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Cycas Hospitality supports European growth with six senior recruits

Cycas Hospitality supports European growth with six senior recruits

With Cycas planning to triple its portfolio to 10,000 rooms by 2022, it has expanded its team across all areas of the business.

The award-winning hotel management company has recently welcomed two new additions to its senior team at the company’s Amsterdam headquarters, as well as four department heads to support its ambitious European expansion plans.

Senior team

In October Lieven Werner became the tenth member of Cycas’s senior team, taking on the Financial Director role. An experienced finance and operations executive, Lieven spent 19 years working for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) across Europe and the Americas, most recently as Vice President Finance and Business Support, Americas. He was brought in to help maximise our hotel performance and deliver greater value to Cycas’s partners through enhanced reporting platforms and improved business partnering. Lieven is based in the company’s Amsterdam head office and, as a member of the Executive Committee, reports directly into Cycas Hospitality’s co-founder Eduard Elias.

Rasmus Steen joined the senior team earlier this year in the newly created role of Director of Information Technology. With 15 years of financial and operational experience across the hospitality industry, he spent six years with Marriott International and joins from Belvar where, as Director of Finance, he was instrumental in helping the company roll out new franchised Marriott properties across Europe. The new role sees Rasmus manage the technical processes used by Cycas, with a focus on enhancing the reporting and accounting accuracy for our owners as it expands its hotels across the UK and continental Europe. His team forms part of the financial team, working under Lieven at head office.

Department heads

Joseph Aminzadeh joined Cycas as Senior Director of Development & Acquisition in September, bringing over 20 years of hotel development expertise. His focus is to ensure the team delivers on its goal of 10,000 rooms across Europe by 2022. Before joining Cycas, Joseph co-founded a series of successful hotel-related businesses across Africa; the most recent being Extrabold Hotel Management, where he served as Executive Chairman for seven years. Prior to this, Joseph jointly founded South Africa’s first specialised publicly-listed property company, Hospitality Property Fund. Joseph reports into Asli Kutlucan, Cycas’s Senior Partner – Development & Acquisitions.

Given Cycas’s commitment to having 3,000 guest rooms in France by 2022 and three confirmed hotel signings, Arthur Jaeger has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Development France, based in Paris. Arthur previously worked as Hotel Development Director for real estate developers Vinci Immobilier, where he sourced opportunities in France. A trained civil engineer, Arthur’s experience of luxury hotel renovations will also be a great asset. He will report into Joseph.

In mid-November, Neetu Mistry née Ganesh became Cycas’s new Commercial Director, reporting into Wayne Androliakos, Cycas’s Senior Partner – Operations. Based in the UK, she is responsible for revenue, sales and marketing activity across Cycas’s European portfolio. Neetu joins from RBH Hotels (formerly Redefine BDL) where she was Director of Revenue and gained first-hand experience of increasing a company’s commercial visibility within a rapidly growing company. She also has significant experience of working across major brands, including Premier Inn, Accor, IHG, Hilton and Marriott.

Finally, Cycas has also hired Philip Steiner as Director of Accommodation, overseeing the housekeeping and facilities functions across the Cycas hotel portfolio. Philip was previously responsible for the hotels sector of ISS Facility Services in the UK, where he managed the housekeeping and back-of-house services across 75 hotels and over 2,500 employees. Philip will also report into Wayne.

John Wagner, co-founder of Cycas Hospitality said: “Our latest recruits join us at a tremendously exciting period in Cycas’s growth. Their combined experience will support the next phase of our expansion, as we realise our target of a portfolio of 10,000 rooms across mainland Europe by 2022.

“From our established position as a preferred management company in the UK, we are swiftly evolving into a trusted partner that is favoured by international brands and investors across Europe, so it’s important to have the right team in place to help us fulfil our strategy. I’m therefore confident that our new organisational structure will ensure Cycas remains best placed to continue delivering exceptional value for our guests and partners.”

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