• Dean Rossilli joins Cycas as VP Operations, bringing 30 years’ hospitality experience
  • Regional General Managers Luc Vicherd and Bill Burnett both promoted to VP Operations roles

With Cycas Hospitality now operating across six European countries, the hotel management company has boosted its senior operational team to strengthen its ongoing expansion into new markets.

VP Operations appointments

This week Cycas welcomed Dean Rossilli as VP Operations, bringing 30 years of international hospitality experience in branded full-service hotels across the UK, US, Australia and Southeast Asia.

Dean joins from ONYX Hospitality Group, where he was Area General Manager and had spent four years working for the operator in Malaysia. Prior to that Dean had accrued significant general manager experience across differing markets, spending six years with Pan Pacific Hotel Group in Indonesia and Singapore, three years with glh Hotels across Malaysia, four years working for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in the UK, and seven years with Marriott International across England, Scotland and the USA.

With extensive experience of opening new hotels, Dean’s remit covers Cycas’s London hotels, plus two new additions to the Cycas portfolio which will open across mainland Europe in late 2022. This includes the European debut of the Motto by Hilton urban lifestyle brand (Rotterdam).

Luc Vicherd and Bill Burnett, who both joined Cycas Hospitality in January 2020, become VP Operations for the fast-growing company. Luc will continue overseeing Cycas’s French and Swiss portfolio - including its two dual-brand hotels by Paris Charles de Gaulle airport - while Bill takes on responsibility for Cycas’s properties in Southwest and Northern UK.

Recent General Manager recruits

Vincent Panouillot is the newest General Manager to join the Cycas team, following the opening this month of Marriott International’s first dual-brand hotel in France; the 335-room Courtyard and Residence Inn Paris Charles de Gaulle Central Airport complex. A seasoned hotelier with over 20 years international experience, Vincent brings in-depth knowledge of the Parisian market following recent roles with Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott International.

In London, Antonio Chiarotti joined Cycas in recent months as Cluster General Manager for two of its aparthotel properties; the 54-room The Lincoln Suites in Holborn, and the 20-apartment Stow-Away Waterloo. Antonio, who combines 13 years of leisure, travel and tourism experience, previously worked with Stayo, Native Serviced Apartments and Generator London.

Manny Baber has taken over the running of the Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites Dundee dual-brand hotel from Bill. With over 25 years’ experience managing F&B and hotel operations across the UK, Manny joined Cycas from Sleeperz Hotels and previously spent 12 years at senior operational level with Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Speaking about the new operational structure, Apurva Pratap, MD of Cycas Hospitality, said: “We’re delighted to further strengthen Cycas’s operations team to ensure we continue delivering outstanding results as we expand into new markets.

“People have always been at the heart of our business, and this is an extremely exciting time for Cycas. Not only have we doubled our European portfolio over the last two years, but - with a bulging pipeline of opportunities - it’s never been more critical for us to ensure we build, develop and maintain Europe’s best hospitality team.”