SIMON CASSON
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SIMON CASSON

President – hotel operations,, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

Simon Casson started out in the hospitality industry washing dishes in a restaurant kitchen in England as a teenager. He joined Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts nearly 30 years ago, and has since climbed the ranks to become president of hotel operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

The group also launched Four Seasons Hotel Megève in France in December, and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, which also fall under Casson’s remit. Up next is the 375-room Four Seasons Hotel Makkah, signed late last year. The property, located adjacent to the Al-Masjid Al-Harām (the Grand Mosque) will also offer 90 Four Seasons private residences and will be the company’s second property in Saudi Arabia, joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

As the group continues adding to its portfolio, with new properties to be announced shortly, Casson is determined to maintain the brand’s reputation for excellent service.

He says: “As our EMEA hotel count has grown over the past 24 months, I have made it a priority to ensure that the culture and humanity in the field, which ultimately is the prime driver of superior service, remains carefully intact. I made a point to visit all 39 of the hotels in person and, as I have done so, always hold town hall meetings to share, connect with and listen to our employees.”

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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

16
PREVIOUS RANKING
2
Number of years in role
29
Number of years with company
17
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
1
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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