Guide De Wilde is the Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International in the Middle East. With over 30 years of international experience in the hotel industry, Guido is currently responsible for the operations of Marriott’s properties in the Middle East which includes 110 operational hotels and more than 70 hotels in its pipeline.
Prior to this role with Marriott, Guido led operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East. He launched Starwood’s regional office in Dubai in 2006, and during his time with the company he opened over 20 hotels in the Middle East and introduced new brands such as W, Aloft, Westin and St Regis in the region.
Guido started his career with Starwood in 1983 and has since then held various management positions in Bahrain, Morocco, Germany, Belgium and Portugal. Before moving to the Middle East Guido was the Area Manager for Starwood in Portugal and General Manager of the prestigious Sheraton Algarve hotel and Pine Cliffs resort.
Belgian national and holder of masters in Germanic philology from the University of Ghent in Belgium, Guido De Wilde continued his specialization in Norwegian Language, literature and history at the University of Oslo. De Wilde also holds a degree in Marketing from the Institute of Social Sciences, The Hague.
Fluent in 5 languages, which include Dutch, English, French, German and Portuguese.