Simon Casson Simon Casson

Simon Casson has been with Four Seasons since 1989, and has climbed through the ranks of the hospitality industry to become the president of hotel operations for the EMEA region for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts over the last year.

Having worked in the region since 2005, in the last year Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the 284-room Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in August this year. Next on his agenda for the region is the 200-key Four Seasons Hotel Tunis.

Europe, while not counted for this listing, is one of Casson’s responsibilities, and he will spearhead the opening of the brand’s first European mountain resort, Four Seasons Hotel Megève, in the French Alps, in December.

Casson’s story is quite the inspiration. As he says: “Having been part of the Four Seasons family for almost three decades, needless to say, I have grown with the brand, both personally and professionally. In many ways it has been a life-defining experience. My [progress] from dishwasher to president over the past 35 years has been quite the journey.”

He has also chaired the company’s Global Spa Task Force to cement the brand’s position as the largest spa operator, in this region and beyond.

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman of Damac Properties / Damac Hotels & Resorts
The company has five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

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

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

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

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 1 
  • Number of years with the company 28 
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 16 
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 1
 

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman of Damac Properties / Damac Hotels & Resorts
The company has five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

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

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

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

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties