Ulrich T. Eckhardt

Ulrich T. Eckhardt

president, Middle East and Africa,, Kempinski Hotels

A seasoned hotelier, Ulrich T. Eckhardt has an impressive track record, with more than four decades of experience in a variety of senior positions for prestigious hotel groups, including ITT Sheraton Corporation.

He joined Kempinski Hotels in 1995 as senior vice president — Latin America & Caribbean, based in Brazil, followed by a posting as managing director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center in China. Eckhardt arrived in the UAE in 1997 to oversee the preopening phase of Kempinski Hotel Ajman, which he has managed ever since.

Under the guidance of Eckhardt, the ME&A region, which he took over in 2002, has become a leader in the company with the highest fee earning hotel — Emirates Palace — and the biggest regional revenue contribution for the company. The revenue from the 17 properties in Middle East and Africa represents 40% of revenue for the entire company.

This year has been incredibly busy with the opening of four properties; Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre, Kempinski Seychelles Resort and Olare Mara Kempinski.

Growth now is largely focused on new markets and Kempinski signed six new properties over the past year; Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra, Ghana; Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi, Kenya; Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara, Kenya; Kempinski Hotel

Talatouna, Angola; as well as Kempinski Hotel Panama in Central America. The company has also partnered with Leela Hotels in India to open the first Kempinski hotel in the country, Kempinski Ambiance Hotel, Delhi.

Plans for the remainder of 2012 include hosting the Kempinski Career Day in Abu Dhabi, where all the regional GMs come to interview candidates and make offers on the spot.


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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