Sydney’s dynamic new hotel brand, Veriu Hotels & Suites, has appointed Caspar Schmidt as their Group Chief Operating Officer, to oversee the group’s operations as it prepares for expansion.
Schmidt’s appointment coincides with the impending expansion of Veriu’s hotel network with the 112-room Veriu Central set to open early December, and the new build 144-room Veriu Green Square to commence construction early 2018 for a March 2019 opening. Other Veriu properties are also slated for Surry Hills and Elizabeth Bay in 2018.
Veriu Directors, Rhys Williams and Alex Thorpe said: “Caspar brings with him both the operational experience and the passion required to build the profile of a developing hotel brand. His focus will also be working with the expanding hotel teams to bring our brand attributes further to life and create the bespoke guest experience that Veriu is proud to deliver, while we focus our attention on growth opportunities for the Group.”
With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Schmidt previously worked for TFE Hotels in various General Manager and Area Manager roles both in Australia and overseas (including his native Denmark) with particular expertise in revenue management, food & beverage and talent development. He has also trained at the highly regarded Blue Mountains School of Hotel Management, complemented with continuing education from Cornell University.
“Veriu brings a fresh new approach to the hotel scene and I am excited to join such an innovative brand that is dedicated to creating authentic local experiences with a genuine connection to the city for guests,” said Schmidt.
“Building a team of smart, innovative and truly dedicated people is a great challenge and something that we are 100 % committed to, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Schmidt is joined by Jennifer Roach as Talent & Culture Director who will conduct an intensive recruitment process across the key areas business to service the group’s expansion. This includes roles in Hotel Operations and Digital Marketing as the group requires new Talent.
Roach has worked in Human Resources across a number of industries including Airline, Media and Retail and was previously at TFE Hotels before joining the Veriu team.
“Joining the group at this time of growth is an exciting prospect and I look forward to creating a strong team and building on the positive culture of the group,” said Roach.
In addition to the Veriu hotel brand, Rhys Williams and Alex Thorpe will introduce a new co-working concept into the market in 2018: +U (www.plus-u.com.au) – a unique work and collaboration space located in a converted heritage building at 822 George Street, set to open January 2018.
ABOUT VERIU HOTELS
Veriu Hotels & Suites are inspired by the authenticity of local experiences combined with the convenience of traditional hotel service and excellence. From June 2017 Veriu will offer hotels located in Sydney’s vibrant village precincts of Broadway, Camperdown and Randwick with further hotels opening in Sydney Central, Elizabeth Bay and Surry Hills over the next 12 months.