Australia’s Star Entertainment Group says it has successfully achieved equal gender representation among its leadership group at The Star Sydney with two recent appointments ensuring a 50/50 split of men and women.
The leadership group, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Damien Quayle, signals the success of Star’s commitment to improvement in gender representation with the company noting that the equivalent leadership team at The Star Sydney comprised only 23% women five years ago.
Star Entertainment Group has a target of 45% women and 45% men representation in leadership roles across its properties in Sydney and Queensland, the company said, with the remaining 10% to reflect scope for any gender identity, including non-binary gender identities.
“I am incredibly proud to say that my leadership team reflects a more balanced representation of genders, of our workforce, of our community and the millions of guests we welcome each year,” said Quayle.
“I wholeheartedly believe that equal representation drives better teamwork, a wider base of experience to draw upon and ultimately greater performance.”
The 50/50 split at The Star Sydney was reached following the appointments of Sandra Thefs and Christina Lambert.
“Sandra adds over 25 years’ experience in the gaming industry to the team,” said Quayle. “She most recently spearheaded delivery of Sovereign, The Star Sydney’s $250 million premium entertainment and gaming venue.
“Since taking on the role as Director of Hotels, Christina has truly excelled. She has led The Darling Sydney in maintaining its pre-eminent position as the only luxury hotel to receive the coveted Forbes’ Five Star award. She is now also responsible for developing a program that ensures that level of service and guest experience is delivered across our entire property.”
Thefs and Christina Lambert join Samantha Apps on The Star Sydney’s leadership team.
Apps originally joined Star Entertainment Group in 2017 as General Manager, Group Procurement before becoming General Manager, Hospitality and Group Supply Chain in February of this year.