Name: Gerald Lawless Title: Executive chairman Company, city: Jumeirah Group, Dubai Number of employees: 13,000-plus Recent project: I co-chaired the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok in May 2012; as vice-chairman of the WEF’s Aviation, Travel and Tourism Council, I work to promote e-visas worldwide. First job: Prior to hotel school, I worked for six months in a kitchen of the Great Southern Hotel in Galway, Ireland.
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Name: Titus JohnsonTitle: Vice president, sales and marketingCompany, city: airberlin Americas, New YorkNumber of employees: 9,300 globallyRecent project: Launching the first-ever direct service between Chicago and Berlin, to commence in MarchFirst Job: At 13, I worked Saturdays in a hardware store in the East End of London. I’m a dab hand when it comes to wood, nails, bricks and building fixtures.Little-known fact about you: I won first prize at a catering competition for making the best cappuccino in Sydney in 1992. I was a barista before I even knew the meaning of the word.