Jumeirah Golf Estates hires Julian Small, former Wentworth CEO

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Jumeirah Golf Estates, which is hosting the season finale of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, has appointed Julian Small as managing director, club operations, effective Sept. 27.

A 30 year hospitality and golf industry veteran, Small started his career as banqueting manager at the iconic London hotel, The Savoy. He later joined Stanhope Properties, a London-based property company, where he led the hospitality, leisure and estate management elements in the significant regeneration projects at Broadgate in the City of London and Stockley Park, Heathrow.

In 1996, Julian was appointed to the position of chief executive officer of Wentworth Club. During his tenure, Wentworth hosted over 40 professional golf tournaments on the European Tour, an accolade that positions Small to support Jumeirah Golf Estates’ role as the host venue of the DP World Tour Championship, the season finale of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

“Jumeirah Golf Estates is going through an exciting period of development, with Dubai’s market dynamics and the upcoming EXPO 2020 spurring continued demand for the residential golf community,” Small said in a news release. “I am thrilled to be joining Jumeirah Golf Estates, as we aim to further enhance its current and future offerings to cement the community’s position as a highly desirable destination for our club members, residents and guests.” 

Alongside his role as the chief executive of Wentworth Club, Small has also been a member of the Wentworth Residents’ Association and Estate Executive Committee for past the 10 years.

“We look forward to working with Julian, who brings vast industry knowledge and expertise to Jumeirah Golf Estates,” Jumeirah Golf Estates CEO Yousuf Kazim said in a news release. “Together with spearheading club operations at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Julian will be focused on the development of our hospitality and leisure offering as we aim to set a benchmark for residential golf communities around the world.”

Jumeirah Golf Estates has more than 1,500 residences, some currently under construction, and features two Greg Norman-designed championship golf courses: Fire and Earth. The two par-72 courses measure 7,480-yards and 7,706-yards respectively from the championship tees.

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