APRIL 2018 – HEADS above the Rest®

April 3, 2018
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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 2018

 

THE AMERICAS

Gebhard Rainer has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Sandals Resorts International, taking over from current CEO Adam Stewart who after 12 years moves into the Deputy Chairman role. Rainer had previously worked with Hyatt Hotels for more than 25 years and most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Coach.

Ilse Harley has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Baltimore and Regional Vice President. She has been with the company for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla.

Philip Dailey has been appointed Managing Director and Vice President of the Sheraton Gateway at LAX. He is the former    Managing Director at the 1 Hotel South Beach, the PUBLIC Chicago, and the Andaz West Hollywood. Dailey was also the opening General Manager of the SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Chris Paulk has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Napa Valley. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Viceroy Snowmass and General Manager at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque.

Michael Feeley has been named General Manager of the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. He is the former General Manager of the McCormick Scottsdale, the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, and Regional Director of Food and Beverage with Saguaro Resorts.

Noble House Hotels & Resorts has named Don Dennis Vice President of Operations West Coast, based in San Diego. He has been with the company for over 15 years, most recently as Vice President, Regional Managing Director West Coast.

Auberge Resorts Collection has named Eliezer Quinones General Manager at the Chileno Bay Resort & Residences in Los Cabos. Quinones was previously General Manager at both Tafer Resorts’ in Puerto Vallarta and for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Zihuantanejo and Los Cabos.

Murray Hennessy has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer at Great Wolf Resorts after serving as interim CEO following the departure of Rubén Rodriguez in December. Hennessy is the former Chief Executive Officer for Avis Europe and, more recently, Chief Executive Officer of Trainline.

Strand Hospitality Services has named Michael Halpner Regional Director of Operations. He is the former Regional Director at the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Sameer Nair has been appointed Vice President of Hotel Acquisitions at Kolter Hospitality. He was previously the Vice President of Hotel Investments at Banyan Investment Group.

John Volponi remains with Auberge Resorts as General Manager of the Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe, due to reopen in the Fall. He is the former General Manager
at the 
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Cabo San Lucas. Volponi is the former General Manager at Capella Pedregal, Capella Telluride, the Inn at Perry Cabin, and La Samanna.

The Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach has promoted Lisa Namour to General Manager. Namour joined the hotel in 2015 as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Leon Young has returned to New Orleans to take on the role of General Manager at The Ace Hotel. He had previously been with the W French Quarter New Orleans before moving into GM roles for the W Scottsdale and, most recently, the W Hollywood.

David Almond has been appointed Regional Vice President for the Midwest U.S. & Canada at Associated Luxury Hotels International. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile and Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels of Downtown Chicago.

Robert Berrey has been appointed General Manager of Miraval Austin. He is the former General Manager of the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa in Saratoga Springs.

Mark Stebbings has been appointed General Manager of Miraval Arizona. Stebbings has previously served as Director of Operations and General Manager for Travaasa Experiential Resorts overseeing the Travaasa Austin and the Travaasa Hana.

The Hollywood Casino St. Louis has named Michael Jerlecki Vice President and General Manager. Jerlecki is the former Vice President and General Manager of Boulder Station and the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas.

Greg Bradley has been named General Manager of the Edwin Hotel in Chattanooga. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms – at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.

Matthew Simone has been appointed General Manager at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota. He had previously served as Director of Operations and Executive Assistant Manager Rooms for the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Corinna Osborne has been promoted to General Manager of the Edgewood Tahoe. She joined the resort in 2016 as Director of Hotel Operations.

Lucia Penrod has been named Chief Executive Officer at Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts in Miami. She will continue to act as Chief Marketing Officer of Nikki Beach Worldwide, a role that she’s had since 2008.

The Amara Cay Resort has named Miguel Waldo General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo.

Scott Pickert has joined Filament Hotel Group as Chief Executive Officer. He was most recently the Senior Vice President at the Northview Hotel Group.

