Abid Butt

A creative and dynamic leader with a passion for tourism and hospitality.

Performance-focused C-level executive with proven success in leading global and diverse teams to best-in-class outcomes. Provided strategic leadership to advance organizations. Developed strong relationships with all stake holders for collaborative culture. Outstanding track record in high volume, multi-site operations on five continents. Skilled in delivering sustainable change and driving innovation in challenging roles. Leveraged business acumen, ingenuity and information resources to create value.


Career Summary

2019 – Current Managing Director AB Ambassadors
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.