Simon Coombs
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Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
Saudi Arabia is high on the company’s agenda, with openings planned in Riyadh in 2018 and Jeddah in 2019

In contrast to 2016, UAE-based Shaza Hotels has been keeping a lower profile this year. Only a year ago, the independent five-star operator, which is affiliated with Kempinski and supported by Shaza Hotel Investment Company, and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), revealed a slew of expansion plans in the region. President and CEO, Simon Coombs, informed Hotelier of the company’s intention to open three or four hotels from 2017 onwards.

Also in 2016, in celebration of its sixth anniversary and having hosted its millionth guest, Shaza Al Madina, the group’s sole operating hotel, announced plans for a US $2.7m refurbishment.

The low-key public image is set to change in the latter quarter of 2017, however. According to the company’s website, three hotels are slated for a 2017 debut under the new upscale four-star brand, Mysk by Shaza, in Muscat, Makkah, and Salalah.

While Saudi Arabia is high on the company’s agenda, with openings planned in Riyadh in 2018 and Jeddah in 2019, other GCC destinations, namely Amman and Bahrain, are also on the cards. Shaza’s rate of development may be considered leisurely by some industry observers, but in its bid to be the luxury branded hotel of choice for the Middle Eastern traveller, the company seems convinced that slow and steady will win the race.

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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
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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
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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

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Previous Ranking
7
Number of years in the role
7
Number of years with the company
1
Number of regional operating hotels
8
Number of hotels in regional pipeline

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