Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50, the only list that recognises and celebrates the top 50 hotel professionals working in the Middle East hospitality industry.

18 )Simon P. Casson

Simon P. Casson
Industry : Hospitality, Finance, Retail and Real Estate
Job Title: Regional Vice President and General Manager

A veteran of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts family — with more than two decades’ spent with the company — Simon Casson has been based in Doha since 2004.

He has been instrumental in establishing Four Seasons Doha as a strong market leader and one of the city’s benchmarks for intuitive, personalised service and luxury and in 2011, was appointed regional vice president.

Casson continued to lead Four Seasons Hotel Doha to a position of market leadership in 2011 and into 2012, despite increased competition. Regionally, he has been delighted to see the recovery in markets like Lebanon and Jordan, while also providing assistance to the more challenged Egyptian and Syrian markets.

For the remainder of 2012, Casson will oversee the construction of the new Nobu restaurant on the hotel’s marina, as well as above-ground construction for Four Seasons Hotel Doha at the Pearl.
Casson is currently responsible for five properties in Doha, Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo, and he will also take on Four Seasons Hotel Doha at the Pearl.

By the numbers

Four Seasons Hotels open in Middle East: 10 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 9 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 0 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 1 Middle East hotels due to open by September 2013: 1 Years in hospitality: 26 Years in Middle East: 9 Nationality: British