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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board comprises five members, including three non-executive directors with strong track records in hospitality and related industries.

  • Stephen Murphy

    A British national, Stephen Murphy was appointed Chairman in September 2012. He joined Virgin in 1994 as Group Finance Director and became Executive Director - Transportation in 2001 before succeeding the founder, Sir Richard Branson, as Group CEO in...

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  • Gerald Lawless

    Mr Lawless joined the Company in 1997 after a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East.

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  • Fadel Abdulbaqi Al Ali

    A UAE national, Fadel Abdulbaqi Al Ali is the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Holding, the ultimate parent company of Jumeirah, as well as being on the Executive Committee of Dubai Holding and several of its entities.

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  • Sir David Michels

    A British national, Sir David Michels was previously Group Chief Executive of Hilton Group PLC and has spent 50 years in the hotel and leisure businesses. He was appointed to the Board in June 2007.

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  • Ghaith Al Ghaith

    A UAE national, Ghaith Al Ghaith is Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, the fastest growing start-up airline, which was launched in 2008. He has been an Advisor to the Board since June 2008 and was appointed a Board Director in June 2012.

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