Kerten Hospitality, a mixed-use and lifestyle operator, has announced the appointment of hospitality industry expert Wafik Youssef as its chief operating officer. Youssef has a career that spans across three continents over two decades.
Youssef will be responsible for all operational properties and upcoming mixed-use project openings across the Middle East, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, driving the group’s global vision for growth and expansion. He will be based in the group’s corporate office in Dubai.
During his career, Youssef has played important roles in various hotel groups including Emirates Palace, Kempinski Hotels, and Rotana in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. His last role was as a vice president of operations for Kempinski Hotels in the Middle East and Africa region where he was managing almost 20 properties after having led the MEA Region operations function for the group. He is well versed in hotel management, capacity building, pre-opening of hotels, value creation, and capacity build across many functions in MENA.
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