One&OnlyResorts has announced the appointment of established industry leader Ed Brea as General Manager, One&Only Hayman Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, effective 1 September 2015. In his new role, Mr. Brea will be responsible for the entire operation of One&Only Hayman Island and its continued strategic development.
“I am thrilled to have Ed join One&Only Resorts at this exciting time of growth,” commented Mark DeCocinis, President/Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “Australia is extremely important to us, especially as we continue to develop in the region. His commitment to service excellence and his development of passionate people make him the perfect fit for this role, and I know he is excited to return to Australia. I look forward to Ed leading the continued innovation at One&Only Hayman Island.”
Mr. Brea joins One&Only with over 30 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality industry, including key positions at prestigious hotel brands Hyatt and Shangri-La. He started his career in the early 1980s at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Hawaii where he worked in a variety of F&B roles. He continued to develop within the Hyatt group, with further roles in the Philippines, Australia and Singapore and was eventually appointed Resident Manager at Grand Hyatt Taipei in 1999.
In 2000, Ed joined Shangri-La at the Island hotel in Hong Kong. During his tenure at Shangri-La, he held key leadership roles in Canada, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and most recently, Thailand. Mr. Brea also launched new resort brands within Shangri-La, including the flagship hotel Jing-An and the Kerry Hotel Pudong, both in Shanghai, China as well as Traders in Malaysia. Ed has also led teams overseeing key projects, re-brandings and pre-openings.