AUGUST 2017 – HEADS above the Rest®

August 7, 2017
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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

 

 AUGUST 2017

 

THE AMERICAS

 

Current Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels Stephen Joyce has been promoted to Vice Chairman. Current President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Pacious takes over from Joyce as Chief Executive Officer. 

Matt Harkness has been appointed President at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, slated to open in summer 2018. He was most recently the General Manager at the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Harkness had previously spent 15 years in Atlantic City for Trump Casino Resorts.

Marco Roca has joined Caesars Entertainment as President, Global Development. Most recently, Roca served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Hard Rock International.

Tom Ballance has been named Executive Vice President of Operations for MGM Resorts. He was most recently serving as President of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Marcus Glover has been named President and Chief Operating Officer at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, succeeding Tom Ballance. Glover is the former General Manager and then President and Chief Operating Office of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.

Juan Pablo Franky has been named Chief Executive Officer at Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Bogota. He had previously spent ten years with Decameron Hotels and is the former President of Global Hotels.

Michael Mestraud takes over from Rajiv Malhotra as General Manager of the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Mestraud was most recently serving as General Manager of the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He is the former Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Ben Shank has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Orlando. Shank is also the former Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Ritz-Carlton has promoted Greg Cook to Area General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and the W Fort Lauderdale. He had been the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale since 2013.

After over 20 years at the helm of Chateau Marmont, Philip Pavel has moved as Managing Director of the Nomad Los Angeles. 

Amanda Grandinetti takes over from Philip Pavel as Managing Director at Chateau Marmont. For the past fifteen years, Grandinetti served the hotel as Director of Food and Beverage.

Edward Pearse has joined the Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Omni Royal Orleans.

Simon Antoine has joined the InterContinental Washington, D.C. The Wharf as General Manager. Most recently, Antoine served as General Manager of the InterContinental New York Times Square.

The Cliff House in Maine has named Nancy White General Manager. White was previously the interim General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at the resort. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Arizona.

Alan Pinado has joined the AC Hotel Miami Aventura as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Marriott ExecuStay in South Florida.

Jason Dorfman has been named General Manager at the Jacquard in Denver, slated to open early 2018. He was most recently serving as General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North.

Rik Blyth has been named General Manager at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. He is the former General Manager of Rose Hall in Jamaica, Biras Creek in the British Virgin Islands, and Caneel Bay in the US Virgin Islands.

David Lemmond has joined the NoMo Soho as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Highland Dallas. Lemmond is the former General Manager at the Hotel Vitale and the Standard High Line. He was also the opening General Manager of the Standard Downtown LA.

Scott Blakeslee has joined the Standard Downtown Los Angeles as General Manager. He was most recently in the same position at the Paséa Hotel & Spa.

Julie Brisebois has joined the Alt Hotel Montreal as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Alt Hotel Quartier DIX30 Brossard, the Alt Hotel Montreal, and the Alt Hotel Ottawa.

Robert Burnetti has joined the Top Notch Resort as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hotel Viking.

Keith Butz has been named General Manager of the Confidante Miami Beach. For the past three years, he had been the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Butz is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, the Hyatt Regency Calgary, and the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf.

Yogi Hutsen, former owner of Coastal Hotels, has merged his company with Columbia Hospitality where he is now the Executive Vice President.

After 16 years with Loews Hotels and a stint as General Manager of the Knickerbocker, Shawn Hauver has joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts as Vice President Operations.

The Hotel Phillips Kansas City has appointed Mark Krtek General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Hilton Kansas City Airport.

Bob Toubman has been appointed General Manager at Rancho Pescadero in Mexico. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of the Loreto Bay Company. Toubman is the former General Manager for the Harbor Court Hotel Baltimore, the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. and The Inn at McCormick Ranch Resort in Scottsdale.

Cher Harris has been promoted to General Manager of the Houstonian Club. Harris joined the Houstonian as Fitness Director in 2007, and served as the club’s Assistant General Manager since 2008.

Shingi Rukuni has been appointed General Manager at the Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta-Perimeter Center North. Rukuni was most recently serving as the General Manager of the Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte.

