Robert Swade appointed new COO of Jumeirah

Nicholas Clayton steps down and leaves company after three years

Robert Swade
Robert Swade

Robert Swade has been appointed as the new chief operating officer of Jumeirah Group, following the resignation of Nicholas Clayton.

Clayton has held the role of chief executive officer, group operations Jumeirah Group since April 2012.

A source has informed Hotelier Middle East that Clayton’s exit - set for June 18 - is a mutual agreement.

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Commenting on this senior leadership change, Jumeirah Group president and CEO Gerald Lawless said: “I am delighted that, in keeping with our guiding principle of continued development, Robert Swade has agreed to take on the role of group chief operating officer.

“In his new position, he will be responsible for our hotel and commercial operations, ranging from our owned hotels in Dubai to our managed properties in the UAE and internationally.

“He will also continue to manage the development team as they work on the expansion of our portfolio of hotels. During his ten year career with the Jumeirah Group, Robert has demonstrated energy, passion and leadership, which has helped drive our business forward.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nicholas Clayton for his contribution to the Jumeirah Group over the last three years.”

Swade, who joined Jumeirah Group 10 years ago in 2005 as general counsel was appointed as group chief development officer in June 2012, tasked with building Jumeirah Group’s hotel portfolio.

Swade’s started his career as a commercial lawyer in London and Dubai prior to moving to Dubai 15 years ago. He also worked at the House of Commons for a UK Government minister.

He was born into the hospitality industry, with his parents owning and operating a boutique hotel in the UK.

On the announcement of his appointment, Swade said “Having grown up working in the hospitality business, I am delighted to be have the opportunity to further engage in the strategic management of our global businesses.

“Jumeirah is a world-class hospitality company with an iconic portfolio of hotels and a strong pipeline. I look forward to leading our continued growth and expansion while delivering consistently excellent customer experiences and strong shareholder returns.”

Today Jumeirah Group has 23 operating hotels, a further 19 under development and a total of 70 under negotiation in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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