Ranjit Phillipose
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Ranjit Phillipose

General manager, Taj Dubai
Phillipose explains that his primary vision is to increase the “footprint of the brand in the Middle East

Ranjit Phillipose is juggling roles as the general manager of Taj Dubai and as the area development head for the operator in the region. Phillipose began his career with Taj 24 years back.

Prior to assuming the role as general manager at Taj Dubai, Phillipose was the area director of Taj Goa while also managing Taj Exotica as GM. For the past eight months, in his current role, he has been managing the 296-key sole Taj property in the Middle East and North Africa and the development of the two new properties in Dubai, on the Palm Jumeirah and in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT).

He says: “The last eight months have been very hectic, yet satisfying. There has been an emphasis on positioning Taj Dubai as a brand that is visible and reputable. These efforts have so far borne fruit, improving market penetration and lifting employee morale. The hotel is almost AED 5m (US $1.4m) above budget in H1.

“Furthermore,” he adds, “employee satisfaction has improved from 34% last year to 71% this year. Our roadshow in Jeddah has helped Taj Dubai to establish a stronger presence within Saudi Arabia.”

Phillipose explains that his primary vision is to increase the “footprint of the brand in the Middle East and incorporate the Tajness concept into the competitive market”.

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Palm Jumeirah is scheduled to open in 2019, while Vivanta by Taj in JLT is aiming for a Q4 2018 opening. “We plan to carry [the brand] forward by highlighting the exceptional services provided in the hotel by delivering new experiences that will set a benchmark within the Dubai hospitality landscape,” Phillipose 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

8
Number of months in the role
24
Number of years with the company
1
Number of operating hotels in the region
3
Number of pipeline hotels in the region

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