JA Manafaru appoints general manager

Karen Merrick is the second female general manager in the JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio of eight properties

Karen Merrick
Karen Merrick

JA Resorts & Hotels has appointed Karen Merrick to take over the operation of JA Manafaru, the private island resort in the Maldives as its general manager.

Merrick is the second female general manager in the JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio of eight properties.

Her career spans 30 years across a variety of boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean and Europe and this will be her fifth leadership role in the Maldives.

In her new role, she will be leading a team of 350 associates at the five-star luxury island resort.

Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, she spent the last three years running the Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. Merrick has previously worked at The Taaras Resort & Spa in Malaysia, Kemang Icon by Alila in Indonesia, Soneva Fushi Resort & Residences, Diva/White Sands Resort & Spa and The Rania Experience – all based in the Maldives and Ackergill Tower, Scotland.

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