Hospitality Business Magazine

Cordis appoints new senior leadership team

Cordis Auckland has appointed Eduard Sarton as General Manager following the recent Pinnacle Tower expansion that has made it the largest hotel in New Zealand.

Cordis Auckland’s new tower takes the hotel to a total of 640 rooms, with investments in excess of $170 million. They have the largest MICE offering of any hotel in New Zealand with a total of 18 event spaces, as well as an enhanced food and beverage offering, including an expansion of the popular Eight Restaurant, an exclusive new Club Lounge and a new all local bar Our Land is Alive.

Eduard started with Cordis Auckland on Monday 3 October, bringing extensive management experience from across Asia. He started his career in food and beverage at the Shangri-La group, holding a number of senior roles and has since held General Manager positions with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts since 2014. His most recent assignment was General Manager for the New World Saigon Hotel, a Rosewood hotel where he managed an inventory of 520 rooms.

Eduard will be reporting directly into the hotel’s Managing Director Franz Mascarenhas who said: “We are thrilled to have Eduard on board after an extensive global search. This is a pivotal time in the hotel’s growth and his experience managing large operations will hold us in good stead to ensure guest expectations are exceeded and employee motivation is high, putting us in a position to maximise on the Hotel’s profitability.”

Speaking on his appointment, Eduard said, “I am excited to be heading to New Zealand, working for a hotel that is highly regarded by so many. I hope to continue the mission of building great memories for guests, listening to their needs and continuing the world class, heartfelt service Cordis Auckland is known for.”

Cordis Auckland also welcomed their new Director of Human Resources in September, Carey White. Carey has extensive experience in Human Resources, especially in hospitality environments wherein he has worked at a number of international hotel groups including Intercontinental and Shangri La. His work experience has seen him successfully complete assignments across the Maldives, Fiji, UAE, Dubai and New Zealand.

His career in New Zealand includes a year as Vice Principal of the regarded Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) in Palmerston North.