August 19, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: From left to right – Chris Johns, Harry Singh and Luke Fleming

Marriott International has made three internal General Manager appointments in Melbourne, promoting long-standing talent from within the business.

Stephen Ferrigno has been appointed General Manager of The Westin Melbourne, after 30 years with Marriott. Ferrigno has already held several General Management positions with the brand, including overseeing the opening of Four Points by Sheraton, Melbourne Docklands in 2016.

Chris Johns has taken over from Ferrigno as General Manager of the Docklands Four Points by Sheraton property, after starting with Marriott as a Bar Manager at the Renaissance Sydney hotel in 1996. Johns has held various positions with Marriott internationally, including in a number of their premium JW hotels. His last two GM positions were in hotels in South Korea and Bali, before returning to Australia to take up his new position.

Harry Singh has been appointed General Manager of AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank, after 20 years with Marriott. He began as Management Trainee at The Renaissance Mumbai hotel and has held various positions at Marriott properties in Australia since 2005 in Sydney and Melbourne. Most recently, he oversaw the opening of Element Melbourne Richmond in 2018.

“A testament to the success of our talent and retention programs, [these] senior associates’ careers with Marriott International have spanned several decades,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific for Marriott International.

“The experienced and talented executives will lead three of our top-performing hotels in the Melbourne market.”

Marriott has 12 new openings planned for Australia by the end of 2022, growing the brand’s number of hotel rooms by 45 percent.

At ICC Sydney, Luke Fleming has been promoted to Director of Human Resources.

Fleming was previously Senior Manager of Human Resources Shared Services at the venue. He has been with the convention centre since before it opened in 2016.

“Luke has demonstrated that he is highly skilled at leading top performing, multi-disciplinary teams,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“His strengths in strategic business planning, talent acquisition, employment relations and industrial compliance have earned him a sound reputation as an effective people leader.

“We look forward to seeing Luke continue to develop and maintain key relationships with stakeholders, to drive exemplary service delivery in the business events sector while ensuring team member safety, health and wellbeing remains in focus.”

Fleming said he was delighted with new role.

“It has been an incredibly challenging year but ICC Sydney’s industry leading management and prioritisation of its team members is exceptional. I am looking forward to continuing to work with our world class team in a leadership capacity, to drive the highest standards of business excellence as the venue moves through to the next stage of its recovery in 2021,” he said.