OLIVIER GRANET
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OLIVIER GRANET

Managing director and chief operating officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa
Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020

Olivier Granet oversees the eco- and midscale properties for the Middle East, and eco-, midscale, and luxe properties for North Africa, and with more than 100 hotels in the pipeline, it has been another record year for AccorHotels in these countries. The acquisition of FRHI has been keeping Granet busy over the last year as well.

This division opened five hotels in March 2017 alone, and the hotel openings in Q1 this year represented more than all of 2016’s openings combined. The brand revealed the signing of the first AccorHotels’ lifestyle brand in the region – Mama Shelter – and reflagged a Sheikh Zayed Road property (previously with Gloria Hotels & Resorts) into the largest Mercure Hotel in the global network.

Significant hotel signings in the last year were made throughout the UAE, Tunisia, and Egypt, across a number of brands, with openings including Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, the first of its brand in North Africa; the Ibis Styles Makkah; Novotel Yanbu; Mercure Sohar; Porto Sokhna, Managed by AccorHotels; Jabal Hotel, Managed by AccorHotels; Mercure Cancun Sokhna; Novotel Jeddah Tahlia Street; and Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights & Apartments. Under Granet’s command, strong development has been seen in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Egypt.

Another area Granet is also focusing on is the operator’s lifestyle brands, with the region’s first Mama Shelter. Granet tells Hotelier: “Our passion for all of our guests is driving us to new heights in fulfilling guest satisfaction, and this applies to the roll-out of global lifestyle brands, including the region’s first Mama Shelter. Alongside its development, we continue to scope out opportunities to expand our lifestyle offer to the Middle East and Africa, and will shortly announce the signing of another lifestyle brand.” We are excited to find out what this might be.

Granet promises the area and brands under his leadership will see the opening of two hotels every month until 2020, with more than one hotel signed every two weeks. He also proudly claims the company is the largest hotel operator in Saudi Arabia, and is set to double its network across Africa with 200 hotels and 25,000 rooms.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
OLIVIER GRANET
Managing director and chief operating officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa
MARK WILLIS
Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
ANDREAS MATTMÜLLER
Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts
OMER KADDOURI
President and CEO
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice president operations
AMINE MOUKARZEL
President/ partner
IGNACE BAUWENS
Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president
SAMI NASSER
COO luxury brands
PETER FULTON
Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
Simon Casson
President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief executive officer
Antoine El Sayegh
President
Imad Elias
CEO
Vincent Miccolis
Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey
Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
Chief executive officer
Henk Meyknecht
Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa
Andrew Shaw
Assistant vice president — development EMEA
Laurent A. Voivenel
Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India
Sumair Tariq
Managing director
Baran Turkel
Managing directorTurkey, Middle East, and Central Asia,
Hatem Gasmi
Founder and managing director,
Aboudi Asali
Chief executive officer
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
Vice chairman and CEO
Jamal Serhan
CEO and senior vice president
Hussein Ali Hatata
Vice president, hospitality division
Marc Dardenne
Group chief operating officer and interim CEO
Siegfried Nierhaus
Vice president Middle East
Rob Weeden
Vice president sales and marketing Europe
Kamal Fakhoury
Chief executive officer
Nehme Imad Darwiche
Founder and chief executive officer
Mohamed Soussan
Group general manager
Simon Coombs
President and CEO
Suparat Chirathivat
Vice president business development
David Grant Thomson
Chief operating officer
Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
Executive chairman
Philippe Zuber
President and chief operating officer
Anton Bawab
Regional president
Frederic Flageat-Simon
Chief executive officer
Sir Rocco Forte
Founder and chairman
Philippe Harb
Chief operating officer and partner
Ranjit Phillipose
General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

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PREVIOUS RANKING
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Number of years in the role
18
Number of years with the company
150
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
100
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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