Marriott International announces stellar lineup of new General Manager appointments

Harry Singh [Image by Jarrad Seng]

Marriott International has recently appointed of a number of high-performing Associates into general manager roles across their growing portfolio of Australian properties. The appointments demonstrate Marriott’s commitment to internal promotion and providing
long-term career prospects for their employees.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of three new General Managers across a number of our top-performing hotels in Australia. A testament to the success of our talent and retention programs, the senior associates’ careers with Marriott International have spanned several decades. The experienced and talented executives will lead three of our top-performing hotels in the Melbourne market,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International.

“The portfolio of Marriott properties in Australia is continuing to grow, we started the year with the opening of the W Melbourne, followed by the Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank. We have another 12 hotels scheduled to open by the end of 2022, that will see our number of hotel rooms grow by 45%. Our focus on promoting top-performing Associates is key for Marriott to continue to grow and operate our award-winning portfolio of properties,” said Sean Hunt.

“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,” continued Sean Hunt.

About the Associates:

Stephen Ferrigno – General Manager, The Westin Melbourne, effective

Stephen commenced his career in the hotel industry close to 30 years ago at Sheraton Southgate Melbourne. He worked his way through the Rooms Division, including tenures at some of the Pacific region’s flagship properties including the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. Stephen has held several General Manager positions including Four Points by Sheraton, Geelong and Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa. In 2016 he successfully opened the Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne, Docklands. Stephen commenced at The Westin Melbourne on 1 July.

Chris Johns – General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands

Chris began his journey with Marriott in 1996 as Bar Manager at the Renaissance Sydney Hotel. In 2003, he embarked on several international postings including joining the pre-opening team of JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando Florida and the JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tuscon Arizona. Chris’s career journey with Marriott continued and saw him move to Asia as Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel and then to Hong Kong and JW Marriott Bangkok. Chris’s first General Manager position was held at the Courtyard Seoul Namdaemum Hotel, South Korea followed by General Manager of the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort. Chris returned to Australia and commenced as General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands on 1 July.

Harry Singh – AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank

Harry has recently completed 20 years’ service with Marriott International. He commenced his career in 2001 as a Management Trainee at The Renaissance Mumbai Hotel. In 2005, Harry landed his first role in Australia at the Sydney Harbour Marriott and was then promoted to Operations Manager at Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde. A move to Melbourne Marriott as Director of Operations was followed by a return to Sydney to join the team at Pier One Sydney Harbour. Harry successfully launched the award-winning Element Melbourne Richmond in 2018. He commenced at the AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank on 19 July.

“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,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International.