Dubai, 22 January 2015: Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Katie Benson as General Manager of Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London, the company’s 216-room hotel situated in the heart of Knightsbridge.
Katie Benson joins Jumeirah from Langham Group, where she was most recently CEO and Executive Director of Langham Hospitality Investments, as well as Regional Vice President for the Americas and Caribbean for Langham Hospitality Group.
Prior to that, Katie combined her role as Regional Vice President for the Americas and Europe with the position of Managing Director at Langham London (2009-2013), where she relaunched the property following renovation, established the partnership with Michel and Albert Roux, and oversaw Artesian’s journey to being named the world’s top bar.
A joint British-Australian citizen, Katie has also worked as Managing Director of two further Langham hotels (Melbourne and Hong Kong), and held several senior executive positions for Starwood Hotels and Resorts throughout the Middle East, including Dubai, as well as in Australia and China, including General Manager of the St Regis Beijing, the city’s first luxury hotel.
“It is great to return to London – a city I know so well from my childhood and previous roles – and to be joining Jumeirah, a fast-growing and innovative hotel group,” says Katie.
“I have long admired Jumeirah Carlton Tower due to its enviable location and long-standing reputation as one of the city’s top hotels, and I look forward to working with the team to enhance that reputation.”
Katie’s thirty-year career in hospitality has seen her specialise in general management and operations, human resources, asset management and development. In her new role she will report to Doris Greif, Regional Vice President, Europe, for Jumeirah Group.
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About Jumeirah Carlton Tower:
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, is a landmark hotel acknowledged as one of London’s finest. The hotel is noted for its fine dining, exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa and enviable location off Sloane Street – the Capital’s most fashionable shopping area. Jumeirah Carlton Tower offers 216 rooms and suites, individually styled with a calm and contemporary feel, together with world-class dining in The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, Chinoiserie and The Club Room.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com
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