Awet Sium has returned as General Manager to the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa. He had previously served in this same role in 2011. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Kimpton Donovan Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Greg Stafford has been named General Manager for the Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center, slated to open in the fall. He was most recently General Manager of the Logan Hotel and Spa in Philadelphia (the former Four Seasons Philadelphia).

Joseph Dadiego has joined the Westin Portland Harborview in Maine as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Dedham Hilton in Boston. Dadiego is the former General Manager of the Marriott Downtown Chicago.

Jim Mauer has been appointed Vice President/Managing Director at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. For the past year, he had been serving as Managing Director of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove. Mauer is the former Managing Director of the Eden Roc Resort & Elle Spa.

Rodrigo Rizzi has joined the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the AC Hotel Panama City and the JW Marriott Panam

Hartmut Ott has been appointed General Manager of the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. He was most recently in Chicago as Director of Operations at the Westin Michigan Avenue.

Jeff Pope has been named General Manager at the Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt House Dallas.

Dennis Lanners has been appointed Vice President of Operations, North America, at Millennium & Copthorne Hotels. He was most recently the Vice President of Food and Beverage at Spire Hospitality.

Michael Bridges has moved as General Manager to the Viceroy Santa Monica. This is return to the Viceroy Group for Bridges who had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Viceroy Central Park. He was most recently overseeing sales and marketing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Paul Ohm has been named pre-opening General Manager for the InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport Hotel slated to open in July. He was most recently the Managing Director at the Loews Chicago O’Hare. Ohm is the former General Manager of the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee and the Fairmont Newport Beach.

Sal Abaunza has been named General Manager at the Tides Monterey, taking over from Brent McNally. Abaunza was most recently serving as General Manager at the Scarlet Huntington Hotel, Nob Hill.

Brian Proctor has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at BridgeStreet Global Hospitality. He is the former Vice President Operations at Evolution Hospitality and Regional Vice President Operations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Pierre-Louis Giacotto has been appointed General Manager of The Blackstone in Chicago. He was most recently overseeing the Hotel Arista in Naperville. The Blackstone is operated by Sage Hospitality.

Ken Daugherty has joined the Salishan Resort as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Skamania Lodge.

Coni Winters Thornburg has joined Rancho Valencia as General Manager. She was most recently in the same role for Calistoga Ranch and the former General Manager at the the Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Hotel Teatro.

Ron Pellerine has joined the Shangri-La Toronto as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Langham Boston.

John Kentish-Barnes has been named Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Ocean Club, Bahamas. He has been with the company since 1996, most recently at  the Four Seasons London Park Lane as Area Director of Finance.

Joseph Ojeda has been named General Manager at NeueHouse in Hollywood. He was most recently the Director of Operations for Citrus Hospitality Management at Perch Los Angeles.

Nicolas Messian has joined the Ritz-Carlton Toronto as Hotel Manager. He was most recently in the same position at the Dorchester in London. Messian is the former Hotel Manager at the One&Only Royal Mirage and Resort Manager at the Soneva Fushi Maldives. 

Ingrid Braun has been named Hotel Manager at the Viceroy Santa Monica. She was most recently serving as Director of Rooms for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. 

Scott Wallen has joined the Rosewood Sand Hill as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at sister propert the Rosewood London. Wallen is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York and the Founders Inn and Spa.

Adam Bussell has moved to the NoMad Los Angeles with a promotion to Hotel Manager. He was most recently with the London West Hollywood as Director of Rooms.

DiamondRock Hospitality has promoted Briony Quinn to Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Quinn has been with the company for over 10 years, most recently as Chief Accounting Officer and is also the former Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Meristar Hospitality Corporation.

DiamondRock Hospitality Company has named Jay Johnson as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Johnson was most recently the Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Host Hotels & Resorts.

Greg Chensky has been named Director of Finance at 
Loews Hotels. He was most recently with the Dorchester Collection as Area Director of Finance, overseeing the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. 

Tifani Fox has been named Director of Finance at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.  She had previously served as Senior Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. 

David Nadolny has been named Director of Finance of the High Hampton Resort in North Carolina. He was most recently served as Director of Finance for the Adolphus in Dallas. He is the former Corporate Regional Controller for Harrell Hospitality.

