International Women’s Day

Elisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal, GM Es Saadi Gardens & ResortElisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal, Managing Director of the Es Saadi Gardens & Resort

Elisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal is the daughter of Jean Bauchet – a pioneering man who, in 1952, arrived in Marrakech with the aim of developing a luxury hotel resort.  Having owned the Moulin Rouge in Paris and started the Casino du Liban in Beirut, he opened the famous Casino de Marrakech and a few years later, began the building of a hotel in the Casino gardens – Es Saadi.  In 1966, Jean entrusted the running of the hotel to Elisabeth.  She became the guiding hand of this independent, family run establishment and the General Manager of the Es Saadi Hotel.  Nowadays, she is the Director of an entire resort, Es Saadi Gardens and Resort, with its Casino, nightclub, restaurants and two hotels.  Indeed, in 2007 Elisabeth decided to undertake construction projects on a grand scale to create an Es Saadi for the twenty-first century complete with an all-suite Palace and ten villas, all individually decorated by her.  Elisabeth welcomes all guests personally at Es Saadi as if it was her own home.  She is also a keen art collector and owns an impressive collection of Moroccan, contemporary paintings which are now hung in the suites and corridors of the Palace.

Dale MacPhee – General Manager, London Syon Park

It is perhaps fitting that International Woman’s Day should fall on London Syon Park’s first birthday.  As at the helm of its launch has been the hotel’s General Manager, and notably the Waldorf Astoria’s first and only female GM, Dale Macphee.

Dale has nearly two decades of experience within the hospitality industry and prior to launching London Syon Park, she was General Manager at The Trafalgar Hotel, London.   Dale has also held positions including Director of Business Development at London Hilton Park Lane, Cluster Director of Business Development for Hilton Worldwide hotels in Istanbul and Director of Business development in Hilton Prague.

Simon Vincent, area president of Europe for Hilton Worldwide, said of Dale at the hotel’s opening last year, “Dale’s dedication and natural leadership skills are second to none, and her knowledge of the industry, as well as her expertise in business development and strategic planning, is of tremendous value to this property and our company.”

Dale is a mother of one and sits on the Executive Board of Leading Ladies of London, the West London Business Organisation, is a Board Member of Hounslow Economic Forum and a Mentor for Springboard Organisation.

Katie Taylor, CEO Four SeasonsKatie Taylor – CEO of Four Seasons

In an industry largely still led by men, Katie Taylor as CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts  has risen to lead one of the most successful and respected luxury hotel brands in the world.

Katie, a mother of three, has been described as being not only an “extremely talented professional, but an inspirational leader” by his Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Hotels International and part owner of Four Seasons.

After twenty-one years with Four Seasons, Katie was promoted in 2010 to CEO by its founder, Isadore Sharp  in 2010. Since then, she has played a central role in overseeing the 86 Four Seasons properties around the globe.

“The Four Seasons brand is what happens a thousand times a day between our guests and employees all over the world. All I do is make it possible for our men and women to do what they do best.”

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