Jamal Serhan
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Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO

Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO. He is spearheading the creation of two more brands under the Warwick umbrella. “We are in discussions,” he tells Hotelier Middle East.

The single-brand operator runs 10 hotels in the region, with six hotels in the pipeline, which will add 1,800 more rooms to the current count of 1,300 keys. Warwick plans to expand to new markets in the region, including Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Serhan, with 35 years of experience under his belt, plans to “create a very strong brand for our company across the globe, especially in the MENA region, and develop a great team that makes a difference
in the industry”.

Responsible for 1,200 staff in MENA, Serhan believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

He says: “I am [at the top] in this position, however, I strive to learn and find new ways to operate.”

Warwick Hotels and Resorts (WHR) is a global hospitality company, encompassing more than 50 hotels with more than 8,000 rooms in 25 countries. Richard Chiu set up the company is 1980, in New York City, US with the purchase of the Warwick Hotel.

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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

18
Previous Ranking
6
Number of years in the role
27
Number of years with the company
10
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
6
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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