Dubai, December 2019: Ròya, the leading MENA based international specialist hospitality consultancy firm, today announced the appointment of Ignace Bauwens to the role of Chief Operating Officer.
With extensive management experience spanning over three decades, Mr. Bauwens brings valuable leadership to Ròya’s executive team during a period of expansion. As COO, he will lead operations and direct the company’s finance, business development and client representative functions.
Announcing the appointment, Ahmed Ramdan, Group CEO and Founder said “Ignace is an acknowledged industry leader who brings Ròya a wealth of market knowledge. His extensive experience in the field gives us great confidence his skills will translate positively across the verticals of our business.”
Mr. Ramdan continued: “Ignace’s rich experience in quality improvement, management, and restructuring in both local and international hospitality groups has given him deep insight and hands-on knowledge of not only the ins and outs of different types of property operations but as well owner support requirements and expectations.”
Prior to joining Ròya, Mr. Bauwens worked in top regional leadership roles across MEA and Asia with global five-star operators (IHG, Accor-Sofitel, Wyndham) as well as major hospitality development groups (Abu Dhabi National Hotels and DWTC).
Describing himself as a pragmatic, results driven leader, Mr. Bauwens says his diverse management background is particularly strong when overseeing a hotel or property to meet its performance goals. In this role, his objective is to ensure that the property is fit for purpose, development costs are justified and that profitability is at an optimum.
“Ròya is experiencing steady, strategic growth with the success of its existing projects and its planned expansion” Mr. Bauwens said. “It is a tremendous pleasure to join Ahmed Ramdan, the Group Founder, Kees Hartzuiker our CEO and the Ròya team. I am excited and eager to help further expand the company’s success.”