Garfield JonesChief Executive Officer
Hailing from South Wales, Garfield Jones has more than 35 years’ experience in the hotel industry, working in top hotels in the UK, Africa and the Middle East. He joined the company in 1995 and held various management roles in the Gulf Hotel before transferring to the corporate office initially as Director of Operations, then moving up to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer role before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2017, upon the retirement of Aqeel Raees. Mr. Jones has overseen much of the Group’s expansion projects over the past twenty years which have included the addition of 5 hotels and residences, a commercial laundry (Gulf Hotel Laundry Services) and numerous additions to the Gulf Hotel’s portfolio including the Gulf Convention Centre, Gulf Spa and the opening of 6 restaurants.
Mr Jones has also been appointed to the board of directors of associated company Bahrain Family Leisure Company as Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, and as a director of Paradise Reality Holding Company, owners of Ocean Paradise Resort. He is also a board member of youth development organization INJAZ Bahrain.
Ron PetersDeputy Chief Executive Officer
Ron is originally from Scotland although he has spent more than 20 years living and working in and around London. Having been involved in the Liquor and Leisure industry most of his working life he arrived in Bahrain for the second time in August 2006 as General Manager of the Group's liquor division, Gulf Brands International, having earlier worked for GBI in 1995-96. In June 2017 he was promoted to the DCEO role in GHG.
Ron spends most weekends boating and lists tennis and distance running as additional leisure activities.
Suresh SuranaChief Financial Officer
An Indian national, FCA, Suresh started his career in hospitality industry in Mumbai in 1977 while studying as a Chartered Accountant. At that time, Surana audited almost all the five star hotels that existed in Mumbai. In 1981 he took up employment with Sun-n-Sand, a 5-star Hotel as a Chief Accountant, before moving to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1986 where he served in various 4-star hotels in the capacity of Financial Controller. He moved to Gulf Hotel in November 1994 as Chief Accountant and held the positions of Financial Controller at Gulf Hotel and Gulf Brands International and Director of Finance at Gulf Hotels Group prior to being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in April 2012. Surana has also been nominated to the board of associate company effective December 2011.
Nils AxingDirector of Operations
Nils Axing, a Swedish national, has a track record of more than 35 years in the hospitality industry. After 7 years as GM and CEO at the Grand Hôtel Stockholm Nils joined InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam and later Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Abu Dhabi and Kenya. Nils holds Cornell University certificates in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management, Food and Beverage, Marketing and Revenue Management for the Hospitality Industry. He has followed the General Managers Program at Cornell and studied Economics and Business Accounting at the University of Uppsala and the Stockholm School of Economics.
After a career that so far has covered 3 continents and 5 countries Nils upholds a strong international network. A network that will grow even stronger after joining the Gulf Hotels Group in Bahrain.
Shaheed ElaiwiDirector of Finance & Board Secretary
Shaheed Elaiwi has a Masters in Commerce from Bhopal University and B.com from Delhi University. Shaheed started his career in the hospitality industry in 1992 with the Hilton International as management trainee and made his way to assistant FC then promoted to the role of Financial Controller in 1996.
When Hilton moved from Bahrain end of 2005, Shaheed led the team in the final closing of the books and successfully handing over the hotel to the new operator then proceed for the pre-opening of a new Hilton hotel in Beirut/Lebanon. In mid-2006 moved to work in the main office of Hilton International in Dubai in the role of Area Internal Auditor. In July 16th 2007 joined The Gulf Hotel as Financial Controller and currently hold Director of Finance and Board Secretary in Gulf Hotels Group.
Roshan TennakoonTechnical Services Director
Over 30 years of experience in hospitality industry, having worked in Sri Lanka and Middle East held various key positions in international hotel chains such as Ramada, Le Meridien, IHG and Accor Hotels.
Mr. Tennakoon has vast knowledge and experience in Facility Engineering, Renovations and MEP Projectsincluding Fire Life Safety, Sustainable Development and Waste Management.
He is a pioneer member of pre-opening five-starhotels in Sri Lanka, UAE, Doha and Bahrain.
Rochelle CastillejosDirector of Revenue, Distribution & Optimization
In April 2015, Gulf Hotels Group appointed Rochelle Castillejos to the newly created role of Director of Revenue, Distribution & Optimization, based in Bahrain. She brings with her a total of 17 years experience in the combined fields of revenue management, sales & marketing, and optimizing hotel systems, having overseen around 55 hotels across the American, European, Mediterranean, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions throughout her career.
Shuvendu BakshiDirector of Projects
Mr. Shuvendu Bakshi PMP, is an architect and a Project Management Professional who brings with him 25 years of experience in serving the building industry. His architectural education is from Bengal Engineering College under the University of Calcutta, India; and PMP from PMI, Pennsylvania. He had initially worked in the design offices of well-known consultants – designing hotels, palaces, religious buildings, luxury villas and apartments. Later he moved into Project Management and Construction Management and has successfully managed the design and construction of numerous hotels and other commercial and residential buildings. He had been working in different countries of the Middle Eastern region for the past 23 years.
Mr. Bakshi started working with the Gulf Hotels Group in June 2015 in the position of Director of Projects. He is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing all construction related activities including Architecture, Interior Design and Civil projects that are undertaken by the Gulf Hotels Group. Mr. Bakshi manages his own team and also looks after all procurements relating to construction and refurbishment works. His involvement and responsibility ranges from creating the initial project charter to handing over of the completed building.
Mahmoud Abd El MonemDirector of Human Resources & Development
In November 2015, Gulf Hotels Group appointed Mr. Mahmoud Abd El Monem to the newly created role of Corporate Director of Human Resources & Development. He brings with him a total of 30 years of experience in the human resources and training field.
Mr. Mahmoud worked in most prestigious worldwide chain hotels as well as multinational companies in the Middle East & Africa. Beside his personal skills that strengthened by his long experience he gained strong leadership and negotiation skills through his participation, as one of the team, opening prime hotels in Oman, Saudi Arabia and Egypt beside taking part of workshops in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Mahmoud is very ambitious and always strives to achieve the Excellence.