By Andy Sambidge
Former IHG and Accor senior exec Ignace Bauwens takes helm at UAE hotel operator
Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) has announced the appointment of former IHG and Accor senior exec Ignace Bauwens as its new CEO.
Bauwens, who has 25 years' experience in the hospitality industry, aims to increase brand and shareholders' value under his leadership, a statement said.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play an influential role in shaping the future of Abu Dhabi National Hotels and to build on ADNH's commitment to people, quality and further support its strategy and upward development in the region," he said.
"Abu Dhabi National Hotels has achieved phenomenal momentum in diversifying its holdings and interests on a global scale, now being synonymous with excellence and luxury. I look forward to having the opportunity to build together with the ADNH team on the strong foundation of the company's vision and driving its growth," Bauwens added.
ADNH’s portfolio of hotels in the UAE includes Hilton Abu Dhabi, Hilton Al Ain, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Mercure Jebel Hafeet Hotel, Al Diar Hotels, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.
In March, Richard Riley resigned from his position as chief executive officer of ADNH and was replaced by Ahmed Khoori as acting CEO.
Riley had been instrumental in steering the growth of the group and the development of two iconic hotels – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island and The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, it was reported.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.