Clayton leaves Viceroy to become Jumeirah COO

Jumeirah Group on Thursday announced the appointment of Nicholas Clayton as chief operating officer as well as the retirement of Guy Crawford as CEO, who spent 10 years with the company helping build a luxury hotel portfolio that now stands at 20.

Clayton joins Dubai-based Jumeirah after serving as president and CEO of the 15-property Viceroy Hotel Group. Previously, he spent 14 years with Ritz-Carlton in the United States, Australia and finally Singapore where he was managing director of the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. He then joined Mandarin Oriental in 2001 as senior vice president of operations based in Hong Kong.

“He [Clayton] comes at a time of significant expansion with the company doubling the number of hotels under management from 2011 to 2012 and now having a presence in 11 countries round the globe,” said Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group Gerald Lawless. “His experience and leadership skills will help steer the company towards continued success and profitable growth in key markets.”

Nick Clayton
Nick Clayton