OMER KADDOURI
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OMER KADDOURI

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Omer Kaddouri has seen eight properties open in the last year, taking the number of operating hotels up to 56. Ten agreements have also been signed, keeping a healthy pipeline figure of 49.

In April he told Hotelier: “The next 18 to 24 months are going to be the months of opening hotels. We have 17 hotels to open up between now and the end of 2018. We’re sitting at 56 operating hotels and about 49 to 50 in the pipeline, so we normally keep it at a 50:50 ratio. Our wish is to be stronger in the whole Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and GCC area.”

Hotels opened in the last year include the Downtown Rotana; Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana; the Amman Rotana; Centro Shaheen, Jeddah; Kin Plaza Arjaan, Kinshasa; and the Erbil Arjaan by Rotana. However, Rotana also lost two properties in the last year: the operator and the owner, Dubai International Real Estate (DIRE), mutually agreed to the termination of the agreement for the management of Al Bustan Hotel and Al Murooj Hotel in Dubai in late 2016.

Signed agreements include two in Iran, along with the Cayan Arjaan, Dubai; the Cayan Residences by Rotana, Dubai; the Sharjah Rayhaan; the Sharjah Arjaan; Barsha Heights Rayhaan, Dubai; Rayhaan Al Mouj, Muscat; Sabah Rotana, Dubai; and the Jebel Ali Rotana, Dubai.

Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and Kaddouri tells Hotelier that not only will the local operator have achieved its target of managing 100 properties by 2020, but that his vision is to further double that number to more than 200 hotels by 2030.

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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

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PREVIOUS RANKING
3.5
Number of years in the role
20
Number of years with the company
56
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
49
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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