Jumeirah has appointed 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 one
of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, the Burj Al Arab
Dardenne has a long and established career as a
hotelier having worked internationally for more than 30 years.
a hospitality visionary, 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.
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, where he had a
broad range of responsibilities including portfolio and concept
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. His contribution to the Group will
further enhance our management team and Marc will greatly
contribute to Jumeirah’s continued evolution as a world leading
been recognised by peers and industry commentators for his
contribution to the development of the hospitality sector. He won
an award in recognition of his Leadership Excellence and was voted
‘CEO of the Year’ in the Middle East.
A Belgium national, Dardenne
has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
He is fluent in French, English and German.
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