He will be based at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa while overseeing teams at three properties including The Lymm Hotel in Warrington, Macdonald New Blossoms in Chester and Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa.
With 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Johan was most recently based in South Africa where he played an instrumental role in the opening of The Maslow Hotel, the flagship corporate venue for Sun International which is the largest Casino and Resort operator in Africa.
Before this he worked on the launch and repositioning of both the Thistle Euston and The Kingsley in Holborn.
He spent four years with Radisson Edwardian during which time he received an Acorn award for outstanding achievements in the industry and completed an advanced management programme at Oxford University.
Despite a short break from the UK to manage properties in South Africa, Johan chose to relocate to Manchester, returning to where he held his first General Manager role in 2007, assisting with the opening of The Abode Hotel.
Having previously worked in the North West and undertaking my first role as General Manager in Manchester, I feel it has so much to offer for guests and residents,” said Johan (pictured).
“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to maintain the hotel’s great reputation and work alongside the wider teams to showcase all three properties as a destination for the local community, tourists and business groups.”
Simon Jackson, Group Sales and Operations Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome Johan to Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. He has an abundance of knowledge and experience that we feel he can bring to our properties in the North West and the wider group.
“We are sure he will be a very successful manager and provide the best possible experience for both our leisure and business guests.”