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The Star appoints non-executive directors, GM Surveillance

The Star Entertainment Group has appointed Anne Ward and David Foster as non-executive directors, subject to casino regulatory approvals.

A veteran executive and director, Ward is currently chairman of ASX-listed e-commerce group Redbubble and communications software provider Symbio Holdings. She recently retired from the Board of Crown Resorts Limited following the takeover by Blackstone in June 2022 and has also served as Chairman of Colonial First State Investments Ltd, Chairman of Qantas Superannuation Ltd, Chairman of Zoos Victoria, Director of MYOB Group Ltd and Flexigroup Ltd. , and served on the RMIT University Council.

Foster has spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry, including more than five years as Managing Director of Suncorp Bank where he led the bank’s turnaround and restructuring during the global financial crisis.

He is currently a director of several ASX-listed companies, including Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd, an ASX 100 financial services company, and is Chairman of G8 Education Ltd. Foster is the former chairman of the Regional Investment Corporation and was previously a board member of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia.

“Anne and David bring a relevant skill set to our board at this important stage,” said The Star’s interim chairman, Ben Heap.

“They have extensive experience in highly regulated industries, impressive risk and compliance track records, and invaluable leadership insights forged during their respective careers in law and banking.

The Star has also appointed Zhan Spalding to its management team, taking on the newly created role of Managing Director Surveillance Queensland, overseeing the company’s two properties in the state.

Spalding, who has spent more than 30 years working in surveillance and security operations for domestic and international gaming venues, starts on September 5.

According to the Star, Spalding will play an important role in transitioning Brisbane’s Treasury watch team to a new model ahead of the scheduled opening of Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf area in the second half of 2023.

She will oversee the existing surveillance operating model at The Star Gold Coast.

“We are delighted to have been able to attract Zhan to this vital new role for the business,” said Jess Mellor, Chief Operating Officer of Star Gold Coast.

“She has extensive expertise in implementing surveillance technology, multi-site management, restructuring and streamlining processes, which we will leverage to further solidify our position as a premium tourism and entertainment destination. of the Gold Coast.”

Spalding will be the first woman to hold a supervisory chief executive position at the company.

“Throughout my career, I have often been the only woman on an international surveillance or security network events team, so I am passionate about encouraging other women to pursue careers in this industry” , she said.

“I also want to highlight the scope of the role, which is complex and demanding, requiring knowledge of technology, compliance, policy, procedure, data analysis, crisis management, etc.”

The Star aims to represent 45% women and 45% men in leadership roles, while the remaining 10% recognizes the need to create space for non-binary gender identities, Mellor explained.

QT Melbourne welcomes new Managing Director

QT Melbourne welcomes Kristen Foat as Managing Director.

Foat joined QT in 2020 as Director of Sales and Marketing for QT Melbourne, with ambitions to become Managing Director.

Kristen Foet

“I’m excited for Kristen’s next chapter with QT,” said QT Hotels and Resorts Group General Manager Callum Kennedy.

“She’s a disruptor. His strong leadership will continue to encourage our eclectic teams who deliver our highly individualized signature service in our quirky luxury centers.

Foat brings over a decade of experience with the Art Series hotel group and has previously worked with luxury brands such as Hilton and Sofitel in Melbourne.

“I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a talented group of people,” she said.

“We will continue to provide all of our customers with an experience unlike any other. It’s amazing to see Melbourne come back to life and there’s no stopping us as we take QT Melbourne to the next level in 2022 and beyond.

Other recent appointments at Event include the appointment of Katie Smith as Managing Director Rydges Canberra; Rory Bourke as General Manager JUCY Snooze Queenstown, Charlie Turnbull as General Manager Rydges Perth Kings Square; Caitlin Bombell as General Manager Rydges Darling Square Apartment Hotel; Kent Breeze as General Manager Rydges Rotorua; Pawan Kumar as Managing Director Rydges Bankstown; and Jonothon Stubbs as General Manager of The Miller Hotel, an Independent Collection By Event property.

“I would like to congratulate each of the General Managers on their new roles, it is easy to be impressed by the high caliber of these appointments and I look forward to working with these leaders and their teams,” Event Hospitality and Entertainment said. . Director of Hotels and Resorts, Norman Arundel.

Vista appoints Brisbane Cluster General Manager

Vista Hospitality Group has appointed Nathan Dean as Cluster General Manager of its two new Brisbane properties – voco Brisbane City Center and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre.

Nathan Dean

Dean joins Vista Hospitality Group from Ovolo Hotel Group where he was Regional General Manager for Ovolo Hotel Brisbane, Ovolo The Valley Hotel and The Inchcolm Hotel.

“I am delighted to work with such a talented and dynamic team at voco Brisbane and Hotel Indigo Brisbane and look forward to leaving our mark, especially at a time when traveler demand is returning in spades,” said Dean.

“The hotels are both very different properties that offer premium lifestyle touchpoints and facilities and I’m incredibly proud to represent two of Australia’s most exciting hotel brands.”

For nearly two decades in hotel management, Dean has held various positions across Australia with Ovolo Hotel Group, Next Story Group, Stamford Hotels, Crown Resorts Melbourne, Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa .

Outrigger Strengthens Hawaii Vacation Condos Division

Outrigger has appointed Carly Clement as Vice President of Operations – Hawai’i Vacation Condos and Cynde Vannatta as General Manager of Royal Sea Cliff by Outrigger.

Carly Clement

Clement joined Outrigger in 2019 as Resort Manager at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach and was promoted to General Manager of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in 2021. Most recently, she served as General Manager at Lotus Honolulu/ Hotel Renew. Prior to joining Outrigger, Clement held positions such as Room Manager at the Hyatt in California and also at the Modern Honolulu, and executive positions at the 4-Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe, 5-Star/5-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the 4-diamond The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.

Cynde Vannatta

Vannatta joins Outrigger from Marriott Vacation Club where she was marketing manager for the Waikoloa Ocean Club. She was previously the Marketing Coordinator at the Royal Sea Cliff property while under the Wyndham flag.

She also has experience with the Shell Vacations Club brand as Regional Support Services Manager for Hawai’i, Support Services Manager for the island of Hawai’i, and Contract Processing Manager and loan verification.


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