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. 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.
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. Founder of Hospitality Talks, a forum featuring discussions with global industry leaders addressing the current industry issues.
Dream Hotel Group
Corporate Office – New York/Thailand
Chief Executive Officer - AMEA
Responsible for investment portfolio and raising capital for various projects while guiding the company’s strategic priorities with a long term view to creating stakeholder value. Also responsible for continued growth and global expansion efforts of Dream Hotel Group and its portfolio of life style brands; Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted hotels in established and emerging urban and resort destinations.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Corporate Headquarters – Singapore
Chief Executive Officer
As principal author and tactician of financial and growth strategies, directed overall organization with forty-two hotels in fifteen countries around the globe. Represented the company in various industry conferences through participation in industry discussions and speaking engagements. Established strong relationships with key stake holders and developers for management contracts.
Host Hotels & Resorts
Corporate Headquarters, Bethesda – Maryland
Vice President - Asset Management
Responsible for a portfolio of first class and luxury hotel assets ranging from 15 to 20 properties that total from 5,000 to 8,000 guest rooms and approximately $700 to $900 million in total asset value in the Americas and Asia. The key responsibilities include value preservation and enhancement of individual assets to maximize the value of the entire portfolio through development and implementation of short, intermediate and long-term strategies. Conduct due diligence during acquisition and develop exit strategies when appropriate. Ensure that property specific compliance requirements are completed including accounting and quarterly reporting of financial statements, requirements of ground lessors, third-party lender requirements, settlement agreements, local taxing and zoning authorities.
|2017 – 2019||Chief Executive Officer - AMEA||Dream Hotel Group|
|2012 – 2016||Chief Executive Officer||Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts|
|2006 – 2012||VP Asset Management||Host Hotels & Resorts|
|2003 – 2006||VP & General Manager||Benchmark Hospitality International|
|1998 – 2003||VP Operations||Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts|
|1984 – 1998||HM, GM, Regional Director||Sheraton Hotels & Resorts|
Extensive domestic and international hospitality business expertise.
A leader with the clarity of vision; tenacity to achieve clearly-set goals; passion for delivering the best quality product; and an innate sense of loyalty and responsibility towards all stakeholders. Lead teams through creativity, dedication with revitalization and alignment of business goals.
Extensive experience in design and implementation of organization culture supporting balanced score card philosophy.
Proven track record of strong working relationship with owners, developers and management teams to achieve various project completion and operational improvement.
Strong strategic planning, preparation and implementation skills.
Thrive handling multiple priorities while working under demanding conditions.
Special aptitude for analytical problem solving, delivery system design and implementation through process mapping, evaluation and reengineering.
Distinct talent for change management to excel the organization into exceeding its’ goals.
Active public-speaker with keen views on current issues confronting the travel and hospitality industry globally.
Adjunct faculty member for Leadership in Hospitality program at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.
Industry Presentations & Involvement
Hospitality Talks - Founder & Co-Host
CEO Thought Leadership Round table 2019 - USA
Panelist – Tourism & Hotel Investment Conference 2019 - Sri Lanka
CEO Thought Leadership Round Table 2019 - Germany
Panelist - Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific 2018 – Hong Kong
Panelist - CHIF 2018 - China
CEO Thought Leadership Round Table 2018 – USA
Panelist - Alternative Accommodations Conference Asia Pacific 2018 – Singapore
Panelist - Revenue Strategy Summit 2017 – USA
Presentation - Transport & Leisure Conference 2017 – United Kingdom
Presentation - Top Gun event for ABASTUR 2016 – Mexico
Presentation - Global Tourism Economy Forum 2016 – Macau
Presentation – Hotel Asset Management Association 2015 - Singapore
Panelist - World Tourism & Travel Council 2015 – Korea
Presentation – International Luxury Travel Mart 2014 - China
Panelist - Hotel Investment Conference South Asia 2014 – India
Panelist – Luxury Hospitality Summit - Greece
Panelist - Brazil Hospitality Investment Conference 2014 – Brazil
Presentation – Resort Development & Hospitality Conference 2014 - UAE
Panelist – Tourism and Hotel Investment Conference 2014 - Indonesia
Panelist - Hospitality Investment World 2014 – Indonesia
Panelist - CIS & Georgia Hospitality Investment Conference 2014 – Ukraine
Presentation – American Chamber of Commerce, Speakers Series 2103 - Singapore
Panelist - China Hotel Investment Conference 2013 – China
Presentation – Annual Integrated Resort Development Conference - China
Panelist – Hotelier Summit 2013 – India
Adjunct Faculty – Georgetown University - USA
Guest Lecturer – Johnson & Wales University - USA
Guest Lecturer – National University of Singapore - Singapore
Guest Lecturer – IPADE Business School - Mexico
Guest Lecturer – Lipscomb University - USA
Guest Lecturer – McGill University - Canada
Guest Lecturer – Johns Hopkins University - USA
Guest Lecturer – Brigham Young University - USA
Advisory Board – Windward Community College - USA
Advisory Board – Tulsa Junior College - USA