APRIL 2021 – HEADS above the Rest®

March 30, 2021
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HEADS above the Rest®

by Susana Parks and 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

 

THE AMERICAS

James Bermingham has been named Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Hotels. For the past 18 years he had been with Montage International, most recently as Executive Vice President Operations. At Virgin, he takes over from Raul Leal.

Norman Rich has returned to Southern California to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Long Beach Yacht Club. The Cornell graduate was previously in the same role for the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica before moving to Portland where he served as General Manager of the Multnomah Athletic Club for the past 12 years.

Craig Waterman has joined Ian Schrager Hotels as Executive Vice President Operations. He was most recently at the Parker New York as Managing Director. Waterman was previously with Two Roads Hospitality as Vice President Openings & Transitions.

Abby Murtagh is now the General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Arizona Biltmore. She was most recently the General Manager of the Hilton Salt Lake City. Murtagh is the former Resident Manager and Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage of the Waldorf=Astoria New York.

Garrett Parker has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Salt Lake City, succeeding Abby Murtagh. Parker is the former Hotel Manager of the Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55 San Francisco.

Stephen Power is the new General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He was most recently in the same role at the W Los Angeles-Westwood. Power is the former Director of Operations of the SLS Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Director of Food and Beverage of the Beverly Wilshire.

Simon Pettigrew has been named Managing Director of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. He was previously with the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas as Senior Vice President Resort Operations. Pettigrew previously enjoyed a long and successful career with Four Seasons.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has appointed Jason Guyot as President and Chief Executive Officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino. He was most recently serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President Resort Operations.

Derek Shelly has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center. He was most recently a General Manager with White Lodging Service and had previously served as Hotel Manager of the Renaissance Las Vegas and General Manager of the Embassy Suites West Palm Beach.

Kevin Carter has been appointed Managing Director of the Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Carter was most recently the President of Guests, Inc.

Chris Steffich has been named General Manager of the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago. He was most recently the General Manager of the Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center. He is the former Director of Operations of the Eaglewood Resort & Spa and Director of Food and Beverage for Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence.

Nicholas Farina has joined the 1 Hotel Nashville as General Manager. He was most recently in the same role at the 1 Hotel Central Park. Farina is the former Hotel Manager of the Loews Regency Hotel.

Robert Henley has been appointed General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown. He was most recently the General Manager of the Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic District. Henley is the former General Manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton North Charleston.

Christopher Guidice has been named General Manager of the KAYAK Miami Beach. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Mondrian Park Avenue.

John Schellhase has been promoted to Head of Luxury, Lifestyle and Premium Portfolio Management at IHG Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently serving as Director, Portfolio Management, for the company.

Javier Egipciaco has joined Magna Hospitality as Vice President of Operations – Lifestyle Hotels. He was most recently with Arlo Hotels as Senior Vice President and Managing Director.

Bradford Reynolds has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Blaze Pizza Inc. in Pasadena. He was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at sbe Lifestyle Hospitality. Reynolds was previously with Smashburger as Chief Financial Officer.

The Fenway Hotel in Dunedin has named Michael Melendez General Manager. Melendez was most recently the General Manager of The Daytona.

Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel has appointed Dan Zwirn General Manager. He most recently oversaw the opening of the TRYP Hotel in Pittsburgh. He is the former General Manager of Le Méridien Philadelphia and opening General Manager at the Westin Wilmington.

Sharilyn Toko has been named General Manager of the Caribe Hilton. Toko was most recently overseeing both the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel and Casino and the Condado Plaza Hilton.

Keith Pierce has been appointed Executive Vice President, President of Franchise and Operations at Sonesta Hotels. He was most recently the President and Managing Partner at The Passionality Group. Pierce is the former Executive Vice President, Global Systems Operations Support, and Executive Vice President, Brand Operations, at the Wyndham Hotel Group.

Martin Wormull has been named General Manager of the Conrad Nashville, slated to open in 2022. Wormull was most recently served as General Manager of The Candler Hotel Atlanta. He is the former General Manager of the Dalmar Fort Lauderdale and the Conrad Fort Lauderdale.

The Clayton Hotel has named Aaron Coburn General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at The ART Hotel Denver.

Aaron Bajorek takes over from Aaron Coburn as General Manager of the Art Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in Denver. Bajorek has served as the hotel Assistant General Manager since 2017. He had previously overseen food and beverage for the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Denver and the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail.

Chris Ostapovicz has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Sunstone Hotel Investors. Since 2007 he had been with Host Hotels & Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President of Asset Management.

Diego Andrade has been appointed General Manager of the Royal Palm Hotel, Galapagos. He was most recently the National Director of Sales for the Oro Verde Hotels.

Javier Gómez is the new General Manager of the Holiday Inn Quito Airport. He was most recently the General Manager of the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.

Garrett Donovan has been named Hotel Manager of the Faena Miami. He is the former Resort Manager and Executive Assistant Manager-Food and Beverage at Amanyara. 

Xavier Echevarria has been named Director of Operations at FAM Hospitality Group. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the St. Regis Bahia Beach.

