ONYX HOSPITALITY GROUP has made seven key hotel leadership appointments as part of its on-going growth and expansion across the Asia-Pacific region.
Dean Rossilli has been named area general manager for Malaysia to pave the way for the Group’s plans to have six hotels open across the three key gateway cities of Peninsula Malaysia by 2021.
Currently based at Amari Johor Bahru, Dean joined ONYX from Pan Pacific Hotels Group, where he held general manager roles in Indonesia and Singapore. Throughout his 25-year career, he has held various leadership roles with companies and brands such as GLH Thistle, Marriott, Renaissance and Sheraton in Australia, UK, the US and Southeast Asia.
Clinton Lovell is the new general manager for Amari Watergate Bangkok. Joining ONYX from Minor Hotels, Clinton was the general manager for Avani Atrium Bangkok as well as Anantara Seminyak Bali. He also held earlier leadership roles with Accor Hotels in Bangkok, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Siem Reap.
Dean and Clinton will both report directly to David Cumming, regional vice president of operations for ONYX Hospitality Group’s expanding presence across Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos.
Veteran ONYX General Manager Ingo Domaschke has moved from his previous Koh Samui-based role to Pattaya as opening GM for OZO Pattaya, scheduled to open in 2020. He is also part of the pre-opening task force for the early 2019 relaunch of Amari Pattaya Ocean Tower and unveil of the all-new Amari Pattaya Ocean Suites, offering his expertise from the refurbishment and recent relaunch of Amari Koh Samui.
Back in Bangkok, Sanjeev Kapoor has been named general manager of Shama Sukhumvit Bangkok and Ekamai Gardens Bangkok. Sanjeev joins ONYX from Oakwood where he served as general manager for Oakwood Premier in Bangalore. His hotel career started with Hyatt in Melbourne, before taking on leadership roles with Crown Resorts, The Leela Group in New Delhi and TFE Hotels in Melbourne.
Sanjiva Gautamadasa joins the company as general manager of Amari Vogue Krabi. Of Sri Lankan heritage, Sanjiva has held various leadership roles with Alila Hotels in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and with Jetwing, Oberoi and Dubai International Hotel.
ONYX Hospitality Group also announced the promotion of two female leaders to hotel manager roles. Porntip Pibarnwong has been named hotel manager for Amari Residences Bangkok, Chiva Bangkok Hotel and Amp Am House. She was previously director of sales and Marketing at Amari Watergate Bangkok.
Sirilak Buahom is now hotel manager for Sukhothai Heritage Resort. She was promoted from her previous role as guest relations manager at Amari Watergate Bangkok.
On these key appointments, Craig Bond, executive vice-president, operations, ONYX Hospitality Group, said: “With enhanced awareness of our dynamic growth and expansion, we are increasingly attracting top talent from some of the industry’s best known companies to our organization. We are also committed to identifying high-performing team members to leadership roles, and developing our local talent pipeline to power the long term growth of our regional portfolio.”
Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 49 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of close to 30 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its medium-term road map.