Four Seasons Hotel Doha
The Corniche, P.O. Box 24665, Doha, Qatar
Regional Vice President and General Manager
“The Qataris are incredibly proud of their traditional hospitality. It was essential from the start that we presented them with a hotel that they would embrace as their own.”
|| Since 1989
||Hotel Management diploma, Barry College of Catering and Hotel Administration, Wales; General Manager Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York|
||English and basic Arabic|
It’s not every general manager who feels as comfortable running an award-winning hotel as they do strutting their stuff on stage, but for Simon Casson, it’s as good a release as any. “I have always enjoyed singing, and sang with bands when growing up,” he says. “I’ve sung at most annual staff parties with
During his more than two decades with
“I look for passion and attitude in all new employees,” explains Casson, who oversees a team of 600 from nearly 40 different countries at
Before a hotel can be world-class, however, Casson believes it has to earn the respect of its local community. While hotel manager of
In Doha, he actively encourages participation in a wide range of community events, from partnering with the prestigious Doha Golf Open to offering placements through local schools. He also sits on the boards of Doha College and Enderun University, Philippines. In 2012, he was named among the "Most Powerful Hoteliers in the Middle East."
Casson’s move to Doha in 2004 fulfilled a career-long goal “to be a general manager with
When away from the Hotel, he likes to play golf and tennis and ride his KTM motorbike in the desert. With three children, his weekends are always full of “swimming, fun on the beach, school activities and various sports” – not to mention karaoke and the inevitable impromptu singing performances at family barbecues.
Casson’s vocal talents run in the family: His brother is a singer-songwriter based in the United States, and now his son is also showing promise, having “aced his first solo performance in his school production of Hairspray.” Seems like there might soon be a contender for Dad’s crown.
Hotel Press Contact
Stephane Carre De Malberg
Director of Public Relations
P.O. Box 24665, Doha, Qatar
Email Stephane Carre De Malberg
T. (974) 4494 8507
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