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Left to right: Keith Griffiths, Rosa Ceparano and Jason Wischhoff.

These appointments underpin a period of rapid growth for the hotel management company, with over 55 hotels across twelve European countries. 

Cycas Hospitality announced three, senior appointments to further strengthen the hotel management company’s leadership team, as it continues its expansion across Europe.

Keith Griffiths has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and joins Cycas Hospitality following a series of senior leadership roles, including as CEO of Atlas and Starboard Hotels. Griffiths will lead the operational divisions across the UK & Ireland alongside Julia Harnischfeger recently appointed to oversee the operational direction of the continental European portfolio.

Griffiths said: “Cycas is an outstanding company with a stunning portfolio of branded and independent properties. I’m very much looking forward to helping achieve Cycas’ ambitious goals for hotel performance, talent development and further growth.”

Jason Wischhoff joins Cycas as Chief Development Officer, with responsibility for growing Cycas’ business across Europe. Jason has 20 years’ experience in the European and international hotel investment community, including senior roles at Dream Hotel Group (now part of Hyatt), Accor and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Wischhoff said: “With an eye for detail in Development, and a passion for F&B and in the hospitality sector, I’m truly excited to be part of a company which provides opportunities to drive growth across all these elements. I’m looking forwards to spearheading Cycas’ expansion across Europe, bringing on board even more amazing Cycadettes on this journey with us, and working with our great investment partners and global hotel brands.”

Finally, Rosa Ceparano joins Cycas as Chief Financial Officer, leading a team of over 60 Finance and IT specialists across Europe.  Based in Amsterdam and having formerly held positions at Hotel Co 51 and Vastint Hospitality, Rosa brings exceptional hotel operational finance experience to her new role.

Ceparano added: “I am thrilled to be joining Cycas Hospitality as Chief Financial Officer, as the company continues its impressive growth across Europe. I am very excited by the market & sector opportunities and to help achieve the company’s next chapter of growth and transformation by superior financial and operational execution in the years ahead.”

Cycas Hospitality Chief Executive Officer, Matt Luscombe, said: “I am incredibly proud to welcome Keith, Rosa and Jason to Cycas Hospitality. They are accomplished industry leaders who will make a huge difference to Cycas, our hotels and our investment partners. Moreover, they are incredible leaders, whose values align fully with ours to help Cycas continue to build and develop the strongest hospitality team in Europe.”

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