New senior appointments for Jumeirah Vittaveli

New senior appointments for Jumeirah Vittaveli Benedict Hopkins, Lijo John and Mike Audrain join the resort’s senior leadership team

Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has made a number of senior leadership appointments.

Benedict Hopkins is now the director of finance, Lijo John becomes director of revenue management and Mike Audrain has been appointed director of human resources.

Amit Majumder, general manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli, said: “A strong team is made of dedicated and experienced professionals and therefore I am very pleased to have Lijo, Mike and Benny as part of the executive committee.

“The collective knowledge and experience they bring to the team in their leadership roles is vital in taking the resort to greater heights through enriched guest and colleague experiences.”

A native of the UK, Hopkins’s career has spanned many industries and continents.


He previously worked with Jumeirah as director of finance at Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Azerbaijan and has worked across various industries including banking, auditing, risk management, bio-tech, mining and educational services across Russia, UK, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

He entered the hospitality world as finance director at Soneva Fushi, Maldives.

An Indian national, John began his career in revenue management in the Middle East where he worked with the Hilton Group.

During his time with Hilton, he set up a cluster revenue management centre and developed his expertise in pricing strategy and rate structure.

Hailing from the UK where he started his career, Audrain’s career has given him a great insight into people management and training.

He first worked with Eldridge and then with Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants.

In the Middle East, Audrain worked with Grand Millennium Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani Dubai, before he moved on to his most recent role, as director of human resources of the Morgan’s Hotel Group, at the Mondrian in Doha, Qatar.