President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ramadan, co-founder, is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and development of the Company. Prior to founding HMC, Mr. Ramadan served as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Compaq Computer GmbH from 1987 to 1988 and Texas Instruments France as Director of Sales from 1980 to 1987. Mr. Ramadan received a degree in Business Administration & Electronic Engineering and an MBA.
Group Senior Vice President & President EMEA
Mr. Ramadan, co-founder, has served as Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa since 1997. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Ramadan served as the Company’s Group Vice President, Americas. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Ramadan led the Company’s international expansion efforts, initially targeting Canada and Europe. Mr. Ramadan holds a Masters of Economics.
Group Senior Vice President & President Americas
Mr. Ramadan, co-founder, is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic direction of the Company. Prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President in 2000, Mr. Ramadan served as the Group Vice President for the Americas (1997 to 2000), Group Vice President for EMEA (1992 to 1996), and Vice President of Operations (1988 to 1991). Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Ramadan worked for a predecessor company, serving as Manager of Sales and then as Director of Operations worldwide.
Vice President & General Manager, Asia-Pacific
Andrew has over 20 years’ industry experience in the Asia-Pacific region, working across several countries. With over 10 years with HMC, Andrew has worked effectively in both our Operations and Business Development teams, helping grow HMC’s business, whilst gaining a vast knowledge of how to ensure our clients success globally. Andrew has held senior positions over the last 7 years, helping drive new initiatives and managing teams covering several countries. In recent years, Andrew has assisted with devising new sales channels for our partners and HMC’s transition into providing completely digital loyalty membership products with the roll-out of HMC’s industry-first loyalty program mobile app platform.
Vice President Europe and General Manager Southern Europe
Carmen joined HMC in 1992 as a trainee manager just after graduating from the University of Barcelona with a B.A. degree in Marketing. From 1993 until 1995 she served as Program Manager in several Latin American Countries. In 1995 Carmen was promoted to the position of Director of Operations for Latin America and was instrumental in HMC’s growth in the region. In 1997 Carmen transferred back to Europe to start operations in Italy. Since then she was promoted in 1999 to the position of Director of Operations Southern Europe. In 2001 she was promoted to the position of Vice President Europe and General Manager Southern Europe. In 2005 Carmen was directly involved in the successful launch of HMC Portugal.
Corporate Treasurer & Worldwide Controller
Ms. Hu has served as the Worldwide Operations Controller over the last four years and as the Corporate Treasurer since the beginning of 2005. Ms. Hu has been with the Company a total of eight years in Finance and Accounting. Prior to joining HMC, Ms. Hu spent three years with Starbase Corporation, a software company, where she served as an Assistant Controller. Ms. Hu holds a MPA from University of Texas at Austin.
Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Gorla joined HMC in May of 2004. As the company’s senior marketing and product development executive, Peter focuses on bringing value to HMC’s hotel partners through the enhancement of our E-Commerce and CRM products. In addition, Peter also has executive responsibility for VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, the company’s points-based frequency guest program. Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Gorla was the Chief Marketing Officer for Taunovo Bay, a Fijian resort to be managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Before Taunovo Bay, Peter co-founded the successful Internet start-up MUSICVIDEOS.com, which was acquired by LAUNCH.com (now Yahoo! Music) where Mr. Gorla served as the Vice President of Product Development. Mr. Gorla received a Bachelor of the Arts from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Chief Information Officer
Abed joined HMC in 1990. He was one of the key people who built HMC’s IT Department to what it is today. Over the years, the IT department has grown from 3 staff members to over 20 IT professionals around the world. Abed is a 20 year veteran who had his hand in all major projects and contracts including non IT initiatives. During his time at HMC, Abed has earned extensive experience in all diverse and extensive IT disciplines and has been highly regarded for his creativity, commitment, professionalism and leadership. As part of HMC’s global management team, Abed Chawa is responsible for the IT Department infrastructure including hardware, software and personnel worldwide. In addition, he manages the company’s most important asset: the database.
Abed is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, USA in the field of Computer Information Systems. He had lived in the USA for 17 years and has travelled extensively around the world which gave him excellent international exposure to different cultures around the globe. He is fluent in English as well as Arabic. Now, and for the past 10 years, he is based in Dubai.