David Grant Thomson
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David Grant Thomson

Chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
David Grant Thomson’s number one goal has been “to see JA Resorts & Hotels clearly defined as a brand”

Since assuming the role of chief operating officer five years ago, David Grant Thomson’s number one goal, as he tells it, has been “to see JA Resorts & Hotels clearly defined as a brand”. After spearheading the rebranding of Jebel Ali International Hotels to JA Resorts & Hotels in 2012, Thomson has been chiefly occupied with overseeing the group’s brand campaign.

“My vision for [the company] has got us to the point where we have a brand that is meaningful and encapsulates what JA Resorts & Hotels is. We are ‘heartfelt hospitality’ and ‘casual luxury’, and this is something I embody every day. I truly believe that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” Thomson says, adding: “Our strength in the market is due to our diverse portfolio that caters for all holidaymakers with our family, luxury, serviced-apartment, and private island offerings.”

While the group’s number of operating hotels in the Middle East and Africa has remained flat at five, two of the properties in the UAE, JA Hatta Fort Hotel and JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, have undergone modernisation and expansion in the last year. The company has also added two properties to its Middle East pipeline – a 350-key property and a 20-villa property. The proposed location and other details of these new additions are yet to be announced, however.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
OLIVIER GRANET
Managing director and chief operating officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa
MARK WILLIS
Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
ANDREAS MATTMÜLLER
Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts
OMER KADDOURI
President and CEO
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice president operations
AMINE MOUKARZEL
President/ partner
IGNACE BAUWENS
Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president
SAMI NASSER
COO luxury brands
PETER FULTON
Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
Simon Casson
President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief executive officer
Antoine El Sayegh
President
Imad Elias
CEO
Vincent Miccolis
Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey
Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
Chief executive officer
Henk Meyknecht
Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa
Andrew Shaw
Assistant vice president — development EMEA
Laurent A. Voivenel
Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India
Sumair Tariq
Managing director
Baran Turkel
Managing directorTurkey, Middle East, and Central Asia,
Hatem Gasmi
Founder and managing director,
Aboudi Asali
Chief executive officer
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
Vice chairman and CEO
Jamal Serhan
CEO and senior vice president
Hussein Ali Hatata
Vice president, hospitality division
Marc Dardenne
Group chief operating officer and interim CEO
Siegfried Nierhaus
Vice president Middle East
Rob Weeden
Vice president sales and marketing Europe
Kamal Fakhoury
Chief executive officer
Nehme Imad Darwiche
Founder and chief executive officer
Mohamed Soussan
Group general manager
Simon Coombs
President and CEO
Suparat Chirathivat
Vice president business development
David Grant Thomson
Chief operating officer
Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
Executive chairman
Philippe Zuber
President and chief operating officer
Anton Bawab
Regional president
Frederic Flageat-Simon
Chief executive officer
Sir Rocco Forte
Founder and chairman
Philippe Harb
Chief operating officer and partner
Ranjit Phillipose
General manager

BY THE NUMBERS

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Previous Ranking
5
Number of years in the role
16
Number of years with the company
5
Number of regional operating hotels
2
Number of hotels in regional pipeline

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