Anton Bawab
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Anton Bawab

Regional president, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts
The legal argument between Dubai-based Five Holdings and Viceroy Hotels and Resorts over the Palm Jumeirah property is still ongoing

It might be fair to say that this year has not gone quite as planned for Anton Bawab and the rest of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts team. It was announced in mid-June that the company would no longer operate its Dubai property on Palm Jumeirah. The hotel was taken over by Five Holding's Kabir Mulchandani less than three months after opening in March, and Viceroy Hotels has been embroiled in a legal tussle since June.

A newcomer to the hospitality scene, Five Hospitality terminated its agreement with the Viceroy brand for its hotel projects in the UAE for unspecified reasons, though the company says that a formal brand launch is scheduled for October.

Five’s property in Jumeirah Village, also previously signed with Viceroy as an operator, is now listed on Five Global Holdings’ website as Five Jumeirah Village Dubai.

In June, it was reported that Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, Mubadala, was hoping to finalise a deal to buy the remaining 50% of the Viceroy Hotel Group “within a matter a days”. It already owns a 50% stake in the hotel group.

The legal argument between Dubai-based Five Holdings and Viceroy Hotels and Resorts over the Palm Jumeirah property is still ongoing, with a number of statements from both sides having been released regarding which firm actually controls the hotel. Hopefully the situation will soon be resolved.

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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
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

43
Previous Ranking
7
Number of years in the role
7
Number of years with company
1
Number of operating hotels in the region as of july 2017
0
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of july 2017

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