Suparat Chirathivat
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Suparat Chirathivat

Vice president business development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Chirathivat says he is seeking to make Centara “one of largest international hotel groups of Thai origin”

Suparat Chirathivat has been busy with the signing of a joint venture agreement with Nakheel to develop a 550-key resort on Deira Islands in Dubai. He says: “Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai will be designed to primarily attract families, with waterpark facilities to be a major attraction. [It] is expected to see completion by 2020.”

“Based on current pipeline, by 2020 Centara Hotels & Resorts will have at least 1,800 keys in Middle East,” he adds.

In the past year, the Thai operator has signed the Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai and opened the Centara Muscat Hotel. Centara also has plans to expand into new markets as diverse as China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Cuba.

Holding the position of VP of business development, Chirathivat says he is seeking to make Centara “one of largest international hotel groups of Thai origin”.

He adds: “During my 10 years with Centara, I have planned the operator’s domestic and international development strategies, which enabled it to gain recognition as an international hotel operator in the hospitality world. Our portfolio has increased from 11 to 66 properties in 11 countries, 72% of which are managed and 28% of which are owned.”

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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

10
Number of years in the role
10
Number of years with the company
1
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
4
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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