Alex Kyriakidis has been named as president of Marriott International Middle East & Africa as the division seeks to double the number of hotels under operation over the next five years.
Kyriakidis, who will also take on the role of managing director, is presently global managing director for tourism, hospitality & leisure at accountancy firm Deloitte.
He will assume the position on January 1st 2012.
With 33 hotels in ten countries, the regional division is poised for major growth: approximately 40 hotels are in Marriott’s hotel development pipeline in the region and plans include significant new development in sub-Saharan African markets.
Fluent in Arabic, English and Greek, Kyriakidis will lead Marriott’s team in the MEA, one of the company’s four continental operating divisions.
Based in Dubai, he will oversee all aspects of the division’s business activities, including operations, sales and marketing, finance and hotel development.
The company’s other continental divisions are the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief operating officer, said: “Alex brings exceptional business acumen, deep expertise in lodging, and focus on growth with a global mind set.
“He is the perfect leader to drive and manage our growth in the region.”
In his current position at Deloitte, Kyriakidis has led a team of 4,500 in a division that generates $700 million of revenues.
His wide-ranging, 38-year career extends to 25 countries, with a particular focus on the European, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions, and involves broad experience in strategic and financial planning, mergers and acquisitions and asset management.
A regular speaker at major conferences globally, Kyriakidis is a Fellow of the Arab Society of Certified Accountants, Fellow of the British Association of Hotel Accountants, and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.