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Donovan Sumner becomes Cycas’s fourth Vice President of Operations


Donovan Sumner becomes Cycas’s fourth Vice President of Operations

Category: Europe - Careers - Appointments
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2022-07-21

  • Three new General Managers join the operator’s fast-growing European team
Cycas Hospitality has further strengthened its operations team with four senior recruits to support its growth across 12 European countries.

The hotel management specialist has appointed its fourth VP Operations - Donovan Sumner - to oversee the new 11-hotel addition to the Cycas portfolio, following its recent partnership with InterGlobe Enterprises.

Donovan joins from Hotel Co 51, where as Regional Operations Director he oversaw the management of 14 hotels across the UK, Italy and Norway. He brings over 18 years of hotel management experience across a wide range of brands, accommodation styles and countries, and previously worked for Belvar, where he was responsible for all UK Moxy hotels.

Georg Bailer becomes the General Manager of greet Hotel Darmstadt; the 194-room property which became Accor’s first greet-branded hotel when it rebranded last summer after a year of renovation.

Over the last 28 years Georg has gained built up his operational expertise working across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and brings extensive knowledge of the Frankfurt market. Having managed several high-profile Marriott-branded hotels, Georg was also responsible for all 60 H-Hotels in his capacity as Director of Operations.

In Rotterdam, Nicolette Korstanje has joined the Cycas team as it prepares for the European debut of the Motto by Hilton brand this September, with Motto Rotterdam Blaak becoming the operator’s first property in the Dutch city.

A specialist in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam markets with 12 years’ operational and commercial experience, Nicolette previously spent two and a half years as General Manager of the Urban Residences in Rotterdam.

The appointments follow the recent announcement that Zac Pearse has joined Cycas as General Manager of the design-led Bankside Hotel, a 161-room five-star property which forms part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection and which Cycas took over the management of in June.

Zac’s 19 years of hospitality expertise includes managing Malmaison’s flagship property - Charterhouse Square, London - and, most recently, working as Area Manager for Criterion Hospitality where he was responsible for developing four new hotel sites across London while overseeing the group’s 25 commercial and apartment buildings.

Announcing the appointments, Apurva Pratap, MD of Cycas Hospitality, said: “Having doubled our portfolio over the last year, it’s essential that we attract talented senior leaders to ensure we can continue delivering Cycas’s trademark positively outrageous service as we move into new markets.

“We’re therefore delighted to welcome Donovan, Georg, Nicolette and Zac to the team, and are confident their deep-market knowledge will prove invaluable as we continue driving superior guest experience and outstanding investor returns.”

About Cycas Hospitality

  • With a pan-European portfolio of over 40 global branded and independent hotels across 12 countries, Cycas Hospitality is Europe’s leading and fastest-growing independent hotel management company.
  • Focused on delivering outstanding guest experience to drive superior investor returns, Cycas operates across all categories of hotels and serviced apartments for private and institutional investment partners.
  • Cycas’s portfolio brings together a range of key-city locations, travel hubs and leisure destinations. Our properties range from limited service to luxury, and include lifestyle and extended-stay hotels, as well as co-living and serviced apartments.
  • With proven expertise in operations, property development and asset management, Cycas partners with all the major global brands, working with Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Radisson, as well as helping to curate several independent brands.
  • Thanks to its distinctive performance culture, commitment to talent and core purpose of developing and inspiring Europe’s best hospitality team, Cycas is consistently recognised as a ‘Best Place to Work in Hospitality’ (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022).

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