Industry Update
Appointment11 February 2016

Roland Debs

Appointed General Manager
At Cristal Erbil Hotel, Iraq

Roland Debs The Cristal Group, a premier luxury hospitality company in the Middle East, has appointed Roland Debs as the new General Manager of Cristal Erbil Hotel in Iraq. A maven hotelier with 20 years of experience across three continents, Debs spent a big part of his career at Intercontinental Hotels Group in Europe and the Middle East.Debs’ experience spans across all aspects of the hospitality industry - from hotel openings to revamping and rebranding, mounting hospitality divisions and consulting. With a multicultural exposure and personality, Roland has an outstanding ability to adapt to varied situations, cultures and challenges.

Cornell | School of Executive and Professional Education

Roland Debs (Class of 2011) is a graduate of Cornell | School of Executive and Professional Education in Ithaca, New York - United States
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Cristal Group

Cristal Group was established in the UAE in 2007 to deliver world class hospitality consultancy, technical services, asset management and brand management. Its vision is to be the premier business and leisure hotel operator in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
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Recent Appointments at Cristal

Menno De Boer - Chief Operating Officer

18 March 2019 — The Cristal Group has announced the appointment of Menno De Boer as Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned hotelier with 30 years of experience across the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Menno's experience spans across all aspects of the hospitality industry - from openings to revamping and consulting.
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Philippe F. Frugère - General Manager

20 March 2017 — Cristal Group has appointed Mr Philippe F. Frugere as the General Manger for Bayat Hotel by Cristal that is Abha’s first 5-star property and will be ready for opening in June 2017. The Abha region in Saudi Arabia was recently named the capital of Arab Tourism 2017.
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John Taylor - Executive Chef

12 October 2015 — John Taylor has been appointed as the new executive chef at Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi. In his new role, John Taylor will run and oversee the hotel's food and beverage outlets as well as Park Station, with desire to introduce creative fusions of various cuisines to food enthusiasts of Abu Dhabi.
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