Richard Richardson has been named Director of Finance for the Doral Arrowwood. Richardson was most recently the Director of Finance for Dolce Hotels & Resorts. 

Eric Bonnetain has been named Vice President of Operations at Barton G.  He was most recently the Director of Operations and Regional Director Food and Beverage Projects at the Discovery Land Company. Bonnetain is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the SLS New York Park Avenue and the SLS Lux at Baha Mar. 

Martin Rahn has returned to the Peninsula Chicago to take on the role of Director of Food and Beverage. Rahn had previously served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the hotel before moving to the same position for the Peninsula Bangkok.

Sebastien Ganry has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage with his transfer to The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Ko Olina. Ganry is the former General Manager of Hakkasan London. 

Dan Myers has been named Director Food and Beverage at the Beverly Wilshire. The Cornell graduate was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Christian Storck has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. He joined the hotel in 2016 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Michael Moody is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa. He was most recently at Dunton Hot Springs, River Camp and Town House as General Manager. Moody had previously served in food and beverage posts at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, the Vanderbilt Grace, and the Lake Placid Lodge.

Dhruv Khanna has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont San Jose. He was most recently in Seattle at the Loews Hotel 1000 as Director of Food and Beverage. Khanna had previously served in food and beverage roles with the Loews Regency, San Francisco and the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

The Don CeSar has appointed Carlos Cepero Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Anatole and Director, banquet operations at the Fairmont Banff Springs. 

Sean O’Connell has been named Vice President Food, Beverage and Culinary Operations for Atlantis Resorts. He was most recently with Canyon Ranch in Tucson as Global Director of Food and Beverage. 

Siddharth Narang has been appointed Chief Development Officer at SBE. The Cornell graduate had held similar roles with Crescent Capital Ventures and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 

Greg O’Stean has been named Chief Development Officer, North America, at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently the Chief Investment Officer at Loews Hotels. 

Victor Cortes has been appointed Executive Vice President of Development at the Enchantment Group in Scottsdale. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Development at Bald Mountain Development, overseeing the design and construction of the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley. 

Linda Stigter is now in London as Director of Human Resources for the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square. She was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Jennifer Colvin has joined Greystone Hotels in San Francisco as Corporate Director of Human Resources. Colvin is the former Director of Human Resources for Hilton Worldwide Hotels, Area Director of People and Culture at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and, most recently, Corporate Director of Human Resources at the Kaizen Dining Group.

Austin Watkins has been named Regional Director of Hotel Marketing with
 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He has served as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Hualalai, the Four Seasons Singapore, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, and the Four Seasons San Francisco. 

Tanja Pijfers has moved over to the Four Seasons Nevis as Director of Marketing. The Lausanne graduate had previously overseen sales and marketing at the Four Seasons Lion Palace Saint Petersburg, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest, and most recently, the Four Seasons Miami.

Kristie Goshow has been named Chief Marketing Officer for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, taking over from Casey Ueberroth. Goshow was most recently with the Viceroy Hotel Group as Senior Vice President of Commercial. 

Mary Mayes has been named Director of Sales, Worldwide Accounts, Luxury Group Sales, for the Hilton Luxury Collection. She was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental New York as Director of Marketing. Mayes is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trump Soho and Director of Sales at the Four Seasons New York. 

Danielle Babilino has been named Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. She was most recently the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Alon Las Vegas. 

Kevin Sullivan has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown. He was most recently the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis. 

Pamela Irwin has been appointed Director Leisure and Entertainment Sales – North America (West Coast) for Kempinski Hotels. She is the former Vice President Sales and Marketing for the American Travel Bureau.

Deanna Thomas has joined Booklyn’s William Vale Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the U.S. Regional Director of Sales for Grupo Habita.

William Stratton has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. He is the former Destination Sales Executive at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. 

Fernando Estala has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Austin Marriott Downtown. Estala is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. 

Amanda Bryant has joined Strand Hospitality Services as Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Auro Hotels. 

