PETER FULTON
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PETER FULTON

Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, Hyatt International
Hyatt has a total of 13 new properties in the pipeline for the MENA region across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House brands

In the past year, Peter Fulton has been busy introducing the Hyatt House and Hyatt Centric brands to the Middle East and North Africa. Fulton tells Hotelier Middle East that the operator aims not to “be the biggest, but the most preferred brand for our associates, guests, and other stakeholders”.

He explains: “Our purpose is to care for people so they can be their best. This is our differentiator and is at the core of all we do, and it sets us apart from the other brands in the region.”

Hyatt has a total of 13 new properties in the pipeline for the MENA region across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House brands, and also plans to expand into
Kuwait, Fulton says.

For example, Hyatt Centric – a brand that is aimed at “millennial-minded” travellers, will be arriving in the UAE with Hyatt Centric The Palm Dubai. The property will feature twin 15-storey hotel towers, and will be located at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah.

The Park Hyatt flag will be raised with a 275-key property in Riyadh, which will boast three restaurants, a lounge, a spa and fitness centre, and 1,450m2 of meeting and events space, complete with a 1,000m2 ballroom.

The Grand Hyatt Kuwait, meanwhile, will feature 261 guestrooms, four dining options, and meeting and events facilities. The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl will be located in a 47-storey tower situated on the southwest end of the city’s Coastal Boulevard, in Ras Al Akhdar district. And Hyatt Regency will be opening in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in Aqaba Ayla, Jordan.

As group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, Fulton is responsible for approximately 5,000 personnel in the GCC. He says he was “fortunate to be the regional leader tasked with changing how we think as a company and how we operate our hotels”.

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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
35
Number of years with the company
16
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
13
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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