Katerina Giannouka is named Jumeirah Group’s new CEO

Katerina Giannouka is named Jumeirah Group’s new CEO

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Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company that’s present in over 13 countries, is appointing Katerina Giannouka as the new CEO of Jumeirah Group. She will take the role from December 2022. 

A seasoned hospitality professional, Giannouka joins Jumeirah Group with 20 years of experience in business leadership, operations, hotel development, asset management and strategic advisory.

She previously held the position of president of Asia-Pacific at Radisson Hotel Group, where she led the execution of a comprehensive five-year strategic and operating plan, delivering unprecedented growth by nearly doubling the size of the hotel portfolio. Prior to this, she led the Asia-Pacific and China development teams of ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where she played an influential role in supporting new brand development, corporate decision-making and strategic planning.

Giannouka said: “I am honored to be entrusted and appointed to this key role with Jumeirah Group.  Jumeirah operates some of the world’s most iconic hotels and has redefined luxury hospitality with its exceptional and beyond-expectations service offering. The opportunities for Jumeirah are extremely exciting, and I eagerly look forward to commencing this new journey alongside the entire team to unlock the immense potential of the Jumeirah brand and sustainably secure its position on the world stage as the top luxury Emirati hospitality brand recognized and sought-after globally.”

Today, Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding, and a global luxury hotel company, operates a world-class 6,500-key portfolio of 25 luxury properties across the Middle East, Europe and Asia


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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