Industry appointments roundup: October 13, 2021


There has been significant movement in the HR department over the past few days in the Australasian industry. Here are some of the major moves we’ve seen over the past week.

Four new faces joined the team of Ovolo Group, working at his properties in Sydney and Canberra. The headliner of new recruits is Keiron hunting, who took over the general management of Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Hunt brings more than two decades of hospitality to his new role, including in London, Dubai, China and Japan.

Joining Hunt at Ovolo Woolloomooloo is the new Managing Director of Food and Beverage, Adam leonardi, which joins the harbor side property from a similar station with Accor’s Pullman Hotels brand.

The new general manager of Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Kieron Hunt.

Down in Canberra, Ovolo Nishi welcomed Gabriel Polias as general manager. Polias settles in the Australian capital and will lead the way of life of the establishment by drawing on his experience as a hotel manager with the Sofitel brand of Accor and also with Marriott International. Among the members of the team he will lead, there will be the executive chef, Matthew Bentley, who has moved into Ovolo Nishi’s kitchen and will apply his extensive knowledge of modern European cuisine.

Student accommodation brand, Scape Australia, welcomed Kylie maxwell as the new National Director of Welfare and Hygiene. Maxwell is well known in the industry, having spent many years as the Executive Managing Director of the outsourcing company, ahs Hospitality.

Three new faces joined the team of Brisbane, with the hotel bringing Stacey Plain as the new director of marketing; Jeremy Colahan as hotel manager and Pawel Klodowski as a chef. The hotel says its three new team members “will help the hotel pave the way for what’s to come in the hospitality industry.”

Cameron Berger

Plaine brings over 10 years in the hospitality industry to her new role, developing her career with Marriott International where she worked in hotels in the UK and Europe. Colahan will apply his specialization in 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, moving from the hat restaurant, Noosa Beach House, where he learned his trade from the gastronomic master, Peter Kuruvita.

SkyCity Adelaide named John ryan to the new role of sales manager at EOS by SkyCity and Events at SkyCity. Ryan moves a few blocks along the city’s main thoroughfare, North Terrace, and leaves the Crowne Plaza Adelaide where he was until recently Director of Sales and Marketing.

Stefan Staltar

Hotel construction company, Built, has invested in its strategic growth by hiring Cameron Berger as the new director of strategic business development. After a long and successful sports 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 contribute to the company’s growth strategy in New South Wales in the hospitality industry.

As the hotel celebrates its first anniversary this month, Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbor strengthened its executive ranks with the recruitment of Stefan Staltar 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 led the property through a major renovation.

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