Fernando Carranza has been appointed Regional Director of Sales at WorldHotels, based in Los Angeles. He was most recently serving as Director of Global Sales for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Lou Cirelli has moved to the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego as Director of Sales. He was most recently the National Sales Manager at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. 

Tory Enriquez has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. She was most recently Area Director, Sales and Marketing, for Howard Hughes Hospitality.

Kelly Commerford has been promoted to Regional Director of Marketing West Coast at Noble House Hotels & Resorts, based in San Diego. Commerford was most recently serving the group as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. 

Pilar Ellis has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago. She is the former Director of Group Sales at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Director of Sales at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. 

Martin Jakubczak has been named Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. He was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach and had previously served as a senior sales manager at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.

Curtis Smithen has been named Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Ocean Club The Bahamas. He was most recently serving in the same position at the Four Seasons Serengeti. 

Jose Gamez has moved over as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons Palm Beach. He was most recently in the same position with the Four Seasons The Surf Club. Gamez is the former Executive Sous Chef Four Seasons Miami. 

Suncadia Resort has named Jacob Brenchley Executive Chef.  He was most recently the Executive Chef of the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee. Brenchley is the former Corporate Executive Chef and Development Manager at Kessler Collection and Be1 Concepts, and Executive Chef at the Scholars Inn Restaurant Group and Bakehouses.

Ben Jones has joined the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Washington as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at The Resort at Paws Up.

Matthew Morgan has been promoted at the Beverly Hilton to Executive Chef. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Sous Chef.

Charles Hechinger has been named Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef at the Metropolitan Club San Francisco. He is the former Executive Chef for the Rancho Bernardo Inn, the Claremont Resort & Spa, and the Lodge at Vail.

Adam Stevenson has joined the Cedarbrook Lodge as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role at the Motif Hotel and the Pro Sports Club in nearby Bellevue.

Achilles Poliviou has been appointed Executive Chef at the Sheraton New York Times Square. Most recently, he was the Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Essex House.

Randy Rucker has been named Executive Chef at the Spicer Mansion in Mystic. Rucker was most recently the Culinary Director overseeing both the State Road Restaurant and the Beach Road in Martha’s Vineyard.

Mirko Loeffler has joined the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa as Executive Chef.  He was most recently the Executive Chef at the DoubleTree by Hilton Mt. Laurel.

Alessandro Guerrazzi has been named Chef de Cuisine at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Most recently, he was the Executive Chef at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining in Grand Rapids.

1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach has appointed David Almany Chef de Cuisine. He was most recently Executive Chef and Partner at Angeleno restaurant in Singapore.  Almany had previously served as Chef of Osteria Mozza in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the flagship Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles.

Chad Merced has joined the Four Seasons Toronto as Director of Rooms. He is the former Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Denver and Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Vancouver. Merced was most recently serving corporate as Operations Lead – Worldwide.

The Four Seasons Anguilla has named Raúl García Carpintero Director of Rooms. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Gansevoort, Turks and Caicos.

Patrick Huey has been appointed Corporate Director, Spa Operations at Montage International in Laguna Beach. He was most recently with Minor Hotels International and MSpa, as Corporate Director of Spas – Asia.

Allison Lomax has been appointed Spa Director for Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. She was most recently in the same post for the Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

 

EUROPE 

Wolfgang Greiner has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Munich Hotel Partners. He had been with the Mandarin Oriental Munich since 2013, most recently as General Manager.

Rogier Hurkmans has been appointed Regional Vice President of Operations, Continental Europe, for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently Cluster General Manager for the Wyndham Dubai Marina and TRYP by Wyndham Dubai. Hurkmans is the former General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin and the Crowne Plaza Brussels-Le Palace.

Emeline Sýkora-Wintrebert has been appointed Area General Manager for South-Eastern Europe at Orbis Hotels, based in Bucharest. She was most recently the Development Manager for South-Eastern Europe at AccorHotels.

Lynn Brutman has moved to the Four Seasons London Park Lane as Regional Vice President and General Manager. She was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons Hampshire and was previously the General Manager of the (former) Four Seasons Canary Wharf.

