Dubai's Jumeirah hires Trump exec to drive expansion plan

Hotel giant says it has appointed Shafi Syed as group chief development officer
Dubai's Jumeirah hires Trump exec to drive expansion plan
By Staff writer
Fri 19 Aug 2016 12:00 AM

Dubai hotel giant Jumeirah Group has appointed Shafi Syed as group chief development officer who was previously a senior executive with Trump Hotels.

Jumeirah Group currently operates 22 properties across 11 destinations and Syed will lead the company’s development strategy.

Syed joins Jumeirah Group from Trump Hotels where he was regional vice president of development and acquisitions. He previously held senior positions in development and operations at Wyndham in London and Dubai, and Taj Hotels in India.

Stefan Leser, Jumeirah Group CEO, said: “Shafi takes up his role at an important time for Jumeirah Group. Since 2011, Jumeirah has doubled its portfolio of properties and Shafi is tasked with continuing this impressive momentum. He has a solid track record for driving development success for luxury brands.

"In addition to managing our existing development pipeline, his strong relationships with private and institutional investors will further support the Group’s drive for accelerated growth.”

Syed added: “The luxury hospitality market is highly competitive with owners demanding strong commercial performance and a real point of differentiation for their customers. It is an exciting time to join the Group and I am looking forward to working with the team and sharing the Jumeirah partnership experience with owners and developers across key Middle East, Asia and Europe markets."

Syed is a dual citizen of the UK and India and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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