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OLIVIER HARNISCH

CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group
Emaar’s new CEO boasts an impressive total of 30 years’ hospitality industry experience

As the chief executive officer of UAE-headquartered property developer giant Emaar’s hospitality group, Olivier Harnisch has enjoyed a busy five months since his appointment.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Emaar has 6,310 hotel rooms in its pipeline, with Vida Dubai Mall being the latest hotel project to be announced.

Emaar Hospitality Group has big plans. It is expanding its portfolio, with 27 upcoming projects already announced in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Turkey. The group also plans to introduce its brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations in Europe, the Middle East, India, and China.

Emaar completed a dizzying array of UAE projects between July 2016 and July 2017, including the Address Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, and three of the four operational hotels under the Rove Hotels brand, including Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, and Rove Trade Centre. It has also announced the first Address Hotels + Resorts hotel in Saudi Arabia, Jabal Omar Address Makkah. This is in addition to plans to complete 10 Rove Hotels in Dubai by 2020.

While Harnisch has completed half a decade in the region, Emaar’s new CEO boasts an impressive total of 30 years’ hospitality industry experience.

According to Harnisch, who is responsible for a total of 4,000 employees across the group, the first quarter of 2017 saw Emaar’s hospitality revenue alone grow by 8% from January to March, to AED 437m (US $119m) from AED 406m ($111m) in the same period in 2016. Gross profit increased by 39%, from AED 158m ($43m) in Q1 2016 to AED 219m ($60m) in Q1 2017. Address-branded hotels under the Emaar Hospitality Group recorded an average occupancy of 92% during Q1 2017, which Harnisch adds is higher than the industry average.

Harnisch’s vision for the future of the company is to “set strong global roots”.

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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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Number of months in the role
5
Number of months with the company
14
Number of operating hotels in the Region
27
Number of pipeline hotels in the region

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