Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Panos, a Greek national holds a BSc in Economics from the Aristotelian University in Greece and an MBA in International Hospitality Management from IMHI, a program established by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Panos, started his career in the hospitality industry on an operational level in properties in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.
He moved to the Middle East in 2003 as cluster Revenue Manager for ACCOR in Dubai before moving into the field of business development with Holiday Inn Express where his contribution was instrumental for the introduction of the brand in the GCC.
In 2007 Panos joined The Rezidor Hotel Group as Regional Director of Business Development where he drove growth for Rezidor through the execution of management contracts. In 2009 he joined Taameer Real Estate Investment Co where he undertook various tasks ranging from business development, to equity raising, asset- and project management.
Panos joined the Wyndham Hotel Group as Senior Director of Development for MEA in September 2011 to drive growth in the Middle East and Africa under management and franchise contracts. He got promoted in November 2015 to Vice President Development MEA. In this role Panos leads the company’s growth strategy and execution, which now features more than 75 hotels operational or under development across MEA.