GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
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GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME

Vice chairman and CEO, Melia Hotels International
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume joined family-run company Meliã over two decades ago and has served as vice chairman and CEO for nine years.

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume joined family-run company Meliã over two decades ago and has served as vice chairman and CEO for nine years.

It’s been a busy year for Meliã in the Middle East — over the last 12 months, the group has signed four new hotels bringing its pipeline to six upcoming hotels in Dubai, Marrakech, and other cities in the region.

The group suffered a minor setback this year when it was announced that ME Dubai by Meliã hotel has been pushed a year, and will now open in Q4 of 2018 instead of Q4 of this year, citing “further constructions”. When it opens, ME Dubai will be part of the 95-metre high Opus building designed by the late Zaha Hadid in partnership with Omniyat.

The group’s new strategy is based on an “asset-lighter, more management-oriented model” according to Jaume. Case in point: Meliã Hotels International was tapped to operate the Desert Palm Dubai Hotel (previously managed by Minor Hotels) under the Melia brand in July 2018.

Over the last few years, Jaume has also led the company through a digital transformation, optimising management systems, commercial strategy and back office processes.

“Within this extensive program, we are making remarkable progress in our systems, our organisation, our technology, and our sales, as demonstrated by the 27% annual growth of our sales website, melia.com over the last three years,” Jaume notes, adding that the group expects direct sales to continue growing at an annual rate of 30% over the coming years.

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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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PREVIOUS RANKING
9
Number of years in role
22
Number of years with company
6
Number of operational hotels
6
Number of hotels in the pipeline

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