Dalata Hotel Group plc has announced the appointment of Conal O’Neill to chief operations officer, effective 1 January 2022, following the announcement on 1 September 2021 that Stephen McNally, deputy CEO is to retire.
O’Neill joined the group in 2014 as group operations manager before taking on the role of group general manager for Maldron Hotels in 2016.
He reportedly has extensive operational experience handling the launch of new build hotels as well as the integration of new acquisition assets, and has played a leading role in the operations team overseeing the development of the Maldron brand during a period of significant growth and expansion.
Dalata said he has also been heavily involved in developing the group’s ESG strategy. Prior to joining Dalata, O’Neill headed up the hotels team at Ion Equity and before that spent 15 years with Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc in both Ireland and the UK.
Dermot Crowley, Dalata Hotel Group CEO, said: “Conal has played a crucial role within the Operations team since he joined Dalata in 2014 including through the most recent period of tremendous challenge for our industry.”