APRIL 2016 – HEADS above the Rest®

April 4, 2016
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HEADS above the Rest® 

by Benoit Gateau-Cumin

The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm, a worldwide retained recruiting firm specializing in hospitality management.

Global Update: Who’s where and doing what

 

APRIL 2016

 

 

THE AMERICAS

After six years in the Middle East where he was Vice President Asset Management for Kingdom Hotel investments, then Chief Operating Officer for Katara Hospitality, Christopher Knable is back in New York as Chief Operating Officer of the Ian Schrager Company.

Thomas Klein has been named Chief Operating Officer for Canyon Ranch, replacing retiring Peter Smith. Klein was most recently serving Fairmont Hotels and Resorts as Regional Vice President and General Manager for the Fairmont San Francisco.

Nick Gregory has been appointed Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, at Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, based in San Francisco. He was most recently serving the company as Regional Vice President of Operations for the Northeast and Florida.

Thomas Meding has been promoted to Senior Vice President for the SBE Hotel Group, based in Los Angeles. He is the former Area Vice President and General Manager at the SLS Miami. Meding is the former General Manager of the Parker Palm Springs.

Sean McCarron has been appointed General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Baltimore and most recently served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

The Hyatt Regency Austin has named Michael Murphy General Manager. He was most recently in the same role for the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Murphy is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

Jeff David is now on Nantucket as Managing Partner of Greydon House, slated to open in June. For the past three years, he had been overseeing the Knickerbocker in New York. David is the former General Manager at the Viceroy Anguilla, the Viceroy Snowmass, and the Viceroy Palm Springs.

Swiss hotelier and Lausanne ambassador Bernard Wagner has passed away. He had just recently relocated from California to Florida to enjoy retirement. Wagner’s career included stints as General Manager of the Waldorf Towers, the Algonquin and the Montauk Yacht Club.

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort & Spa has named Chad Eding General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

The Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Antonio Flores General Manager at the Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco. He had previously held positions with Kimpton Hotels as General Manager at both the Hotel Triton and the Prescott, both in San Francisco.

Michel Notten has been named General Manager of the Hotel Zetta San Francisco. Most recently he held the position of Hotel Manager at the W Fort Lauderdale.

Carmen Cruz has joined Casa Madrona in Sausalito as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Hotel Zephyr.

 David Friederich has been promoted to Corporate Vice President of Operations for Kessler Collection Hotels. He was most recently the Regional General Manager and General Manager of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. Prior to joining Kessler in June 2011, he was with Auberge Resorts.

Albert Mertz takes over from David Friederich as General Manager of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. He is the former General Manager at the Aman Playa Grande and Director of Operations at Fisher Island. Mertz also opened the SLS South Beach as General Manager.

Jon Kimball has moved over to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco as General Manager and Area Vice President. The Cornell graduate was most recently serving in the same position at the nearby Westin St. Francis. He is the former General Manager of the Westin Charlotte Convention Center and the Westin LAX.

Joe Aguilera has been named President of Hotel Operations at the Aparium Hotel Group in Chicago. For the past year, he had served as Regional Director of Marketing, Midwest and Canada at the Peninsula Chicago. He is the former Hotel Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Langham Chicago.

Joseph Kirtley is joining the Sydell Group as General Manager for the Freehand Los Angeles. He was most recently the opening General Manager for Mama Shelter Hollywood. Kirtley had previously overseen the Sixty Beverly Hills and served as opening General Manager at the Belgraves London, for Thompson Hotels.

The Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard has named Roland Georges General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Palms Turks and Caicos and had previously served as Executive Assistant Manager for the Raffles Praslin Resort in the Seychelles.

Le Méridien Indianapolis has named Chris Ratay General Manager. He is the former General Manager of St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in Indianapolis.

Amanda Parsons has been appointed General Manager at the Thompson Seattle, slated to open in June. Most recently, she served as General Manager of the Hotel Vintage Seattle and had previously overseen the Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Kelly Steward has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, taking over from Doug Watson. Steward was most recently overseeing the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland.

