Having opened two new hotels in Australia this year and with plans for additional hotels in Melbourne and Hobart, Marriott International is growing fast. Now a stellar lineup of new general managers have been appointed.
The new staff will be a part of Marriott’s senior management team, with the company creating over 300 new jobs in Australia’s tourism and hospitality industry.
High-performing associates have been promoted to general manager roles at Australian properties, supporting Marriott’s long-time commitment to providing career growth opportunities for company employees.
Sean Hunt, area vice president, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International, said that it was a pleasure to welcome the three new general managers.
“A testament to the success of our talent and retention teams, the senior associates’ careers with Marriott International have spanned several decades,” he said. “The experienced and talented executives will lead three of our top-performing hotels in the Melbourne market.”
These new staff appointments come as Marriott’s property portfolio continues to grow exponentially, with 12 new hotels scheduled to open by the end of 2022, and further successes are on the cards as Marriott almost doubles capacity across its Australian properties.
“I congratulate all the associates on their recent appointments and look forward to working with each of them as they play a vital role in the successful management of Marriott International’s signature hotels in Australia,” said Mr Hunt.
The appointments include:
Stephen Ferrigno – General Manager, The Westin Melbourne
Having worked in the hotel industry for close to 30 years, Mr Ferrigno has spent time at some of Marriott’s most esteemed hotels, including Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park and Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. Previously, Mr Ferrigno has held general manager positions at Four Points by Sheraton, Geelong and Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa. He also opened Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne, Docklands. Mr Ferrigno commenced his general manager role at The Westin Melbourne on July 1.
Chris Johns – General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne, Docklands
Mr Johns began his career with Marriott in 1996 as bar manager at the Renaissance Sydney Hotel. Since then, he has worked at many of the company’s international hotels in leadership and management roles. Mr Johns has held general manager positions at the Courtyard Seoul Namdaemum Hotel, South Korea and the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort. He commenced his role as general manager at Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne, Docklands on July 1.
Harry Singh – General Manager, AC Hotel by Marriott, Melbourne, Southbank
Mr Singh has worked with Marriott International for 20 years, having served in roles at The Renaissance Mumbai Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde, Melbourne Marriott and Pier One Sydney Harbour. In 2018, Mr Singh successfully launched the award-winning Element Melbourne Richmond. He began his role as general manager at the AC Hotel by Marriott, Melbourne, Southbank on July 19.
Recognising the achievements of these new staff appointments, Mr Hunt said, “Marriott International is proud of our continued commitment to providing solid career progression for our associates. Talent retention and internal promotion, as well as our diversity and inclusion programs, mentoring and wellbeing are all key focus areas at Marriott International.”
The company looks forward to providing more career opportunities for staff and to pursuing continued growth in the Australian market.