Guido De Wilde

Guido De Wilde

senior vice president and regional director - Middle East, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Starwood has once again increased its Middle East portfolio this year under the leadership of Guido de Wilde and exciting new deals have solidified its position as the leading hotel operator in Dubai, where the company currently has 14 hotels under five of its brands.

In what was the most talked-about hotel development deal to be announced so far this year, Starwood will add to this with three hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road — the St. Regis, Westin and W — being built on the site of the former Metropolitan by the Habtoor Group. Opening of this vast complex is scheduled for 2017 and Starwood has also signed a W on Palm Jumeirah.

New openings over the past 12 months included the regional debut of the ultra-luxury St. Regis brand in both Abu Dhabi and Doha, and the opening of the first Westin in Abu Dhabi. In addition, Starwood added one tower to the Grosvenor House Dubai, increasing the inventory to 730 units. Looking ahead, a second St. Regis will launch in Abu Dhabi in early 2013, followed by Starwood’s debut in Sharjah and Ajman.

In 2013, Starwood will also be expanding its portfolio in Saudi Arabia with two properties in Medina, Sheraton Medina and Four Points by Sheraton Medina. Other exciting pipeline hotels include a property under the Aloft brand in the emirate of Sharjah and the re-entry of Starwood into Iraq with the milestone signing of a new Sheraton hotel in Erbil.


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


Starwood Hotels open in Middle East (excludes Egypt)
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East (excludes Egypt)
Middle East Hotels opened in past 12 months
Middle East Hotels signed in past 12 months
5 + two extensions
Middle East Hotels due to open by September 2013
Years in hospitality
Years in Middle East

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