With more than 4 decades of international hotel management experience, Paul Jones joined LUX* in 2010, where he quickly established his mark as a charismatic leader, with a unique and passionate approach to hospitality management, centered around People, Culture and Service.
Paul Jones’ rich career covers various key leadership positions, having served for almost 20 years as Managing Director of the Sun Resorts Group, and later, as President of One&Only, where he was instrumental in successfully launching and growing the brand on a global basis.
Recognized as a leading figure in the establishment and development of the hotel and tourism industry in Mauritius, Paul Jones was conferred the Dignity of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St Georges by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He was also awarded one of the highest honours by the President of the Comores, the Chevalier de l'Etoile d'Anjouan, for his significant contribution to the growth and development of the hotel and tourism sector in the Comores.
Paul Jones directly oversees the Company’s overall strategic direction, spearheading the Group’s global development plans. He holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Surrey & followed the Program for Management Development at The Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality in the UK.
He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 1st October 2010 and as Director of the Board on 29th September 2011.
Directorship in other listed companies : None
Arnaud Lagesse was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the Company on 29th October 2003, holds a ‘Maitrise de Gestion’ from the University of Aix-Marseille III, France and is a graduate of ‘Institut Supérieur de Gestion’, France. He also completed an Executive Education Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, and an Advanced Management Program (AMP180) at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. He joined GML in 1993 as Finance and Administrative Director before becoming in August 2005 its Chief Executive Officer. He also participated in the National Corporate Governance Committee as a member of the Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several of the country’s major companies and is the Chairman of Ireland Blyth Limited, BlueLife Ltd, Lux Island Resorts Ltd, City Brokers Ltd, inter alia. Arnaud Lagesse is an ex-president of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture, the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association and the Sugar Industry Pension Fund. Arnaud Lagesse is also the Chairman of GML Fondation Joseph Lagesse since July 2012. He has also recently been appointed as Chairman of the National Committee on Corporate Governance.
Directorship in other listed companies :
BlueLife Limited Ireland Blyth LimitedPhoenix Beverages Limited The United Basalt Products Ltd Forward Investment & Development Enterprises LtdAlteo Ltd
Born in 1963 and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Jean-Claude Béga joined GML in 1997 and is the Chief Financial Officer of GML Management Ltée, the Chairman of Phoenix Beverages Limited, of Anahita Estates Limited and EllGeo Re (Mauritius) Ltd and acts as director of a number of companies including Alteo Limited, AfrAsia Bank Limited, Abax Corporate Services Limited and Anahita Residences & Villas Limited. He was appointed as Director and member of the Audit Committee of the Company in June 2004. Directorship in other listed companies : Alteo Limited, Phoenix Beverages Limited
Born in 1975, Laurent de la Hogueholds a Master degree in Management and Finance from the “Ecole Supérieure de Gestion et Finance” in Paris, France. He joined GML in 2001 as Treasurer for the setting up of the central treasury unit and is presently Finance Executive - Corporate & Treasury for GML Management Ltée. Laurent de la Hogue is actually the Chairman of GML Trésorerie Ltée and Director of a number of companies such as Abax Holding Ltd, Forward Investment Development Enterprises Ltd and the United Basalt Products among others.
He was appointed as Alternate Director in August 2009 and as Director on 15th February 2011.
Directorship in other listed companies : The United Basalt Products Ltd & Forward Investment Development Enterprises Ltd
Born in 1964, Désiré Elliah is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with 26 years experience in auditing, accounting and corporate finance. Before joining the Group in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer, he was a partner of DCDM, the largest accounting firm in Mauritius. He has extensive experience in feasibility studies, financial restructuring, share valuation and due diligence reviews.
He was appointed as Director of the Company in October 2004.
Born in 1953, Jean de Fondaumière is a Chartered Accountant of Scotland. He worked in Australia for eleven years and subsequently in Mauritius for fifteen years until he retired as the CEO of the Swan Group at the end of 2006. He is a past Chairman of The Stock Exchange of Mauritius and his former directorships include companies operating in the African, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific regions. Jean holds a portfolio of directorships in Mauritius for companies operating in commerce, finance, power generation, sugar and tourism.
He was first appointed director of the company in November 2003, resigned in December 2006 and appointed director in March 2008 at which time he became a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company. He was also appointed as member of the Audit Committee in September 2012.
