Mantra Group has made key senior general manager appointments to align with network growth across Australia and Indonesia.
Christopher Northam is relocating to Bali to take up the newly created dual role as area manager Bali, Indonesia and general manager at Mantra Sakala Resort and Beach Club. In this role Northam will also oversee operations of Peppers Seminyak and Suarga Padang Padang by Peppers. He has worked for Mantra Group as area manager North Queensland and GM Peppers Beach Club Resort and Spa for over four years.
Stefan Kracke will replace Chris Northam as area manager North Queensland and general manager Peppers Beach Club and Spa, promoted from his current general manager role at Peppers Blue on Blue in Magnetic Island. Kracke will also oversee Mantra Trilogy, Mantra Esplanade, and BreakFree Royal Harbour in Cairns, Mantra Amphora in Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club in Port Douglas and Peppers Blue on Blue Magnetic Island. He is a highly experienced hotelier who having held previous general manager positions with Accor in New Zealand and Fiji having started his career in boutique hotels in his native Germany.
With the much anticipated opening of Peppers Docklands Melbourne scheduled for January 2016, Jeremy Nordkamp has been appointed general manager of the new-build property. He has made the move to Melbourne to manage the hotel in its pre-opening phase having previously held general manager positions at Mantra on Edward Brisbane and Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas. This is Mantra Group’s first Melbourne hotel for its high end Peppers brand and part of strategic CBD acquisitions and new developments taking place for the respected brand.
New to Mantra Group, Neil McDonald has been appointed general manager Mantra 2 Bond Street and area manager for NSW. In this role he will oversee Mantra on Kent, BreakFree on George, BreakFree on Clarence and Mantra Wollongong. His management career started on Hayman Island Resort as food and beverage manager and progressed to hotel manager at Radisson Plaza Hotel before his first general manager position with Radisson Darling Harbour Hotel. McDonald moved to China with Regent Hotels to open their flagship property, ‘The Regent Shanghai’, before joining Starwood Hotels to open Sheraton Hotels in Suzhou and Shanghai. Most recently McDonald was the Cluster Managing Director for Sheraton Hotels in Qingdao, China.