Rudi Jagersbacher

Rudi Jagersbacher

area president Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide has had another stellar year under the leadership of Rudi Jagersbacher, who maintains his second position place in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50.
Since taking up his role in January 2011, Jagersbacher has overseen a period of major growth for the company in the Middle East, not to mention Africa and Indian Ocean which he is also responsible for. The Middle East, Egypt and Levant portfolio alone comprises 41 operating hotels and 39 in the confirmed pipeline.

In the past year, five hotels have opened, including the company’s debut in Qatar, Hilton Doha, as well as DoubleTree by Hilton, RAK; Hilton Jumeirah Hotel Apartment, Dubai; Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, Lebanon; and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, Lebanon, the latter two marking an all-important partnership with Dubai’s Habtoor Group, which is also developing a Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah — one of Hilton’s most prestigious recent signings.

In total, Jagersbacher has signed 14 hotels in the wider Middle East over the past year, including two in Iraqi Kurdistan, two in Qatar and two in Morocco. Development is not likely to slow down either, with 13 hotels scheduled to open over the next 12 months, including Conrad Dubai, Hilton Al Hamra Resort & Spa, Waldorf Astoria RAK, DoubleTree by Hilton Bur Dubai and Hilton Riyadh King Saud University.

Beyond the Middle East, Jagersbacher is also responsible for 15 hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean and 12 in the pipeline in those markets.

A Hilton veteran, Austrian national Jagersbacher joined Hilton Worldwide in 1974. His career has included vice president roles in London, Dubai and Brussels. He is also a founding member of the Hilton in the Community Foundation, which fund raises to support disadvantaged children.


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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