Star Entertainment Group has appointed Zhan Spalding to its senior leadership team, taking up the newly created role of general manager of surveillance, Queensland.
With more than 30 years’ experience leading surveillance and security operations for both Australian and international gaming venues, Spalding will take on the dual role overseeing Star’s two Queensland properties.
Spalding will be a key part of the transition from the Treasury Brisbane surveillance team to a new model in preparation for operations commencing at the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct with a planned staged opening in the second half of 2023.
She will also commence immediate oversight of the existing surveillance operating model at The Star Gold Coast, as its $2 billion expansion continues.
Jess Mellor, chief operating officer of Star Gold Coast, said, “We are thrilled to have been successful in attracting Zhan to this new and critical role for the business.
“She has extensive expertise in surveillance technology implementation, multi-site management, restructuring and streamlining processes, which we will be relying on as we further cement our position as the Gold Coast’s premium tourism and entertainment destination.”
Spalding, who began her gaming career in Prague and has worked globally including in Morocco, Argentina, Venezuela, Romania, England and New Zealand before moving to Australia, said the promotion of gender equality was an attractor to the role.
“Throughout my career there have been many times I was the only woman in a surveillance or security international network events team, so I am passionate about encouraging other women to pursue a career in this industry,” Spalding said.