Dubai’s Jumeirah Group confirms departure of CEO

Jumeirah Group CEO Stefan Leser has quietly left the Dubai-based hotel company little more than a year after he joined, it has emerged.

Jumeirah Group

Jumeirah Group

Jumeirah Group issued a statement on the news in response to a request from Arabian Business on Sunday. In a subsequent email, a spokesperson for the group said he left for “purely personal” reasons.

It is understood that Leser, who replaced longstanding president and CEO Gerald Lawless in February 2016, departed in May this year.

He no longer features on the list of group executive staff on Jumeirah’s website, and instead Marc Dardenne, who joined Jumeirah as group COO in September 2016, is listed as interim CEO, having been appointed to the role in May 2017, according to the website

Meanwhile Bloomberg’s executive profile of Leser states that the former CEO left his post the same month. A recruitment process is under way for Leser’s permanent replacement.
The statement from Jumeirah Group said: “This is to confirm the resignation of Stefan Leser, Jumeirah Group Chief Executive Officer.

“Since joining the group in early 2016, Stefan was responsible for overseeing the delivery of the group’s performance and strategic vision. This included important milestone projects such as the Burj Al Arab Terrace and overseeing the completion and launch of Jumeirah Al Naseem, the group’s latest luxury hotel destination that enhances the award-winning Madinat Jumeirah Resort.

“Dubai Holding and Jumeirah Group thank Stefan for his service and contribution to the development of the iconic Jumeirah brand.

“A search for Stefan’s replacement has been initiated and in the meantime, Marc Dardenne, Jumeirah Group’s Chief Operating Officer will run the business, working closely with Dubai Holding CEO, Edris Al Rafi.”

About Jumeirah Group : 

Jumeirah Group is a Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain and part of Dubai Holding.

Jumeirah’s portfolio includes the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Global Hotels include Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in Maldives, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. It also includes two five-star luxury serviced residences: Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre in Dubai and Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living London.

Jumeirah Group’s activities include management of Wild Wadi Waterpark, spa brand Talise, Jumeirah Restaurants (the company’s restaurant division) and runs both The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Jumeirah Hospitality

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