Jumeirah Group has created two new positions to broaden its senior operations team.
Joining with immediate effect, Alejandro Helbling has been appointed vice president group services, while Uwe Faust will step up as group culinary director.
Helbling has a long and distinguished career in hospitality having worked internationally for more than 20 years.
He will have oversight of Jumeirah’s group services reporting directly to Marc Dardenne, group chief operating officer.
Jumeirah is committed to world class operating practices across its international portfolio and a number of key functions will report directly into Helbling, including quality, health, safety and environment, food and beverage and rooms.
Faust will report into Helbling and joins the culinary management team.
Jumeirah currently operates 215 food and beverage outlets across the group and its culinary offering is an important part of the Jumeirah guest experience.
Over recent years there has been significant investment in the group’s restaurants including the launch of a number of collaborations with renowned Michelin starred Chefs such as Nathan Outlaw (Burj Al Arab Jumeirah) and most recently announced for 2017, Tom Kerridge (Jumeirah Carlton Tower).
Dardenne said: “Alejandro and Uwe bring to Jumeirah not only expertise gained from years of international experience working at the top of their respective professions, but an instinctive and true understanding of hospitality.
“Their leadership and strong creative skills will enhance our operations capabilities as well as significantly contribute towards achieving the Group’s growth ambitions.”