Antoine El Sayegh
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Antoine El Sayegh

President, Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Sayegh and his team secured a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai

As founder of Gloria Hotels & Resorts, the group’s president, Antoine Sayegh, remains firmly committed to his vision of a value-for-money philosophy of “offering five-star hotel facilities and services at four-star prices”. Under Sayegh’s steady hand, the group also remains focused on growth in the Middle East, continuing to operate family-oriented, alcohol-free properties.

To this end, the past year saw Sayegh and his team secure a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai, with properties coming up in Business Bay, Jumeirah Village Circle, and Al Nahda, as well as one in Mafraq, Abu Dhabi and one in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Under Sayegh’s leadership, sustainability has moved to the fore as a critical priority for the company, applying Green Globe principles in improving economic, social, and environmental stability. Green initiatives have been undertaken, carbon footprint per occupied room has been lowered, and food and waste reduction has been achieved through the modification of the hotels’ recycling programmes. Initiated by Sayegh and implemented by the group’s senior leadership, sustainability has become an important element within Sayegh’s wider vision for the company.

In 2017, Gloria Hotels & Resorts was awarded a Green Globe certification for a second consecutive time, after generating savings of AED 2.2m (US $590,000) in electricity and water bills. Energy savings of more than 8,580 megawatt hours and 54,000m3 of water have been achieved, and carbon emissions were cut by 4,400 tonnes.

Under Sayegh’s guidance, the hotel group has also developed a loyalty programme for guests, offering discounts on room rates, dining, and spa treatments.

“The backbone of my success is the loyal and hardworking team who work at Gloria Hotels & Resorts,” Sayegh says.

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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

38
Previous Ranking
8
Number of years in the role
13
Number of years with the company
8
Number of regional operating hotels
6
Number of hotels in regional pipeline

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