Jason Francis has been named Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the Dream Hotel Group. He was most recently with the Hillstone Restaurant Group as Head Chef and Culinary Manager of the Palm Beach Grill and Honor Bar in Palm Beach.

Rachel Jacobs has been appointed to Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage of the Snow King Resort. She is the former Executive Chef of the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle and Executive Sous Chef of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Darren Brown is the new Director of Food and Beverage at Nita Lake Lodge. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at North Arm Farm and Corporate Executive Chef for Village Farms International.

Bastiaan de Winter has been named Director of Food and Beverage of the Chaminade Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Folktale Group overseeing the 7th And Dolores Steak House and the Rise and Roam Bakery/Restaurant in Carmel by the Sea. De Winter is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the La Playa Carmel.

Nick Baer has been named to the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development at Stonehill Strategic Capital. Baer was most recently serving as Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle. 

Wellness brand Sensei has named Jacqueline Pucci Head of People Operations. She is the former Vice President, Human Resources Development for the Rosewood Hotel Group. Pucci also served as Senior Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire.

Michelle Yianolatos has joined STARR Restaurants as Senior Director, Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. She is the former Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Development for Hersha Hospitality.

Phillip Pena has been promoted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to Director, Global Corporate Sales and Sales Operations. He was most recently serving as Regional Director, Global Sales.

The Global Travel Collection has appointed Albert Herrera as Chief Commercial Officer. Since 2004, he had been with Virtuoso, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships.

Dennis Corrigan has been named Senior Vice President Commercial Services at InterContinental Hotel Group. He was most recently with Avis Budget Group as Senior Vice President-Revenue.

Sonesta International Hotels has appointed Garine Ferejian-Mayo to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. She was most recently with InterContinental Hotels Group as Head of Commercial.

The Rosewood São Paulo has named Silvio Araujo Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Transamerica Hospitality Group. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Palácio Tangará in São Paulo, and Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Hyatt in Brazil based at the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro.

Maggie Mojica has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. She was most recently in the same role for Gurney’s Resorts. Mojica is the former Director of Sales of the St. Regis New York.

Zemi Beach House has named Antoine Alsayah Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Wymara Resort & Villas in Turks & Caicos.

Tiffany Dipasquale has been named Executive Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hotel Drover. She was most recently the Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Aimbridge Hospitality.

The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club has promoted Denise Perkins to Director of Sales and Marketing. She has served as Director of Marketing for the past year and a half. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Noble House Hotels & Resorts in Napa. Perkins also served as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas and the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley.

Kylie Ranger has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Emblem San Francisco. He was most recently the Area Director of Business and Leisure Travel for Viceroy Hotels, overseeing the Hotel Zetta, the Hotel Zelos, and the Hotel Zeppelin.

Michel Heredia has been named Director of Sales of The Mercer. He is the former Director, Global Sales, Partners and Events at Standard Hotels.

Robert Curtis has returned to Michael Mina‘s Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. to take on the role of Executive Chef. He has previously served the hotel as Sous Chef before moving on to various roles with RN47 in San Francisco, in addition to Requin and Hazel, both in Washington, D.C.

Adam Hyatt has been appointed Executive Chef of The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. Hyatt was most recently executive chef at the Steelbach, and previously in the same role at HEW Parlor & Chophouse.

Lulu Dangerfield has been named Executive Chef of the Hotel Effie Sandestin. She is the former Chef De Cuisine at El Vez Fort Lauderdale and Lolo’s Surf Cantina.

Hugo Bolanos has been named Executive Chef at CatchSteak, slated to open late 2021. He is the former Executive Chef of Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air.

Courtney Van Dyke is now in Santa Monica as Executive Sous Chef at The Beach Club. She is the former Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, the Peninsula Beverly Hills, and the Montage Beverly Hills.

Julian Pagel is now in Miami as Director of Housekeeping of the Four Seasons The Surf Club. He was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Pagel is the former Director of Housekeeping of the Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square and the Four Seasons Hampshire.

EUROPE

Monika Moser has joined Campbell House in Paris as Chief Operating Officer. She was most recently Regional Managing Director for London, New York and Paris for Wilson Associates. Moser is the former Director of Room and Spa at the Hotel Le Fouquet Barriere and Executive Housekeeper at the Shangri-La Paris.

Ian Telford has been named Managing Director of the Chiltern Firehouse London. He is the former opening General Manager of the Asbury Ocean Club in New Jersey, and pre-opening General Manager of the Broadwick Hotel, Soho, London.

Kai Hoffmeister has been named General Manager of the Immerso Hotel in Portugal. He was most recently with SANA Hotels as General Manager of the Myriad by Sana Lisbon and the former General Manager of the Constance Ephelia Seychelles.

Dario Pithard has joined the SO/Das Stue Berlin as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the W Guangzhou and the St. Regis Tianjin.

Christopher Neuner has joined the IntercityHotel Nuremberg as General Manager, taking over from Stefan Marczinkowski. Neuner was previously the Head of Reception and Deputy General Manager at the IntercityHotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Süd.

