PETALING JAYA: Impiana Hotels Bhd, formerly known as Bio Osmo Bhd, has appointed Datuk Seri Ismail@Farouk Abdullah its executive chairman effective yesterday..
Farouk is the founder of Impiana Group, which is principally involved in the development and management of hotels and resorts, travel and leisure, property development and education.
He has over five decades of hospitality experience and knowledge in the global hospitality business.
Previously, Farouk had served as a director of Shangri-La Hotels (Malaysia) Bhd from 1997 to 2018.
He has also held various senior management positions in both Hilton and Shangri-La. Impiana added that Farouk currently held directorships in a number of private limited companies.
Impiana Group executive director Azrin Kamaluddin said in a statement that “on behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to welcome Datuk Seri Farouk as the group’s executive chairman.
“He is a man on a mission to build a successful homegrown global hotel brand.”
Azrin noted that the board is confident that the group would be able to capitalise on Farouk’s vast foresight, invaluable experience and knowledge of the fast-changing hospitality industry.
“He is undoubtedly the right person to helm the company and steer it to greater heights,” he added.