Sandals Resorts International has announced Adam Stewart's appointment as the resort company's Executive Chairman.
Stewart becomes just the second Chairman in the company’s 40-year history.
He is preceded by his late Father and Chairman, the Hon. Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who passed away on Jan. 4, 2021, at age 79, leaving behind a Jamaican-based empire that includes 24 Caribbean properties, Appliance Traders, ATL Automotive, ATL Autobahn and the Observer media company.
Gordon Stewart was known for breaking the ceiling of all-inclusive luxury after founding the Sandals organization in 1981.
Executive Chairman Adam Stewart assumes his new role after working alongside his father for more than two decades, serving as Chief Executive Officer and most recently Deputy Chairman.
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He has helped oversee the continued rapid expansion of Sandals Resorts International throughout the Caribbean, including the recent announcement of two new island resort destinations, the future Sandals Curaçao and Beaches Resorts in St. Vincent.
"Some people are dreamers, and some are doers; my dad was the magical combination of both. He was fiercely passionate about offering a product that would exceed expectations, and we are incredibly honoured to continue his pursuit of innovation, raising the bar, and creating landmark moments for our valued guests," stated Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.
Countless organizations have recognized Adam Stewart for his leadership in the travel industry and his substantial contributions to the destinations where Sandals Resorts International operates.
As part of this commitment, in 2009, Adam Stewart launched the Sandals Foundation with a mission to lift communities through education, healthcare, and environmental protection.
The foundation and its activities have helped millions across the region through various impact-focused programs, where he will continue to serve as President.
Stewart is also a strong proponent of the direct investment and development of team members. His work through the Sandals Corporate University brings continued learning, mentorship and invaluable skills training to thousands of employees throughout the Caribbean.
In 2016, Stewart was also bestowed the national honour of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Government of Jamaica for outstanding contribution to tourism.
“We could never have imagined the monumental impact that our resorts have had around the world. It has been a remarkable journey to have built brands that play a part in so many of our customers’ happiest moments. Our team is the best in the world, and I am incredibly proud of the work they do every day of life to put our customers first, as we carry forward," said Stewart.
Stewart has also played an integral role in managing the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including launching its creation of the respected Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness to ensure guests' and team members' safety, and consulting with industry groups, government entities, health organizations and international associations alike.
"My Father’s shoes are impossible to fill, but we will follow in his ground-breaking footsteps to continue the important work we all set out to do together. As a company and as a team, we are poised for the future. We are already leading the industry in recovering from the greatest setback in the history of travel. We will continue to lead not just by saying, but by doing. And at the heart of it all, we are solely focused on what we do best: delighting our guests," Stewart concluded.
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