Jumeirah appoints former Emaar CEO as group COO

Marc Dardenne joins UAE-based hotelier to oversee operations across its international portfolio

Marc Dardenne.
Marc Dardenne.

Jumeirah Group 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 the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

Dardenne has an established career as a hotelier having worked internationally for more than 30 years.

He joins Jumeirah Group from Patina Hotels and Resorts in Singapore where, as CEO, he oversaw brand creation, development and asset management.

Previously, the Belgian-national 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 development.

Jumeirah Group CEO Stefan Leser 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 focus to deliver the very best in guest experiences.

He added: “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 hospitality brand.”

Dardenne said: “I am delighted to return to Dubai with Jumeirah Group. It is a unique hospitality brand with an enviable reputation for luxury and a culture of innovation and bold thinking. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to Jumeirah and working in a highly creative hospitality environment.”

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