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Viceroy delivers one-of-a-kind lifestyle experiences that bring together provocative design and intuitive service in sought-after locations around the world. Signature brand amenities and services created for diverse guests include world-class culinary and destination spas specializing in health, fitness and beauty.

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Our Leadership Team

  • Bill Walshe

    Bill Walshe

    Chief Executive Officer

    A 20-year veteran to the luxury hospitality industry, Bill provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective, bringing extensive senior management experience with leading international hospitality companies, including Jumeirah Group, The Doyle Collection and Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. As the CEO of the Doyle Collection, Bill led the brand through its reinvention into a modern luxury urban hotel group that includes eleven hotels in the USA and Europe.


    Prior to The Doyle Collection, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Dubai based Jumeirah Group at a time of tremendous growth for the international luxury hospitality group. 

    Bill's international experience and recognition as a leader within the industry will enable him to lead the continued growth and development of Viceroy Hotel Group. 

    Click here to see Bill Walshe speak on Business Ideology - A Roadmap of Pride at TEDx Wilmington Salon

  • Jeff Smith, Senior Vice President of Finance

    Jeff Smith

    Chief Financial Officer

    As a member of Viceroy’s senior leadership team, Jeff oversees all aspects of our Corporate and Hotel based Accounting and Finance activities. Additional responsibilities include the oversight of Viceroy’s Risk, Compliance and Underwriting functions.


    With 25 years in hospitality, Jeff brings extensive knowledge to the group, having held senior leadership positions in Finance, Accounting and Operations. Early in his career he held positions within the Hospitality Division of  the B.F Saul Company as Regional Controller and General Manager, going on to work for Prime Hospitality in a Regional Vice President of Operations capacity. He later joined Tiburon Hospitality to hold CFO and Managing Director positions at their resort locations.

    Just before joining Viceroy, Jeff worked for the Intercontinental Hotels Group, holding roles as Director of Finance (oversight of 1,600 Franchised or Managed hotels across their Luxury, Upscale, Lifestyle, Midscale, Limited Service and Extended Stay Brands) and as a Director of FP&A for the America’s Region with responsibilities for their Owned, Managed and Franchised estate across 7 brands and 5 countries.

    Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science Degree and MBA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

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    Anton Bawab

    Regional President

    Located in the Abu Dhabi office, Anton Bawab oversees the operations and the growth of Viceroy Hotel Group in the Middle East and European market. With over a decade in the industry, he has focused on strategy, business excellence and business development. Prior to joining Viceroy's executive management team, Bawab spent four years with Mubadala's Real Estate & Hospitality team.


    Bawab started his career in the industry as a SixSigma Black Belt with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Frankfurt Germany, then in Warsaw. Bawab then transitioned to manage the online distribution for the company's properties in Northern Italy. Following that he joined GHRS as Director of Business Development, leading the growth of the company in Europe. He then spent a year at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai as director of business excellence.

    Bawab holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) degree in International Hospitality Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School, Les Roches in Switzerland. He also holds Master's of Business Administration degree from the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom.

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    Bryn Jedlic

    Senior Advisor

    Since joining the Viceroy Hotel Group in 2014, Bryn Jedlic has leveraged his global experience in residential, hospitality, retail and office real estate to advise the VHG leadership team and steering committee on key business decisions and corporate growth strategy. His Senior Advisor responsibilities also include supporting the business development team with hotel management agreements and deal structures.


    Previously, Jedlic was a Senior Advisor at Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), a division of Mubadala Development Company, an investment firm owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi.  While at MREI, Jedlic held a number of senior management responsibilities, including overseeing profit and loss for all of MREI’s international real estate investments and global hospitality assets.  MREI’s landmark projects and investments include Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, containing Rosewood and Four Season hotels and The Galleria retail center, Viceroy Hotel Group, Medini Iskandar in Malaysia, the Park Lane Hotel in New York City and Viceroy Maldives. Jedlic also served on the board of directors of a number of Mubadala’s portfolio companies, including The John Buck Company in Chicago and PF Emirates, Poltrona Frau’s retail business in the United Arab Emirates.   Prior to joining MREI, Jedlic worked for close to a decade in the United States and Europe as a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP, focusing on public company acquisitions in the media, travel, technology and energy sectors.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

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    Mike Walsh

    Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations

    With a diverse hospitality career of more than 30 years, Mike brings a broad spectrum of industry knowledge and experience to Viceroy Hotel Group, including owner relations, strategic planning, hotel operations, pre-opening procedures, and renovation projects.


    Mike joined Viceroy in June 2015 as a member of the senior leadership team to oversee the collection’s properties in North America, South America, Caribbean and Mexico, where he will also spearhead new hotel openings.  

