Chairman – PHR FZ LLC
Ghassan Aridi acquired the rights to create Paramount Hotels & Resorts from Paramount Licensing Inc., the licensing division of Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles and part of Viacom Inc. in March 2012, and the company officially launched in April 2012. Aridi is the CEO of Alpha LLC, a leading Dubai-based destination management company which he co-founded in 1995. He is also the Chairman of GAA Marta Consulting, a tourism and hospitality development
consultancy that advises governments, destinations and resorts around the world. Born in Lebanon and having studied in Spain, Aridi has 30 years of experience in tourism and the tourism development industry.
Thomas van Vliet
Chief Executive Officer – PHR FZ LLC
Thomas van Vliet manages the brand DNA creation, development and pre- and post-opening activities of the company with the aim to create up to 50 hotels, resorts and serviced residences worldwide, under the Paramount Hotels & Resorts brand. van Vliet has held leadership positions in leading international hospitality companies for over 30 years and possesses extensive expertise in development and operations of hotels, resorts and serviced residences, acquired throughout his career with postings in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Prior to leaving Accor SA after 20 years, van Vliet occupied the position of Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, and more recently he was Senior Vice President Swiss-belhotel International, in charge of development and operations in the Middle East.