Biographies of GHR's Advisors & Managers
Sheikh Mohammed Yousef El Khereiji - Founder and Chairman Advisory Board
“Be respectful and listen to people you trust but most of all, do follow your instincts in your investment decisions”
Sheikh Mohammed represents one of the leading merchant families in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He oversees a conglomerate that includes interests in hospitality, luxury goods, finance, construction, trading and real estate, is responsible for the general management of the family’s industry conglomerate, and holds other prominent Board positions in Europe and the Middle East. Sheikh Mohammed is very much engaged in charitable and philanthropic activities. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Swiss Red Cross as well as its international Ambassador, and is very active in other charitable organizations.
Jan Carel Kingma - Advisor
“Focus on simple, effective but pragmatic solutions, and make the best of how things work out”
Jan Carel looks back on significant and broad experience gathered in a wide array of industries and companies such as Citibank, Pirelli Tyre Holding, eventually taking the role of Managing Director of Hospitality Europe, a hospitality investor based in Amsterdam. He is now working as independent consultant for selected clients, and provides management and consultancy services to entities active in a variety of industry segments, with a focus on finance.
Bernard Lambert - Advisor
“Integrity and respect are as essential for successful leadership, as are quality and attention to detail for a successful hotel”
Bernard, recognized in 2000 with the award “Corporate Hotelier of the World”, has deep understanding and experience in the hotel and leisure sectors. Until early 2012, he was the CEO of Société des Bains de Mer Monte Carlo, which owns and operates a number of prestigious and iconic luxury hotels and resort properties in Monaco, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino. Previously, Bernard was President and CEO of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, where he was responsible of all aspects of strategy, finance, sales & marketing, and development. Under his leadership, the Group’s portfolio grew from 75 to 130 hotels.
James Robertson - Advisor
“Always seek practical solutions as problems arise and do not waiver from your core objectives”
James Robertson is Head of Taylor Wessing's Corporate and Commercial Group, and a board member of this international law firm. James has rare experience having worked both as a partner in private practice, and as in-house counsel until 1998. During that time he worked in Latin America, throughout Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India. James has been an advisor to Global Hotels & Resorts since the hotel group’s legal establishment. He has been a trusted advisor to the shareholders for more than a decade.
Urs Gassmann – Chief Executive Officer
“Be open minded, believe in your team, and create opportunities to make your business successful”
Urs looks back on 25 years of experience as general counsel, financial executive, and Chief Executive Officer in the international consulting, travel and hospitality industries. As senior executive, he has worked for both large and start-up companies in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Urs joined Global Hotels & Resorts in 2008. He is a Swiss Attorney and holds an MBA, as well as a US CPA degree.
Robert Pollock - Chief Operating Officer
“I like to seize any challenges and not let go until they are moulded into solutions”
Robert Pollock is a Chartered Surveyor with 25 years of experience spread equally between UK, European and Far Eastern property investment markets. Following his return from Hong Kong in 1997, Robert moved from private practice to the client side: First, working in London for a property fund, then in France to establish the fund’s European hotel investment activities before joining Global Hotels & Resorts at the beginning of 2010. Within Global Hotels & Resorts, Robert takes responsibility for all property related matters.
Paul Wagemaker – Corporate Director of Finance
“Do all the necessary, do all what is possible, and you realize that you may just have done the impossible”
Paul studied at the Free University in Amsterdam and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Accounting. He is a registered Dutch CPA of the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants. Before joining Global Hotels & Resorts in January 2012, Paul worked as an auditor for over twenty years, specialising in group audits of multinationals. Aside to his responsibilities as Corporate Director of Finance, Paul is Secretary to the Advisory Board of Global Hotels & Resorts.