From his transformative role as Area Vice President of Marriott International, where he ingeniously orchestrated property expansions in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, to steering Columbia Asia Healthcare to new heights as the Group CEO, John’s leadership has been nothing short of monumental. During his tenure, he initiated several community outreach programs that have left a lasting impact, echoing his belief in corporate social responsibility.
His tenure at the Shangri-La Group witnessed him championing strategic investments and developments, notably expanding the company’s foothold in Europe, the Middle East, India, and the Indian Ocean Region. At Shangri-La, John also spearheaded groundbreaking sustainability initiatives that have set new benchmarks in the industry.
Moving forward, John served as the leading figure in the hotels and resorts division at the Royal Commission for AlUla in Saudi Arabia, where he sculpted a legacy of unprecedented growth and prosperity, drawing from his invaluable experience in the Kingdom, including his role as Executive Director at NEOM.
Currently, as the Vice President of Hotel Operations - PIF Projects, John continues to drive the industry forward, setting new standards of excellence in the region’s hospitality sector.
John’s transformative influence in the industry has been recognized widely; over the past three years, he has been named one of the most influential executives in the Middle East for three consecutive years and has been listed among the most influential industry executives in KSA. Moreover, he was recently honored as a finalist for the “Hotelier Middle East Trailblazer of the Year” award, a testament to his unwavering commitment to innovation and progress.