Haytham was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Tourism, he started with the Four Seasons hotel group in March 2000 as a room server. He jokes, “my only English words were ‘yes, no and please.’”
Ever seeking growth opportunities, Haytham rigorously applied to management positions. He was rejected initially but was soon promoted to Restaurant Manager in trainee. Soon thereafter, Haytham entered into a string of promotions until he landed as Bar and Restaurant Manager at the Four Seasons Cairo.
He took a step backwards in terms of his promotion string for the opportunity to move to the United States in 2006. He began his career stateside as the Assistant Room Service Manager for the Four Seasons Las Vegas and was soon promoted Assistant Director of Banquet.
Haytham then moved to the Four Seasons Baltimore as their Director of Banquets. During his time in Baltimore, 2011-2014, he was promoted to Assistant of Food and Beverage. And his most recent (but probably not last!) move was to Atlanta as the Director of Food and Beverage. In 2018, he was promoted to Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Atlanta and holds that title currently.
“My journey has been unimaginable, and it hasn’t been about me. Rather, my journey is a product of the people around me and the company I’m privileged to be a part of. I am fully committed to the Four Seasons and cannot see myself anywhere else. I have a lot left to learn and a lot more to offer.”
When asked what brought him to the Robinson, Haytham shared, “I actually connected with Debra Cannon on LinkedIn. We explored partnerships between the department and the hotel, and when I learned about the program, I was keen to continue my own education at Robinson.”
Haytham began pursuing his master’s degree in the Robinson Global Hospitality Management program in Fall 2019. “This program is about expanding the knowledge that I already have, investigating a new part of hospitality. It’s fascinating to unpack. One of the first questions asked when I entered the program was, ‘What’s the different between tourism and hospitality?’ My professor had a completely different answer than I gave. It’s all very eye-opening, allowing me to see the world with a different lens.”