Rosewood Hotel Group Adds Two Senior Appointments - Mr Hicham Hassouni as Vice President - Development, Middle East and Robby Qiu as Vice President - Development, China

October 20, 2016

Rosewood Hotel Group continues its global expansion momentum with two senior development executive appointments: Mr. Hicham Hassouni as vice president – development, Middle East and Mr. Robby Qiu as vice president – development, China. Mr. Hassouni, stationed in Dubai, and Mr. Qiu in the Shanghai office, are tasked to further expand the group’s footprint in their regions by securing new properties for the company’s three distinct brands: ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, contemporary deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts and neighbourhood lifestyle pentahotels.

Mr. Hassouni has over 15 years experience in hotel development in key Middle East markets among which eight years were spent in Dubai in senior positions including vice president of development, Middle East & Africa at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International; senior director of development, Middle East at AccorHotels Group and vice president of hotels, Middle East & Africa at Jones Lang LaSalle. Previously, he was senior manager and member of the executive committee at Colliers International in Morocco, establishing the company’s real estate and hospitality advisory business unit. He began his career as financial auditor with KPMG in France after graduating from NEOMA Business School with a master’s degree in management.

Mr. Qiu brings 12 years experience in hotel development, asset management, feasibility studies and legal services to Rosewood Hotel Group, with three years working for Trump Hotel Collection as chief country executive and vice president development and acquisition in mainland China. Previously, he was with AccorHotels Group for seven years with his last position held as senior director of development for Greater China. Mr. Qiu began his career with Blake Dawson Waldron International Law Firm in Australia after acquiring a master’s degree in contract law and company law at the University of Manchester, U.K. 

About Rosewood Hotel Group
Rosewood Hotel Group, one of the world’s fastest growing hotel companies, encompasses three brands: ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® in North America, Caribbean/Atlantic, Europe, the Middle East and Asia; contemporary deluxe New World Hotels & Resorts in China and Southeast Asia; and neighbourhood lifestyle pentahotels in Europe and Asia. Its combined portfolio consists of 55 hotels in 18 countries. Rosewood Hotel Group is pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy with a target of 120 hotels in operation by 2020. For more information, please visit