Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company, has appointed former Emaar Hotels boss Marc Dardenne as group chief operating officer.
Taking up his position with immediate effect, Dardenne returns to Dubai to oversee Jumeirah Group operations across its international portfolio, which includes the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Dardenne has been instrumental in the development of a number of brands and curated guest experience across a range of diverse hospitality assets, including hotels, branded residences, serviced apartments, resorts and clubs, Jumeirah said in a statement.
He joins Jumeirah Group from Patina Hotels and Resorts in Singapore where, as CEO, he oversaw brand creation, development and asset management.
Previously, Dardenne was based in Dubai and most recently worked as CEO at Emaar Hotel and Resorts.
Stefan Leser, Jumeirah Group CEO, said: "Marc brings unique insight, global expertise and a passion for hospitality that is as inspiring as it is impressive. Jumeirah Group has a strong portfolio of landmark properties and Marc's commitment to excellence reflects our own focus to deliver the very best in guest experiences."
Dardenne added: "I am delighted to return to Dubai with Jumeirah Group. It is a unique hospitality brand with an enviable reputation for luxury and a culture of innovation and bold thinking. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to Jumeirah and working in such a highly creative hospitality environment."
A Belgium national, Dardenne has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and is fluent in French, English and German.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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