Industry Update
Appointment23 September 2014

Ignace Bauwens

Named Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
At Abu Dhabi National Hotels in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ignace Bauwens Bauwens joins ADNH with 25 years of industry experience. He has worked with world-renowned chains including Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Accor. Throughout his career, he has held key management positions spanning Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, the Middle East and Africa. In his new position, he aims to increase brand and shareholders’ value under his leadership, while also maximising targeted developments and promoting ADNH’s focal role in optimising the tourism and hospitality sector in the region and beyond. Thoughout his career, Bauwens has acquired numerous industry accolades, such as the Silver Bernache for Financial & Economical Accomplishments by the board of directors of the Accor Group in 2005, among others.

Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Established more than 30 years ago, Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC (ADNH) has grown to be the leading hospitality company in the United Arab Emirates. Its interests cover a wide spectrum of the hospitality sector including ownership of 5-star hotels in city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, catering, facilities management, transport and tour operations.
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Recent Appointments at Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Anil Joseph - Senior Manager Procurement

8 September 2015 — Assuming the role of senior manager, procurement, Joseph joins the ADNH team with more than 12 years of experience in the procurement field, most of which was acquired in the hospitality field with UAE-based organisations.
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Ahmed Odeh - Head of Finance

8 September 2015 — Boasting extensive leadership experience in finance, throughout his career Odeh has worked for private and publicly listed companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Manarah for Investment in Development Projects and Abu Dhabi Ship Building, where he acquired his expertise in the assurance and business advisory field as well as a number of other investment sectors.
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Rutger Smits - Chief Operating Officer

2 September 2015 — Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) welcomed Rutger Smits to their team yesterday to head up its operations as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role at ADNH, Smits will oversee the operations of the Hotels Division, Retail Division and Sunshine Travel and Tours.
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