The Team

Wilson Bao

Wilson Bao

Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director

As the founder and CEO of Panache Hotel Group, Wilson Bao has consistently demonstrated an unwavering passion for the hospitality industry and an innate ability to lead a high-performing team. With a successful track record of establishing and managing four thriving hotels from the ground up, Wilson’s dedication to client satisfaction is evident in the exceptional standards maintained across all properties.

A results-driven and innovative leader, Wilson consistently pushes the boundaries of what is possible within the hotel management sphere. His strategic vision has enabled PHG to remain lean and efficient, ensuring continued growth and success for the company. Wilson’s strong belief in the power of teamwork, coupled with his inspirational approach to business, has fostered a collaborative and thriving environment within PHG.

Thomas John (TJ)

Thomas John (TJ)

Chief Operating Officer

TJ is a dynamic leader with a vision to pursue ambitious goals. Hands-on, financially astute & and is a quality driven hospitality, facilities, info-tech management professional – familiar with business city hotels, resorts and medium to large scale properties.

He also has a proven track record of establishing a performance-driven culture that fosters accountability, personal ownership, and service excellence. Instrumental in developing and nurturing service standards and operational policies that contribute to sustained business success.

A visionary leader with a passion for operational excellence and a commitment to delivering unparalleled guest experiences – TJ is poised to drive transformative growth and operational efficiency as the COO for PHG.

Kit Zhang

Kit Zhang

Partner / Chief Financial Officer

With over 12 years of extensive experience in the finance sector, Kit Zhang brings exceptional financial acumen and credibility to her role as CFO of Panache Hotel Group. Prior to joining PHG, Kit held essentially financial positions for over a decade, where she honed her skills in financial management and strategic planning.

Kit’s excellent track record is a testament to her skillful financial capabilities and in-depth industry knowledge. Her expertise in budgeting, financial analysis, taxation, and forecasting has been instrumental in driving Panache Hotel Group’s continued success and growth.

Gaurav Thakur

Gaurav Thakur

Hotel Manager - Mantra On Hay

With more than 18 years of industry experience, Gaurav has a strong understanding of hospitality sector in Australian and Asian markets and has a broad hotel experience across corporate and leisure segments.
 
A professional and highly motivated hotel manager with extensive experience in managing hotel profitability, operations, building key relations with owners and clients and delivering high level of customer and team satisfaction.
 
Having worked with Starwood Hotels, IHG & TFE brands in Food & Beverage and Rooms Division, Gaurav has joined us as Hotel Manager in Mantra on Hay.

 

Soni Giri

Soni Giri

Hotel Manager - All Suites Perth

With a solid background in hospitality, Soni ensures every guest has an exceptional experience. Her attention to detail and dedication to service inspire our team to deliver top-notch hospitality. From keeping guests happy to ensuring everything runs smoothly, Soni’s leadership makes our hotel stand out. She’s not only a great leader but also works well with everyone, making our team stronger. With Soni leading the way, you can trust your stay at All Suites Perth will be memorable and satisfying. As our esteemed Hotel Manager, Soni embodies our commitment to excellence.

Damien Kelly

Damien Kelly

Revenue Optimisation, Distribution & Technology - Advisor

Damien has over 20 years of industry experience, holding Global Director of Revenue roles for leading hotel groups, with proven results driving revenue growth and optimisation. Coupled with broad experience across city and regional assets from limited service, to boutique and full service luxury hotels.

Adi Phadnis

Adi Phadnis

Front Office Manager - Mantra On Hay

With a background in hospitality, particularly in front office operations and customer service – Adi possess a valuable skill set that can significantly contribute to the success of any hospitality establishment.

His proficiency in management, along with strong communication skills and educational background from Le Cordon Bleu Australia, underscores his commitment to excellence in the field.

He has a demonstrated history of delivering exceptional service, attention to detail and has a versatile ability to handle various tasks efficiently. Adi is the FOM at Mantra on Hay, Perth

Elaine Leong

Elaine Leong

Human Resources Manager

Elaine Leong brings a wealth of expertise and insight to Panache Hotel Group. She possesses a deep understanding of the unique HR requirements and challenges prevalent in hotel management companies.

Elaine has a proven track record of successfully implementing talent acquisition and retention strategies, developing comprehensive training programs, and fostering a positive work culture that contributes to exceptional employee satisfaction and productivity.

As the Human Resources Manager at Panache Hotel Group, Elaine is dedicated to attracting and retaining top talent in the industry, ensuring our staff is equipped with the necessary skills and resources to excel in their roles. Her commitment to employee development and engagement is instrumental in driving our team’s success, enabling us to consistently deliver outstanding service to our property owners and guests.