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G'day Group appoints New Chief Technology Officer
Fri, 30th Jun 2023

G’day Group, the renowned Australian property company specializing in holiday parks, has welcomed David Hassan as their new Chief Technology Officer. With an illustrious career in the tourism industry, Hassan's prior experience includes stints at Qantas, Virgin, and Helloworld Travel. Before joining G’day Group, he served as the Chief Technology and Information Officer at recruitment firm Hudson.

Grant Wilckens, G’day Group founder and CEO, emphasized the crucial role David will play in the company’s ambitious growth plans. He says, “Over the course of our 18-year history, we have been a highly successful property company, acquiring and developing quality holiday park properties around Australia. However, with ambitions to become a $2.5 billion company in the next five years, we know that we need to pursue growth through digital transformation to streamline the customer experience in our parks and unlock latent value in our suite of digital tools, including WikiCamps and the G’day Parks booking and loyalty platform.”

Wilckens further expressed his excitement about Hassan’s appointment, saying, “We are very excited that we have secured someone of David’s talent to lead our technology and digital program that will support our strategic ambitions and maintain our position as a market leader in the tourism and hospitality industry.”

Hassan, who will be based in Sydney, shared his enthusiasm: “It’s a very exciting time to be joining G’day Group, particularly given the rapid growth the organisation is undergoing and the opportunities this is creating. Technology plays a fundamental role in underpinning organisational growth as well as in meeting and exceeding the expectations of our consumers. To be able to make a difference not only to the way in which the company operates but also in the way we create memorable experiences for our guests is something I’m really looking forward to.”

In addition to David Hassan, the senior management team will also be joined by Karen Jarrett as the Chief Financial Officer. Jarrett previously served as the CFO at global fitness company Sweat and has held prominent positions at ZEN Energy and Simec Energy Australia. Notably, this is a return for Jarrett to G’day Group as she worked for the company between 2010 and 2015.