JA Manafaru Maldives names new female GM

Karen Merrick has been appointed as general manager of JA Manafaru Maldives to lead a team of 350 associates at the luxury island resort, making her the second female general manager in JA Resorts & Hotels’ portfolio of eight properties.

With a career spanning 30 years across a variety of boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean and Europe, Merrick spent the last three years running the Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia.

Her previous tenures include roles at The Taaras Resort & Spa in Malaysia, Kemang Icon by Alila in Indonesia, Ackergill Tower in Scotland; as well as Soneva Fushi Resort & Residences, Diva/White Sands Resort & Spa and The Rania Experience – all based in the Maldives.

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