Max Schroeder has been promoted to General Manager at the Quail Lodge (a Peninsula Hotel) in Carmel. He had been serving the resort as Assistant General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing since 2014. Craig Barkdull moves up to take over from Schroeder as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Sarah Blatsiotis has returned to Beverly Hills to take over as General Manager for the Avalon. She was previously serving as Hotel Manager at the SIXTY Beverly Hills before moving into her most recent role as General Manager for the Avalon Palm Springs.

Kenan Jones is back in Los Angeles taking over as General Manager at the Ace Hotel. He had previously served as Director of Rooms for the Standard Hollywood before taking on his most recently role of Hotel Manager at the Standard East Village.

Lucy Martin has moved as General Manager to the Park Central Hotel, South Beach due to open later this year. She was most recently the Hotel Manager at the 1 Hotel Miami Beach.

Jason Connor has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort. He was most recently overseeing the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

Michael Collins has been named General Manager at the Archer Hotel in Napa, slated to open in 2017. He was most recently overseeing the Kenwood Inn and Spa. Collins is the former Hotel Manager at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Director of Operations at Shutters on the Beach.

Jens Moesker has been appointed General Manager at the Shangri-La Toronto. He was most recently in the same position with the Shangri-La Tokyo. He originally joined the group in 2000.

Shawn Milburn has been appointed General Manager of Suncadia. He is the former General Manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa Monterey Bay and the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa.

Devin Mahoney has been appointed General Manager of the Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona. Mahoney was previously the Assistant General Manager at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Ian McClendon has been appointed General Manager of the Redbury Hollywood. He is the former General Manager for Kimpton’s The Goodland and the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.

Robert Cole is taking over for Ian McClendon as General Manager of The Goodland. Cole was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Hotel Palomar Westwood.

Sandra Estornell has moved as General Manager to the Ritz-Carlton Panama. She was most recently serving in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago and is the former Hotel Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Vienna.

Milton Sgarbi has been named Managing Director at the 1 Hotel South Beach. He is the former General Manager of the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the St. Regis Bora Bora.

Sébastien Arnaud has moved as General Manager to the Cabo Azul. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the nearby One&Only Palmilla. Arnaud had previously overseen food and beverage at the Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino and the Hyatt Regency La Manga.

Shawn Jervis is back in California to take on the role of General Manager at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. He had previously been with the Terranea Resort before taking on his most recent role as General Manager in Washington, D.C. for the Embassy Row Hotel. All three properties are part of Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Michael Briggs is now in Maine at the Inn by the Sea as General Manager. For the past ten years he had been at Chatham Bars Inn, most recently as Resort Manager.

Jean-Marc Jalbert is now in Oregon at the Nines Portland as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Radisson Blu Philadelphia. Jalbert is the former General Manager at the Radisson Blu St. Martin.

Angelica Palladino has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Four Seasons Las Vegas taking over from Sean McCarron. Palladino was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hualalai. She had previously overseen food and beverage operations at the Four Seasons Vail.

The Loews Regency New York has appointed Nicholas Farina Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Director of Towers for the Lotte New York Palace.

Paul Reggion has been named Hotel Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. He is the former Director of Hotel Operations at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center.

The Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown has appointed Mark Naber Hotel Manager. He was most recently with the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, where he served first as Director of Food and Beverage then as Hotel Manager.

Julien Surget is now in Utah as Assistant General Manager for Amangiri. For the past three years, he had served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hay Adams Hotel. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach.

Kai Lermen succeeds Max Schroeder as Assistant General Manager/Clubhouse Manager at Quail Lodge. Lerman is the former Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef at the Peninsula Chicago, sister property to the Quail.

Harry Hirsch has been named Assistant General Manager and Director of Operations at Red Ledges in Utah. He was previously the Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, and San Ysidro Ranch.

