Rob Weeden
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Rob Weeden

Vice president sales and marketing Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
During his five years in the role, he has witnessed and contributed to the opening of new properties in EMEA

As the vice president for sales and marketing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region for Hong Kong-based hotel operator, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Rob Weeden is responsible for functions such as revenue management, sales, digital marketing, brand communications, loyalty and partner marketing, customer insights and relationship management, reservations, and distribution.

During his five years in the role, he has witnessed and contributed to the opening of new properties in EMEA, including in Bangalore, India; Mauritius; and Hambantota, Sri Lanka. He is anticipating the upcoming opening of the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo later in 2017.

Back in the Middle East region itself, Shangri-La has been fairly quiet over the past year, with no new active additions to the regional pipeline. The anticipated opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Jeddah, which would have been a pivotal entry point into the lucrative Saudi Arabian market, has been postponed from a 2018 to a 2019 opening.

The last 12 months have seen Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai complete a AED 70m (US $19m) renovation, encompassing all 302 guestrooms and public areas, including the hotel lobby, lobby lounge, and the all-day-dining Dunes Café.

Meanwhile, in Muscat, Oman, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – an integrated destination resort comprised of the family- and leisure-focused Al Waha and Al Bandar hotels, spun off the adjcacent 180-key Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and closed the property for major refurbishments. Al Husn is scheduled to relaunch as a stand-alone luxury Shangri-La resort by October 2017.

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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
5
Number of years in the role
19
Number of years with the company
6
Number of regional operating hotels
1
Number of hotels in regional pipeline

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