JOSE SILVA
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JOSE SILVA

Chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier

Another new entrant on this year’s list, Jose Silva, joined Jumeirah Group in March this year, replacing interim CEO Marc Dardenne, who was filling in after Stefan Leser left the group after a year as CEO.

Despite the management shake-up, the homegrown hospitality group carried on with its expansion plans, launching new brand Zabeel House by Jumeirah in February this year. Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah and Zabeel House by Jumeirah, both opened in the Al Seef district of Dubai earlier this year.

The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.

The group currently has 18 properties in the pipeline, six of which are slated to open in the Middle East.

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, Dubai is scheduled to open in September 2018. Two new hotels in Abu Dhabi — Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa and Jumeirah Saadiyat Island — will open in Q4 of 2018. Zabeel House by Jumeirah — The Greens, Dubai is also scheduled to open by the end of 2018. Further afield, Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman and Jabel Omar Jumeirah in Makkah are both scheduled to open in 2019.

Since joining the Jumeirah Group, Silva has also unveiled a new F&B strategy, tapping Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guides executive Michael Ellis as the group’s new new chief culinary officer to oversee new restaurant concepts and refresh existing outlets.

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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

5
Number of months in role
5
Number of months with company
15
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
6
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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