Sunway Group appoints new CEO for hospitality division

Sunway Velocity Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo credit: Sunway Hotels & Resorts (Image: Sunway Hotels & Resorts)

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Malaysia's Sunway Group, appointed Andre Scholl as the company's new CEO, according to Asia One.

Scholl—a Swiss national—will lead the company's global expansion. He will also oversee Sunway's 11 hotels and resorts with more than 3,300 guestrooms, suites, serviced apartments and villas in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam along with several convention, meeting and exhibition facilities.  

Scholl has 30 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry. He held the group SVP of operations position for Regent Hotels & Resorts prior to joining Sunway. There, he led the brand's operations for hotels in Taipei, Beijing, Berlin, Porto Montenegro and Chongqing. He also oversaw the development of the group's new hotels in Harbin, Jakarta, Phu Quoc and Boston. 

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Before joining Regent Hotels, Scholl was the VP of group operations for Marco Polo Hotels ahead of his promotion to COO. As COO, he oversaw Marco Polo Hotels' 13-hotel portfolio in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines along with the design, development and renovation of its new Niccolo by Marco Polo brand. 

Scholl also held several senior leadership positions for hotels in Asia, the Middle East and Europe under international brands, including Shangri-La, Conrad, Mandarin Oriental and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. He earned a professional qualification in business administration from Australia's RMIT University.

The announcement follows Sunway’s opening of the Sunway Velocity Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in September 2017. The 351-room hotel opened as part of the Sunway Velocity Kuala Lumpur mixed-use development. It shares the site with Sunway Velocity Mall, office towers, serviced residences and a two-acre central park.