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2013 Russell Stevens is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Three Cities Investments Ltd, the holding company of the Three Cities Group. He has more than 30 years experience in the hotel industry, and is and has been a director of numerous private and public South African and international companies. He was a director of the TongaatHulett Group Limited and certain of its subsidiaries, and is a director of Compass Group, South Africa (which is a subsidiary of Compass International, one of the largest food service companies in the world), a director of Tsogo Sun KZN (owner of The Suncoast Casino, Durban). He acted as the Executive Director of Durban Hotels Ltd (The Royal Hotel, Durban) for over 30 years. Deryk de Marigny is Deputy Chairman of Three Cities Investments Ltd. Deryk qualified as a chartered accountant in 1967. He was partner in a large Durban audit practice for 20 years, and joined Three Cities Group in 1988 as Financial Director. He has extensive experience and exposure to the hospitality industry through his involvement in various hotels financial affairs, including the Marine Park, Gaming and Wildlife lodging industry. He is a director of various investment companies and trusts, past Chairman of the Ubuntu Community Chest (Durban) and Executive Director of the company which managed Ushaka Marine World. Michael Lambert attended the University of Natal where he obtained a law degree as well as Honours in Labour Relations. He served three years at Engen where he was put in a fast track management development programme before he resigned to pursue a passion of his – hospitality. He purchased his first restaurant at the age of 24 and went on to own a chain of franchised restaurants and beverage outlets. In addition, he founded an IT company which he sold two years later with 17 branches established after web enabling 2500 South African companies. Michael joined the Three Cities Group in 2003 after they, as part of a consortium were awarded the contract for the R1,2 billion uShaka Marine World, responsible for opening one of the largest Marine and Entertainment destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, as C.O.O. 2013 John Creighton Murray Jacklin Marius Earle As Managing Director of the Three Cities Hotel Division, John Creighton has a diverse, entrepreneurial and strong operations background gleaned from a 27 year-long career within the hospitality industry. His extremely diverse experience began when he joined the Protea Hotel Group in 1986. Extending his experience beyond the Southern African borders, John furthered his experience in Europe, the USA and Australia. John eventually managed 8 Hotels in various Cities across South Africa and went on to receive a number of awards within the Protea Hotels Group, culminating in receiving their top ‘General Manager of the Year’ award in 2003. A stint at Cornell University in New York followed as well as his promotion to Regional General Manager for Protea Hotels Group responsible for the operations of 32 hotels. Murray Jacklin is the Chief Financial Officer of Three Cities. He studied a BCom degree through the University of Natal and obtained his Honours degree whilst serving articles with Deloitte and Touche. Marius bring in excess of 15 years operational and development experience in various aspects of hotel and casino management, working his way up the ranks in the Southern Sun Group which included being part of the development teams for various large projects including the Sandton Convention Centre, Monte Casino, Suncoast Casino and numerous other prestigious hotel and casino developments across Southern Africa. Managing Director - Hotel Division John left Protea Hotels in 2006 to join an old colleague in the newly formed Capsicum Culinary Studio. He honed his considerable entrepreneurial skills to help grow this from two schools in Johannesburg and Cape Town to the largest private hospitality training school in South Africa with additional campuses in Pretoria, Boksburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Capsicum was voted ninth out of South Africa’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies in 2010. After a short stint owning and running a number of restaurants in the Western Cape, John joined the Three Cities Group in mid 2012. Chief Financial Officer of the Group Murray qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and after completing his traineeship traveled extensively, working professionally both in the USA and the UK. He gained experience in the UK investment banking industry with companies including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS Warburg. Upon his return to South Africa in 2002 Murray gained vast commercial experience before joining Three Cities as Commercial Director. He was promoted to Group Chief Financial Officer in early 2009. Operations Director - Hotel Division From an operational perspective, Marius had the opportunity to gain management experience in a number of units across the country, ranging from smaller units to the largest hotel in Africa with 546 bedrooms. During this period Marius studied through Wits in Gauteng. Employed by Three Cities as the Chief Operating Officer of the R1.2 billion uShaka Marine World, Marius was appointed as Operations Director for the Three Cities Group in 2009. 2013 Lauren Bonhomme Heather Wynne Kirsty Fonzari Lauren spent most of her more recent career with the Singita Management Group who run top end hospitality products of unique quality. Heather completed her National Diploma in Food Service Management at Wits and spent the first eight years of her hospitality career in hotel operations including front of house, reservations, accounts and running many food and beverage outlets, in a number of guest houses, lodges and hotels. Kristy has extensive experience working with various brand management strategies and has been responsible for a number of well-known operations in the United Kingdom. Kirsty also worked as an Operations Manager in the hospitality industry for various brands, including Fuller Smith and Turner and Leon Restaurants, for a number of years. Group Human Resources Manager After completing an undergraduate and Honours degree at the University of Natal in the 1990’s, she interrupted her business career for a short period in 2007 to complete a Masters of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, specialising in Organisational Psychology. Her commercial experience includes banking, shipping, training and development and in the hospitality is through the ranks of Human Resources after having had direct unit operational exposure in one of Singita’s prime products, based in Mpumalanga Group Revenue Manager Heather possesses a Hotel Revenue Management qualification from Cornell University, USA and has extensive revenue management experience via positions held at a number of hotels. Heather is responsible for Central Reservations as well as the revenue management / rates function of the Group. She has created a strong department and will be refining the rates and revenue management strategy of the Group into the future. Group Marketing Manager Kirsty is responsible for creating a clearly defined brand platform, and framework for implementation, for the Three Cities brand and its sub-brands, with a clear view of bringing it above the line. 2013 Three Cities manages a portfolio of four brand classifications incorporating the finest urban hotel environments within the City Hotels brand; scenic pastoral activity and family friendly Resorts and private wildlife and luxurious sanctuaries within the Exceptional Safaris brand and our Exceptional Collection, a collection of significant offerings. Each Erica Gardner establishment owns and maintains its individual identity and Group Sales Manager personality whilst being marketed Erica joins the Three Cities Group following a 15-year period at Thompsons Africa where she held various positions including General Manager. During her tenure with Thompsons she expertly project managed Durban’s 2011 COP17 conference which saw 17,000 delegates from around the globe visit the city over a two-week period. A seasoned hospitality professional, Erica’s expertise includes team management, product development, sales and marketing, pricing, negotiations and contracting, maximizing profit margins and competitive advantage and online booking systems. worldwide under the Three Cities Erica has a Diploma in travel & tourism and an IATA / UFTAA Advanced Diploma. The Three Cities Group is a leading marketing, management and training group within the tourism and hospitality industry, offering a collection of three, four and five-star establishments throughout Southern Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia with a strong network of sales and marketing specialists in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and internationally. Group brand, all bonded to each other with international standards of service excellence, quality accommodation, premium conferencing and team building, tailor-made wedding packages and fine restaurants. Three Cities is also partnered with Plettenberg Equestrian Academy, giving students a solid equine education in a fun environment; Rovos Rail, a luxurious experience for the discerning traveler; The International Hotel School, offering a range of hospitality training in Cape Town, Durban, Sandton; and uShaka Marine World, the jewel of Durban’s waterfront, offering a variety of marine experiences.