It’s been a big week in the travel industry with people moving up and on from previous positions into new and exciting gigs, we call them our movers & shakers.

So, find out who got a new gig this week by checking out this week’s travel industry movers & shakers below or clicking here to check out last week’s new appointments.


Meet… Adelaide Airport’s new Director

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Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) announced the appointment of Michael Gorman as a new Board Director.

AAL Chairman, Rob Chapman, said Mr Gorman would bring a wealth of experience to the Board as a result of his expertise in both real estate and the public equity and debt markets.

“Mr Gorman has a demonstrated track record as Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO of a significant Australian Real Estate Investment Trust,” Mr Chapman said.

“His experience extends beyond the investment in real estate to the master planning, management and development of large public property assets, particularly shopping complexes, as well as monitoring the ongoing management of retail environments to optimise the customer experience.

“His public equity and debt market experience extends to the management of a top 50 public company for nearly a decade, with direct responsibility to shareholders and the board for strategy and day-to-day management. This included raising several billion dollars in equity on the Australian Securities Exchange and corporate bonds in the domestic and US markets.”

Mr Gorman has a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science (Architecture). He is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Royal Society of Arts.

Mr Chapman thanked retiring Director Jim Tolhurst, who had provided expertise, experience and advice to the Board over the past 13 years. He said Mr Tolhurst had been a significant contributor to the aviation sector in Adelaide and throughout Australia.


Meet… Marriott International’s new hotel GM

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Marriott International has appointed Bernhard Langer as General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park. On track to open in August 2018, the hotel marks the re-entry of the Four Points brand into the Sydney market.

Effective 1 February 2018, Bernhard will oversee and manage all aspects of the hotel’s operations, including financial performance, business strategy development and implementation of the Four Points service philosophy to ensure guest satisfaction. Bernhard will also assemble the hotel’s management team.

With several successful hotel openings under his belt, Bernhard’s expertise will be pivotal in the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park.

“I’m honoured to be overseeing the team that will bring the Four Points brand back to Sydney,” said Bernhard Langer, General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park. “The Four Points brand represents sophisticated and comfortable service at an honest value, and I will work with my team to bring this to life for both local and international travellers visiting Sydney.”

After 18 years working across the Westin, St. Regis and Sheraton brands in Fiji, Singapore, Thailand, China and Japan, Bernhard brings a strong operational background to the General Manager role. He comes to Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park from Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, where he held the position of Hotel Manager.

As General Manager, Bernhard will report into Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific, Marriott International.

“We’re pleased to have Bernhard on board for the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park,” said Sean Hunt. “Having worked for a range of Marriott International branded hotels, Bernhard understands the importance of bringing the brand to life for guests, which is exactly what we’re looking for upon the reintroduction of the Four Points brand into Sydney.”


Meet… Accor Vacation Club’s new GM of Developer Operations


Accor Vacation Club has welcomed a new addition to its senior leadership team, appointing Mark Ludbrook to the newly created position of General Manager – Developer Operations.

Based on the Gold Coast, Mark will assume leadership responsibility for all Accor Vacation Club timeshare sales and marketing operations in Australia.

Mark brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the role, including five years with Accor Vacation Club. Most recently, he spent nine years with Foxtel as the company’s Head of Outbound Operations.

Accor Vacation Club CEO Craig Wood said, :It’s great to welcome Mark back to the Accor Vacation Club family. We are confident that his previous exposure to our brand will complement his strong operational expertise to help establish this new position as an integral part of our business unit.

“We look forward to him adding new value and a fresh perspective to the business to drive its future development.”

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