Christian Plotczyk has joined Virgin Hotels in Miami as Vice President of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Vice President of Operations at The ONE Group and the former Vice President Culinary Operations at Rosa Mexicano. Restaurants.                               

Joshua Fluhr has joined Edition by Marriott as Vice President Food, Beverage and Brand Operations. He was most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Morgans Hotel Group. Fluhr is also a former Vice President of Development for SBE.

After 20 years with Groupe Alain Ducasse in a number of positions culminating in that of Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, USA & Asia, Yannis Stanisiere is joining Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s Biergarten LLC, the company behind the Spotted Pig, the Breslin, the John Dory Oyster Bar, Salvation Taco, Salvation Burger and Tosca Café (San Francisco). Stanisiere will be the group’s Director of Operations.

Christopher Roache has been named National Director of Food and Beverage at Plan Do See America. He was most recently with the London West Hollywood as Director of Food and Beverage. Roache had previously overseen food and beverage at the Mondrian, the Silverton Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and the W Los Angeles.

Grégory Viaud has joined the Beverly Wilshire as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. Viaud is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the Four Seasons Maui.

Megan Humphreys has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and joined the Four Seasons Las Vegas. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons New York. Humphreys had previously overseen food and beverage operations at the Four Seasons Dallas.

Carlos De La Barra has moved to the One&Only Palmilla as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently in a similar role at the nearby Resort at Pedregal. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Bulgari Bali and the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur.

Paul Sykes has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Service Manager at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

Gordon Maybury has been named Director of Culinary for Turnberry Isle. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Arizona Biltmore.

Robert Muehlich is now in Washington, D.C. as Director of Food and Beverage for the Watergate Hotel. He was most recently with the 1 Hotel South Beach as Director of Food and Beverage. Muehlich is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Setai Miami Beach and the JW Marriott Miami.

Clayton van Hooijdonk has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Miami. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. He is the former Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common and the Mark Hopkins Hotel.

Flynt Payne is now in Oregon as Director of Food and Beverage at Sunriver in Bend. He was most recently in the same role at the Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride. Payne is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Montage Kapalua Bay, the Sebastian in Vail and at Carmel Valley Ranch.

Amit Verma has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. Verma was most recently in the same role at the Hyatt Times Square.

Max Harris has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Conrad New York. For the past three years, he had been serving as Director of Banquets for the hotel.

The Hilton Orlando has appointed Menze Heroian Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously overseen food and beverage for Celebrity Cruises, the Tishman Hotel Corporation and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Jess Wilner has been named Director of Finance for the Silverado Resort and Spa. Wilner was most recently at Farmshop as Chief Financial Officer. He is the former Area Director of Finance at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Director of Finance at the New York Palace Hotel.

Michael Collins has joined Kimpton’s Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem as Director of Finance. He is the former Director of Finance at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

Kevin McKee has been appointed Vice President of Finance at Terranea Resort. Most recently, McKee served as the Vice President of Finance for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Colorado. He is the former Chief Financial Officer at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

Joseph Piantedosi has been named Controller at the Trump National Golf Club. He was most recently the Director of Finance for the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. Piantedosi is the former Director of Finance at the Empire Hotel, the New York Helmsley and the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.

Auberge Resorts has named Richard Arnold Chief Development Officer. He is the former Vice President, Worldwide Development, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. This news occurs on the same week as the departures of Eric Calderon, Chief Operating Officer for Auberge, who is relocating to Beverly Hills, and Caroline MacDonald who has joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Enrique Vela has rejoined Rottet Studio as Associate Principal. He was most recently serving as Director of Design, Associate Principal, for Wilson Associates Los Angeles.

Hee Seung Lee has joined Jeffrey Beers International as Senior Project Manager, following seven years in a similar position at Champalimaud. Lee is also a former Project Manager at Tihany Design.

Erika Hirt has joined the Aparium Group in Chicago as Vice President of Human Resources and Associate Development. She is the former Director of Human Resources of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and the Park Hyatt Chicago.

Laura Martinez is now the Director of Human Resources of the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. She was most recently in the same role at the Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood.

Benchmark Hospitality has named Tom Faust Vice President, Sales. He is the former Vice President, Sales, of Omni Hotels & Resorts and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Jane Galosic has joined Amanresorts in New York as Cluster Director of Sales, Americas. She was most recently serving as Director of Leisure Sales for the Ocean House in Rhode Island. Galosic is the former Director of Sales of the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Lisa Marchese has moved as Chief Marketing Officer to the Las Vegas Sands Corp. For the past five years, she had served as Chief Marketing Officer at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

The Four Seasons Baltimore has named Sean Casserly Director of Marketing. He had previously served as Director of Sales for both, the Four Seasons Chicago and the (former Four Seasons managed) Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Jeff Gillick has joined the Langham Huntington Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same position for the Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Gillick is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of Bacara Resort and Spa.

Randolph Wilcott has returned for the third time to his post as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach in Bermuda. He had previously served in the post from 2001 to 2003, and had stepped back in the position in 2008. Wilcott was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

The Guest House at Graceland has named Michael Pramshafer Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was previously serving as Vice President of Sales at the SLS Las Vegas and Vice President of Resort Sales and Marketing at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Michael Cady has been appointed Vice President of Marketing for Charlestowne Hotels in Charleston. Cady was most recently with the Salamander Resort & Spa as Director of Sales and Marketing. He is a former Account Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and Corporate Marketing Director for Joie de Vivre Hospitality.

The Grand Hyatt San Francisco has appointed Anita Rahman Director of Sales and Marketing. Rahman was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing at the Andaz Maui.

Michael Gonsalves is Area Director of Sales and Marketing at both the Hotel Zeppelin and the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco. He is the former Sales Director of the Park Hyatt New York.

Serena McCabe has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Thompson Seattle. She was most recently serving as Director of Group Sales at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

Kini Sanborn has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Archer Hotel Napa, due to open in 2017. She was most recently in the same position for the Bardessono Hotel & Spa in nearby Yountville.

Ramon Von Schükkmann has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the W South Beach. He is the former Director of Sales for the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai and Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Mauritius.

Tina Gerson has been appointed Director of Sales at Nobu Eden Roc. She was most recently with the Loews Miami Beach as Associate Director of Sales.

Kerzner International has named Jennifer Guevara Director, Leisure Sales, North America. She is the former Director of Leisure Sales at the (defunct) Rosewood Baha Mar and Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Viceroy Riviera Maya and Viceroy Zihuatanejo.

Chris DeVito has been appointed Director, Group Sales, North America, for Kerzner International, based in San Diego. He was most recently with The Leading Hotels of the World as Director of Group Sales for the Western U.S. region.

John Harrison has joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts as Director of Regional Sales. He was most recently the Director of National Accounts at the Hotel Viking.

Jared Mintz has been named Director of Convention Sales at the Alon Las Vegas. He was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Kyle Faulkner has been appointed National Sales Manager at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo. He most recently served as a Senior Business Development Manager for R.W. Smith & Co., based in San Diego.

Jennifer Taylor has been appointed National Sales Manager at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Delaware.

Tyson Weder is now at the Mondrian Los Angeles as Senior Sales Manager. He was previously in the same role for Hilton and Hyatt Hotels in Los Angeles as well.

Sean Murray has been promoted and transferred as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons Chicago, taking over from Stephen Wambach. Murray was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Vancouver. He is the former Executive Sous Chef of the Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Alex Burger has returned to New York to take over as Executive Chef at Bar Boulud. He was most recently in Phuket at Aziamendi as Executive Chef. Burger is the former Chef de Cuisine at Iniala Bilbao and Banquet Chef at Restaurant Daniel.

