Dubai: Emaar Malls on Sunday said Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne will join the company as chief exective officer from August.

Patrick joins Emaar Malls from Marks & Spencer, where he worked as chief marketing officer, the company said in a bourse statement.

Nasser Rafi, the current CEO of the company, has decided to take up new challenges and his role will be announced later, the company said.

Emaar Malls shares closed 1.93 per cent higher at Dh2.11 in a firm Dubai market. The Dubai Financial Market General index closed 0.51 per cent higher at 2,900.16.