Newly-appointed Ovolo Group Director of Operations, Wayne Taranto.

Thirty-year hotel sector veteran, Wayne Taranto, has returned to the industry in a new role as Director of Operations for the Ovolo Group.

In his new position, Taranto will oversee and be responsible for operations across Ovolo’s portfolio of hotels in Australia, including properties in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, with the latter to introduce a third location in 2021 in the form of Ovolo South Yarra.

Taranto’s career to date includes nearly two decades with Event Hospitality and also time with Accor, where he is a former General Manager of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Most recently, he served as the Director of Hotels at Crown Group Holdings, overseeing the rise of the Skye Suites brand. His return to hospitality with Ovolo comes after a year outside of the sector.

Ovolo South Yarra will be the brand’s third presence in the Victorian capital.

Speaking of his new role, Taranto said he was thrilled to be part of a group renowned for excellence.

“With a diverse portfolio of venues, restaurants, bars, hotels, and entertainment precincts in multiple countries, I’m excited to bring my unique approach to guest experiences and service to Ovolo.

“The group shows no sign of slowing down and I’m confident that my passion for exemplary presentation, service and consistency, will keep us on the front foot,” he added.

“To have a Rockstar like Wayne join Ovolo Australia during a period of expansion and change will help lift what is already an award-winning hotel group to the next level,” said Ovolo Group Australia COO, Dave Baswal.

“Alongside our current team, Wayne will bring a new dimension and assist in ensuring Ovolo continues to deliver pride in doing things the right way and connecting with our guest emotionally through design, art, music and exceptional yet personal service.”