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Mr. Iain Mmccormack

Iain Mccormack

General Manager of Shangri-La Hambantota

Growing up Iain has always had a keen interest for cooking and together with his creative talents his dreams soon became reality when entering the wonderful Hospitality Industry.

His journey began in the Kitchens at the World Acclaimed Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, which led him over the years towards achieving many personal goals, such as to Represent Great Britain in several culinary competitions and receiving many Gold medals, Awards & Accolades.

Iain’s culinary recognition gained him the prestigious position as Executive Chef for His Royal Highness King Hussein of Jordon, where he managed and led the food and Beverage Operations for the Royal Palaces of Amman & Aqaba; this is where he transitioned from the Kitchen’s into Management.

After almost 15 Years Island hopping through the Caribbean, Iain rose through the ranks to General Manager operating some of the top luxury properties in the Caribbean before landed in the Maldives to Manage the World Famous Soneva Gili Resort (now called Gili Lankanfushi) during his 3+ years on this Island Jewel, Iain led the team to countless awards and successes, including being voted World Number 1 Resort in the World on Trip Advisor and at The World Travel Awards.

Maradiva in Mauritius a Leading Hotels of the World was the next Luxury property Iain managed and quickly got to work formulating an intense refurbishment program, maintaining its luxury status.

In 2014 Iain arrived to Vietnam at the InterContinental Danang, the flagship Resort for IHG, he immediately fell in love with Vietnam and spent 18 months at this spectacular Resort achieving impressive results and awards such as twice being awarded “World’s Leading Luxury Resort” before being encouraged to assist the Owner of the Naman Retreat to set up the Operations, structure and strategies. Iain has demonstrated his passion and love for this industry by accelerating Naman Retreat’s positioning and reputation for excellence in such a short space of time as well as supporting the Owner with their development Master plans for their extensive projects of The Empire Group.