TIME Hotels Executive Team
Fast growing and forward-thinking, the Emirati hospitality team at TIME Hotels is supplemented by an infusion of international talent that has helped us elevate our vision beyond the United Arab Emirates. With the skills of team members from across the world, we have launched successful properties in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Doha, and now anticipate our expansion into Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and beyond. On every level, from in-room guest services to events staffing, our team’s talent and passion for hospitality has earned us accolades and continued our path to excellence.
Excellence in Leadership is core to our belief in what makes TIME Hotels’ continued success. Meet the Executive team! Carefully selected as the best talents to drive TIME Hotels’ vision forward.
Chief Executive Officer
An international hotelier with over three decades of experience, Mohamed Awadalla has worked with some of the leading global hospitality companies including Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Hilton International and Rotana Hotels. Awadalla began his career with the well-known Swiss hotel group, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Luxor, Egypt. Later he joined Hilton International in Luxor and was subsequently tasked with running the travel trade division out of the Area Sales Office in Cairo, with the responsibility of 12 properties.
In 1996, Awadalla relocated to the UAE, and returned to operations, joining the Hilton Corniche Residence team in Abu Dhabi as Rooms Division Manager where later on he was appointed for the role of Director of Business Development for the Al Ain Hilton Hotel. Following his successful tenure with Hilton International, he joined Al Maha Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, as General Manager in 2004. His reputation for operational excellence then saw him take on the role as opening General Manager for the new five-star Al Manshar Rotana in Kuwait City, where he quickly established brand presence, setting new standards of hospitality within the local market.
In 2007, Awadalla joined the UAE Private Investment Company to develop their Hospitality Division and in 2012 TIME Hotels was established and he took up the role of the CEO. Being one of the co-founder, he responsible for the overall success of the company and a remit to spearhead the future development and drive the commercial success and the effectiveness of TIME Hotels’ strategy as Middle East success story.
Vice President of Finance
Soumitra, is a Chartered Accountant, with 35 + years of experience in hospitality and the food processing industry. He has opened and worked in multiple hotels at multiple locations, as finance head of the business, and has worked with some exceptional talents, across countries.
A commercially focused and seasoned professional, who worked with Indian and Global brands – Oberoi, HJ Heinz, Leela Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt and Movenpick, in India and outside, Soumitra has consistently delivered “financial results” that meet or surpass exceptions, while remaining focused on “best practices”. Soumitra has the ability to think outside the box with a mission to get the best result for the business and to sweat the asset to maximize returns. Therefore, peak revenues and operating profits always partnered unblemished audit and statutory reports.
From the time he began his professional journey he believed in the 4C’s of business – Customer, Compliance, Cost and Cash, in that order! He says, “It has stood me in good stead and has also worked extremely well for the businesses I have had the honor to represent”.
Vice President of Technical Services
|Gaetan Lavoie, began his career with the Novotel Hotels in Canada in 1991 and, over the next nine years oversaw the opening and renovation of properties across North America. In 2002, he took responsibility for the new property Renaissance Hotel in Montreal, overseeing the property’s eventual sale four years later. In 2007, he joined the SNC Lavalin as Facility Manager, overseeing 97 locations, and in 2014 he joined TIME Hotels as Corporate Director of Technical Services.|
Ahmed Al Mulla
Corporate Director of Security & Government Protocol
|A UAE National, Ahmed Al Mulla, who was born and raised in Umm Al Quwain, has been with TIME Hotels since 2012. With over 20 years in the security industry, Al Mulla gained a wealth of international experience working for the Dubai Airport and different Government facilities. As the Groups’ Corporate Director of Security, Al Mulla, is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the overall company process for security strategy. He builds and maintains key relationships with the Government and private sectors to ensure TIME remains aligned with State standards as it expands internationally. He is a key player in supporting TIME’s vision, operations and the protection of its stakeholders, assets and interests.|
Vice President - Commercial, Sales & Marketing
Toufic Tamim, A seasoned commercial specialist with over 30 years experienced in the hospitality industry across the Middle East and North Africa.
