Crown appoints seasoned hotelier as CEO of Crown Sydney

Simon-McGrath, CEO, Crown Sydney

Crown Resorts said it has appointed Simon McGrath, a senior hotelier, as CEO of its new Crown Sydney property and as group head of hospitality.

The appointment is subject to regulatory approvals. He will take up his post on Feb. 1st next year and will report to Crown CEO Steve McCann.

McGrath was more recently CEO of Accor Pacific, responsible for more than 397 hotels. He has worked in hospitality around Asia for three decades including positions in Malaysia, Thailand and the Pacific region.

“We are very excited to welcome Simon to the executive team at Crown to lead our newest Australian resort in Sydney and oversee our hospitality offer,” McCann said. “With Simon’s stewardship, we are confident that Crown Sydney will set the standard of excellence for our customers and guests.”

Crown Sydney opened late last year, without a casino, after the company was found unsuitable to hold a license in New South Wales. Crown has overhauled its board and executive team and implemented sweeping corporate governance reforms as it seeks to regain suitability.