Jumeirah Group CEO Katerina Giannouka leaves role

Katerina Giannouka has stepped down from the role of CEO of Jumeirah Group.

She joined the Emirati state-owned luxury hotel chain in 2022 from Radisson Hotel Group, succeeding Jose Silva as the fifth CEO of Jumeirah and the first woman to fill the role.

In a letter addressed to staff, Group CEO Amit Kaushal said Giannouka is taking time out to address family matters before embarking on new opportunities outside of the group.

Jumeirah’s COO Thomas Meier will take on the role of interim CEO until a permanent replacement is appointed. He held the same position after Silva left the company.

Jumeirah’s portfolio comprises 26 luxury properties across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

What they said

In a statement, Jumeirah said: “Katerina’s astute leadership and steadfast dedication have contributed significantly to the growth and elevation of the Jumeirah brand, both locally and globally. Thomas comes to the role with a wealth of experience within the Group and will continue to ensure delivery of seamless guest experiences, operational excellence and Jumeirah’s renowned hospitality services.”

Giannouka added: “It has been an honour to work with Jumeirah Group and Dubai Holding, and to have put in place the foundations for accelerated growth through 2030 and beyond. I extend my best wishes for Jumeirah and the entire team’s continued success.”