Jean-Claude Wietzel has been named Regional Vice President and General Manager for the Four Seasons George V. He was most recently in the same positions at the Four Seasons Maui. Wietzel is the former  Hotel Manager at Four Seasons New York, General Manager of the Four Seasons Sharm el Sheikh, and had previously overseen the Four Seasons Marrakech.

Globy Ouseph has been appointed General Manager at the InterContinental London – The O2. Ouseph was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel London Gatwick.

The Regent Porto Montenegro has appointed Kai Dieckmann General Manager. He was most recently serving as Resident Manager at Sandy Lane in Barbados. Dieckmann is the former Resort Manager at the Six Senses Yao Noi and Executive Assistant Manager at Soneva Kiri Resort. 

Christophe Mercier has been appointed General Manager, UK & Europe for the Leeu Collection. He is the former General Manager of the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, the W Paris Opera, and Resident Manager at the Hotel Danieli Venice. 

Laetitia Elmaleh has joined the Hôtel de Berri in Paris as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Pont Royal Hotel and Hôtel de Sers, both in Paris. 

Barry Sherwin has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham. He takes over for Tony Elvin who has left to run Touchwood in Solihull. Sherwin is the former Managing Director at Thomas Crown Affairs. 

Pim Wolfs has been appointed General Manager at the Dormy House Hotel in Worcestershire. Wolfs was most recently at the Palé Hall Hotel and Restaurant as General Manager.

Richard Engelmayer has been appointed General Manager at the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin, taking over from Gondra Wettley who is retiring. Engelmayer was most recently serving as General Manager of the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt am Main. 

Ray Goertz has joined the Arch London as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch and the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel (the former Four Seasons Canary Wharf).

Carlos de la Barra is now in Spain as Resident Manager of the Hotel Villa Magna. He was most recently with the One&Only Palmilla as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage and had previously served in food and beverage roles with the The Resort at Pedregal and the Bulgari Resort Bali. 

Helena Suarez has joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as Director of Global Sales, based in London. She was previously the Director, Luxury Sales for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, transitioning in the same role during the acquisition by Accorhotels.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Kevin Wallace has been appointed President at Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts Asia in Bangkok. Wallace is the former President of Centara Hotels and Resorts, Managing Director-Asia at the Plateno Hotel Group and Managing Director-Asia Pacific for the Dream Hotel Group. 

Boris Blobel has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong. He is the former General Manager at the Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai and Managing Director of East China for Wanda Hotels & Resorts.

Marwan Fadel has been promoted to General Manager at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. He has been the Hotel Manager at the Abu Dhabi resort since 2016. 

Oliver Sturmayr has been appointed General Manager at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach. He is the former Resident Manager at the One&Only The Palm, Dubai and Hotel Manager at the W Retreat & Spa, Bali. 

Joel Gordon has been appointed General Manager at the Riley Cairns, slated to open in August and as Area Manager, Cairns, for Crystalbrook Collection. He was most recently the General Manager of the Doma Group’s Hotel Realm and the Burbury Hotel & Apartments.

Jerry Gibson has joined the Turtle Bay Resort as Vice President and Managing Director. He was most recently the Area Vice President for Hilton Hawaii, following a long career with Hyatt. 

Pierre-Antoine Penicaud has been appointed General Manager at Le Méridien Cyberport in Hong Kong. He was most recently the Senior Area Director of Revenue Strategy for Marriott International. 

Christian Gérart has joined the Samaya Seminyak Bali as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Anantara’s Desert Islands Resort and Spa.

Kelly Sanders has been appointed Vice President of Operations at Highgate in Waikiki. He was most recently with Starwood/Marriott as Area General Manager. 

Neil Patmore has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Crystalbrook Collection in Cairns. He was most recently the Senior Regional Finance Director, Australasia, for Hilton Worldwide.

Wuthivet Vetchabutsakorn has been appointed Director of Finance at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. Most recently he served Area Director of Finance – Asia – for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Nicolas Senes has transferred to the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Pudong.

