UAE: Jumeirah Group has announced that Derek Picot is leaving the company after 11 years' service.
Picot, the general manager of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in
London and regional vice president for Europe Derek will remain
with Jumeirah Group until 30 September 2014 to ensure a smooth
transition to the new regional vice president Europe Doris Greif,
who also assumes the role of general manager Jumeirah
Picot joined Jumeirah Group in March 2003. Since then he has led the successful launch of Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. He went on to lead the expansion of the company's European operations, with the openings of Jumeirah Frankfurt in 2011, followed by Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living in London, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca and Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome during 2012.
Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: "Derek has been a great leader within Jumeirah, supporting the growth and development of our operations firstly in London and then throughout Europe. A consummate hotelier, he has leveraged his reputation in the luxury hospitality sector to support the Jumeirah brand and build loyalty among the many thousands of guests who have graced the lobbies of the hotels under his supervision. I would like to personally thank him for his many years' service and for the inspiration he has provided to the many colleagues who have had and continue to have the privilege of working with him."