A message from our Chairman
Chairman of JA Resorts & Hotels, Ahmed Baker tells the story of a successful homegrown hospitality company from its inception in the late 1970’s.
Now a legacy UAE brand with a 40-year reputation for excellence, Chairman Baker reflects upon the invaluable vision, guidance and support he received from the nation’s leaders and his gratitude and appreciation for the JA Resorts & Hotels staff – whom he is proud to call family.
Chief Financial Officer
Alaister Murray is an Irish Chartered Accountant and has been Chief Financial and Commercial Officer of JA Resorts and Hotels since February 2017. Previously Alaister was CFO of the Jumeirah Hotel Group for 10 years and was Finance Director of a Dubai based, AIM London listed hotel group. Alaister started his career and spent ten years in professional services and corporate finance with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the UK and Dubai and has also worked in senior finance positions in the oil sector, investment banking and logistics. Alaister graduated from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland with a BA (Hons) degree in accounting.
VP – Human Resources
Originally a Dutch national, born and brought up in Istanbul, with extensive experience in the industry, Robert Mikaelian joined JA Resorts & Hotels in April 2014 as Group Director of Human Resources. At JA Resorts & Hotels, Robert is responsible for overseeing, guiding and managing the full scope of Human Resources and Administration for the group and the development of group policies, procedures and streamlining operations of the department.
VP – Sales & Marketing
Thomas’ career in sales and marketing is spanned over 20 years in the hospitality and leisure industry. He has worked across many international markets including Germany, Egypt, and Spain in senior commercial roles within established and globally. His experience in the development of international leisure and regional corporate markets will be invaluable in ensuring our portfolio of properties is the first choice for both international leisure and business travelers. Overseeing all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivate its unique blend of ‘Heartfelt Hospitality’ and ‘Casual Luxury’ to guests across the globe.