Jumeirah Group has appointed Marc Dardenn to the role of 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 world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Dardenne has a long and established career as a hotelier having worked internationally for more than 30 years.
As a hospitality visionary, Dardenne has been instrumental in the development of a number of brands and curated guest experience across a range of diverse hospitality assets, including hotels, branded residences, serviced apartments, resorts and clubs.
He joins Jumeirah from Patina Hotels & Resorts in Singapore where, as chief executive, he oversaw brand creation, development and asset management.
Previously, Dardenne was based in Dubai and most recently worked as chief executive at Emaar Hotel & Resorts, where he had a broad range of responsibilities including portfolio and concept development.
Stefan Leser, Jumeirah Group chief executive, 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 own focus to deliver the very best in guest experiences.
“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.”