Sami Nasser
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Sami Nasser

senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa and India, FRHI

Sami Nasser is a familiar face in the Power 50 but this year, he appears in a new role as senior VP operations Middle East, Africa and India for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a title he took on in July this year.

It’s another step up the career ladder for Nasser, with a far larger geographical region now under his remit than in his previous role as VP operations Middle East, Egypt and Indian Ocean for Sofitel, part of Accor, where he had worked for 25 years.

Now at FRHI, Nasser overseas a portfolio of 18 operating hotels, 11 of which are in the Middle East, including the latest additions to the portfolio, Fairmont The Palm, Dubai and Swissotel Makkah. Still to come this year, according to the FRHI website, are Fairmont Ajman, Fairmont Fujairah and Fairmont Riyadh Business Gate in Saudi Arabia.

In total, there are 10 properties signed, in design stage or under construction in the Middle East, including a third Dubai property, Swissotel Jadaf Dubai, scheduled for completion in 2015.

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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

11
FRHI Hotels open in Middle East
10
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for ME
1
ME FRHI hotels opened in past 12 months
7
ME FRHI hotels signed in past 12 months
4
ME FRHI hotels due to open by end 2014
26
Years in hospitality
5
Years in Middle East
French-Lebanese
Nationality

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