Guy Hutchinson joined Rotana as chief operating officer in January 2014.
He brought with him extensive experience in the luxury hospitality industry from markets as diverse as Japan, Australia, China and India in addition to a previous stint in the Middle East. Hutchinson moved to Abu Dhabi from New Delhi, where he served as VP operations – India for Hilton Worldwide. Prior to his post in India, Hutchinson served as regional general manager China North, responsible for all brands in the group’s portfolio for China North and Mongolia. In 2012, he was responsible for a total of 11 trading hotels and 23 hotels in pre-opening phases. He moved to the role from earlier positions as the general manager of Hilton Shanghai, GM at Cairns in Australia and Director of Operations at Tokyo Bay. Hutchinson is no stranger to the Middle East – he was the man responsible for managing the pre-opening and trading of Hilton Dubai Creek – including negotiating, securing and launching of the unique partnership with Gordon Ramsay and the Verre Restaurant. Hutchinson joined Rotana’s feted executive team with prestigious recognitions of his own such as being named China's Most Innovative Leader (2011) and serving as the Chairman of the Australian Hotels Association (North Queensland). The international hotelier’s career is notable for its creative leadership and his success in change management, repositioning and building high performing teams. As COO at Rotana, Hutchinson will be leading the brand’s operations throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, and will be the key figure driving the quality standards and financial performance.