Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Elie Younes, a Lebanese national and English citizen, joined Rezidor Hotel Group in Dubai in April 2010. He began his career in managerial roles in Lebanon before joining HVS International in London in 2001. During his 5 years with HVS International, he quickly progressed to the position of Director, overseeing a number of projects, feasibility studies and contract negotiations in EAME as well as advising on over $8 billion worth of hotel real estate.
In 2007, Elie joined Starwood Hotels as Director of Acquisitions and Development EMEA in London, before being promoted to Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development in 2008. In 2009, Younes joined Hilton Hotels Worldwide as Vice President Development for the Middle East before moving to Rezidor in 2010.
Elie Younes joined the Rezidor Middle East team as Vice President of Business Development for MEA to drive Rezidor’s growth strategy in the Middle East and some parts of Africa. As of 1st January 2013, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, based in Brussels, Belgium and he got promoted in January 2015 to Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer. In this role, Elie leads the company’s growth strategy and its execution. He is a member of Rezidor’s Executive Committee, chaired by Wolfgang Neumann, Rezidor’s President & CEO.
Younes has conducted studies in Paris, New York, London and Beirut at universities like Notre Dame, Essec/IMHI, Insead, City University and Cornell. In his free time, Elie enjoys visiting new culture and practicing martial arts. He currently resides in Brussels, Belgium.