Glenn de Souza
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Glenn de Souza

vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East, Best Western International

Since his appearance on last year’s list, Glenn de Souza has been busy directing Best Western’s brand management and development across the Middle East, with seven new hotels signed in Saudi Arabia alone.

As vice president for international operations — Asia and Middle East, De Souza also manages the group’s regional sales and marketing efforts for its current eight Middle Eastern hotels across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and Bahrain, totalling 900 rooms.

So far this year, the group has debuted in Kuwait with the launch of the Best Western Mahboula, and in Makkah with the Best Western Plus Bakkah Awan Hotel. All three Best Western brands (Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier) are now present in the region.

Having been with Best Western International for more than 10 years now, De Souza first set up the company’s Asia & Middle East headquarters in Bangkok in 2002 and held various leadership positions in Best Western’s Asia office developing sales and marketing schemes.

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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
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Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
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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
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Glenn de Souza
vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East
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regional president
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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
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area general manager
Horsten Ries
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general manager
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General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

8
Hotels open in Middle East
12
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
6
Hotels opened in past 12 months
7
Hotels signed in past 12 months
35
Years in hospitality
10
Years in Middle East
Singaporean
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