Veriu ap­points new chief

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SYD­NEY-BASED Veriu Ho­tels has an­nounced the ap­point­ment Zed San­jana to the role of ceo, where he will be charged with grow­ing its port­fo­lio of 20 ho­tels in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne & Bris­bane.

San­jana was most re­cently the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Quest Apart­ment Ho­tels, where in a seven-year pe­riod he over­saw the ad­di­tion of 50 new ho­tel sites.

Be­fore that he spent a decade in the cor­po­rate fi­nance depart­ment with pro­fes­sional ser­vices com­pany Ernst & Young.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant ap­point­ment for the group at a time where we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sub­stan­tial growth in both the Veriu and Punthill brands,” Veriu di­rec­tors Rhys Wil­liams and Alex Thorpe said in a state­ment.

“Zed will pro­vide the strate­gic di­rec­tion needed to con­sol­i­date our net­work and po­si­tion the busi­ness for fu­ture growth,” they added.

Com­ment­ing on his own ap­point­ment, San­jana said he was ex­cited to spear­head the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion am­bi­tions.

“I’ve ad­mired the growth path of Veriu for some time, and with its re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of Punthill it is now uniquely po­si­tioned to take ad­van­tage of the sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pan­sion that ex­ist in the mar­ket,” he said.

The ap­point­ment also fol­lows news that con­struc­tion has com­menced on the $45 mil­lion 144-room Veriu Green Square ho­tel ( TD 09 Aug), slated to open in late 2019.

The ho­tel op­er­a­tor is eye­ing off growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for both its Veriu and Punthill brands na­tion­ally and in New Zealand.

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