Tim Cordon Tim Cordon

A newcomer to the list, Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history.

The last year has seen the erstwhile Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group rebrand itself to Radisson Hotel Group and go through a complete reorganisation.

Impressively enough this hasn’t stopped Radisson’s expansion plans in the region and the hotel group has jumped from 39 operating hotels in July 2017 to 50 in July 2018.

Keeping the momentum going, Radisson plans on ending the year with 15 openings across Middle East and Africa. Saudi Arabia is another big focus for the group as they currently have 40 hotels and +10,000 rooms in operation or under development in Saudi Arabia. In December 2017 Radisson Blu opened its first resort in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia and earlier this year, opened its fifth Radisson Blu hotel in Jeddah.

On 2017, Cordon says: “The last year has definitely been the year of the openings, which has seen our impressive development pipeline came to fruition.

Currently, the eleventh largest hotel group in the world, Radisson Hotel Group is made up of eight hotel brands with more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development, Cordon’s vision for the company is for it to break into the top three.

On his vision for Radisson, Cordon says: “Our organisation’s vision is to be one of the top three hotel companies in the world, I think we reflect that with what we are doing in our area, modernising systems, heavily investing in technology and using that to get ever closer to our owners, guests and employees. Not to mention opening 30 hotels in 18 months.”

Staff development is important to both the company and Cordon. On women empowerment Cordon adds: “I’m pleased at our efforts for women in leadership in Saudi Arabia and we have now moved to 150 female employees in Saudi Arabia from just six in 2014.”
He has also added two more regional directors and created more “districts” to better support operational hotels across the area. The new appointments came from internal promotions from within the company.

In conjunction with the alignment around the Radisson brand equity, the Radisson Hotel Group has restructured its brand architecture and has renamed its Quorvus Collection to Radisson Collection.

However, Radisson is set to get a new owner after HNA agreed to sell the company to Jin Jiang International Holding for an estimated US $2 billion in August 2018. Radisson Hotel Group was acquired by HNA in 2016, when it was called Carlson Hotels.

Omer Kaddouri

President & CEO Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

Tim Cordon

Area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Radisson Hotel Group
Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history

Ali Al Zaabi

President, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi has been the prolific head leading Millennium Hotels & Resorts as the president for the last 16 years and in the last year, the self-made Emirati hotelier has made noticeable strides in his efforts to expand the footprint of the company.

Olivier Harnisch

Chief executive officer, Emaar Hospitality Group
Over the last 12 months, Emaar’s focus has been to strengthen the footprint of its existing three main hotel brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels.

Marc Descrozaille

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts president, Middle East & Africa
Marc Descrozaille has paved his way into this year’s Power 50 ranking after taking over as president for Middle East & Africa only nine months ago after Andreas Mattmuller retired from his position as chief operating officer for Mövenpick MEA after 16 years of service in the company.

Kamel Ajami

Vice President, Operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Levant, Hilton
Saudi Arabia has been a key area of focus for Hilton as it is its largest developmental market in the in the region and the company expects to grow from 10 to 40 properties in the country within the next five years.

Ignace Bauwens

Regional vice president, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Over the last two years, Bauwens has overseen the group’s portfolio grow by 30%, from 8162 rooms in 2016 to 10,593 rooms today in the Middle East and Africa.

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management
Given the group’s growth in operating properties Time Hotels has witnessed year-on-year growth of 13%, with profit up 19% as of June 2018

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels
In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.

By THE NUMBERS

1 Number of years in role

15 Number of years with company

50 Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018

43 Number of pipeline hotels in MENA in 2018

 

Omer Kaddouri

President & CEO Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

Tim Cordon

Area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Radisson Hotel Group
Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history

Ali Al Zaabi

President, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi has been the prolific head leading Millennium Hotels & Resorts as the president for the last 16 years and in the last year, the self-made Emirati hotelier has made noticeable strides in his efforts to expand the footprint of the company.

Olivier Harnisch

Chief executive officer, Emaar Hospitality Group
Over the last 12 months, Emaar’s focus has been to strengthen the footprint of its existing three main hotel brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels.

Marc Descrozaille

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts president, Middle East & Africa
Marc Descrozaille has paved his way into this year’s Power 50 ranking after taking over as president for Middle East & Africa only nine months ago after Andreas Mattmuller retired from his position as chief operating officer for Mövenpick MEA after 16 years of service in the company.

Kamel Ajami

Vice President, Operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Levant, Hilton
Saudi Arabia has been a key area of focus for Hilton as it is its largest developmental market in the in the region and the company expects to grow from 10 to 40 properties in the country within the next five years.

Ignace Bauwens

Regional vice president, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Over the last two years, Bauwens has overseen the group’s portfolio grow by 30%, from 8162 rooms in 2016 to 10,593 rooms today in the Middle East and Africa.

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management
Given the group’s growth in operating properties Time Hotels has witnessed year-on-year growth of 13%, with profit up 19% as of June 2018

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels
In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.