Richard Alexander will be the opening General Manager for the SLS Baha Mar. He was most recently the General Manager at theJumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah. He also was the General Manager of the (former) Viceroy Anguilla, now the Four Seasons Anguilla.

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. has appointed Mark Huntley General Manager and Regional Vice President. He was most recently serving the same position for the Swissôtel Chicago. In Washington D.C. Huntley takes over from Shane Krige, now the Chief Operating Officer of Bakers Bay Club & Ocean Club in the Bahamas.

The Belmond Cap Juluca has appointed Tiago Sarmento General Manager. He was most recently General Manager for the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. Previously, he spent 18 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide overseeing properties such as the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and the W Vieques Retreat and Spa.

Blake Doran has been appointed General Manager of the Lakeway Resort and Spa. He is the former General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Convention Center, the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center, and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Kennesaw.

The Sycuan Casino has named Andrew Kerzmann Vice President of Hotel Operations. He is the former Executive Director of Hotel Operations at the Mirage Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Jan Vanhaelewyn has been appointed Hotel Manager at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. He was most recently at the W Bogota as Director of Operations and had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Guadalajara.

Nikki Berry has joined the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour as Hotel Manager. She was most recently serving as Director of Rooms for the 1 Hotel South Beach. Berry is the former Assistant Rooms Executive and Director of Housekeeping for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

Ryan Cunningham is the new Hotel Manager
of the Proper San Francisco. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage
at the Palace Hotel. Cunningham is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage
at the St. Regis San Francisco.

Adam Heffron has been named Hotel Manager for the Conrad New York. He most recently served as General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City.

Peter Frascarelli has been named Director of Residences for the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. He was most recently serving the hotel as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Ferdinand Widjaja has been named Director of Finance for the Graduate Berkeley. He was most recently the Chief Accountant for Highgate Properties.

Debra DeShong has joined MGM Resorts as Vice President Of Global Industry Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. She is the former Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Public Affairs for Subject Matter and Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

Paul Fiala has been named Vice President, Food and Beverage – Americas at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The Cornell graduate is the former Vice President of Food and Beverage of Eaton Hotels.

John Washko has been named Director of Luxury, Food and Beverage for the Americas for Hilton Hotels, dealing with the Waldorf-Astoria and Conrad brands. Washko was most recently overseeing all operations for Auberge Resorts and had previously spent 20 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Christopher Pageaud has joined the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving in the same position for the Peninsula Chicago. Pageaud is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont San Jose and the Fairmont San Francisco.

Scott Kleckner has been named Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations at the Disruptive Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of the sbe Group. He was most recently the Executive Vice President at the Patina Restaurant Group after joining the company in 2013 as Vice President of Operations.

Andres Jimenez has been named Culinary Director for Pure Grey (previously Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group). He is the former Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Sanya, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and the Ritz-Carlton Denver.

Fabien Rivière has joined the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Restaurant General Manager for Studio Restaurant at the Montage Laguna Beach and Felix Restaurant in the Peninsula Hong Kong.

Jean Marie Napoliello has been named Director of Food and Beverage at Topnotch. Napoliello was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn, in Burlington, Vermont.

Hakan Kocak has joined the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at Belmond’s El Encanto Hotel.

Brian Fountain has been named Director of Food and Beverage for Live! Casino & Hotel. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Fountain is the former General Manager of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.

The Hakkasan Group has promoted Dave Mayor to Director of Operations, Las Vegas.  He is the former General Manager of Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge, Director of Operations for Yellowtail & Kumi, and most recently as Director of Operations for Yellowtail, Kumi and Herringbone LV.

The Hakkasan Group has promoted Brian Lee to Brand Director, Herringbone Global. He joined the group in 2013, has served as General Manager for Herringbone La Jolla, Division Manager for Herringbone & Searsucker brands, and most recently serving in the position of Director of Operations, San Diego.

Ty Hoath has moved to sbe as Senior Director of Global Human Resources. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as Director of Human Resources.

Frédérique Falour-Yalniz  has joined the San Francisco Proper Hotel as Director of Human Resources. She was most recently in the same position with the Parker Palm Springs.

Katie Jude has joined the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown as Director of Human Resources. Most recently, she was the Director of Human Resources for the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel.

