Jumeirah Group Creates New Senior Ops Roles

DUBAI—Jumeirah Group has created two new positions to broaden its senior operations team: Alejandro Helbling is appointed VP of group services and Uwe Faust as group culinary director.

Alejandro Helbling has a long and distinguished career in hospitality having worked internationally for more than 20 years. He will have oversight of Jumeirah’s group services reporting directly to Marc Dardenne, group COO. A number of key functions will report directly into Helbling, including quality, health, safety & environment, F&B and rooms, according to the brand. 

Uwe Faust will report into Helbling and joins the culinary management team. Jumeirah currently operates 215 F&B outlets across the group. In recent years, there has been significant investment in the group’s restaurants including the launch of a number of collaborations with Michelin-starred chefs such as Nathan Outlaw (Burj Al Arab Jumeirah) and most recently announced for 2017, Tom Kerridge (Jumeirah Carlton Tower). This investment, along with the appointment of Faust is part of Jumeirah’s commitment to stay competitive and address the ever-increasing demands from hotel guests and visitors, according to the brand. 

Marc Dardenne, Group COO, said: “Alejandro and Uwe bring to Jumeirah not only expertise gained from years of international experience working at the top of their respective professions, but an instinctive and true understanding of hospitality. Their leadership and strong creative skills will enhance our operations capabilities as well as significantly contribute towards achieving the Group’s growth ambitions.”