ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI

PRESIDENT AND CEO, MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE MIDDLE EAST

With 12 hotels open and 40 in the pipeline, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East is one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the region thanks to the leadership of Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, who established the business 10 years ago.

Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Alzaabi set up the Middle East arm of Millennium & Copthorne following a position as deputy director general of Abu Dhabi National Hotels.

Since then, he has worked tirelessly to establish the brand and secure contracts with owners across the Middle East, despite competition from larger international hotel companies.

Over the past year, the company has made significant in-roads into Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and Alzaabi has made no secret of the fact that he has “no doubt” that Millennium & Copthorne will become “the number one player in Saudi Arabia”.

He has also recently extended the brand portfolio, with the addition of the luxury Biltmore brand and the first Biltmore property signed for Abu Dhabi, due to open in 2013.

Alzaabi has an extensive involvement in the MENA hospitality sector, with a number of investment companies operating across a spectrum of market segments. In total, his investment companies hold assets in the hotel sector worth more than US $3 billion.

He is the chairman and founder of Lakhraim Business Group (LBG), a holding company in the UAE with numerous ventures and investment across a spectrum of market segments in the MENA region, and also vice-chairman and founder of two leading hotel investment and ownership companies based in the UAE — Pearl Azure Hotels and Emirates Hotel Company.

Alzaabi is also a majority shareholder of National Corporation for Hotels and Tourism, an entity listed on the Abu Dhabi stock exchange.

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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
PRESIDENT AND CEO
SARMAD N. ZOK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
BANI HADDAD
VP DEVELOPMENT — MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
SAMI NASSER
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER
PASCAL DUCHAUFFOUR
AREA VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
H.E. KHALID AHMED BIN SULAYEM
DIRECTOR GENERAL
H.E. MUBARAK HAMAD AL MUHAIRI
DIRECTOR GENERAL
RICHARD RILEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AMINE MOUKARZEL
PRESIDENT, SVP AND MD
ENG. AHMED AL-EISSA
GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR LICENSING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
ULRICH T. ECKHARDT
PRESIDENT MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
MOHAMMED ARKOBI
MANAGING DIRECTOR
MICHAEL SCULLY
MANAGING DIRECTOR — HOSPITALITY
SIMON CASSON
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER
PATRICK HEUZE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TALAL JASSIM AL-BAHAR
VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
PETER FULTON
MANAGING DIRECTOR
ALAN LEIBMAN
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
JAMES PRINGLE
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
JOE SITA
PRESIDENT
David Roberts
Executive vice president operations Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
DARROCH CRAWFORD
MANAGING DIRECTOR
HUSSEIN HATATA
VICE PRESIDENT - HOTELS DIVISION
PETER BLACKBURN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAMI AL-ANSARI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PAM WILBY
COMPLEX GM
CHANTEL MOORE
GENERAL MANAGER
SIEGFRIED NIERHAUS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
FADI MICHEL MAZKOUR
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
TAREK EL SHERIF
MANAGING DIRECTOR
DAVID THOMSON
REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
ABDIN NASRALLA
VICE PRESIDENT
SIMON COOMBS
PRESIDENT AND CEO
VICTOR LOUIS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
RON HILVERT
MANAGING DIRECTOR
PAUL ARNOLD
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN