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September 11, 2017 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

The Brisbane Airport Hotels Group (BAHG) has landed another four hugely-experienced operators who will join the team ahead of the October 11 openings of the Pullman Hotel Brisbane Airport, ibis Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Airport Conference Centre (BACC).

As Director of Human Resources, Karan Suji has jumped straight into action with his new appointment. Armed with well over a decade’s experience, Karan is now undertaking a major recruitment drive to fill a host of roles across the hotels and adjoining conference and events centre.

In addition to traditional front-of-house roles and operational positions, Karan is seeking applicants for roles that will span the unique breadth and depth of the various onsite restaurants, bars and event spaces. Karan’s most recent role was working as the Talent & Culture Manager at Novotel Twin Waters Resort and prior to this he was located in Perth, Western Australia as a multi-hotel Human Resources Manager for AccorHotels.

Joining the group as the General Manager for ibis is Peter Mara, who has spent over twenty years working in operational and management roles across hotels, restaurants, bars and casinos. After spending 11 years working for Treasury Casino and Jupiter’s in Townsville, Peter returned to Brisbane to take up a position with the Novotel Brisbane Airport, the first BAHG property.

Since joining the Novotel Brisbane Airport team as Food & Beverage Manager in 2009, Peter has turned his hand to a number of additional roles before being asked to step in to the role as General Manager of the soon-to-be-opened ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel.

Also joining the ranks in a General Manager role is Simon Schlegel, who will head up the Pullman Hotel team. His strong experience in both hotels and major events has included roles with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, a highly-coveted position on the G20 Taskforce for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as well as positions in Beijing, Edinburgh and Canberra.

Rounding out the four senior appointments is Justin Zammit, who will assume the role of Executive Chef across the group. Encompassing the two new hotels and BACC, Justin is well-equipped to take on the multi-venue role with a background that has seen him garner extensive kitchen management experience with large-scale catering venues, five star hotels, and ‘hatted’ restaurants in Australia and Michelin stared restaurants overseas.

Most recently, Justin was in the role of Group Executive Chef for QT Hotels which included properties on the Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Falls Creek and Queenstown. Prior to that he’s held senior positions with Brisbane City Hall’s Epicure, at the 5-star Swissotel Sydney, Hayman Island Resort and a range of leading destinations and properties.

Ahead of the official openings on October 11, Justin will be working to build an equally formidable team, menus and food direction for the upscale Pullman restaurant and private dining room, the ibis beach-style bistro and café, a rooftop bar, 1800sqm functions venue and host of other onsite spaces.

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