HENK MEYKNECHT
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HENK MEYKNECHT

Chief operating officer , Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels
In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.

In the last year, Kempinski has entered new markets in the GCC and signed new projects to add to its current portfolio of 22 hotels in the Middle East. Leading the group’s strategy for the region is CEO for Middle East and Africa Henk Meyknecht.

In March, the group marked its debut in Oman when Kempinski Hotel Muscat opened after significant delays. The group is now gearing up to open its new Dubai property and the second hotel it will manage on Palm Jumeirah — the 389-room Emerald Palace Kempinski.
Also in the pipeline is Kempinski Hotel Mecca, which is scheduled to open in Q1 of 2022 with 380 rooms and suits, in combination with Kempinski Residences Mecca with 270 apartments.

In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Morocco remain key growth regions for Kempinski, but the operator will continue to take a selective approach to its expansion plans.

Meyknecht tells Hotelier Middle East: “We continue to invest into digital guest intelligence platforms to better understand the needs of our guests.

“Internally we expand on Kempinski Intelligence Tools, offering our hoteliers advanced digital platforms, streamlining financial forecasting, global talent development and optimising revenue management. We apply an entrepreneurial approach to all of our strategic decisions, driven by our hoteliers, who embody a guest-centric approach.”

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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

22
PREVIOUS RANKING
2
Number of years in role
5
Number of years with company
22
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
9
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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