The Star Entertainment taps Tourism Australia boss Michael Issenberg

Michael Issenberg, Star Entertainment

The Star Entertainment Group on Thursday announced the appointment of Michael Issenberg as a non-executive director of the company, subject to regulatory approvals.

Issenberg is an experienced executive with over 30 years’ experience in the hotels industry.

He is currently chairman of Tourism Australia and Reef Corporate Services Limited, the entity behind the Reef Hotel Casino Complex in Cairns, and is jointly owned by Casinos Austria International Limited and Accor Casino Investments (Australia). 

Prior to that, he held various executive roles with AccorHotels for 25 years, most recently as chairman and CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific. 

Issenberg was also former CEO of Mirvac Hotels, and held roles at Westin Hotels and Resorts, Laventhol & Horwath, and Horwath & Horwath Services Pty Ltd in San Francisco and Sydney. 

Mr. Issenberg said: “I am pleased to be joining The Star Entertainment Group at such an exciting time in the company’s development growth trajectory and as the tourism industry begins its recovery from the pandemic. I look forward to utilizing my extensive industry experience to complement the current diverse board.” 

Chairman John O’Neill said: “Michael has impeccable credentials and extensive experience across the hotel industry. His appointment provides a valuable and complementary addition to the Board as The Star continues developing and transforming our world-class properties.”