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Movers + Shakers: Accor welcomes Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport’s new executive team

Accor has announced the seven executive team appointments for the new Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport after a stellar start as part of the hotels’ opening team and will be led by General Manager David Alexander.

Accor has announced the seven executive team appointments for the new Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport after a stellar start as part of the hotels’ opening team and will be led by General Manager David Alexander.

Alexander assumes the role after being a part of the pre-opening team at the dual-branded Novotel Melbourne & ibis Melbourne Central hotel and has more than 15 years’ leadership experience.

He will be responsible for 200 staff at the new hotel and brings a people-centric culture to both hotels, which represent Australia’s largest hotel development in 2024.

Seasoned hotel specialist and highly respected sales and marketing leader Narelle Welsh is the new Director of Sales & Marketing and recently launched the Dorsett Melbourne.

Charlie Tickler joins the Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport team as Director of Finance from Novotel Melbourne South Wharf.

As Director of Talent & Culture, Sonia Ruiz has been recruiting and onboarding new staff and will focus on fostering a collaborative work environment and community for all airport staff. She was also previously at Novotel Melbourne & ibis Melbourne Central.

Novotel and ibis Styles Melb Airport
The Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport hotels.

New 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.

Also joining the team is Gopikrishna Loganathan as Director of Engineering with previous pre-opening experience at Novotel Melbourne & ibis Melbourne Central.

Rounding out the Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport executive team is experienced commercial manager Ashish Rajput as Director of Revenue who is responsible for setting up distribution channels and leading revenue management and reservations for both properties. He was previously Director of Commercial at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

The Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport opened on 1 July 2024.