Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace

president and CEO, Jebel Ali International Hotels

Having relocated from Asia to the Middle East last year, Kevin Wallace took up the position of president and CEO of Jebel Ali International Hotels on October 1, 2011. He also holds the title of general manager, hospitality investment and development at Dutco Group, JAIH parent company.

A 25-year hotel industry veteran, Wallace was previously president of Centara International Management, a hotel group in Thailand, where he orchestrated the growth of the company four fold over a three-year period and from Thailand alone to 10 countries.

JAIH is embarking on an ambitious overseas expansion plan and Wallace is the man credited with a host of new signings — with more expected. Just as he took Centara beyond Thailand, Wallace is already focused heavily on driving JAIH’s presence outside of UAE into new markets, specifically in Asia, Indian Ocean and east Africa.

To date, the group has signed multiple third party management contracts for luxury resorts in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives, Seychelles, India and Vietnam. The first international hotel to open will be Round Island Resort in the Seychelles in Q1 2013. This will add to JAIH’s portfolio of five owned and operated hotels in the UAE.

In the Middle East, a refurbishment at Palm Tree Court is scheduled for completion in October and the four-star Ocean View Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence is likely to open early next year.


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