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Manhattan’s Group’s remarkable difference is our highly experienced, engaged team. We have worked on all continents and managed Hospitality’s most recognizable brands. Collectively, we offer a career-mentoring depth and market understanding that has stood the test of thousands of search assignments globally.

Responding to industry, we developed executivePrivilege to guide and mentor hospitality’s most promising talent. Our personalized and structured road map is designed to focus your career efforts, and move you rapidly towards the results you need. Allow us to make your next introduction. It’s time to contact Hospitality’s Mentor of Choice; ExecutivePrivilege.

Your Career Consulting Team

John G. Ortner Executive Director

John Ortner divides his professional life between executive search, management consulting and organisational research. He is CEO of Manhattan Group, the leading hospitality executive search firm in Asia Pacific. Alongside John’s extensive management experience in international luxury hotels, he has also managed and implemented significant consulting projects in Australia. Through his applied research in strategy and change management, John is able to strengthen value propositions for a range of discerning hospitality clientele. He is member of several peak management and hospitality associations. John founded Manhattan Group in September 2001. They provide an array of recruitment solutions such as executive search and workforce planning. Since 2007, managed hotel services are offered through First Contact for the corporate sector and leading institutions.

Barbara Kundig Group Financial Controller

Barbara is a graduate of the pre-eminent Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland. She has worked in services centred management positions for world class hotel groups such Société des Bains de Mer in Monte Carlo, Forte Hotels and Ritz-Carlton Group in New York, Mandarin-Oriental Group in Hong Kong and Australia’s luxury resort Hayman. Barbara manages all financial control, treasury, statutory compliance and tax accounting.

Meena ChakrabortyCandidate Care Program Manager

Meena is Career Management Program Manager with Manhattan Group. She has an overall experience of 11 years in Recruitment gained across a plethora of industries such as Banking and Finance, Legal, Pharma, FMCG and Hospitality. She has rich experience in client management and candidate management services. Meena is responsible for career counselling and guidance for top industry professionals at Manhattan Group. She has a passion for Reading, Travelling, Music and Social Volunteer Work.