Domingo Velasco is now in Miami as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Delano South Beach. He was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico. Velasco is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mark New York, Little Dix Bay, and Rosewood Tucker’s Point.

Jeff Holland is now in Savannah as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Perry Lane Hotel. For the past seven years he had been in the same post at Rosewood’s Cordevalle. Holland is the former Director of Group Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.

Laura Ward has joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served in sales positions for the Boston Harbor Hotel and the Four Seasons Boston.

Rob Flaherty has been named Vice President, Sales and Marketing Training with Marriott Vacations. He was previously the Regional Marketing Director ­ East & Caribbean for the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences and Director of Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter.

Kendall Viola has taken on the role of Director of Sales for the Hollywood Roosevelt. Viola was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Dream Hollywood and is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side.

Foxwoods Resort Casino has appointed Suzanne Trout Chief Marketing Officer. She had previously been with Eldorado Resorts as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. Trout had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for Rush Street Gaming and Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing for Caesars Entertainment.

Danny Benaderet has joined the Dream Hotel Hollywood as Director of Sales and Marketing, taking over from Kendall Viola. Benaderet was previously in a similar position at the Loews Hollywood and the Sixty (formerly the Thompson) Beverly Hills.

James Baker has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Set Hotels, based in New York. Most recently, he had served as Global Director of Leisure Sales for Kempinski Hotels and is the former Director of Travel Industry Sales for the Peninsula New York.

HP Hotels has named Chris Gennardo Area Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Business Travel Sales Manager and Director of Group Revenue Management for the Marriott Marquis New York.

Richard Carroll has joined the Hotel Viking in Rhode Island as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same position for the Chatham Bars Inn.

Cerelle Gooding has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Gooding had previously served in sales positions for the Fairmont Orchid and the Hotel del Coronado.

Christian González has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Mayakoba. He is the former Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara and Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Donald Chock is the new Director of Marketing and Operations for the Ranch at Laguna Beach. Chock is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Princeville Resort and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wavecrest Hotels and Resorts.

The Sofitel New York has named Amber Kasses Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fairmont Newport Beach.

Esther Wells has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel. She was most recently with the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Casey Wagner has joined the Aman Group as Regional Director of Sales East Coast. Wagner was most recently with the Savoy in London as Director of Sales for The Americas.

Elena Orberg has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the NoMo Soho. She had previously served in sales posts with SSP for The Quin, Cassa New York and the Paramount.

Brian Gibson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. He is the former Director of Marketing for the Ventana Inn & Spa, the Carmel Valley Ranch and the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

Matt White has joined the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and the Hotel Terra Jackson Hole as Director of Sales. He was most recently in the same position for the Wort Hotel in Jackson.

Kevin Rosa has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Villas of Grand Cypress. He was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for the Loews Don Cesar Hotel and the Beach House Suites by Loews Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Michelle Engstrom has been appointed Corporate Director of Venue Marketing and Programming for Pivot Hotels & Resorts. She is the former Director of Business Affairs Nightlife with SLS Las Vegas.

Andy Ross has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

Allen McMurtray has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing Operations, Residential, at Montage Hotels. He was most recently the Director of Villa Sales for the Resort at Pelican Hill.

Marian Wilson has joined the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales
for the Horseshoe Bay Resort. Wilson is the former Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Robert Kellermann has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing to the NoMad Hotel Los Angeles. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the SIXTY Beverly Hills.

Kyle Duggan has moved back on property as Director of Sales and Marketing for the W Boston. He was most recently the Associate Director, Transient Sales, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide after serving as Sales Manager, Business Travel, for the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.

Kristen Thompson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rosewood Baha Mar. She was most recently serving as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Thompson is the former Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Denver and the Four Seasons Vail.

Heidi Nowak has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Bennett in Charleston, slated to open early Spring 2018. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento has named Jim Perrin Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same post at the Salamander Resort & Spa.

Gerry McFarland has joined the Omni Interlocken Resort in Denver as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales of the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club.

Sherri Gilligan has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Two Roads Hospitality. She is the former Senior Vice President at Capital One and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at MGM Resorts International. 

