There has been some significant movement in the Human Resources department in the past few days across the Australasian industry. Here are some of the major moves we’ve seen in the past week.
Four new faces have joined the team at Ovolo Group, working across its properties in Sydney and Canberra. Headlining the new recruits is Keiron Hunt, who has taken over as General Manager at Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Hunt brings more than two decades in hospitality to his new role, including time working in London, Dubai, China and Japan.
Joining Hunt at Ovolo Woolloomooloo is new Food and Beverage General Manager, Adam Leonardi, who joins the harbourside property from a similar role with Accor’s Pullman Hotels brand.
Down in Canberra, Ovolo Nishi has welcomed Gabriel Polias to the General Manager role. Polias shifts to the Australian capital and will steer the property’s lifestyle modus operandi drawing on experience as Hotel Manager with Accor’s Sofitel brand and also with Marriott International. Among the team members he will lead will be Executive Chef, Matthew Bentley, who has moved into the Ovolo Nishi kitchen and will apply his extensive knowledge of modern European fare.
Student accommodation brand, Scape Australia, has welcomed Kylie Maxwell as its new National Wellness and Hygiene Manager. Maxwell is well known across the sector, having spent many years as Executive General Manager at outsourcing firm, ahs hospitality.
Three new faces have joined the team at W Brisbane, with the hotel bringing in Stacey Plaine as its new Director of Marketing; Jeremy Colahan as Hotel Manager and Pawel Klodowski as Chef De Cuisine. The hotel says its three new team members “will help the hotel pave the way for what’s to come in the hospitality industry”.
Plaine brings more than 10 years in hospitality to her new role, growing her career with Marriott International where she has worked across hotels in the UK and Europe. Colahan will apply his specialisation in upper-upscale lifestyle hotels, having recently worked at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and Westin Perth. And Klodowski will continue his evolution as a modern Chef De Cuisine, moving from hatted restaurant, Noosa Beach House, where he learned his craft from master foodie, Peter Kuruvita.
SkyCity Adelaide has appointed John Ryan to the new role of Director of Sales at EOS by SkyCity and Events at SkyCity. Ryan moves a few blocks along the city’s major thoroughfare, North Terrace, moving from Crowne Plaza Adelaide where he was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing.
Hotel construction firm, Built, has invested in its strategic growth by hiring Cameron Shepherd as its new Strategic Business Development Manager. Following a long and successful sporting career as a professional rugby union player, Shepherd is well versed in teamwork and will apply these skills to his new role.
Prior to joining Built, Shepherd established his career in hospitality and real estate with CBRE and Intermain. In his new role, Shepherd will assist in the company’s strategy for growth in NSW across the hotel and hospitality sector.
As the hotel celebrates its first birthday this month, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour has bolstered its executive ranks with the recruitment of Stefan Staltare as Director of Sales and Marketing. Staltare brings extensive experience in new business development and partnerships to his new role, moving across from Holiday Inn Sydney Airport where he steered the property through a major refurbishment.