Simon Coombs

Simon Coombs

president and chief executive officer, Shaza Hotels

Simon Coombs was appointed president and chief executive officer of Shaza Hotels in September 2009 and since then the British national has brought a wealth of expertise to the niche market operator.

Prior to his current role, Coombs spent three years with Kempinski as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and before that spent 16 years with Hyatt International.

Following the opening of Shaza’s first hotel in Madina in December 2010, Coombs negotiated 15 Letters of Intent, signed an agreement for Shaza’s first resort hotel in Salalah, and is close to concluding management agreements for properties in Doha,

Jeddah and Dubai. By the end of 2012, Coombs expects to have 10 hotels under development. Currently, he is responsible for seven hotels under construction, including the Al Rawdatain Gardens hotel in Karbala, Iraq, and two in operation.

The expected future pipeline currently consists of Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Dakar (to be signed in 2012), Black Sea, Konya and Al Khobar. The aim is to grow the brand  up to 25 hotels in the next four years, predominately located in the Middle East and North Africa, with south Asia and key European cities identified as secondary markets.


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