JAMAL SERHAN
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JAMAL SERHAN

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

Having only entered the Middle East market in 2014, Warwick Hotels and Resorts currently operates 12 hotels, with another two in the pipeline in countries such as the UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Moving forward, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are key destinations in
Warwick Hotels and Resorts’ expansion plans.

Earlier this year, the group announced it would open seven new hotels in Saudi Arabia during the first half of the year. These include: Al Hamra Palace by Warwick, Dabab Hotel by Warwick, Makeen Homes by Warwick, Warwick Riyadh; four luxury hotels situated in the capital, Salsabil by Warwick and Salsabil Residence by Warwick in Jeddah and Warwick Al Khobar on Corniche Road.

In 2016, the group (formally called Warwick International Hotels) completed a company-wide rebranding exercise that introduced a new company identity and logo.

Additionally, the group also streamlined its staff uniforms, guest room collaterals, colour schemes, communication materials, signage, and staff training programmes.

Serhan, with 35 years of experience under his belt, plans to “create a very strong brand for our company across the globe, especially in the MENA region, and develop a great team that makes a difference in the industry”.

Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

He said: “I am [at the top] in this position, however, I strive to learn and find new ways to operate.”

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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

30
PREVIOUS RANKING
7
Number of years in role
28
Number of years with company
12
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
2
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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