Marriott has announced that Alex Kyriakidis, President and
Managing Director of the company’s Middle East & Africa division,
will transition from the position effective 31 December 2019 to
take up an executive advisory role for the company.
Marriott eight years ago as Marriott International’s first leader
of MEA under the company’s newly established continent structure
which created four continental operating divisions.
During Kyriakidis’ tenure, Marriott’s presence in MEA grew from 37 hotels
in 10 countries and territories to 264 properties in 30 countries
and territories, with a signed pipeline of 184 hotels.
joining Marriott, Kyriakidis spent over 38 years providing
strategic, financial, M&A, operational, asset management and integration services to organizations in the travel, hospitality
and leisure space as Global Managing Director – Travel,
Hospitality & Leisure for Arthur Andersen and then Deloitte LLP.
During his years at Deloitte, Marriott was Kyriakidis’ client for
Marriott’s head of Middle East & Africa, Alex has, in a short
amount of time, propelled the company to new heights,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott
International. “His passion, tenacity and global mindset have
driven our growth in the region. During his tenure, Marriott’s
presence in MEA has grown seven-fold to 264 properties, with the
number of associates exceeding 60,000.”
Under Kyriakidis’ leadership, Marriott developed
a hospitality training program in the Middle East in response to a
growing need for talent within the industry. “Tahseen”, an Arabic
word which means to improve, enhance or enrich, focuses on fast
tracking the next generation of hospitality leaders from Egypt,
Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia by providing them with firsthand experience and a
springboard to launch successful careers in the industry.
Tahseen program is an excellent example of how Alex viewed the
impact Marriott could have in the Middle East,” Sorenson said.
“For Alex, success in the region couldn’t solely be defined by
hotel growth – it needed also to generate opportunities for people
to grow careers in hospitality. Alex leaves us on a strong path
for continued growth in the years ahead and with a rich and
lasting legacy in this region.”
Kyriakidis will lead the Middle
East & Africa region for Marriott International through the end of
the year and then will step into an executive advisory role for
the company. The company anticipates announcing its plans for the
Kyriakidis is a Fellow of the Arab Society of
Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the British Association of
Hotel Accountants, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants in England and Wales.
Kyriakidis holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in computer science and mathematics from Leeds
University in the United Kingdom. He is based in Dubai, United