ABOUDI ASALI
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ABOUDI ASALI

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Since joining Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) last year, Aboudi Asali has set the group on an ambitious trajectory, with an aim to operate 20 hotels in the region by 2020, and an additional 30 by 2026.

The group is moving full steam ahead — it announced Bahi Hotels & Resorts, a new five-star hotel brand, last year, and the environmentally friendly Ecos Hotels brand this year at the Arabian Travel Market. The Ecos brand is built around eco-conscious practices and will focus on efficiency and simplicity. The first Ecos-branded Dubai property is scheduled to open before Expo 2020 begins.

Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

“It has been an exceptional year as we are expanding into new markets with exciting investment prospects. In the UAE, HMH is continuing to manage more properties under its various brands, with one new property scheduled to open in 2020 and another two new properties in 2021,” Asali tells Hotelier.

However, the group dropped in its rankings this year after some confusion regarding its pipeline numbers. With a pipeline of 20 hotels in 2017, HMH’s pipeline this year showed eight upcoming hotels, and two new hotels added to its operational portfolio. Hotelier reached out to HMH, but a response wasn’t provided about the 10 missing pipeline hotels.

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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

28
PREVIOUS RANKING
1.5
Number of years in role
1.5
Number of years with company
14
Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018
8
Number of hotels in MENA in 2018

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