Ovolo Group Managing Director ANZ, Dave Baswal.

Strategic expansion in the Australia and New Zealand markets has been added to the responsibilities of Dave Baswal after Ovolo Group promoted its Australian leader to Managing Director ANZ.

No stranger to the local market, Baswal has been at the helm of Ovolo’s charge in Australia since 2016 and has steered the group through growth barriers, spearheading expansion along the eastern coast and ushering in new properties for the group in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has also served as a steady hand during the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to be the toughest period the industry has ever withstood.

Baswal’s promotion comes on the back of recent appointments within the group which has yielded experienced F&B Director, Vince Lombino, and Director of Operations Australia, Wayne Taranto. Together, Lombino and Taranto have curated guest experiences across the Ovolo group, including the new vegetarian dining initiative and the upcoming launch of Ovolo South Yarra in Melbourne.

Ovolo South Yarra is in the final stages prior to opening in early April.

“I joined Ovolo Group’s Australian team with a goal of driving the brand’s further expansion into the Australian market,” Baswal said.

“I have no intention of slowing down and with a great team behind me I will be able to focus on the strategic direction of the business in this region, acquisition and development projects to give Ovolo an even stronger footprint in this region.”

Ovolo Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, said: “In a time of continued expansion for Ovolo, it is imperative to further bolster the Australian team with continued strong leadership and oversite, particularly with the launch of Ovolo South Yarra in early April and through this temperamental recovery period for the rest of Australia.”