After more than three decades at City Lodge Hotel Group CEO, Clifford Ross, will step down at the end of June due to ill health.

He will be succeeded as CEO on July 1, by Andrew Widegger, who has been the group’s Financial Director since 1994. A new position has also been created in the group, that of Chief Operating Officer. This will be filled by Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, who joined the group as a Divisional Director: of Operations in 2015.  

Clifford has spent the last 15 years as CEO of the hotel group. During his tenure as CEO, he oversaw the growth of the group to 61 hotels, operating in six countries on the African continent.   

“My journey with City Lodge has been a fantastic one,” said Ross. “I will miss directing, guiding and interacting with the group of people who run a great business for the benefit of so many, but I am extremely confident that the structures and personnel I have left in place, and the new CEO, Andrew Widegger who will take over from me, will continue to innovate, nurture and grow the City Lodge Hotel Group to an exciting and formidable presence in its chosen markets.”