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Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Simon Casson has been with Four Seasons since 1989, and has climbed through the ranks of the hospitality industry to become the president of hotel operations for the EMEA region for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts over the last year.

Having worked in the region since 2005, in the last year Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the 284-room Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in August this year. Next on his agenda for the region is the 200-key Four Seasons Hotel Tunis.

Europe, while not counted for this listing, is one of Casson’s responsibilities, and he will spearhead the opening of the brand’s first European mountain resort, Four Seasons Hotel Megève, in the French Alps, in December.

Casson’s story is quite the inspiration. As he says: “Having been part of the Four Seasons family for almost three decades, needless to say, I have grown with the brand, both personally and professionally. In many ways it has been a life-defining experience. My [progress] from dishwasher to president over the past 35 years has been quite the journey.”

He has also chaired the company’s Global Spa Task Force to cement the brand’s position as the largest spa operator, in this region and beyond.

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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

24
Previous Ranking
1
Number of years in the role
28
Number of years with the company
16
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
1
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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