    Prior to joining Viceroy, Mike spent three years with Morgans Hotel Group as Regional Vice President, Northeast where he led the operations team and oversaw the asset management of five properties, including the Hudson in New York and the opening of Mondrian SoHo. Prior achievements include three years as the general manager of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia as well as opening The Ritz Carlton Residence of Philadelphia. He was with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for 24 years, managing a multitude of hotel, resort, and timeshare properties plus residential components in the United States and the Caribbean.

    Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in hotel and restaurant administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He guest lectures at Penn State University, Widener University and was an adjunct professor at Temple University, School of Hospitality and Tourism teaching hotel operations and sales & revenue management.

  • Sagar Desai

    Sagar Desai

    Vice President, Acquisition and Development

    Backed by his keen insight and expertise in real estate acquisitions, finance, hotel development and operations, Sagar Desai has spearheaded Viceroy’s thoughtful expansion in the Americas and the Caribbean since joining the team in 2008; closing flagship deals with shareholder capital, institutional funds and large-cap real-estate investment trusts. Recent developments under his leadership include Viceroy properties in Beverly Hills, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Anguilla, San Francisco and Cartagena.

    Sagar’s real estate career was jumpstarted while studying at New York University, earning his real estate license while brokering students apartments in the City. He moved on to work for Deutsche Bank in Global Management, Savanna Partners in Real Estate Private Equity and most recently he was part of the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Investment Bank Division at Bank of America Securities in New York City. Sagar ultimately decided to apply his expertise to the hospitality sector and hasn’t looked back ever since.

    Sagar holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics with a minor in Business and Philosophy, Cum Laude from New York University.

  • Mike Paneri

    Michael Paneri

    Senior Vice President, Hotel Development

    With 25 years of experience in premier resort, hotel, hospitality and leisure project development worldwide, Michael Paneri brings an invaluable skill set to the Viceroy Hotel Group team. A licensed architect and seasoned corporate executive, Paneri has been overseeing the design and construction of various Viceroy Hotel Group projects including initial site assessment/project feasibility, business development and operational luxury hotel management since he joined in 2005.


    Most recently he headed his own firm, Michael Paneri Consulting, with projects including the renovation of New York's Plaza Hotel. Previously, Paneri was Vice President, Design & Construction for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. During his six-year tenure, he was a key member of the company's corporate leadership through a period of significant worldwide growth, and developed and administered Rosewood's luxury quality standards. Prior to Rosewood, Paneri was Director of the Board, Vice President and Senior Principal at Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo. During 14 years there, he managed some of WATG's largest resort, hotel, casino, retail and entertainment projects including The Venetian and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    Paneri holds a BS in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and studied Land Development & Management at University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed architect in California, Nevada and New Jersey, and is NCARB certified.

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    Graham Stuart

    Vice President, Design & Construction

    An accomplished professional with more than 30 years of management experience in the luxury space, Graham Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his role as Vice President, Design & Construction at Viceroy Hotel Group.

    A chartered architect with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Scotland, Stuart has managed the design and construction of luxury hospitality and commercial spaces around the world, including the Peninsula in Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jakarta, Marco Polo Hotels in Jakarta and Hong Kong, Sheraton Hotels in Malaysia and Vietnam, Central Plaza in Abu Dhabi and Rosewood Hotels in Abu Dhabi. Since joining Viceroy Hotel Group in 2014, Stuart has led the design and construction of various new pipeline projects for the brand in the Middle East and Europe, overseeing global site assessments, project feasibility, business development and operational luxury hotel management, refurbishment and opening design.
  • Mark Griffiths | Viceroy Hotel Group

    Mark Griffiths

    Regional Vice President & Managing Director, Operations

    With more than 25 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry and a passion for international travel that started long before that, Mark Griffiths brings an exceptional level of expertise and knowledge to his role as Regional Vice President and Managing Director of Operations at Viceroy Hotel Group.

    Based at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Griffiths’ dual role with Viceroy Hotel Group is focused on daily operations for the Abu Dhabi property, new brand development in the region, and senior-level support for Viceroy Hotel Group’s Middle Eastern and European-based General Managers. Most recently, Griffiths held the role of Senior Vice President of Operations for Kempinski Hotels’ Middle East & Africa regions. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, spearheading the opening of the acclaimed Kuwait property, and held various senior-level positions with Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Le Meridien in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Natasha Larkin | Viceroy Hotel Group

    Natasha Larkin

    Vice President, Human Resources

    An esteemed human resources specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the field, Natasha Larkin has joined Viceroy Hotel Group as Vice President, Human Resources. In her role on the executive team, Larkin is supporting Viceroy’s hotel teams around the globe in talent growth and acquisition, developing workplace culture and momentum, ensuring fair and legislative work practices and planning for future hotel openings and staffing needs.

    Larkin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University, Australia with Majors in Industrial Relations and Social Anthropology and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Diploma in Counseling from the Applied College of Psychology in Australia. Prior to joining Viceroy Hotel Group, Larkin held various human resources and learning & development positions within the international hospitality industry with brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotel Group and boutique luxury brand, Per AQUUM.