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Marc Dardenne

Chief Operating Officer, PIF Projects

Following graduation from the world-renowned Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, Marc embarked on a progressively rich career as a hotelier in all reaches of the globe. Marc is currently Chief Operating Officer at HMC a PIF project based in Riyadh, KSA.

Marc is a passionate and relatable hotelier with well-rounded operational expertise having worked extensively with Grand Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and he is well-recognised for a track record for creating operational excellence and financial returns. Emaar, the Middle East’s largest real estate company, approached Marc in 2008 to develop and launch a hospitality division. During his tenure, he created a luxury five-star lifestyle brand named The Address Hotels and Resorts and he worked closely with Giorgio Armani on developing and opening two Armani Hotels in Dubai and Milan. He also led the expansion of the company’s leisure division, which included spas, golf courses, a polo club and a yacht club. In 2011, Marc was recruited by Pontiac Land in Singapore, which is owned by the Kwee family who is known for being amongst the largest owners of prime real estate in Singapore. Marc again led the creation of their own ultra-luxury hotel brand, Patina Hotels and Resorts and it included the pursuit of projects in Singapore, Shanghai, Maldives and Sydney. He subsequently joined the Jumeirah Group in Dubai as Chief Operating Office and Acting Chief Executive Officer followed by a project in Saudi Arabia with PIF and the Amaala project, His most recent appointment was in Europe with Accor Luxury Brands where he overlooked the operational excellence of 55 hotels including the Raffles Royal Monceau, the Savoy and the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg voted top hotel in Germany for many years in a row.

Marc is Belgian, was born in France but raised in Switzerland and he fluently speaks four languages. He has been happily married for the last thirty-five years to an American wife named Rima and they are blessed to have two kids residing in Miami and San Francisco. A passionate sports and health enthusiast, Marc enjoys world travel and experiencing diverse cultures. Throughout his professional career, Marc has dedicated time to several charity organizations including Doctors without Borders and The Red Ribbon.