The Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Elie
Younes as Vice President Business Development Middle East &
Africa. Based in Dubai, Younes will directly report to Puneet
Chhatwal, Rezidorís Chief Development Officer at the groupís head
office in Brussels.
In his new role, Younes will work with the
Rezidor Middle East team to drive Rezidorís growth strategy in the
Middle East, focusing on new and emerging markets, while at the
same time reaffirming the firms growing portfolio of hotels and
resorts in key destinations. Younes also will further strengthen
and support Rezidorís ambitious and rapid business development in
ďFollowing a record year of openings for the
Middle East in 2009 our commitment to growth remains firmly in
place and with Elieís skills, depth of industry experience and
strong Middle East background; I feel confident that we will
continue to establish and develop a strong hold in the Middle East
and Africa,Ē said Puneet Chhatwal, Rezidorís Chief
Younes, a Lebanese national, began his career in
managerial roles in Lebanon before joining HVS International in
London in 2001. During his 5 years with HVS International, Younes
quickly progressed to the position of Director, overseeing a
number of projects, feasibility studies and contract negotiations
as well as advising on over $8 billion worth of hotel real estate.
In 2007, Younes joined Starwood Hotels as
Director of Acquisitions and Development EMEA, before being
promoted to Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development in
2008. Younes joined Hilton Hotels Worldwide as Vice President
Development for the Middle East in 2009, his most recent position.
A published writer and experienced public
speaker, Younes is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
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