Simon Casson
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Simon Casson

regional vice president and GM, Four Seasons Doha

A veteran of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts family, Simon Casson has spent 24 years with the hotel group, working in properties across North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Currently juggling dual roles as regional vice president and GMof the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Casson will soon take the helm as GMof Four Seasons Resort Dubai, scheduled to open on the city’s Jumeirah Beach Road late next year.

Casson will continue to fulfil his role as regional VP, overseeing Four Seasons Hotels in Damascus, Beirut, Riyadh, Baku and Tanzania, in addition to the Dubai property. He will move to Dubai in November 2013 to lead the pre-opening team as it prepares to enter the competitive market. A “pinnacle career moment” for him, there is no doubt in Hotelier’s mind that Casson will do everything he can to “get it right”.

In his role as regional vice president, which he took over in 2011, Casson has provided guidance and assistance to the challenged Egyptian and Syrian markets, as well as Lebanon and Jordan, visiting all four hotels on multiple occasions.

The brand has six properties in the pipeline including the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, due to open mid-2014, and Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, also due to open in 2014. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya and Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Oasis are in the preliminary stage.

In June this year, Four Seasons announced a third addition to its growing Moroccan collection with plans to open a new property in the resort town of Agadir on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The resort is expected to open in 2016.

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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

9
Four Seasons Hotels open in Middle East
6 (including the one in Agadir)
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
0
Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months
1
Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months
3
Middle East hotels due to open by end 2014
29
Years in hospitality
11
Years in Middle East
British
Nationality

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