David Roberts
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David Roberts

executive vice president Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Fairmont Raffles Hotels

David Roberts joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as general manager at the picturesque Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and spent the majority of his early career with the company in Canada at various properties.

In 2008, he then went to Singapore as executive vice president, Asia Pacific for parent company Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Two years later, Roberts’ focus expanded to include Middle East and Africa. Some of his duties also include managing Fairmont’s regional vice presidents in these markets, overseeing multi-unit developments like the projects in Manila, Makkah and Singapore, and all new development where the company’s brands may not have a regional structure to support the hotels.

This last year has been spent increasing brand awareness in the region, driven by success in the Dubai marketplace, and fruitful relationships in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The establishments of partnerships with Saudi’s Kingdom Hotels and Qatari Diar has also brought a wealth of opportunities, not only to the company’s Middle Eastern portfolio, but globally.

Construction is complete on the Fairmont Hotel in Makkah as well as the handover of the final phase of guest rooms. This Ramadan, the company opened the Royal floors and the balance of the room inventory. The Fairmont hotel now boasts 1293 rooms and has been joined in the high season with the soft opening of the Swissôtel Makkah. The hotel opened half of its available rooms for Ramadan, and plans to have all 1500 rooms open by Hajj of this year.

Coming up in 2012 is the opening of Fairmont The Palm in Dubai and the Fairmont Makati in Manila will open in December. There are also properties slated for Amman, Ajman, Fujairah, Muscat, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Roberts’ responsibilities extend beyond the Middle East and in total, incorporate 17 operating hotels across India, China, Singapore, KSA, UAE, Africa and Egypt.

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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
president
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
president
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

BY THE NUMBERS

9
FRHI Hotels open in Middle East
6
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
1
Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months
3
Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months
4
Middle East hotels due to open by September 2013
37
No of years in hospitality
2
No of years in region
British
Nationality

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