By Andy Sambidge
Guy Crawford to step down after 10 years while Dubai company appoints new COO
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company, has said its CEO Guy Crawford will retire in June.
The hotel group, a member of Dubai Holding, also announced the appointment of Nicholas Clayton as chief operating officer.
Crawford has been at the helm of Jumeirah for 10 years, during which the company has been built up into one of the most successful luxury hotel brands in the world.
He has been credited with helping to record "consistently high levels of profitable growth and outperforming the market both commercially and in terms of guest satisfaction", according to a statement.
While Crawford was CEO, the company has grown into a portfolio of 20 luxury five-star hotels and hotel residences with a portfolio of other profitable businesses including restaurants, spas, water parks and the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of Jumeirah Group, said: "We are immensely grateful to Guy Crawford for his tireless and energetic contribution to Jumeirah.
"He will leave behind an enduring memory of his tremendous passion for the business as well as a huge appetite for the unexpected challenge. We wish Guy and his family every happiness for the future."
Nicholas Clayton joins Jumeirah Group from the Viceroy Hotel Group where he was president and later CEO.
In that role he led a team of 3,500 colleagues in 15 properties to deliver the highest standards of excellence.
Lawless added: "The company is also delighted to welcome Nicholas Clayton... He comes at a time of significant expansion with the company doubling the number of hotels under management from 2011 to 2012 and now having a presence in 11 countries round the globe.
"His experience and leadership skills will help steer the company towards continued success and profitable growth in key markets."
Earlier this week, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts said it was on track to open four new hotels before the end of 2012.
The first of the four hotels to open will be the group's first European resort, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Mallorca in Spain on April 24.
The group's first Azerbaijan property, Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Baku with 176 rooms and suites will follow with a "spring" opening, the operator told Hotelier Middle East.
In July, the 292-key Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Dubai is set to launch, offering extensive meeting facilities bringing the group's Dubai hotel count to eight. Existing properties include the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Zabeer Saray on The Palm Jumeirah and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The last opening scheduled in 2012 is the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa Kuwait with 409 guest rooms, suites, residences and seaside villas.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.