Wyndham Welcomes New EMEA Region VPs

The new regional vice presidents bring substantial experience, having worked for almost 60 years in the hospitality industry.
Ignace Bauwens (image courtesy of Al Bawaba Business)

Ignace Bauwens (image courtesy of Al Bawaba Business)

London & Dubai—Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that Patrick Divall and Ignace Bauwens will join the company as regional vice presidents in two of the fastest-growing regions: Western Europe, respectively the Middle East and Africa.

Bring together almost 60 years of hospitality experience to Wyndham, Divall and Bauwens will be based in London and Dubai. The two industry veterans will report to Dann Ruff, president & managing director, EMEA region.

Prior to joining Wyndham, Divall served as director of finance for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he was in charge of reviewing the financial performances of owned, managed or franchised hotels. His track record also includes stints with The Westin Dublin, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Pine Cliffs Resort.

“I have a particular passion for growing and nurturing teams and therefore am delighted to join Wyndham Hotel Group at a time when our portfolio of managed and franchised hotels across Western Europe is growing at an incredible pace,” said Divall in prepared remarks.

Patrick Divall (image via LinkedIn)

Patrick Divall (image via LinkedIn)

Bauwens is an industry veteran as well, having held leadership positions in operations for Abu Dhabi National Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Dubai World Trade Centre LLC and Accor Hospitality Germany.

“Wyndham Hotel Group has a very bold development strategy–to ensure that wherever adventure leads, travelers can find our hotel brands nearby. Nowhere in EMEA is this strategy more evident than in the Middle East and Africa. I look forward to continuing in the remarkable work the team has done establishing our brands in some of the most exciting travel destinations on the planet,” added Bauwens.

Images via Al Bawaba Business and LinkedIn