Alex Kyriakidis

Alex Kyriakidis

president and managing director – Middle East and Africa, Marriott International

Alex Kyriakidis has officially stepped into the big boots of the well-respected Ed Fuller — who retired on March 31 — as president and managing director for Marriott’s Middle East and Africa division.

The company currently has a regional presence consisting of 32 properties in eight countries, offering 7,482 rooms and spanning seven lodging brands. Under Kyriakidis, the division is poised for major growth; 22 properties are scheduled to join Marriott’s portfolio in the region through 2015, adding 7,321 rooms.

In the past 12 months alone, the company has opened eight hotels in the GCC, including Renaissance Doha City Centre, Qatar and Residence Inn by Marriott, Juffair Bahrain — the introduction of the long-stay brand to the Middle East. The company also signed three exciting deals, for JW Marriott Hotel Bahrain, Residence Inn, Kuwait and Edition Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

By September 2013, seven new hotels are expected to open, including the first phase of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which will comprise 804 rooms, and 1608 rooms when complete, and is a major deal for the hotel giant globally.


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


Marriott International Hotels open in Middle East (including Ritz-Carlton)
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East (including Ritz-Carlton)
Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months
Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months
Middle East hotels due to open by September
Years in hospitality
Years in Middle East

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