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Marriott Promotes Samir Baidas to SVP - Development - Middle East

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Marriott has promoted Samir Baidas to senior vice president - development for the Middle East, based in Dubai.

Most recently, Mr. Baidas was vice president-development for the Middle East, a position in which he is credited with delivering more than 20 management agreements to the companys hotel development pipeline over a seven-year period.

In his new role, Mr. Baidas will be responsible for implementing the companys development strategy for the Middle East and will report to Mr. Jean-Marc Grosfort, chief development officer for the area.

 Aboudi Asali, vice president-development, and Maya Ziadeh, development manager, will report to Mr. Baidas.

Mr. Baidas joined Marriott in 2004 as vice president-development, after establishing the hospitality and real estate consultancy department at BDO Bahrain Jawad Habib.\

Earlier, he spent four years in the Arthur Andersen Middle East Real Estate and Hospitality division where he conducted advisory assignments for potential investments exceeding US$10 billion in 12 countries.

He began his Marriott career at a sales manager in 1991 at the Riyadh Marriott in Saudi Arabia and later served in a similar capacity at the Amman Marriott in Jordan. He earned a degree in hotel management from Hotelconsult (Cesar Ritz) in Switzerland in 1990.

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