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OMER KADDOURI

President & CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets

Rotana recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, having opened in first hotel in 1992.

The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

On his vision for the company, president and CEO Omer Kaddouri says: “My vision for the future of the company is to take forward this legacy and further strengthen its global presence, while also reinforcing Rotana’s position as the biggest hospitality success story from the region”

Staff empowerment is an important aspect of Kaddouri’s job and he has played an instrumental role in the development of TAROT – The Accelerated Refinement of Talent – a Rotana initiative aimed at ambitious college or university students as well as existing team members who Rotana believes will drive the future of the hospitality sector. So far, 98 participants have benefitted from the programme, which is now in its fourth year. Past candidates are now holding leadership positions at Rotana.

In efforts to fulfil Rotana’s responsibility as a home-grown company, Omer is also at the forefront of the company’s ‘Duroob’ programme, which is focused on hiring nationals in every market Rotana operates in. Aimed at students, graduates, and unemployed nationals, the programme matches every individual with suitable openings and, once employed, provides them with hands-on training to hone their skills in various hospitality functions. As a result of the programme, Rotana has increased its local employee base by 4% year-on-year.

Rotana plans to achieve its target of managing 100 properties, by 2020 and double that to over 200 by 2030.

Saudi Arabia tops Rotana’s list of markets for expansion. Three properties are scheduled to open in different cities of the Kingdom by 2018 with an emphasis on its affordable lifestyle hotels brand “Centro by Rotana”.

Rotana is currently working to develop 43 new properties in 26 cities in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. Once complete, the new properties will add 11,087 rooms to Rotana’s inventory, taking its total number of rooms to 27,841.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
PASCAL GAUVIN
Managing director
OMER KADDOURI
President & CEO
TIM CORDON
Area senior vice president
ALI AL ZAABI
President
OLIVIER HARNISCH
Chief executive officer
MARC DESCROZAILLE
president
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice President
IGNACE BAUWENS
Regional vice president
MOHAMED AWADALLA
Chief executive officer
SIMON CASSON
President – hotel operations,
HENK MEYKNECHT
Chief operating officer
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Vice chairman and CEO
KURT STRAUB
Vice president of operations
VINCENT MICCOLIS
As regional general manager
AMINE E. MOUKARZEL
President
LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
Senior vice president, operations & development
DR BADR AL BADR
Chief executive officer
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
TARAS ETTL
Vice president
MICHAEL WALE
Chief executive officer
PRATEEK KUMAR
Regional vice president
JOSE SILVA
Chief executive officer
BARAN TURKEL
Managing director
MICHAEL COTTAN
Executive vice president
JAMAL SERHAN
CEO and senior vice president
SUMAIR TARIQ
Managing director
SIMON COOMBS
President and CEO
ABOUDI ASALI
Chief executive officer
MOHAMED SOUSSAN
Group general manager
AMMAR KANAAN
Group general manager
FADI MAZKOUR
Co-founder & regional director branding and business development
KAMAL SIMON FAKHOURY
Chief executive officer
ALY SHARIFF
Chief operating officer
HATEM GASMI
Founder and managing director
PIERRE SOKHON
General manager
ALI HATATA
Vice president, hospitality division
MARKLAND BLAIKLOCK
Deputy CEO
PRITHVI RAJ SINGH OBEROI
Executive chairman
RANJIT PHILLIPOSE
Area director
ANTHONY ROSS
Chief executive officer
NEHME IMAD DARWICHE
Founder and chief executive officer
CENK UNVERDI
Cluster general manager
PHILIPPE HARB
Chief operating officer and partner
ABDULLA BIN SULAYEM
Chief executive officer
JAYDEEP ANAND
Chief operating officer
ABDULLATIF KABBARA
Corporate office general manager
SIR ROCCO FORTE
Founder and chairman

BY THE NUMBERS

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PREVIOUS RANKING
4.7
Number of months in role
21
Number of years with company
63
Number of operating hotels in the region as of july 2018
43
Number of East pipeline hotels as of july 2018

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