HVS Announces the Promotion of Mrs. Hala Matar Choufany To Managing Director of Dubai Office

The Dubai office is responsible for the firm's valuation and consulting work in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hala Matar ChoufanyStephen Rushmore, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of HVS, the global leader for hospitality consulting and services, is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Mrs. Hala Matar Choufany to Managing Director of HVS's office in Dubai.

Choufany, who established the company's first presence in the Middle East earlier this year, now heads a team of 6 full time consultants, with 2 more to be on board by year's end. The Dubai office is responsible for the firm's valuation and consulting work in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hala joined the HVS London office in 2005 and then moved to HVS Shanghai in 2006, where she helped strengthen HVS business in Asia. Since joining HVS, she has worked on several mid- and large-scale mixed-use developments, conducted numerous valuations, feasibility studies, and operator searches, and provided strategic advice, return on investment, and market studies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to joining HVS, Hala had four years of operation and managerial hotel industry experience and one year of consulting experience in the Middle East, with firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Al-Kharafi Holdings, and Hard Rock Cafe. She has lectured at Notre Dame University in Lebanon, her native country, on International Travel & Tourism.

"Our HVS presence in the Middle East is essential, and under Hala's leadership Dubai has become our fastest growing office in the world," explains Rushmore. "We look forward to continued strength in the region and the ability for our expanding team to provide exceptional client satisfaction."

Hala holds an MPhil from Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom; an MBA from IMHI (ESSEC – Cornell) University, Paris, France; and a BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Hala can be contacted at hchoufany@hvs.com.

HVS focuses on the hotel, restaurant, shared ownership, gaming, and leisure industries. Established in 1980, the company performed more than 3,800 assignments worldwide in 2007 for virtually every major industry participant. HVS is client driven, entrepreneurial, and dedicated to providing the best advice and services in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

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