Jumeirah makes the exchange at the top

Investment firm Dubai Holding has appointed a new CEO for its hotel division, Jumeirah Group, following the resignation of the former title holder.

Katerina Giannouka takes over from Jose Silva after his five-year tenure in the role.

Decades of experience

A recognized professional in the international hospitality industry, Giannouka will join the Dubai-based group in December as COO Thomas B. Meier acting as interim CEO in the meantime.

She joins Jumeirah Group with 20 years of experience in corporate management, operations, hotel development, asset management and strategic consulting.

Unprecedented growth

Giannouka has served as President of Asia Pacific at Radisson Hotel Group since 2017, where she led the execution of a comprehensive five-year strategic and operational plan, driving unprecedented growth by nearly doubling the size of the hotel portfolio.

Prior to that, she led the Asia-Pacific and China development team at ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where beyond growth, she played an influential role in supporting the development of new brands, corporate decision making and strategic planning.

Exciting opportunities

She said: “I am honored to be entrusted and appointed to this key position within Jumeirah Group. Jumeirah operates some of the most iconic hotels in the world and has redefined luxury hospitality with its exceptional service offering and beyond expectations.

“The opportunities for Jumeirah are extremely exciting, and I look forward to embarking on this new journey alongside the entire team to unlock the immense potential of the Jumeirah brand and sustainably secure its position on the global stage as the premier brand. recognized and renowned Emirati luxury hotelier. wanted all over the world.

Transformative entrepreneur

Dubai Holding Group CEO Amit Kaushal said, “We are delighted to welcome Katerina as the new CEO of Jumeirah Group. Over the years, given Katerina’s impressive track record as a transformative business leader, as well as her experience in luxury hospitality and her drive to create resilient teams and culture, I am convinced that it will build on the incredible success of Jumeirah and take the business to new levels. sustainable and accelerated growth around the world.

Jumeirah Group operates a 6,500 luxury property portfolio of 25 luxury properties in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Upcoming additions in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific include the 250-key Jumeirah Hangzhou by the end of this year; Jumeirah Hotel Marsa Al Arab in Dubai, which is expected to bring 386 rooms online in the second quarter of 2023; and Jumeirah The Red Sea, adding 170 keys to Al Wajh in Saudi Arabia during the second quarter of 2024.

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