Three new faces for Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Shaun O'Bryan, the new GM at Cypress Lakes.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts has announced two key appointments within its executive team, while its Hunter Valley property Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort has welcomed a new general manager.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, John Thompson is the new head of commercial – Minor Hotels, Australia and New Zealand. Thompson steps into this role with more than 20 years’ experience within the hospitality sector, having worked in executive positions for a number of leading global brands including Hilton Worldwide, Thistle Hotels, and most recently InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he was in charge of the commercial performance of over 20 properties across the group’s England and Scotland operation.

John Thompson will be based on the Sunshine Coast.

Melissa Rodrigues has joined the company as director of brand & marketing – Minor Hotels, Australia and New Zealand, based at the brand’s Sydney office. She was previously head of brand & marketing communications for Menulog.

Melissa Rodrigues will be stationed in Sydney.

On a property level, Shaun O’Bryan is the new general manager of Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley. He returns to his New South Wales roots after an extensive 18-year career overseas, including roles at The Ritz-Carlton LLC, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Belmond El Encanto and most recently Luxury Retreats.