Gerard Byrne is Managing Director of Archipelago Overseas, the overseas contracting arm of Archipelago International, Indonesia’s largest operator of hotels, resorts and residences. An atypical hotel executive, Byrne hails from a background in international corporate banking and commercial real estate.
He began his banking career in 1990 following his return to his native Dublin, Ireland from a scholarship at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He spent eight years at First Active plc, followed by four years at Anglo Irish Bankcorp plc. where he led a corporate banking team on big ticket international transactions. During this time, he advised on and funded M&A’s, MBO’s and international real estate development/investment projects including many landmark hotel projects such as the Four Seasons Dublin (now the Intercontinental) and the Bewley’s Hotel Group in Ireland and the UK. Byrne left banking in 2001 to work for former clients and became an Executive Director of Moneycorp Holdings, the real estate investment arm of a leading Irish financial services company. In 2005 he established his own private client consultancy and advisory firm, Atreon Property, which advised clients on and managed international hospitality, leisure and real estate projects.
In 2013 Byrne joined Archipelago International and reunited with long-time friend and associate John Flood, Archipelago’s President & CEO, who also hails from Dublin. He joined the business during a period of prolific expansion and worked in strategic, project and advisory roles before being appointed Director – MENA in 2015, a role which involved him leading the expansion of Archipelago’s business into the Middle East.
In early 2016, Byrne was invited to Cuba to discuss how Archipelago International could play a role in the development of Cuba’s hotel and tourism development strategy and subsequently wrote his MBA thesis on that subject. Following this, he was appointed to his current position and now leads Archipelago’s expansion outside of Southeast Asia, principally in the Middle East and Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Caribbean.
Byrne is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK and received his MBA from the University College of Estate Management, Reading, England.