Mark Willis

Mark Willis

area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Willis has been with The Rezidor Hotel Group since 1998, only leaving for a year to complete an MBA at Oxford University.

He took up his current role this earlier this year, replacing Marko Hytönen. Previously, he was regional director Radisson Blu & Hotel Missoni UK.

Under Willis, Rezidor has debuted in Qatar this year following a conversion of the former Ramada hotel to Radisson Blu Doha, which was completed in July. The hotel features 583 rooms, six bars and 12 restaurants.

He has also overseen a raft of signings, including Hotel Missoni Doha, Park Inn Jeddah, Radisson Blu Mafaz and Park Inn Residence Riyadh. In total, Rezidor has 4000 rooms in the confirmed pipeline for the Middle East and 30 hotels operating in the region, nine of which are in the UAE. A highlight for 2013 is expected to be the opening of Radisson Blu Sohar in Oman, although the company has gone quiet on the opening of its second Missoni in the region at Sifah.

Further ahead, the group will open a 170-room property, Park Inn by Radisson Riyadh Al Sahafa, in 2014. The hotel will be Rezidor’s 12th in Saudi Arabia.


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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