Toufic helped launch over 20 Hotels in the region with key focus on people developments, policies and standards implementation and a keen sense of revenue optimizing opportunities.
He is perhaps most knows for launching 3 successful loyalty programs and setting up multiple global sales and reservations offices in regional feeder markets to support a network of hotels.
Well known for his straight forwardness and honest approach Toufic is dead focused on achieving results
Director of Marketing & Communication
Shymaa is a Dynamic, results driven marketing strategist with over 12-years industry experience and demonstrated success in renown brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotel Group and now she settled in TIME Hotels. Solid track record to develop the Marketing strategies and running successful results-driven marketing campaigns.
Idealistic, open minded and results driven marketing professional with a record of achievements and demonstrated success, while providing visionary leadership in highly competitive and demanding fields. Excellent organizational and project management skills complemented with effective communication. Possess the understanding and acclimating skills to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Vice President of Innovation & Quality Excellence
11 years of Corporate Office experience and a further 10 years operations management in Front Office, Guest Service, Quality and Revenue roles.
Eddie Ignatius, began his career with Rosewood Hotel & Resorts 1999 later on he joined Hilton International and after four years with Hilton, in 2003 he joined the prestigious pre-opening team of the landmark Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, he joined Rotana Hotels and later joined TIME Hotels in 2008, where he spearheaded the development and implementations of the Front Office Operations system used in all TIME Hotels properties. He was also involved and contributed to the Human Resources development which earned him the role of establishing and managing Corporate Learning & Development.
With his multifaceted knowledge about the hotel operations, he is currently holding the role of Vice President of Innovation and Quality Excellence responsible for implementing and monitoring all Corporate Quality Programs, Corporate Social Responsibilities, leading significant company projects/initiatives and company Research & Innovation.
Ahmed Zaki graduated in Egypt with a degree of Faculty of Law in 2008 and started his career working in his home country as a lawyer associate in one of the well-known Lawyer’s Office. As a goal getter, he wanted to expand his horizon, therefore in 2012 he explored the opportunities in Dubai, UAE and until date he is overseeing and managing the Legal Department as a Legal Counsel responsible to make sure that company's business is adhering to law, give legal advice and monitor all applicable legal aspects.
Vice President of Operations
With over four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Farid, has worked with some of the leading global hospitality companies including Marriott International, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton International, Pyramisa Group and now at TIME Hotels Management L.L.C.
He is also a member of numerous distinguished International and National associations such as SITE, ICCA, MPI, MPO, BEBA (Board member) EPBA (Board member), EJB (Head of Tourism, Hotels & Aviation committee) CCFE (Head of P2P).
Emad Farid graduate from the Faculty of Hotels & Tourism with extensive experience, having established numerous successful business acumen including sales and marketing strategies, business development and expansion plans for various international hospitality brands across Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Currently he is holding the role of Vice President of Operations where he responsible to develop, coordinate and implement plans to increase existing business , capture new opportunities and to maximise TIME Hotels’ growth and profitability
General Manager and Corporate Director of Food and Beverage
Bernard Fantoli, carries a wealth of global hospitality experience developed over 25+ years serving in various executive food & beverage positions with Hilton, Marriott and the IHG hotel group, he travelled from Paris to Cameroon, Egypt, China, Aruba and Barbados and back to his home country of Belgium where he served with J&M Catering a specialized high end event caterer and the Compass Group Benelux. In the last 3 years, he took additional responsibilities within the TIME group as General Manager of the TIME Grand Plaza a 232 rooms, the TIME Oak Hotels and Suites, our flagship boosting 216 rooms and 5 F&B outlets and finally today as a Cluster General Manager overlooking 4 hotels in Dubai. Bernard Fantoli, continue to lead the Food and Beverage division.