US/UK: Andrea Melotti has been appointed executive vice president of operations at Graduate Hotels, overseeing the group’s portfolio of more than 30 properties.
Melotti most recently served as vice president of hotel and casino operations at Hard Rock International, where he spent 18 years. Prior to Hard Rock, he worked for IHG at InterContinental London Park Lane and InterContinental Carlton Cannes.
In 2000, Melotti moved to Miami Beach and took on the role of managing director at The Sagamore Hotel South Beach and The Raleigh Miami Beach.
“I cannot think of a better moment to join such a unique brand and passionate team,” said Melotti. “While already well established as a distinctly memorable brand, Graduate Hotels’ growth potential continues to be massive. I’m passionate about what the future holds and look forward to working with this talented team to achieve big things.”
Kevin Osterhaus, president of Graduate Hotels, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the Graduate Hotels team as we continue to expand and evolve our offerings and consistently strengthen the day-to-day on-property experience for both guests and visitors. His wealth of knowledge and outstanding track record of success at scale will prove to be invaluable to our teams and growing portfolio.
“We look forward to taking our service and operations to a new level with his guidance and leadership.”
Graduate Hotels currently owns and operates 33 properties in the US and UK with the most recent launch in January 2023 in Palo Alto, California. Upcoming launches include Princeton (New Jersey), Dallas (Texas), along with additional projects in development.