Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
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Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

Vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International
In the last 12 months, the operator has also decided to pull out of operating one property in the GCC

Meliá Hotels International has added to its pipeline of hotels in the Middle East and North Africa with properties including the Meliá Saidia Beach and Meliá Saidia Residences in Morocco, ME Dubai, Innside Dubai JLT Emirates Golf, the Gran Meliá Iran (revealed last year), and others in the region.

However, in the last 12 months, the operator has also decided to pull out of operating one property in the GCC due to "several circumstances" - which were unspecified - while reiterating it "enjoyed a good relationship with the owners".

While the company is family-run, it is listed on the stock market, and with average global RevPAR rising 14%, the company’s vice chairman and CEO, Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, tells Hotelier: “I’d like to mention how proud I feel about the deep cultural transformation of Meliá Hotels International, thanks to which our group, after 61 years in the market, has been able to renovate and reinvent itself to face the changing global environment.”

Last year, Jaume mentioned the operator’s digital transformation programme, MeliáDigital, and he now says he expects the impact of this initiative to be seen in direct sales growth at an annual rate of 30% in the coming years. The initial roll-out was with Mediterranean and Caribbean hotels, and has so far seen positive results.

Editor's note: This entry was edited in September 2017 to reflect developments in the property the operator had exited from.

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OLIVIER GRANET
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PASCAL GAUVIN
Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa
MARK WILLIS
Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
ANDREAS MATTMÜLLER
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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
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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

34
Previous Ranking
9
Number of years in the role
23
Number of years with the company
3
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
7
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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