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Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

Europe’s oldest hotelier is celebrating its 120th anniversary and to mark the occasion, Kempinski’s chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Henk Meyknecht, has once again made it into the top quartile of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Previously at number 25, this year the industry veteran has climbed three spots and makes the list at number 22.

Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region, where he oversees nearly 10,000 employees.

This year, with a pipeline of nine upcoming hotels and 2,800 rooms, Kempinski opened two new hotels in the region, Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut, and Kempinski Al Othman Al Khobar.

The operator’s philosophy is “small is beautiful”, and this can be seen in the company’s personalised service offering, as well as in its expansion into new destinations, according to Meyknecht.

“We apply an entrepreneurial approach to all of our commercial decisions, driven by our hoteliers, who embody a guest-centric approach. We may very well evolve room size or restaurant design going forward, but the core concept of luxury hospitality will always remain how we consistently provide an authentic and highly personal service to deliver beautiful performance to our guests,” he 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

25
Previous Ranking
15
Number of months in the role
6
Number of years with the company
21
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
9
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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