6 July 2016 Quest Apartment Hotels has appointed Craig Ryan as its first Chief Commercial Officer, to lead the business into its next stage of growth and international expansion. Mr Ryan joins Quest from Oakwood Worldwide where he was Managing Director – Asia Pacific, responsible for the operation of the region’s leading accommodation solution marketplace, offering 400 properties across 15 countries and 72 cities. In his role as CCO, effective 11 July 2016, Mr Ryan will be responsible for developing the next stage of Quest’s sales, marketing, brand and revenue strategies, as the leading apartment hotel operator continues its rapid growth across Australasia and establishes a presence in the United Kingdom. He brings more than 16 years of global hospitality management experience to Quest, having held positions with York Hotels in Australia, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality in the United States and Singapore, and Oakwood Worldwide in London and Singapore.
In his role as Managing Director of Oakwood Worldwide, Mr Ryan successfully developed and implemented world-class sales and growth strategies and processes, significantly contributing to the company’s strength and ongoing success. Quest CEO, Zed Sanjana looks forward to welcoming Mr Ryan to the team and articulated his enthusiasm about working together towards the next phase of Quest’s growth journey. “We are thrilled to welcome Craig Ryan to the Quest team as CCO. He brings a robust track record for achieving targets and creative strategies, in addition to an international perspective which will be a great asset as we expand into the UK,” said Mr Sanjana. Mr Ryan expressed his excitement about becoming part of the iconic Australian brand. “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Quest’s first CCO. With this new role comes great responsibility, as well as great opportunity. I am honoured to be joining the talented and passionate Quest team as they continue to grow and strengthen the brand’s legacy and build on its many successes,” said Mr Ryan. “Together we will focus on continuing the process of modernising the brand; evolving the organisation’s culture as it transitions from a family-base to a corporate-base. Expanding national and global market share will be a priority, achieved by partnering with our franchisees and other stakeholders to deliver premium properties and personalised guest experiences,” he concluded.
About Quest Apartment Hotels Quest is the largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia with over 150 properties located across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Established in Melbourne, Victoria in 1988, the growth of Quest has been achieved through its commitment to meeting the accommodation needs of the extended stay business traveller.
Quest Apartment Hotels are managed by franchisees who follow a proven and successful franchise model. For more information on Quest Apartment Hotels go to www.questapartments.com.au