Ovolo Group has laid the foundations for what appears to be a more aggressive strategy for growth in the coming years, introducing two new leading figures to drive its acquisition and development objectives.
Heading the team is Mark Hediger, who has joined Ovolo as its new Group Director of Acquisition and Development. Bringing four decades of experience in the hospitality and accommodation sector, Hediger’s CV includes senior roles with some of the world’s leading names in luxury hotels including Rosewood, Dusit, Shangri-La and Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.
Hediger is highly experienced in the Asia-Pacific market and will continue to evolve and implement Ovolo’s strategy in this region, with his appointment coming less than a month after Ovolo opened its maiden location in Indonesia in the form of Mamaka by Ovolo in Bali.
Joining alongside Hediger will be Kyu Baek Kim, who was recently promoted within Ovolo to the role of Head of Acquisitions and Development. With three years at Ovolo so far, Kyu Baek has played a leading role in establishing the market profile at a number of new and refreshed properties including The Inchcolm by Ovolo and Mamaka.
The two share further history, with both graduates of the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, widely regarded as one of the best hospitality educators in the word.
Ovolo Hotels Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Dave Baswal, said neither Hediger nor Kyu Baek were new to the South East Asia market, with this experience sure to prove critical to future successful acquisitions and growth for the brand.
“Marc also brings an extensive network and knowhow of new markets and will be leading the charge of creating Hotel Management Opportunities alongside finding new assets,” Baswal said.