Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport introduce new exec team

Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport introduce new exec team
Edited by Travel Weekly


    With operations now in full swing at Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport, the team behind the opening success has been revealed.

    Leading the all-star cast is David Alexander as general manager who brings over 15 years leadership experience, having most recently been part of the pre-opening team at the dual-branded Novotel Melbourne & ibis Melbourne Central. Responsible for more than 200 staff, Alexander brings his quintessential people centric culture to both the hotels and is thrilled with the growing team in place.

    “It’s such a privilege and honour to be the general manager for Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport, the first new-build internationally branded hotels to open at Melbourne Airport in over two decades. We’re flipping the concept of ‘airport hotels’ on its head and changing the way they are viewed,” Alexander said.

    “With our experience-led focus, we’re taking the midscale and premium-economy hotel sector to the next level. Both properties have so much to offer from our health and wellbeing club, Higher State which provides a holistic wellness approach for guests and the transient travellers who can enjoy a massage, yoga class or a facial between flights to the choice of three modern restaurants or bars ensuring there is something for everyone.”

    Seasoned hotel specialist and highly respected sales and marketing leader, Narelle Welsh takes up the role director of sales & marketing, having most recently launched the Dorsett Melbourne. ‘High Energy’ is her middle name, and she has been busy procuring major clients and partnership deals for the hotels and is without a doubt the hotel’s No.1  cheerleader on Linkedin.

    Charlie Tickler, who joins the team as director of finance, brings a wealth of financial experience to the team and understands the Novotel brand inside out, joining the team from Novotel Melbourne South Wharf. Excited to be part of the largest hotel development in Australia of the year, Tickler is forecasting blue skies ahead.

    As the director of talent & culture, Sonia Ruiz has been busy recruiting and onboarding new staff with positive work culture high on the priority list. Focussed on fostering a collaborative and welcoming work environment while also creating a sense of community for all airport staff, Sonia was previously at Novotel Melbourne & ibis Melbourne Central.

    As the director of operations, Giovani Sayuti, is responsible for the daily operations of both hotels, with a strong focus on delivering exceptional customer service across all touchpoints from check-in to check-out. Guests, prepare to be wowed.

    Also joining the team is Gopikrishna Loganathan, as director of engineering. His previous pre-opening experience at Novotel and ibis Melbourne Central has ensured the seamless delivery of all building operations from a sustainability and safety perspective.

    Rounding out the executive team is experienced commercial manager Ashish Rajput who, as director of revenue, is responsible for setting up distribution channels and leading revenue management and reservations for both properties. Having previously held the position of director of commercial at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Rajput is relishing this new challenge.

    Located in the City of Hume, Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport offers travellers all the luxuries and amenities of a city hotel within easy walking distance of Terminal 4 and boasts 464 stylishly designed guest rooms split across Novotel (248 rooms) and ibis Styles (216 rooms) .

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