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Donovan Sumner has rejoined Hotel Co 51 as Regional Director of Operations for the UK, overseeing the operator’s regional portfolio of 17 Marriott International-branded hotels, including 15 Moxy hotels.

A hospitality professional with 20 years’ experience across a wide range of hotels, Donovan will leverage his history of managing Moxy properties across the UK, Italy and Norway. This includes responsibility for opening Moxy Aberdeen Airport – part of the Hotel Co 51 portfolio – in 2016 as the property’s captain (General Manager).

He returns to Hotel Co 51 from Cycas Hospitality, where he spent two years as Vice President of Operations, and takes over from Wayne Androliakos, following his appointment as CEO in June 2024.

Donovan reprises his role with an enhanced portfolio and a new cluster general manager approach, which sees five General Managers across England and Scotland report directly into him. The success of the group’s cluster approach has prompted Hotel Co 51 to introduce the same streamlined reporting system to its 13 properties in Germany, under the guidance of the country’s Regional Director of Operations, Morana Rabatic Andric.

Speaking about his return to Hotel Co 51, Donovan said: “It’s been inspiring to watch Hotel Co 51’s portfolio continue to go from strength to strength in recent years, with its ongoing award wins reflecting the company’s shared passion for delivering outstanding guest satisfaction.

“I’m excited to return to a group whose positive organisational culture and commitment to empowering its teams shines through every decision, and one which has designed sustainability into every hotel from the very start.”

Hotel Co 51 CEO, Wayne Androliakos, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Donovan back to the Hotel Co 51 family. I’m confident he will be a tremendous asset to the team as we seek to build on each hotel’s solid sustainable and operational foundations and create a positive environment where our employees and guests can thrive.”