Oliver Beckert has joined the Trump Hotel Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Baltimore. Beckert is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Vancouver and the Four Seasons Lanai.

Jeremy Berlin has joined the Tuthill House at the Mill as Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Lark Restaurant in Santa Barbara after spending two years as Executive Chef for Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill in Las Vegas.

Jason Pringle has been named Chef de Cuisine at Navio at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. He was most recently the Executive Chef at db Bistro Moderne in Miami.

Robert Aikens has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Rainbow Room. He had previously served as the Chef de Cuisine before his promotion in 2015 to Executive Sous Chef. Aikens is the former Executive Chef at Dandelion with the Starr Restaurant Organization of Philadelphia.

Justin Macy has been appointed Executive Chef at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson. For the past 15 years, he had been with Miraval, most recently as Executive Chef.

Marc Therrien has been named Executive Chef for Keeneland Hospitality. He was most recently the Executive Chef at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Jorge Ramos has been named Executive Chef for the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. He was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef at the 1 Hotel Miami Beach. Ramos is the former Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.

Enrico Glaudo has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hotel Granduca Houston. He was most recently with the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles as Outlet Manager and is he former Executive Sous Chef at the Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills.

Stephen Strickland has been named Executive Chef at the Arizona Biltmore, taking over from Gordon Maybury. For the past six years, Strickland had been with La Quinta Resort and Club as Executive Chef.

Earl Anthony Morse is now in Florida as Executive Chef at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef for the Little Nell in Aspen.

Noel Middleton has been named Executive Chef for the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at sister property, the Nantucket Hotel & Resort and had previously served as Executive Sous Chef at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm in Nantucket.

Stefan Goehcke has joined Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Club on St. Lucia as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef for Baros Maldives.

The Four Seasons San Francisco has promoted Chiko Kitaoka to Director of Rooms. She had joined the hotel in 2014 as Assistant Director of Rooms.

 

EUROPE

Martijn Brouwer has joined Virgin Galactic as General Manager, Astronaut Relations. He was most recently the General Manager at the South Kensington Club in London. Brouwer had worked for Sir Richard Branson in the past as General Manager of Necker Island for several years.

Kempinski Hotels has named Markus Semer Chairman of the management board and Chief Executive Officer. He was most recently promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2014 and originally joined Kempinski in 2002. Semer takes over from Alejandro Bernabe, who has left the group.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Kash Gohil Vice President Global Development and Planning based in London. He was most recently with Westmont Management.

Jonathan Sheard has been appointed Senior Vice President for Development at AccorHotels UK & Ireland. Sheard has worked for AccorHotels since 1992, most recently as Senior Vice-President Luxury, Upscale and Midscale Brands.

Virgin Hotels has appointed Alex Andjel Vice President of Development, based in London. He is the former Director for Montpelier Hotels and Director of Development for Bridgehouse Capital.

Felix Murillo has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, taking over from Martin Rhomberg. Murillo was most recently serving as General Manager at the Four Seasons Marrakech.

JP Kavanagh has been appointed General Manager at the Belmond Grand Hibernian in Dublin. He is the former General Manager at the InterContinental Dublin and the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates.

At the Park Hyatt Vendôme Paris, Michel Jauslin who had been the General Manager since it opened in 2002, is replaced by Claudio Ceccherelli, previously the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. Ceccherelli had run the Park Hyatt Milano from 2002 to 2013. As for Jauslin, a 38-year Hyatt veteran, he will focus on his role as Vice President Operations France.

The new General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Cannes Martinez is Alessandro Cresta, replacing Claudio Ceccherelli. Cresta is the former Hotel Manager of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.

The Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa has named Peter Schoch Managing Director. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President and a founding member of the Capella Hotel Group.

At Paris’ Hotel du Collectionneur, Pierre Alexandre Le Bihan has been promoted to General Manager, taking over from Bruno Chiaruttini, who has left the company. (They also own the recently re-opened Watergate in Washington DC).