Holger Flory takes over from Bernd Zängle as General Manager of the Hotel Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin in Stuttgart. Flory was most recently with the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof as Director Commercial. He is the former General Manager of Roomers in Baden-Baden and the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg.

Desiree Dils has joined the Kruisherenhotel Maastricht as General Manager. She is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Hotel de L’Europe in Amsterdam.

Tex Doughty has been named Chief Executive Officer of GilaGila SL in Barcelona. He was previously with the KAJA Group as Executive Vice President of Operations. He was previously country manager – China – for Hakkasan.

Ilona van Rooij has joined the Oostwegel Collection as Director of Sales and Revenue. She is the former Commercial Director of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station.

Giuliano Ungaro has been named pre-opening Hotel Manager of the Maybourne Riviera in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai. Ungaro was previously the Resort Director – Food & Beverage of the Madinat Jumeirah.

Laurence Couette has been named Director of Finance of the Hilton Paris Opera. She is the former Financial Director of the Hôtel Lutetia and the Marriott Opera Ambassador.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Brad Berry has been named Vice President, Global Residential Development, at the Rosewood Hotel Group in Hong Kong. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of PortLiving Real Estate in Vancouver.

Harry Thaliwal is the new Chief Executive Officer of Cross Hotels & Resorts. He joined the group in 2018 as Executive Vice President Operations before moving into his most recent role of Chief Operating Officer.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has promoted Jonathan Newbury to Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. He has been with the company since 2008, most recently as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. Newbury is the former Vice President of Global Development for Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Shanghai-based Urban Resort Concepts has appointed Mark DeCocinis Chief Executive Officer. DeCocinis was most recently serving as President and Chief Operations Officer of One&Only Resorts.

Alessandro Cartumini has been named Director of Operations of the Hualalai Club at the Four Seasons Hualalai. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the resort. Cartumini is the former Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Santa Barbara The Biltmore and the Four Seasons Palo Alto.

Edwin Torres has been promoted at the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger to General Manager. He joined the resort in 2019 as Assistant General Manager before moving into his most recent role as Resort Manager.

Carly Clement is the new General Manager at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. She is the former Resort Manager of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.

John O’Shea has been appointed General Manager of The Langham, Gold Coast and The Jewel Residences, Gold Coast, scheduled to open in 2022. O’Shea was most recently the Managing Director of Splash Beach Resort & Villas in Phuket.

Khan Sung has been named General Manager of the Marriott Hong Kong Skycity Hotel. He was most recently managing the Sheraton Beijing Lize Hotel. Sung is the former General Manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu and the Courtyard Beijing Northeast.

The Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort has appointed Pravin Kumar General Manager. He was most recently in the same role for the Park Hyatt Siem Reap.

Satish Kumar has joined the Conrad Pune as General Manager. He was most recently serving as General Manager of the JW Marriott Jakarta. Kumar is the former multi property Director of Operations for the Westin Bahrain and Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain.

Velaa Private Island has appointed Wayne Milgate General Manager. Milgate is the former Chief Executive Officer of Iniala Hotels and Resorts as well as General Manager at Iniala Beach House for six years.

Naumi Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Viri Kaur as General Manager for Naumi Singapore. She is the former Acting General Manager and Director of Operations of the Pan Pacific Singapore.

The Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa has named Bruce Ryde General Manager and Brand Strategist. Ryde was most recently with Marriott International as Vice President Asia Pacific. Prior to that Bruce held the same position with InterContinental Hotel Group.

Jan Weisheit has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. He has been with the resort for over a decade as Resident Manager. Weisheit is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Jeffrey Yedlin has been named Hotel Manager of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. He had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the resort before moving into his most recent role with Hilton as Regional Director of Food and Beverage.

Brigeth Brookins has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hualalai. She joined the resort in 2017 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Brookins is the former General Manager In-Suite Dining and General Manager Quick Service Operations of The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

René Mayer has been named Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing the Grand Hyatt Bali, the Hyatt Regency Bali, and the Andaz Bali. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl.

Paul Pettini has been appointed Executive Chef at the Rêverie Saigon for the Café Cardinal. For the past two years, Pettini was head chef at Jardin des Sens.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Afif Salibi has returned to Raffles Dubai to take on the role of General Manager. He had previously served as Director of Operations for almost three years before moving to the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech in 2017 as General Manager.

Sébastien Mariette has joined the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski and Area General Manager, Egypt.

Gauderic Harang has joined the Six Senses at Zighy Bay as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Resort.

Miriam Wolber has been appointed General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam. Wolber is the former Hotel Manager of the Radisson Blu Cebu and the former Executive Assistant Manager-Food and Beverage of the Westin Bund Center Shanghai.

Emanuele Raffuzzi has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager of the Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach.

Russell Impiazzi joins Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk as the Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef of the Hilton London Metropole.

Gürcan Gülmez has been appointed Executive Chef of the Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Divan Istanbul Hotel. Gülmez had previously served in similar roles at Soho House Istanbul, the St. Regis Istanbul, Raffles Istanbul, and the Four Seasons Istanbul.

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