By Staff writer
Hilton chief tops Hotelier Middle East Power 50 list for the second year running
Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa president Rudi Jagersbacher has topped the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 list for the second year running.
He is the first person to come in at number one in the rankings twice since the Power 50 was introduced six years ago.
Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, and Guido de Wilde, senior vice president and regional director - Middle East, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, were ranked second and third in the list.
"I am incredibly honoured to have been awarded the number one position in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 for the second year running – this recognition comes as I celebrate my 40th year in the hospitality industry, and in the same week that Hilton Worldwide announced that it has surpassed the milestone of 100 hotels either trading or under development in the Middle East,” said Jagersbacher.
Hilton Worldwide currently boasts the Middle East’s biggest pipeline with 52 hotels under contract, totalling more than 17,308 rooms. The group has a strong operational portfolio in the region too, with 17,048 rooms across 51 operating hotels.
Over the past year it has been Jagersbacher’s aim to drive Hilton Worldwide’s strategic positioning by building awareness around the diversity of the company’s key brands across different customer segments.
The top five positions were completed by Christophe Landais, COO, Accor Hotel Services Middle East, and Omer Kaddouri, president & CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation.