Bob East has more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism, hospitality and property industry and is the Chair of adventure tourism company Experience Co (asx), Chair of Cettire (asx) and Chair of entertainment venue chain, Australian Venue Co. and Chair of Leisure Accommodation Collective

Bob established the Mantra Group with a core group of executives under a private equity model in 2006. Over 12 years the Mantra Group was developed into the largest Australian-based hotel company, growing from 41 properties in 2006 to more than 140 properties in 2018. He led the company to a successful ASX listing in June 2014 which culminated in its inclusion into the ASX 200 list in 2015 and managed the Mantra Group’s $1.3B acquisition by AccorHotels, one of the world’s largest hotel operators in 2018.

Bob has chaired Tourism Australia, Tourism Events QLD and co-chaired the ASEAN business and tourism summit. Bob is also serving on the federal government’s brand Australia board.  Bob holds a Master of Business Administration.

An inaugural board member and passionate supporter of AFL on the Gold Coast, Bob was awarded the clubs highest recognition of Life Membership in 2020 for his exceptional service and contribution to the football club.