Dawson leads a large HR operation that supports the world-renowned luxury hotel and residence teams consisting of more than 750 employees at the two locations. He was shortlisted for HR director of the year at the 2019 HR Excellence Awards.
Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental in 2016 Dawson worked for the luxury lifestyle brand EDITION where he was HR director for The London EDITION property providing strategic HR direction for the brand and was instrumental in the opening of the hotel in 2013 with the creation of the EDITION employer brand that lives strong to this day. As well as leading the HR team in London Dawson played a wider strategic role in working alongside the EDITION global brand team in New York driving new initiatives within the HR field, and supporting the on-property HR teams in the openings of the Miami Beach and the New York EDITION properties in 2014 and 2015.
Before that he held the role of opening director of human resources for The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London which at that time was one of the most anticipated hotel openings within Marriott International.
Dawson started his career in Florida with luxury hotel company Boca Resorts before joining Marriott International in 2002 on a graduate programme. He progressed within the company holding various roles within HR throughout the UK.
Dawson graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in hotel and tourism management. He is a charted fellow of the CIPD and a committee member of the UK's HR in Hospitality organisation.
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