BY DARREN EDMONSTONE — I am pleased to join human resources in welcoming Christopher Ely to the Outrigger ‘ohana as corporate director of planning and support, Asia Pacific. Chris started yesterday in our Asia Pacific regional office in Phuket and reports to William Visser, vice president operations, Asia Pacific.
Chris’ main responsibilities are to provide operational support for major property renovations, food and beverage concept development, ensure company services standards are implemented, as well as FLHSS (Fire, Life, Health, Safety & Security) compliance, together with quality control and consistency in the operations of all Outrigger properties in the Asia-Pacific region.
Before joining Outrigger, Chris held senior positions over 10 years with the Jumeirah Group, including general manager of the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives; hotel manager for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai; opening director of operations; and technical services project director. Chris has also worked as general manager of Virgin Active overseeing all franchised club operations in the UK and also managed a 2,500 corporate-member club in London.
Chris hails from the UK and has an Honours degree in Leisure Management from the University of Manchester.
On his nightstand is Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell and his ideal vacation destination is the South of France. Chris is inspired by the life of Gandhi, admires the actor Morgan Freeman and enjoys pretty much all sports and in particular, tennis, squash, rugby, cricket and football.
Please join me in giving Chris a sporting welcome to the Outrigger ‘ohana.