TWO SENIOR APPOINTMENTS were made by the ONYX Hospitality Group, in which David Cumming has been named regional vice-president of operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos; and Pierre-André Pelletier named regional vice-president of operations for South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives.
David was previously vice-president and area general manager for Bangkok. In his expanded role, He will support the company’s future growth in Malaysia, where ONYX has one newly launched Amari, and three additional hotels in the pipeline, and Laos, where three new Amari properties under development.
A 25-year veteran in hospitality, David has been with the company since 2004 and has been general manager at both Amari Pattaya and Amari Watergate Bangkok. He also held a corporate leadership role as vice president of operational development at ONYX Hospitality Group, providing his considerable industry expertise to new hotel openings. David will continue to be based at Amari Watergate Bangkok, location of the group’s global head office.
Previously the vice-president and area general manager for South Thailand, Pierre-Andre takes on added leadership responsibilities in the Maldives and Vietnam. ONYX currently operates Amari Havodda Maldives and is preparing for the early 2018 opening of OZO Hoi An. The company is in active negotiations with partners on potential new developments in both destinations.
Hailing from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs, Switzerland-born Pierre-André joined the company in 1993. He has served as general manager of Amari Pattaya, Amari Watergate Bangkok, and more recently, the group’s flagship Amari Phuket, where he will continue to be based.
“This is an exciting time in the ongoing development and expansion of ONYX Hospitality Group, and also the year that we enter new markets like Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos,” said Douglas Martell, president & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group. “The expansion of both David and Pierre-André’s roles is an important step towards enhancing our commitment within these markets and paving the way for our future growth.”
Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. Its development pipeline features 21 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia. Amari has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.