The Four Seasons Bora Bora has named Matthieu Barthet – Barateig Director of Food and Beverage. For the past five years he had served as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

Gil Maia Santos has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Pudong. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Sofitel Macau and most recently Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Macau.

Abhay Singh has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Goa Marriot Resort & Spa.

Andre Miethig has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. He was most recently in the same position at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives. 

Noel Merainer has been appointed Vice President – Development, Asia Pacific at Rosewood Hotel Group in Hong Kong. He is the former Vice President, Development Planning & Feasibility, Asia-Pacific for Marriott International and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, based in Hong Kong.

Timothy Tan has been appointed Director of Business Development for the Conrad Centennial Singapore. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales for the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, the Cotai Central, and the St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central.

Kenji Ota has moved to the Grand Wailea as Director of Sales. He was most recently the Director of National Accounts at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Thi Nguyen has been appointed Director of Sales at the Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Reverie Saigon. 

Huy Vo has been named Director of Public Relations at the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach. He is the former Director of Marketing for Irongate and had previously held public relations and marketing positions at the Kahala Hotel & Resort and for Hawaiian Airlines. 

Aldo Cadau has joined the Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, also in the Maldives.

Massimo Moreschini has been appointed Director of Rooms and Hotel Residences at the Four Seasons Kyoto. Most recently he was Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms at the Raffles Singapore.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Michael Wale has joined Kerzner International in Dubai as Chief Executive Officer. For the past 40 years, he had been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, most recently as President for Europe, Africa & Middle East.

Anthony Ross has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at JA Resorts & Hotels in Dubai. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer at the Aryaduta Hotel Group and is the former Executive Vice President at Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Marc Descrozaille has been promoted to President, Middle East & Africa, at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. The Lausanne graduate joined the firm in 2017 as Vice President Operations Middle East & Africa. He is the former Area Vice President Africa & Indian Ocean at Carlson Rezidor.

Alessandro Redaelli has been named Global Vice President Operations at Paramount Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. Redaelli is the former General manager of the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah and the Kempinski Emerald Palace the Palm Dubai.

Alexander Schneider has been appointed Vice President EMEA for Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. He was most recently overseeing the opening of Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. 

Carlo Stragiotto has move over as General Manager to the Four Seasons Amman. He was most recently the pre-opening General Manager at the Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Center.

Jeff Rednour has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Doha. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. Rednour is the former Resort Manager with the Four Seasons Langkawi and the Four Seasons Singapore. 

Christian Ruge has been named General Manager of the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh. He was most recently the General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman.

Cornelia Erhardt has been appointed General Manager at the  M Hotel Downtown by Millennium in Dubai. She was most recently in the same role at the Nassima Royal Hotel Dubai, the former Radisson Royal Hotel. 

Jason Rodgers has been promoted to Hotel Manager with his transfer to the Four Seasons Bahrain. He is the former Director of Rooms at the with Four Seasons Mauritius and the Four Seasons Doha.

Petr Dubsky has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Radisson Blu Jeddah Al Salam. He was most recently serving as Executive Assistant Manager at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Bahrain.

Paulo Chatterley De Matos has been named Executive Assistant Manager Rooms at the Nobu Hotel Riyadh. He was most recently the General Manager
at the
Castello Beach Hotel & Villa, Seychelles.

Michael Tiberghien has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Khalidiya Rayhaan Palace. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Colombo.

Amr Kelany has joined the Fairmont Dubai as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Sofitel Dubai Downtown as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Arlette Richter-Picardo has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Sales at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

Cihan Kucukcavdar has been appointed Executive Chef at the Towers Rotana Dubai. He is the former Executive Chef at the Mersin Hilton and the Marriott Istanbul, both in Turkey.

The Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza has named Friedrich-Wilhelm von Schoenfeldt Director of Rooms. He is the former Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Beirut and the London Savoy and was most recently serving as Director of Rooms at the Park Hyatt Dubai.

 

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Edited by Susana Parks, Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy
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