Dusit reassigns GMs as part of development scheme

Three GMs, including Dusit Thani Dubai's James Wilson, to be relocated

Dusit Thani Dubai GM James Wilson will be reassigned to the Dusit Thani Bangkok
Dusit Thani Dubai GM James Wilson will be reassigned to the Dusit Thani Bangkok

Dusit International is relocating three of its hotel general managers as part of the company’s long term strategy to develop key executives.

Dusit Thani Dubai GM James Wilson will replace general manager of the Dusit Thani Bangkok Alex Willat.

Willat will, in turn, replace Dusit Thani Manila GM Prateek Kumar. Meanwhile Kumar will take over from Wilson in Dubai.

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“It is essential that we have a ready pool of Dusit International general managers ready to take on assignments at any of our properties globally. This move is part of our overall succession planning and an essential process in building internal excellence. I congratulate all the concerned executives and look forward to working with them in their new roles,” said Dusit International managing director and CEO Chanin Donavanik.

Wilson, who joined Dusit International in 2000, pioneered the IIP (Investors In People) standard certification for Dusit Thani Dubai, the only hotel within Dusit International certified by IIP and was the first Dusit hotel to achieve the Silver Earth Check designation under James’ leadership.

Willets, a Hotel Management honors graduate, joined Dusit Thani Bangkok as resident manager before being promoted to general manager of the property. During his time as general manager he spearheaded oversaw significant improvement works to the facilities and infrastructure of the hotel. As a result, the hotel has won numerous honors and awards in the industry for both its accommodation and restaurant services.

Kumar, who graduated with a Diploma in Catering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from the Griffith University in Australia, took on the role of general manager of the Manila property following its extensive refurbishment and headed up the re- launch of the property. Prior to joining Dusit International, he was responsible for the pre-opening of Ascott Raffles Place in Singapore’s financial centre. He also worked for Raffles Group, Starwood and the Renaissance Group.


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