Hotel chain Travelodge has appointed Gerald Lawless as a new non-executive director.
Lawless, who will retain his role as executive chairman of the Dubai based hotel company Jumeirah Group, will join the board on 3 May.
Gerald Lawless said: "I am pleased to join the board of Travelodge and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the company, as a representative of Dubai Holding."
Grant Hearn, Travelodge chairman said: "We are delighted to welcome Gerald to our board. As a strong international leader, Gerald has a proven track record of building highly successful global hospitality brands. His vast experience and knowledge will be a great asset in helping our growth strategy and taking Travelodge into new territories both in the UK and internationally."
Lawless has been with the Jumeirah Group since 1997 and was responsible for launching the seven star Burj Al Arab.
Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, he had a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, establishing the group's Middle Eastern office in Dubai in 1991.
By Emily Manson
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