Laurent A. Voivenel becomes CEO of HMH

Updated 06 November 2013
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Laurent A. Voivenel becomes CEO of HMH

Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) has appointed Laurent A. Voivenel as its new CEO. Voivenel, who assumed charge on Oct. 1, brings over 28 years of outstanding hotel management experience with some of the world’s leading and most prestigious international hospitality brands.
In his distinguished and celebrated career, Voivenel has been associated with legendary hotel chains such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts that took him to some of the most fascinating and challenging destinations in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, Bahrain, Aqaba in Jordan, Brummana in Lebanon, and across Europe and Asia Pacific (Cannes and Paris in France, Honolulu, Hawaii; Okinawa, Japan; and Tahiti, French Polynesia).
During the course of his postings, Voivenel demonstrated exceptional management and leadership skills in varied senior positions overseeing strategic planning, business development, operations, financial and analytical processes, owner relations, brand conversion and communication.
Welcoming Voivenel, HMH President Michel Noblet said: “Laurent Voivenel brings extensive regional and international experience. As we continue to execute our strategic objectives at HMH, we are truly fortunate to have such an accomplished leader to navigate our group through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Voivenel said: “I am truly glad to take on this extraordinary responsibility.


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.