Mark Davie

A search is now underway at Crystalbrook Collection as the brand moves to find a replacement for its Chief Executive Officer, Mark Davie, who has departed the business after nearly three years establishing the brand and the company’s portfolio.

According to the Cairns Post, Davie said he had agreed to part ways with Crystalbrook due to the increasing workload of additional business commitments in Newcastle – a market the company is set to enter at the end of 2020 when it opens ‘Kingsley’.

Crystalbrook Collection is mid-way through an $800 million expansion project which has resulted in the openings of ‘Riley’ in Cairns and the Little Albion Hotel in Sydney. Two more hotels in Cairns – dubbed Bailey and Flynn – are still to come in Cairns, while the Port Douglas Marina Resort is currently awaiting approvals from authorities to begin construction.

“My task with Crystalbrook Collection was to establish a hotel management company and set up the first hotels,” Davie said.

“Riley is now operating at 92 per cent occupancy and I feel confident that both Bailey and Flynn will be equally successful when they open.

“It’s time for me now to focus on my own interests.”

On an interim basis, Crystalbrook Group Director of Hotels, Geoff York, has assumed Acting CEO duties.