Dubai's Jumeirah names new chief to drive hotel operations

Robert Swade is promoted to group chief operating officer, following the resignation of Nicholas Clayton, who leaves on June 18
Dubai's Jumeirah names new chief to drive hotel operations
An aerial view of the Jumeirah Beach hotel. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 13 Jun 2015 09:47 AM

Dubai-based hotel giant Jumeirah has promoted Robert Swade to group chief operating officer, following the resignation of Nicholas Clayton, who leaves the company on June 18.

Swade has been an integral part of the senior executive team of Jumeirah Group since he joined the company in October 2005 as general counsel.

In 2012 he was appointed as group chief development officer, tasked with building a robust portfolio of future hotel projects for the company.

Today Jumeirah Group has 23 operating hotels, a further 19 under development and a total of 70 under negotiation in the UAE, Middle East and Africa, Asia and Europe for both the Jumeirah luxury brand and the new lifestyle brand Venu.

He started his career as a commercial lawyer, working in both London and Dubai and prior to moving to Dubai, 15 years ago, he also worked at the House of Commons for a UK Government Minister.

Jumeirah Group president and CEO Gerald Lawless said: “In his new position, he will be responsible for our hotel and commercial operations, ranging from our owned hotels in Dubai to our managed properties in the UAE and internationally.

"He will also continue to manage the development team as they work on the expansion of our portfolio of hotels. During his ten year career with the Jumeirah Group, Robert has demonstrated energy, passion and leadership, which has helped drive our business forward.”

Swade added: “Having grown up working in the hospitality business, I am delighted to be have the opportunity to further engage in the strategic management of our global businesses... I look forward to leading our continued growth and expansion while delivering consistently excellent customer experiences and strong shareholder returns.”

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