IHG makes trio of appointments for first voco hotel in Singapore

From left: Mark Winterton, Walid Ouezini and Sahil Rahat

IHG Hotels & Resorts has revealed the senior leadership team at voco Orchard Singapore ahead of the hotel’s rebrand from Hilton Singapore on January 1, 2022.

The appointments will see Mark Winterton return to Singapore as general manager, and see Sahil Rahat step into the role of director of sales & marketing. Walid Ouezini will also start as hotel manager in January 2022.

From left: Mark Winterton, Walid Ouezini and Sahil Rahat

Winterton returns to Singapore after a three-year stint with IHG Australia, to spearhead the pre-opening conversion operations.

He first moved to Asia in 2007, and has since successfully launched new IHG hotels such as Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay and InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, and rebranded the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park in Thailand.

Next, Rahat will lead the charge of developing and executing the overall commercial strategies of the hotel. Prior to joining voco Orchard Singapore, Rahat held dual responsibilities as director of sales, marketing and revenue, and acting director of operations at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. Having been with IHG for more than 10 years, he brings a wealth of experience across the different markets and all aspects of commercial deliverables.

Lastly, Ouezini has led operations at the Orchard Road Hotel since he joined as hotel manager in 2019. He has been instrumental in spearheading major projects for the hotel. Post-rebranding, he will continue to take on the role as hotel manager effective January 1, 2022, and lead daily hotel operations.

Ouezini started his career in F&B and has over 18 years of hospitality experience across luxury and lifestyle brands in France, Tunisia, Maldives and South-east Asia.

Marking the brand’s debut in South-east Asia when it opens on January 1, 2022, voco Orchard Singapore will offer 423 contemporary rooms, four restaurants and bars, and more than 1,750m2 of meeting and event space.

Voco Orchard Singapore will be IHG’s 12th hotel in Singapore and its seventh brand in the country where it joins Regent, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

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