Edward Leenders is now in Brussels as General Manager for the Hotel Amigo. He was most recently the General Manager at the Hotel Savoy in Florence.

Giancarlo Rizzi has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Savoy, taking over from Edward Leenders. Most recently, Rizzi was the Hotel Manager for Villa La Massa in Florence. He is the former Resident Manager for the Villa D’ Este in Lake Como.

Emanuele Manfroi has been appointed General Manager at the Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence. He was previously the Hotel Manager at sister hotel, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice.

Guy Bertaud has been named General Manager of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. He was most recently overseeing the H Hotel Dubai and is the former General Manager in Monaco at the Hôtel de Paris.

Jannes Soerensen is now the General Manager of London’s Beaumont Hotel. Soerensen was most recently the Director of Rooms for the Le Bristol Paris. He had previously spent several years at the Connaught.

Garry Fortune has been appointed General Manager at the Malmaison Liverpool. He was most recently the Operations Director at the West Tower Country House.

Philip Marczak has been appointed General Manager at the Tune Hotel, Liverpool. He is the former Operations Manager of the Holiday Inn Bolton.

James Berry has taken over for Anna-Marie Dowling at the Sofitel London Heathrow as General Manager. Berry was most recently in the same role at the Sofitel London Gatwick.

Yves Wencker has been named Director of Lodging for Disneyland Paris. He was most recently serving as General Manager Hotels for Wilburys Hotels Investment.

Pantelis Korovilas has joined Amanzoe as Villa Manager. He was most recently serving as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Beirut.

Antoine Corneille has been named opening Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square. For the past 12 years, he had been with the Four Seasons George V, most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage.

Taking over from Antoine Corneille as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons George V Paris is Quentin Garreau de Labarre. He had joined the hotel in pre-opening as Restaurant Director before moving into his most recent role as Assistant Food and Beverage Director.

Scott Wallen has joined the Rosewood London as Director of Food and Beverage. He was until a few months ago the Director of Food and Beverage for the Baccarat Hotels & Residences in New York.

Romain Mejecaze has moved to the Hotel Arts Barcelona as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently in a similar role at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi.

Julia Selyukova has been promoted to Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Moscow. She joined the hotel in pre-opening as Director of Sales. Selyukova had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Courtyard by Marriott City Center Hotel Moscow and for the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Hotel.

Tina Lowes has been appointed Director of Sales at Lumley Castle in Durham. She was most recently in various posts with Barclay’s Bank.

D&D London has appointed Raphael Francois Chef Patron of Launceston Place in South Kensington. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Le Cirque New York and is best known for holding the position of Executive Chef at The Connaught.

The Hilton Cambridge City Centre has named Kiran Selvarajan Head Chef. He was most recently Head Chef at the Nidd Hall Hotel in Harrogate.

Jerry Adam has been appointed Head Chef at The Swan at Hay in Hay-on-Wye. He is the former chef at Llangoed Hall and the Olive Branch in Clipsham.

At Le Bristol Paris, Aurélie Martin takes over from Jannes Soerensen as Director of Rooms. Martin had been serving as Director of Housekeeping for the hotel.

Gwenaelle Tanguy has been promoted to Director of Housekeeping at Le Bristol Paris, taking over from Aurelie Martin. Tanguy had been serving as Assistant Director of Housekeeping.

Ronan Kervarrec is leaving the Two-Michelin-Starred Chateau de La Chèvre d’Or in Eze to take over as Chef de Cuisine the Bordeaux adjacent Hostellerie de Plaisance, where his challenge is to reach that second Michelin star. He will be taking over from Cédric Béchade, who is returning to his original creation, L’Auberge Basque. Kervarrec’s résumé includes stints with Guy Krenzer, Joel Robuchon and Yannick Alleno.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Thomas Meier has joined the Minor Group in Bangkok as Senior Vice President. He was most recently with Raffles International as Vice President Development.

