Philippe Harb
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Philippe Harb

Chief operating officer and partner, One to One Hotels & Resorts
The Abu Dhabi-headquartered operator also has plans to expand its operations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, and Thailand

The last year has been a quiet one for Philippe Harb at One to One, although the group has plans to open seven new hotels in the next three quarters. In fact, two are due to open in the next quarter, Harb reveals. Both will be four-star properties in the UAE — Boutique Al Dhar in Sharjah and Boutique Great Wall in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Abu Dhabi-headquartered operator also has plans to expand its operations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, and Thailand.
Last year, One to One succeeded in reducing its expenses and payroll, and kept its gross operating profit to 25%. However, Harb concedes: “Growth in revenue per available room was flat in most of our operating hotels in 2016.”

Nevertheless, he is positive about the growth of the company. He foresees doubling the existing portfolio to 30 hotels through management contracts, developments, and acquisitions, as well as through the development of One to One’s four brand categories, which cover “elite hotels”, boutique hotels, wellness resorts, and suites.

Harb shares his journey with Hotelier Middle East, saying: “I took over a home-grown brand that started with just two hotels and was about to shut down, and now it has expanded to 27 hotels in operation and seven in the pipeline within just four years. We moved the company from a national presence to an international one, and soon from ownership to corporate.”

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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

40
Previous Ranking
4
Number of years in the role
5
Number of years with the company
18
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
7
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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