Ovolo Ready for Growth with New Acquisition and Development Team
The Ovolo Group has laid the groundwork for what appears to be a more aggressive growth strategy in the years to come, introducing two new figureheads to drive its acquisition and development goals.
Leading the team is Mark Hediger, who has joined Ovolo as the group’s new director of acquisitions and development. With four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Hediger’s resume includes leadership roles with some of the world’s biggest names in luxury hotels including Rosewood, Dusit, Shangri-La and Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.
Hediger is very experienced in the Asia-Pacific market and will continue to evolve and implement Ovolo’s strategy in this region, his appointment coming less than a month after Ovolo opened its first site in Indonesia under the form of Mamaka by Ovolo in Bali.
Alongside Hediger is Kyu Baek Kim, who was recently promoted from Ovolo to Head of Acquisitions and Development. With three years at Ovolo so far, Kyu Baek has played a leading role in shaping the market profile in a number of new and renovated properties including The Inchcolm by Ovolo and Mamaka.
The two share a different story, with the two graduates of the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, widely regarded as one of the best hotel educators in the world.
Ovolo Hotels Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Dave Baswal said neither Hediger nor Kyu Baek are new to the South East Asian market, and this experience will certainly prove essential for guests. future acquisitions and successful growth of the brand.
“Marc also brings an extensive network and expertise in new markets and will lead the creation of hotel management opportunities while finding new assets,” said Baswal.