Global Restaurant Investment Forum

12-14 March 2018 – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

GRIF

12-14 March 2018 – Dubai

Speaker Profile

Simon Taylor

Head of Business Development Restaurants, Condé Nast International Restaurants,

Simon Taylor brings 20 years of luxury hospitality experience to Condé Nast
International Restaurants, overseeing the growth and development of restaurant
license partners in exciting new markets around the world.
First class service environments have been at the heart of Simon’s hospitality career.
In the early millennium, Simon spent three years travelling and working on cruise ships
in The Caribbean and The Mediterranean, before opening a premium health club in
Hampton, West London, in 2003.
Following his London experiences, Simon returned to sunnier climates in Abu Dhabi,
working with a well established expatriate private members’ club as Head of Food and
Beverage. Overseeing a large team of 200, the operation quickly expanded to support
the private fine dining of sheikhs, and events spanning over 8,000 people. Simon’s
entrepreneurial spirit showed through by improving and implementing new outlets
during his role, and the club continued to grow from strength to strength.
Simon’s next role took him back to London, to the international marketing offices of
Bacardi Global Brands. During his successful 8-year tenure, he was at the heart of a
new department that created and managed Visitor Centres, Brand Homes and
Archives for the portfolio of the family-owned Bacardi company. He oversaw projects
totalling US$75m of capital investment to improve the hospitality infrastructure of
iconic brands including Martini, Bombay Sapphire, Dewars Whisky and Grey Goose.
Notable Brand Homes include Le Logis for Grey Goose in France, and the awardwinning
customer experience at the new Bombay Sapphire distillery in Laverstoke,
Hampshire, UK.
The vision of Condé Nast International restaurants lies in extending the iconic
multimedia brands of Condé Nast to global restaurants, bars and café concepts.
Simon’s international experience in the creation of luxury hospitality environments is
invaluable to the onward growth and extension of the Condé Nast International
Restuarants portfolio.