KAMAL SIMON FAKHOURY
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KAMAL SIMON FAKHOURY

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Cristal group currently manages five hotels, comprising 649 keys in the Middle East, with six hotels currently in the group’s pipeline.

Since joining the group eleven years ago, CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

In the last 12 months, the group has signed three properties — Bayat Hotel by Cristal, Khamis Mushayt and Bayat Suites by Cristal, Mohayil in Saudi Arabia; and Al Mahra Resort by Cristal, Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Fakhoury was also tasked with introducing the group’s new mid-market brand, Emerald. A hotel in Erbil, Kurdistan has already opened, with further developments planned in the UAE, Saudi Arbia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq.

“Since taking on the role of CEO and navigating the company through two challenging years I am confident that the region has a bright future and we intend to grow with it,” Fakhoury informs Hotelier Middle East.

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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

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PREVIOUS RANKING
2.5
Number of years in role
11.5
Number of years with company
5
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
6
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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