Pascal Gauvin

Pascal Gauvin

chief operating officer for India, the Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group

Following the retirement of IHG stalwart John Bamsey, who was ranked number three in last year’s Power 50, another long-serving member of the family has taken his place.

Pascal Gauvin, who joined IHG in 1993, has overseen four Middle East openings in the past 12 months, including the first Crowne Plaza in Qatar, significantly also the first in the region to feature the brand’s new image. Still to come this year are Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort & Spa, the 502-room Crowne Plaza Medinah and Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan.

There were also three significant signings earlier this year: InterContinental Muscat Hills, Oman; InterContinental Riyadh King Abdullah Financial District, KSA; and the first Hotel Indigo signing in the region, also in Riyadh.

Seven hotels are expected to open before Q4 2013, including InterContinental Kuwait and Staybridge Suites Beirut.

Factoring in India and Africa too and Gauvin says that in total, over the next five years, IHG is targeting 96 new hotels. There are 27 in the confirmed pipeline for Middle East, making IHG the only chain to exceed a total portfolio of 100 hotels in the region.


Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Rudi Jagersbacher
area president Middle East and Africa
Guido De Wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Selim El Zyr
co-founder, president and CEO
Alex Kyriakidis
president and managing director – Middle East and Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer for India, the Middle East and Africa
Michel Noblet
chief executive officer
Amine E. Moukarzel
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president Middle East and africa
Sami Nasser
VP Operations, GM
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Peter Fulton
managing director
David Roberts
executive vice president Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president, Middle East and Africa,
Simon P Casson
regional vice president and general manager
Fadi Mazkour
regional director, founder
Mohammed H. Arkobi
VP and MD
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president - hotels division
Kevin Wallace
president and CEO
Ziyad Bin Mahfouz
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Raj Shetty
chairman and managing worker
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Glenn De Souza
VP Int'l operations - Asia and the Middle East
Simon Coombs
president and chief executive officer
Hatem Gasmi
founder, managing director
Michel Koopman
director of operations - Middle East, general manager
Serge Zaalof
president / managing director
Peter Blackburn
president and chief executive officer
Mohamed Awadalla
area vice president
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Tarek El Sherif
managing director
Carl Henderson
general manager
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Shuja Zaidi
general manager, vice president of projects
Bernhard Haechler
vice president/general manager
Jiri Kobos
vice president operations
Samir Daqqaq
senior vice president, development, Middle East and Africa
Paul Arnold
vice president development - Europe, Middle East & Africa
Abdin Nasralla,
vice president
Anton Bawab
regional president
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Daniele Vastolo
group director of operations


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