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Qatar's Katara hires new COO amid expansion plan

Hotels group appoints former Four Season exec as it looks to run 30 hotels by 2016

Qatar's Katara hires new COO amid expansion plan

Qatar's Katara Hospitality has announced the appointment of a former Four Seasons executive as its new chief operating officer as it embarks on a period of rapid growth.

US national Christopher RJ Knable previously managed a portfolio of hotels for Kingdom Hotel Investments and has also worked for well known brands including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and The Peninsula Hotels.

In his new role, he will work with the CEO to build on the growing success of Katara Hospitality which aims to own or manage over 30 hotels and resorts by 2016 and a further 30 more over the following decade.

"I am delighted to join Katara Hospitality at this moment in time. We are focused on creating and rejuvenating iconic assets around the world in line with Qatar's renowned tradition of hospitality and I look forward to working with our CEO and management team to build on the success to date as we continue with our programmed growth," said Knable.

Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, CEO, added: "Christopher joins Katara Hospitality in the midst of a rapid expansion. His blend of international leadership experience along with his proven ability to bridge the disciplines of investment, development, branding and operations is valuable as we pursue our vision going forward."

Katara Hospitality currently owns six internationally branded hotels in Qatar.

Its international portfolio includes the Raffles Hotel Singapore, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, Schweizerhof Hotel Bern and Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach Resort in Egypt.

International properties under development include Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne (opening 2015), Royal Savoy Lausanne (opening 2014), Gallia Hotel Milan (opening 2013), The Peninsula Hotel Paris (opening 2013), a luxury boutique hotel in Paris (opening 2013), Comoros Beach Resort (opening 2015), Tazi Palace Hotel Tangier (opening 2015), a hospitality complex in Gambia (opening 2016).