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Belmond appoints David Grossniklaus Sr. Director for ME, Africa & India

David Grossniklaus Belmond Sr Director, Development, Middle East, Africa & India
David Grossniklaus Belmond Sr Director, Development, Middle East, Africa & India

DELHI: Belmond has appointed David Grossniklaus as Senior Director of Development Middle East, Africa and India, effective December 1, 2016, as per a press release. He will be based out of Dubai and will focus on growing Belmond’s footprint across the region with new hotel developments and conversion opportunities.

Kenneth Hatton, Senior Vice President for Global Development, Belmond, said, “David joins Belmond at an exciting time of growth, as we move forward with thestrategic plan to double the footprint of the Company by 2020. We are keen to pursue acquisition and management opportunities across the Middle East and Indian Oceanand the experience and expertise that David brings to the role will be valuable assets to this endeavour, and a tremendous spring board for the launch of our first office in the region.”

With over 16 years of hospitality industry experience, Grossniklaus joins Belmond from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he held the position of Associate Director Acquisitions and Development for the Middle East and Africa. During his three years at Starwood, he closed a number of prominent deals across the GCC, Ethiopia, Lebanon and South Africa.

Having first worked with Belmond during an internship as eDistribution Manager in 2002 while studying at Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Grossniklaus has since taken roles with Deloitte/STR Global, as well as Fairmont-Raffles Hotels International, working on new development for Swissotel.

“I am very pleased to be opening Belmond’s development office, contributing to the expansion of the Belmond brand in the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Africa and India. I believe Belmond is well recognised by both travellers and investors as the leading luxury owner and operator of hotels, trains and cruises and our future developments will continue to create memorable and unique travel experiences for our customers,” Grossniklaus said.

Grossniklaus previously relocated to Dubai in 2008, when he joined Nakheel Hotels/Istithmar, a DP World entity, where he was actively involved in analyzing new acquisitions, Joint-Venture valuations, equity investments and existing assets performance.

Grossniklaus has done his Executive MBA at CASS Business School – City University, and he is passionate about travelling to explore cultural and historical sites around the world. A Swiss national fluent in French and English, when not in the office, he enjoys photography, diving and fitness.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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