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Sand Hill Road Announces New CEO

Melbourne-based pub group Sand Hill Road has announced the appointment of Bianca Dawson as CEO.

Dawson was previously the company’s chief operating officer, appointed in 2020 when Dan Viney stepped down as CEO, when she became part of a dual management team with chief financial officer Matthew Rogers.

As COO, Dawson was responsible for overseeing and evaluating performance, designing and implementing business strategies, setting propelling goals and ensuring social accountability while promoting the values, culture and business growth.

dawson said Australian hotelier that his new role would see his responsibilities expand to include strategy and growth as the company recovers from the past two years.

“For so long, we’ve literally taken each day as it comes, and now it’s about shifting our mindset away from constantly worrying about the next restriction or the next density quotient.

“It’s business as usual now and we have a big job to do to get back to where we were.”

Growth strategies for the group include moving into new territory with more formal pub dining spaces featuring “brands within brands” as it has done with Mya Tiger, a Cantonese restaurant located in the Esplanade hotel and the Italian restaurant, Tippy-Tay at the Garden State Hotel. .

The group is also moving into the retail sector with the launch of bundled signature cocktails under the “The Espy” brand, starting with the negroni. Sand Hill Road has partnered with a distiller and distributor for its launch in bottle shops.

Dawson said staffing tops the group’s top challenges over the next two years. “As an industry, we have a challenge in terms of positioning hospitality as an industry so that we can re-attract those who have left and attract promising talent.”

Dawson is well qualified in this area, having joined Sand Hill Road in 2017 as Group People & Culture Manager, a role which involved developing people through training, mentoring and wellbeing.

She also managed the recruiting, onboarding and training of an Espy opening team of 300, and led the team in designing compelling recruiting strategies incorporating personality profiling for the purpose. to hire on values ​​alignment.

Prior to joining Sand Hill Road, Dawson was for several years the manager of Veludo, one of St Kilda’s best-known concert halls.

“Bianca’s rise is one of the greatest moments of our 22 years in hospitality,” said Andy Mullins, director of Sand Hill Road. “She is a driven, progressive, empathetic and practical leader in whom we place all our trust.

“Born and raised in hospitality, Bianca has a unique understanding of the ups and downs of our dynamic industry. We can’t think of a stronger leader to guide us through the next chapter.

Dawson said she was “absolutely thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to lead the company that I have loved so much for the past five years.”

“I am grateful every day to work with such extremely talented and dedicated hospitality professionals and know that together we can push this industry to its limitless potential.”