The company proposed the appointment in February 2022, with Issenberg assuming his role as of today (12 July 2022) after receiving all necessary regulatory approvals.
Issenberg has over 25 years of industry experience, currently serving as COO and Chairman of Accor’s Asia Pacific arm, where he oversees the company’s development and management activities. He previously served as Managing Director of Accor Asia Pacific, where he worked to establish and develop the points-based timeshare business, Accor Vacation Club.
Speaking back in February, former Executive Chairman of The Star, John O’Neill, said: “Michael has impeccable credentials and extensive experience across the hotel industry.
“His appointment provides a valuable and complementary addition to the board as The Star continues developing and transforming our properties.”
The appointment comes as The Star faces a range of accusations, including the alleged enabling of money laundering, organised crime, fraud and foreign interference at The Star Sydney casino. In May 2022, a public inquiry was told that The Star is not suitable to hold a licence for its Sydney location.
The Star has seen a string of high-profile resignations in the wake of its legal issues, with CEO Matt Bekier resigning in March 2022 and O’Neill, his successor, stepping down in May 2022, days before he was scheduled to give evidence at a public hearing regarding The Star Sydney.
Public hearings into The Star began in March 2022, before being extended until 31 August 2022.