Directorships in other companies listed : Alteo Limited, Constance La Gaité Company Limited, Hotelest Limited, Constance Hotel Services Limited
Born in 1962, Alexis Harel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Louisiana State University, USA. He started his career in auditing with De Chazal Du Mee, then occupied managerial position in the industrial sector and participated in setting up the first BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) company in Mauritius where he was Managing Director. He joined Grays & Co in 1992 and currently holds the position of Commercial Director. He is an Executive Director of Terra Mauricia and member of the management Committee. He also serves as Director of Rehm Grinnaker Construction Co Ltd, Terragri and Grays Distilling amongst others.
He was appointed as Director of the Company and as Chairman of the Audit Committee in April 2004 and as Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee in April 2005.
Directorship in other listed companies: Terra Mauricia Limited, United Docks Ltd
Born in 1932, J. Cyril Lagesse set up in the early 1970’s the ‘Compagnie d’Investissement et de Développement Limitée’, now GML Investissement Ltée, founder entity of today’s well known GML, which has positioned itself as one of the regional leaders. J. Cyril Lagesse sits on the board of several of the country’s most prestigious companies, two of which are listed on The Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd.
He was appointed as Director of the Company in October 2003.
Directorship in other listed companies : Ireland Blyth Limited, Phoenix Beverages Limited, Phoenix Investment Company Ltd
Born in 1959, Stéphane Lagesse holds a degree in Gestion des Entreprises Parix IX Dauphine and joined the Palmar Group in 1983 where he currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and Director. He participated in the setting up two garment manufacturing companies in Mauritius.
He was appointed as Director of the Company in March 1999 and as a member of the Audit Committee in October 2003.
Directorship in other listed companies : The United Basalt Products Ltd
Born in 1970, Julian has a rich career of some 20 years in hospitality of which 14 years in senior management and at corporate level in prestigious international groups such as Belmond (Orient-Express), Ritz-Carlton and Marriott. He is a holder of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, U.S.A, and holds a diploma in Swiss Hotel Management from the Hotel Institute of Management (H.I.M), Montreux, Switzerland. Julian is responsible for driving top-line revenue for LUX* Resorts & Hotels and associated businesses, ensuring the strategic priorities of the discipline are aligned and designed to yield profitable sales, increased market share, and enhanced competitive advantage. He was appointed as Director of the Company in February 2012.
Swiss, born in 1956, Christof Zuber helds a PhD in economics from University of Zurich.
Following a first consulting activity in International Banking Christof Zuber moved into the world of Fast Moving Consumer Goods. After several positions in Switzerland and abroad in key account management, sales and marketing with Jacobs Suchard he assumed responsibility as CEO of different companies. Two of them where publicly quoted: Attisholz Holding Ltd. with the Household Brands Hakle and Tela followed by the brewery Feldschlösschen Holding Ltd. as the Swiss market leader. He gained exposure to the travel sector as CEO of the Hotelplan Group, an European multi-billion Tour Operator with activities in Hotels and Airline. Today Christof Zuber is a private equity advisor and investor and assumes strategic and occasionally operational responsibilities still in the travel sector and luxury goods.
He was appointed Director of the Company in February 2012 and member of the Remuneration Committee and of the Corporate Governance Committee in September 2012.
Directorship in other listed compan1ies : None
Born in 1952, Maxime Rey started an accounting career in 1973 in Mauritius, first in Auditing, and then in the Sugar Industry. Immigrating to South Africa in 1981, he worked for Kuehne and Nagel (Pty) Ltd, the South African arm of a leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions. He was appointed Group Financial Controller in 1989 and Director in 1992. Back in Mauritius in 1993, he joined Swan Group, one of the market leaders in the local Insurance sector, where he is at present holding the position of Senior Manager - Group Finance, Loans & Legal. He serves as Director to a number of Companies in the commercial, financial, investment, sugar and tourism sectors, and is a member of various Board Committees.
He was appointed as Director of the Company in September 2012.
Directorship in other listed Companies:
Belle Mare Holding Ltd.Constance La Gaieté Company Ltd.MFD Group Ltd.
Board of Lux Island Resorts Ltd
Board of LUX Hospitality Ltd
Corporate Governance Committee