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Abid Butt

With more than 30 years of global experience in the hospitality industry, Abid Butt has a keen knowledge of organizational design and implementation supporting balance score card.

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He is known as a compassionate and results driven professional who believes anything is achievable. His strategic acumen and drive to innovate has been instrumental in the launch of several hospitality brands; Four Points, Angsana, Dhawa and Cassia. Abid Butt most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts making a return to the group after initially serving as the first Vice President of Operations for the group. In his capacity as CEO, he was accountable for service delivery mechanism, creating memorable guest experiences and delivering brand promise while developing an infrastructure to facilitate the company’s growth. He was part of the asset management team of Host Hotels & Resorts, responsible for the preservation and asset enhancement of a group of hotels. He has also worked with Benchmark Hospitality International and ITT Sheraton / Starwood Hotels & Resorts. An engaged professional dedicated to making a difference, he has been an ambassador for the industry and has frequently spoken at global conferences and served as an advisor for several industry organizations. He received an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Johnson & Wales University. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, San Diego and double Bachelor of Science degrees in Food Service Management and Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Johnson & Wales University.