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TIM CORDON

Area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Radisson Hotel Group
Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history

A newcomer to the list, Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history.

The last year has seen the erstwhile Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group rebrand itself to Radisson Hotel Group and go through a complete reorganisation.

Impressively enough this hasn’t stopped Radisson’s expansion plans in the region and the hotel group has jumped from 39 operating hotels in July 2017 to 50 in July 2018.

Keeping the momentum going, Radisson plans on ending the year with 15 openings across Middle East and Africa. Saudi Arabia is another big focus for the group as they currently have 40 hotels and +10,000 rooms in operation or under development in Saudi Arabia. In December 2017 Radisson Blu opened its first resort in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia and earlier this year, opened its fifth Radisson Blu hotel in Jeddah.

On 2017, Cordon says: “The last year has definitely been the year of the openings, which has seen our impressive development pipeline came to fruition.

Currently, the eleventh largest hotel group in the world, Radisson Hotel Group is made up of eight hotel brands with more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development, Cordon’s vision for the company is for it to break into the top three.

On his vision for Radisson, Cordon says: “Our organisation’s vision is to be one of the top three hotel companies in the world, I think we reflect that with what we are doing in our area, modernising systems, heavily investing in technology and using that to get ever closer to our owners, guests and employees. Not to mention opening 30 hotels in 18 months.”

Staff development is important to both the company and Cordon. On women empowerment Cordon adds: “I’m pleased at our efforts for women in leadership in Saudi Arabia and we have now moved to 150 female employees in Saudi Arabia from just six in 2014.”
He has also added two more regional directors and created more “districts” to better support operational hotels across the area. The new appointments came from internal promotions from within the company.

In conjunction with the alignment around the Radisson brand equity, the Radisson Hotel Group has restructured its brand architecture and has renamed its Quorvus Collection to Radisson Collection.

However, Radisson is set to get a new owner after HNA agreed to sell the company to Jin Jiang International Holding for an estimated US $2 billion in August 2018. Radisson Hotel Group was acquired by HNA in 2016, when it was called Carlson Hotels.

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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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Number of years in role
15
Number of years with company
50
Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018
43
Number of pipeline hotels in MENA in 2018

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