Christopher Northam is relocating to Bali to take up the newly created dual role as Area Manager Bali, Indonesia and General Manager at Mantra Sakala Resort and Beach Club. In this role Chris will also oversee operations of Peppers Seminyak and Suarga Padang Padang by Peppers. With a strategic focus on growing the network in Bali, the portfolio is set to grow over the next 12 months. Chris has worked for Mantra Group as Area Manager North Queensland and GM Peppers Beach Club Resort & Spa for over four years. His leadership and ability to assemble a highly motivated and passionate team has undoubtedly contributed to his property achieving recognition as a market leader in the highly competitive North Queensland tourism region.
Stefan Kracke will replace Chris Northam as Area Manager North Queensland and General Manager Peppers Beach Club & Spa, promoted from his current General Manager role at Peppers Blue on Blue in Magnetic Island. Stefan will also oversee Mantra Trilogy, Mantra Esplanade, and BreakFree Royal Harbour in Cairns; Mantra Amphora in Palm Cove, Peppers Beach Club in Port Douglas and Peppers Blue on Blue Magnetic Island. Stefan is a highly experienced hotelier who having held previous General Manager positions with Accor in New Zealand and Fiji having started his career in boutique hotels in his native Germany. Stefan’s leadership skills and ability to integrate activity with local tourism authorities will ensure the continued success of the North Queensland hotels.
With the much anticipated opening scheduled for January 2016, Jeremy Nordkamp has been appointed General Manager of Peppers Docklands Melbourne – a new build mixed-use development in collaboration with Capital Alliance. Jeremy has made the move to Melbourne to manage the hotel in its pre-opening phase having previously held General Manager positions at Mantra on Edward Brisbane and Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas. This is Mantra Group’s first Melbourne hotel for its high end Peppers brand and part of strategic CBD acquisitions and new developments taking place for the respected brand.
New to Mantra Group, Neil McDonald has been appointed General Manager Mantra 2 Bond Street and Area Manager for NSW. In this role he will oversee Mantra on Kent, BreakFree on George, BreakFree on Clarence and Mantra Wollongong. His management career started on Hayman Island Resort as Food and Beverage Manager and progressed to Hotel Manager at Radisson Plaza Hotel before his first General Manager position with Radisson Darling Harbour Hotel. Neil moved to China with Regent Hotels to open their flagship property “The Regent Shanghai” before joining Starwood Hotels to open Sheraton Hotels in Suzhou and Shanghai. Most recently Neil was the Cluster Managing Director for Sheraton Hotels in Qingdao, China.
Mantra Group is a leading manager and marketer of hotels and resorts in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and operates three well-known and trusted brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree. The Group successfully listed on the ASX in June 2014 and in its first year as a public company was included in the ASX 200 list. With 120+ properties and over 14,000 rooms under management, Mantra Group is the second largest accommodation operator in Australia. The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats: www.mantragroup.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au;www.breakfree.com.au