Emaar Hospitality’s Olivier Harnisch steps down as CEO

The group’s COO will now handle business operations

Olivier Harnisch Emaar HospitalityShoot for Arabian Travel Market Day 2 held at Dubai World Trade Center on April 25 2017 Dubai UAE Photo by Lester ApuntarITP Images
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Olivier Harnisch Emaar HospitalityShoot for Arabian Travel Market Day 2 held at Dubai World Trade Center on April 25 2017 Dubai UAE Photo by Lester ApuntarITP Images

Emaar Hospitality’s CEO, Olivier Harnisch has stepped down from his position. According to an official from the group, Harnisch is leaving to “pursue new interests”.

Chris Newman, the group’s chief operating officer, will be handling business operations.

Harnisch, who started his career as a waiter in 1986 at the Hotel Negresco in Nice, France was part of Hotelier Middle East’s power 50 list in 2018. 

Talking about Harnisch’s work, a spokesperson from the group said, “We can confirm that Olivier Harnisch is leaving Emaar Hospitality Group to pursue new interests. We thank him for his contribution to Emaar Hospitality Group and wish him the best in his future endeavours. Moving forward, Chris Newman, Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, will handle business operations.”

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