New chief named to run Jumeirah Group

A new chief executive has been named to run the luxury Jumeirah Group.

Katerina Giannouka becomes chief executive in December,  joining from Radisson Hotel Group, where she has been Asia-Pacific president since 2017.

She replaces Jose Silva, who is leaving after five years running Dubai Holding-owned Jumeirah.

The company operates 25 hotels with 6,500 rooms across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Giannouka joins Jumeirah with 20 years of experience in business leadership, operations, hotel development, asset management and strategic advisory including a spell at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Dubai Holding group chief executive Amit Kaushal said: “Over the years, Jumeirah has become synonymous with excellence, providing guests from across the globe with unique and unrivalled experiences.

“Given Katerina’s impressive track record as a transformative business leader, as well as her luxury hospitality background and drive to create resilient teams and culture, I am confident that she will build on Jumeirah’s incredible success story and lead the business to new levels of sustainable and accelerated growth across the world.”

Giannouka added: “Jumeirah operates some of the world’s most iconic hotels and has redefined luxury hospitality with its exceptional and beyond-expectations service offering.

“The opportunities for Jumeirah are extremely exciting, and I eagerly look forward to commencing this new journey alongside the entire team to unlock the immense potential of the Jumeirah brand and sustainably secure its position on the world stage as the top luxury Emirati hospitality brand recognised and sought-after globally.”

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