Emaar Malls Group (EMG), the shopping malls business subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has appointed Suresh Bhatia as Chief Executive Officer – Emaar Retail. Emaar Retail is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Malls Group, and is the vehicle for all retail operations. Bhatia will be responsible for developing a new portfolio of brands in key growth markets and also work towards new alliances, joint ventures, franchises and licences for the mall developments of EMG.
Initially, he will oversee operations of the leisure and entertainment components of The Dubai Mall including KidZania®, the SEGA indoor theme park and the 22-screen Cineplex. The Dubai Mall is EMG's flagship mall development and one of the world's largest shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destinations.
Bhatia joins Emaar from India, where he was Country Head and Director Major Brands (India), overseeing eight exclusive international brands and more than 40 stores in over 22,000 sq m of prime retail space. During this time, he was responsible for the implementation of brand policies, and ensuring the profitability of each outlet apart from operations, legal, advertising, IT, finance, accounts, HR and administrative tasks.
Earlier, he was head of Retail Operations of Al Maya Lal's Group in Dubai managing key global brand at stores across the UAE, Azerbaijan, Poland and South Korea. He moved to India as general manager to launch Mango, the first international fashion brand in the country, in Mumbai.