Jumeirah has revealed the executive team who will manage the December 1 opening of Madinat Jumeirah’s newest hotel, the 430-room Jumeirah Al Naseem.
Madinat Jumeirah resort general manager Margaret Paul said in a statement: "The team we have assembled for the opening of Jumeirah Al Naseem comprises hospitality experts with years of experience operating and managing hotels both in the Jumeirah portfolio and for other luxury operators."
General manager Richard Alexander returns to Dubai and Jumeirah Group after eight years working internationally in the Caribbean, Las Vegas and London. A British national, Alexander has more than 30 years’ luxury hotel experience and was Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam’s general manager in 2008.
South African Ben Ackhurst is the resort's director of food and beverage, and comes from the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel after seven years across other Jumeirah hotels in Dubai. He will oversee the operations of nine bar and restaurant concepts within Jumeirah Al Naseem.
Executive chef Tobias Pfister has worked for nine years at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and returns to Dubai from his latest post in China as executive chef at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Shanghai. Pfister will lead a culinary team of 145 colleagues.
Saskia Polhout will take on the role of executive housekeeper. From the Netherlands, Polhout will oversee projects such as developing the new floral style for Jumeirah Al Naseem and curating a children’s amenity programme. She joined Jumeirah in 2005 as assistant executive housekeeper in Jumeirah Beach Hotel and was promoted in 2007 to the position of housekeeping manager in Madinat Jumeirah until the promotion to her current role.
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