Industry Update
Appointment24 August 2018

Zed Sanjana

Named Chief Executive
At Veriu Hotels and Punthill Hotels in Melbourne, Australia

Zed Sanjana

Former Quest Apartment Hotels CEO Zed Sanjana has been named as the new Chief Executive of Veriu Hotels and Punthill Hotels, tasked with continuing the expansion of the rapidly growing brand.

Sanjana is no stranger to overseeing the growth of a hotel brand, having steered Quest over a period of seven years through a period of meteoric growth in which it opened new apartment hotel outlets in 50 locations before then engineering a sale of the company to Singaporean based Ascott Limited.

He now takes charge at Veriu Hotels and Punthill Hotels, which together comprise a collection of 20 small to mid-size designer properties in CBD and inner-city suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Among these is the recently announced commencement of construction on the Veriu Green Square in the NSW capital, near Sydney Airport.

The Punthill brand, exclusively operating in the Melbourne market at the moment, is eyeing Sydney as a future destination for expansion, whereas conversely, Sanjana says he sees potential for the Veriu brand to make the move south into Melbourne, along with pushing both brands carefully into New Zealand. 

Sanjana begins in his new role Monday 27 August, 2018.

Veriu and Punthill Appartment Hotels

Located in Sydney’s vibrant village precincts, Veriu Central - a 110-room conversion of a turn-of-the-century heritage building - opened in January 2018; and Veriu Broadway - a warehouse conversion in inner-city Ultimo - in April 2017 to complement existing properties in Camperdown and Randwick.
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Recent Appointments at Veriu and Punthill Appartment Hotels

Caspar Schmidt - Group Chief Operating Officer

29 November 2017 — Veriu Hotels and Suites has appointed Caspar Schmidt as their Group Chief Operating Officer to oversee the group’s operations as it prepares for expansion. With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Schmidt previously worked for TFE Hotels in various General Manager and Area Manager roles both in Australia and overseas (including his native Denmark) with particular expertise in revenue management, food and beverage and talent development.
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