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, Jean-Claude Béga is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Béga joined GML in 1997 and has been nominated as Group Head of Financial Services and Business Development of IBL Ltd on 1st July 2016. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Phoenix Beverages Limited and Anahita Estates Limited and serves 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 the other listed companies: Alteo Limited, Phoenix Beverages Limited (Non-Executive Chairman).
Born in 1975, Laurent de la Hogue holds 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 then occupied the position of Finance Executive - Corporate & Treasury in 2011 where he was involved in the development of projects. He has been nominated Head of Financial Services at IBL Ltd on the 1st July 2016. Laurent de la Hogue is currently the Chairman of IBL Treasury Ltd, AfrAsia Capital Management Ltd, LCF Securities Ltd and The ConcreAte Agency Ltd. He also serves as Director to a number of organisations in the financial, investment and commercial sectors.
He was appointed as Alternate Director in August 2009 and as Director on 15th February 2011.
Directorship in companies listed on the Official Market of the SEM: The United Basalt Products Ltd, The Bee Equity Partners and Mauritian Eagle Insurance 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 Fondaumiére is a chartered Accountant of Scotland. He worked in Australia for eleven years and subsequently in Mauritius for fifteen year 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 and as Chairman of the said Committee in November 2015. Directorship in other listed companies: Alteo Limited, Constance La Gaité Company Limited, Hotelest Limited and 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 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 worked for SWAN, one of the market leaders in the local Insurance sector, until he retired mid-2016 as Senior Manager - Group Finance, Loans & Legal. He is a Director to a number of Companies in the commercial, investment, sugar and tourism sectors, and is a member of various Board Committees.
He was appointed as Director of the Company in September 2012, and is also a member of the Audit Committee since November 2015.
Directorship in other listed Companies:Belle Mare Holding Ltd.Constance La Gaieté Company Ltd.IBL LtdMFD Group Ltd.
German, born in 1952
Hans Olbertz graduated with a diploma as hotel Economist from the school of Hotel Administration of Business management Hotel Industry, Berlin, Germany.
He also holds a diploma in Hotel Management from the Hotel school Bad Reichenhall, Germany.
Hans Olbertz is a very experience international hotelier for over 40 years.
He joined Intercontinental Hotels in 1973 after his apprenticeship and worked in Germany, England, Thailand, China, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Austria, Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
He was holding several Senior Executive and Area President Position with Intercontinental hotels in the 34 years with the group.
In 2008 Hans Olbertz joined the Kempinski Hotel Group and he was managing the prestigious Emirates Palace for over 3 years before he moved to Vienna to open the new Kempinski Hotel in 2013.
Hans Olbertz is holding since 2013 several board positions in hotel companies and in the hospitality industry around the world and is actually acting as Director on the Board of LUX Hospitality Ltd, the management company of the LUX* Resorts & Hotels Group, since December 2015.
Non-Executive Director - first appointed to the Board on 1st July 2016, Thierry Lagesse was born in 1953. He holds a ‘Maîtrise des Sciences de Gestion’ from the University of Paris Dauphine. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of IBL Ltd (previously known as GML Investissement Ltée), Alteo Limited, Phoenix Beverages Limited and The United Basalt Products Ltd up to 13th August 2013 and a Director of several other companies quoted on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd. He is also the Executive Chairman and founder of Palmar Group of Companies and Executive Chairman of Parabole Réunion SA.
Pascale Lagesse is an experienced lawyer who handles domestic and international matters for large corporations. She has been a Partner with the Paris law firm Bredin Prat since 2008 where she advises international corporate clients on a wide range of legal issues with a particular focus on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
Pascale graduated from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas with a “Maîtrise en Carrières Judiciaires.” She also holds a “DEA en Droit Privé” from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
A member of the Paris Bar since 1989, she has had an illustrious legal career having worked at some of the city’s most prestigious law firms, including the Paris office of a Magic Circle firm.
A frequent speaker and author of legal publications, she is recognized as one of the leading labor and employment lawyers on the French market. In 2013, she was the recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award” by Chambers Europe.
She is involved in a variety of international legal organizations and associations. She holds numerous officer-level positions with the International Bar Association and is presently Co-Chair of the Global Employment Institute, a Council Member of the Legal Practice Division and a Member of the Section on Public and Professional Interest Advisory Board. She was the Chair of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee from 2010-2011.
She plays an active role in the development of the legal profession in France, and is presently the “Responsable Pédagogique du Parcours de Droit Social” at the Paris Bar School and a Member of the “Conseil Académique et Commission de Recherche du Conseil Académique” of the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas. She was elected to the National Bar Council of France in 2005.
She was appointed as a Member of the Board of Lux Island Resorts in April 2017.
Directorships in other listed companies: None
Marie-Laure Ah-You brings more than 25 years of experience in Hospitality, having held both operational and corporate senior positions, first within the Sun Resorts Group, and later with One&Only in Mauritius. Prior to joining LUX* Resorts as Chief Strategy Officer in 2013, she was the Global Quality Director for the One&Only Resorts Group, based in Dubai. Her career includes extensive international experience, serving various regions worldwide, including North America, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Africa. She holds a Maîtrise ès Sciences Economiques – Gestion des Entreprises, from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and has also attended several Executive programs at Harvard Business School, Cambridge & Oxford Universities. She was appointed as Director of the Company in November 2015.
Directorship in other listed companies: None
Board of Lux Island Resorts Ltd
Board of LUX Hospitality Ltd
Corporate Governance Committee