Siegfried Nierhaus
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Siegfried Nierhaus

Vice president Middle East, Deutsche Hospitality
Since Nierhaus took over as VP, the operator has expanded to new markets in the region, such as the UAE, Oman, and Tunisia

Siegfried Nierhaus has a tough job to tackle as the German luxury hotel operator, Deutsche Hospitality, makes ready with its plans to expose its entire brand portfolio in key cities across the Middle East and North Africa.

Since Nierhaus took over as VP, the operator has expanded to new markets in the region, such as the UAE, Oman, and Tunisia. In July 2016, Deutsche opened the first IntercityHotel in the MENA region in Salalah, Oman, followed by two properties in Sousse, Tunisia, in April 2017 — the Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay and the Jaz Tour Khalef.

The German operator has six-hotel openings in the pipeline and Nierhaus is positive that the opening of the first Steigenberger and IntercityHotel properties in the Middle East will allow the company to establish the 87-year-old German brand, creating a basis for the further international expansion of Deutsche Hospitality in this part of the world.

In the two and half years since Nierhaus came on board, Deutsche opened its regional offices in Dubai, and has signed contracts for the first 10 Deutsche Hospitality properties in the Middle East and North Africa, including the four hotels that are currently operating.

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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

33
Previous Ranking
2.5
Number of years in the role
2.5
Number of years with the company
4
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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