David Thomson
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David Thomson

chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels

Dubai stalwart David Thomson makes a return to the Power 50 after president and CEO Kevin Wallace’s departure from the group.

Thomson started his career with what we now know as JA Resorts & Hotels back in 2001 as director of sales and marketing, then GM of Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai, before being appointed regional general manager in 2010.

A core pillar of Dubai’s hotel community, he was promoted to chief operating officer in 2012 having been instrumental in the JA Resorts & Hotels rebrand.

JA Resorts & Hotels has been operating properties in the UAE market for 30 years and has five operational properties: JA Palm Tree Court, JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, JA Ocean View Hotel, JA Oasis Beach Tower and Hatta Fort Hotel.

The group opened its first international property, the Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles this year, paving the way for further international expansion in Asia, the Indian Ocean and East Africa.

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Rudi Jagersbacher
president
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer, India, Middle East And Africa
Guido de wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Alex Kyriakidis
president, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Selim El Zyr
president & CEO
Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Amine E. Moukarzel
president, president
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president EMEA
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president Middle East & Africa
Simon Casson
regional vice president and GM
Andreas Mattmuller
chief operating officer
Josef Kufer
chief operating officer
Sami Nasser
senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa and India
Peter Fulton
group president
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Michel Noblet
president & founding partner
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Mahmoud Mokhtar
vice president of operations for KSA
David Thomson
chief operating officer
Jiri Kobos
vice-president operations
Glenn de Souza
vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East
Moritz Klein
GM, Area GM
Anton Bawab
regional president
Paul Arnold
vice president of development, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Raj Shetty
chairman & managing worker
Ziad Al Chaar
managing director
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Simon Coombs
president & CEO
Mohammed H. Arkobi
vice president & managing director
Fadi Mazkour
managing director hotel division
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president — hospitality division
Peter Blackburn
president & CEO
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Tarek el Sherif
managing director
Serge Zaalof
president/managing director
Aqeel Raees
chief executive officer
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Hatem Gasmi
founder and managing director
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Horsten Ries
managing director
Patrick De Groot
general manager
Rupprecht Queitsch
General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

5
JA Hotels open in Middle East
0
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
1
Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months
0
Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months
0
Hotels due to open by end 2014
30
Years in hospitality
28
Years in Middle East
Scottish
Nationality

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