Peermont Hotels, the firm managing Umodzi Park in Lilongwe, has appointed Derick van der Nest as the park’s new general manager.
Van der Nest replaces Neil Sewnarain, who has been at the helm of Umodzi Park for the past years.
Van der Nest has held a number of senior positions at hotels and resorts across Africa and further abroad as hotel director of an international cruise liner, and brings over 20 years of experience in hospitality, gaming and events to his new role.
As general manager at Umodzi Park, he will be responsible for overseeing daily operations and maintaining its reputation as a world-class destination for holidays, business stays, fine dining,conferences and events.
Peermont Group Marketing and Regional Oper a t ions Executive, Mark Jakins, said his firm is pleased to welcome Van der Nest to Umodzi Park and the Peermont family as a whole.
“Derick brings a wealth of experience to the role, and we are excited to have him steering the ship at Umodzi Park,” said Jakins in a statement.
Umodzi Park includes Malawi’s first five-star hotel and international convention centre.
Apart from Umodzi Park, Peermont also operates a number of large resorts and convention centres in South Africa and Botswana.