Industry Update
Appointment 7 August 2014

Bernard Columba

Named Head of Human Resources, Asia-Pacific
At Absolute World Group in Phuket, Thailand

Bernard Columba Singapore national Bernard Columba brings his considerable experience at Director-level of leading hospitality brands to the management team of award-winning mixed-use resort developers and fractional and vacation ownership pioneers, Absolute World Group. Bernard joins Absolute World Group as Head of Human Resources, Asia-Pacific, based at the Group’s Asia-Pacific Human Resource Department in Phuket, Thailand. A more than 20-year management career that spans the globe with postings in such diverse locations as Singapore, Miami, Florida, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Afghanistan, Bernard’s most recent positions were in the Maldives. During his six years there, Bernard has worked with leading brands such as Jumeirah International, Six Senses and Anantara, before joining Absolute World Group where his responsibilities extend throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Bernard arrives at Absolute World Group from LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) where he was for the pre-opening of Cheval Blanc Maison, an exclusive high-end luxury resort in the Maldives, at which he held the position of Director of Human Capital Development. Bernard is dedicated to volunteering and supporting a variety of charitable organisations, where the focus is to help people to improve their lives and lifestyles, a trait which complements well Absolute World Group’s dynamic Corporate Social Responsibility programme and initiatives across its locales of operation. Versed in public speaking and knowledgeable in business and community relations, Bernard has spoken regularly at universities in Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives and recently at INSEAD (The Business School for the World®) Singapore campus. In the Maldives where he is well respected by the business community, he has held regular forums with the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism with its growth and development needs.

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Absolute World, founded in 1998, has grown strategically to become one of Asia’s leading and multi award-winning lifestyle property developer, resorts and hotels operator, vacation club and shared ownership companies.
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