark Willis
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Mark Willis

area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Willis first began his role in the Middle East in January 2012 and oversees the operation of 28 regional hotels.

A British national with more than 20 years of hospitality experience, 15 of which have been with The Rezidor Hotel Group, Willis is responsible for 28 hotels.

With his strategic focus on improving the profitability and revenue generation of Rezidor’s Middle East hotels, Willis has also managed the recent signings of the Park Inn Duqm in Oman, the Park Inn Bahrain and the Radisson Blu Residences Dubai hotels.

In total, there are now 14 properties in Rezidor’s Middle East hotel pipeline, with the Park Inn Duqm and Radisson Hotel & Resort, Sohar hotels in Oman expected to open before the end of 2014.

Willis hopes to grow the portfolio further still, with the vision focused on development in key identified geographical locations such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as untapped destinations he is currently eyeing.

Another priority is the spread of the mid-market Park Inn by Radisson brand, which is being revamped to cater to the needs of a younger market.

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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

28
Hotels open in Middle East
14
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
0
Hotels opened in past 12 months
3
Hotels signed in past 12 months
2
Hotels expected to open by end 2014
20
Years in hospitality
6
Years in Middle East
British
Nationality

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