Hery Kuswoyo has been promoted to Director, Regional Operations, for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, based in Singapore. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Banyan Tree Phuket and Executive Assistant Manager of the Banyan Tree Macau.

Anthony Costa has moved over as General Manager to the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. He was most recently overseeing the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

Paul Jones takes over from Anthony Costa as General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Jones was most recently the General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei.

Michael Ziemer has been appointed General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei, taking over from Paul Jones. Ziemer was most recently at sister property The Excelsior, Hong Kong as General Manager.

Stephan Killinger has joined the Atlantis Sanya as President and Managing Director. He was most recently in a similar role for sister property the Mazagan Beach Resort near Casablanca. Killinger is the former General Manager of the One&Only Resort Reethi Rah and the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano.

Audrey Huttert has been named General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi. She is the former Resort Manager of Amanyara and Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms, of the Ritz-Carlton Abama.

Samuel Lau has been named Managing Director of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, replacing Andrew Kam. Lau has been with the company since 2010, most recently as Vice President for new program development in Asia. He was previously at Epcot as Vice President and had served as Vice President of Transportation for Walt Disney World.

Hervé Mazella has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, taking over for Philippe Roux-Dessarps. He had been with the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong since 2012 first as Executive Assistant Manager ­ Food and Beverage – and later promoted to Hotel Manager.

Rudy Oretti has joined the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai as General Manager. He was most recently Senior Vice President Resort Operations for the Louis XIII in Macau. He is the former General Manager of the Banyan Tree Macau and the Banyan Tree Bali.

The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has appointed Hilton Grant Hastings as General Manager. Since 2007, he had been with Constance Hotels and Resorts in Madagascar, Maldives and most recently in the Seychelles.

Patrick Pollak is now in Hawaii as Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Hualalai. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Dallas as Resort Manager and is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Mexico City.

Kuni Satonaka has been named Director of Residences at the Four Seasons Kyoto. Satonaka was most recently the Front Office Manager for the Aman Tokyo.

Alex Huels has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and joined the Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou. He had previously served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and the Shangri-La Bangkok.

Marco Polo Hotels has appointed Juni Rahardja Regional Director of Sales, Singapore succeeding Roy Yan who recently retired after 24 years with the company. Her most recent position was Director, Regional Sales in Singapore for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has appointed Ben Premack Director of Sales and Marketing. Premack has been with Hyatt since 2003, most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at Grand Hyatt DFW.

Cyril Calmet has been named Executive Chef for the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Peninsula Bangkok. Calmet is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi.

David Mottl has been appointed Executive Chef at the St. Regis Langkawi. He was most recently in Russia as Executive Sous Chef at the W St. Petersburg.

James Norman is now in Bangkok as Executive Chef for the Siam Kempinski. He was most recently in the same role at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Norman is the former Executive Chef for the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva and the Mandarin Oriental Geneva.

Asker Skaarup Bay has been appointed Executive Chef at the Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok.

Henry Jordan has been named Executive Chef for Amanjiwo in Indonesia. He is the former Chef de Cuisine for the Hotel Okura Bangkok.

 

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Laurent Garrido has been named General Manager at Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura in Marrakech. He is the former General Manager at Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland and the Hotel Royal Evian.

The Four Seasons Istanbul Sultanahmet has appointed Nihat Yücel Hotel Manager. He was most recently in the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Seychelles.

Marcel Oostenbrink has moved over as Resort Manager to the Four Seasons Seychelles taking over from Nihat Yücel. Oostenbrink was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh. He is the former Resort Manager at Ras Al Khaimar.

Valérie Barrie has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. She was most recently in the same position for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Essam Nabhan has been appointed Executive Chef at the Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai. He was most recently with the pre-opening team of the Millennium Plaza Hotel in Dubai.

 

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Edited by Susana Parks, Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy
The Boutique Search Firm

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