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Aman Group Founder Stepping Down as Chairman/CEO

Friday May 2nd, 2014 - 9:48AM

SINGAPORE—Adrian Zecha, founder of Aman Group, the holding company of international luxury resort collection Amanresorts, is stepping down as chairman and CEO.

Johan Eliasch, a global business leader with extensive brand-building expertise, has been appointed chairman of the Aman Group and Vladislav Doronin, a developer of high-end residential and commercial properties and the lead investor, has been named CEO.

“We are grateful for Adrian Zecha’s outstanding achievements and we are committed to extending his legacy to build on Amanresorts’ foundation as a luxury global resort brand,” stated Eliasch. “As someone who is very familiar with the distinctive Aman experience, I am excited to take on this role as chairman.”

Eliasch is the chairman/CEO of Head N.V., the global sporting goods group, and is the former Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  He is chairman of Equity Partners, Cool Earth, and London Films and a non-executive director of CV Starr Underwriting Agents. He is the president of Global Strategy Forum, a trustee of Kew Foundation, a member of the Mayors of London’s and Rome’s Business Advisory Councils and an advisory board member of the Centre for Social Justice

Added Doronin: "The Aman Group’s philosophy is to immerse guests in a unique and personal experience.  We intend to preserve the spirit of Aman while growing the brand through future strategic development opportunities, including exotic locations for which the brand is well known, as well as into major metropolitan destinations. As lead investor and CEO, I am dedicated to ensuring that the organization has the necessary resources to sustain and enhance its position as an industry pioneer. The future holds great promise for this iconic brand.”

Doronin is the chairman and founder of Capital Group, a property development company in Russia. Capital Group’s portfolio has more than 70 major projects with a total area of more than 70 million sq. ft., including business centers, hotels, residential, retail and mixed-use complexes.

Plans are in progress with the new management team to invest in the company’s existing infrastructure and capabilities.

Aman Group operates 26 luxury resort properties under the Aman brand in 18 countries. Each of its one-of-a-kind properties features locally sourced materials, reflecting the resort’s natural surroundings and the traditions of local cultures in Thailand, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, Vietnam and the United States.