Veteran hotelier Rohan Karr will join Amaya Leisure PLC and The Kingsbury as an Executive Director/Managing Director with effect from June 1, 2019.
In a disclosure statement issued to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), the Chairman of Amaya Leisure PLC, Mohan Pandithage confirmed Karr’s appointment. The rumours of the move made headlines in the hospitality industry news a few months ago.
Pandithage also notified the CSE that Karr has been appointed to the board of Hayleys PLC as an Executive Director on the aforementioned date. Both Amaya Resorts and The Kingsbury is owned by Hayleys PLC.
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At present Karr is the Executive Vice President of John Keells Holdings and Sector Head for Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts – City Hotels. A revered figure in the local hospitality sector, Karr played an instrumental role in the branding team that launched Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in 2005.
Karr holds a Masters in Hospitality and Business Studies from the UK. Prior to his return to Sri Lanka, he served as the Regional Director of Revenue Management of Marriott Hotels for Whitbread Hotel Company in England and as the General Manager of Bristol Marriott Hotel, England and Marriott Marble Arch.
Asian Hotels & Properties PLC and Trans Asia Hotels PLC announced that Karr has resigned from his post as the Executive Director from both companies as of May 24.
Lalin T Samarawickrama, the current Executive Director/ Managing Director from The Kingsbury and Managing Director of Amaya Leisure is set to resign from his duties on June 1. However, he will continue as a Non-executive Director for Amaya Leisure PLC.
Amaya leisure has nine properties across Sri Lanka and one resort in the Maldives. The local hotels include Amaya Beach in Pasikudah; Amaya Hills and Amaya Bungalow in Kandy; Amaya Lake and Amaya Signature in Dambulla; Amaya Langdale and The Oliphant in Nuwara Eliya and Amuna Ayurveda Retreat in Sigiriya. In January, Hayleys Group sold its controlling 66.2 per cent share of Hunas Falls Hotels PLC for Rs. 696.3 million to Serenity Lake Leisure Ltd.