Paul Sposare is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Montage Beverly Hills. He comes from sbe where he was the New York-based Group Director of Sales & Marketing. At Montage, he takes over from Mike Aldridge who is now in Singapore as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Millenia

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has named Jay Marsella Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Houston Marriott Marquis.

John Steffes has joined the Barnsley Resort as Regional Sales Manager. He is the former Senior Sales Manager at the Windsor Court in New Orleans and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome.

The Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito has named Jared Mintz Director of Group Sales. He was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas as Associate Director of Sales.

Jim Struna has joined the Rosewood Hotel Group as Regional Director of Revenue Management. Struna was most recently with Auberge Resorts Collection as Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

Michael Deltette has returned to the post of Director of Catering Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. He had previously served in this role for the hotel from 2007-2010. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Catering and Events at the Watergate Hotel.

Kelley Roby has been named Director of Catering and Events at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities. She was most recently at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas as Associate Director of Catering and Social Catering Manager.

Geoffroy Deconinck has been appointed Executive Chef at the Dewberry Charleston. Most recently, Deconinck had served as Executive Chef at Glenmere Mansion, Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn and the Windsor Country Club.

Joseph Elliott has joined the Barnsley Resort as Executive Chef. He was previously the Executive Chef at the Oglebay Resort in West Virginia.

Chang Sivilay has returned to West Hollywood as Executive Chef for The Jeremy Hotel. He had previously served in the same position for the nearby Mondrian Hotel before taking on his most recent role as Executive Chef for the Standard Downtown Los Angeles.

Jordan Barnett has joined the St. Regis Atlanta as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.

Franck Despléchin is the new Executive Chef of the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa. He is the former Executive Chef of the St. Regis San Francisco.

Edison Mays has joined the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills as Executive Sous Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the St Regis Bal Harbour.

Megan Hanoian has been promoted to General Manager of Hakkasan San Francisco.  She joined the group in 2015 as a Private Events Manager for Hakkasan San Francisco.

Robbie Delaney has been promoted to Director of Rooms in moving over to the Four Seasons Seattle. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Beverly Wilshire. Delaney is the former Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

 

EUROPE

The Dorchester Collection has promoted Philip Morris to the position of Global Commercial Director. He joined the group as Corporate Director of Revenue Management in 2013. Previously, he had served as Director of Revenue Management at the Waldorf=Astoria & Towers, New York and Regional Director of Revenue Management at Hilton Worldwide.

Alison Styles has been appointed to the newly-created role of Group Commercial Director at Grace Hotels in London. She was most recently with AccorHotels as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, based in Zurich. Styles had previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing EMEA for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Vice President of Sales for Langham Hospitality Group in Hong Kong.

The Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Chema Basterrechea Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer based in Brussels. He was most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer at the NH Hotel Group. 

Jorge Monje has joined the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona as General Manager. He was most recently with Secrets Papagayo, Guanacaste in Costa Rica as General Manager. 

Emmanuele Selvaggi has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Firenze. He joined the hotel in 2015 as Director of Rooms. He had previously served as Director of Rooms at the (former) Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf and Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Prague and the Four Seasons Doha.

Gordon Debus has joined the Hotel de Rome in Berlin as General Manager, taking over from Peter Kienast. Debus was most recently the Hotel Manager of the A-ROSA Sylt.

Jean-Luc Cousty has returned to the Hotel Lutétia Paris as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz. He had been the General Manager of the Lutétia under previous ownership from 2009 to 2015.

David Monson has been appointed General Manager of COMO The Halkin in London. For the past two years, he had been serving as Hotel Manager of the COMO Metropolitan London on Park Lane.

Raoul Lemmerling has been appointed General Manager of the Westin Paris Vendôme. He was most recently the General Manager of the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe.

Solveig Herth takes over from Raoul Lemmerling as General Manager of the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. Herth was most recently the General Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Paris Arcueil.

Guy Bertaud has been appointed General Manager of the Shangri-La Paris. Bertaud is is the former General Manager of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. He is also a former General Manager of the H Hotel Dubai and the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo.

The Hilton London Metropole has named Remco Norden General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel.

Kai Spehr has joined the Atlantis by Giardino in Zurich as General Manager, taking over from Martin Vossen. The Lausanne graduate joined the resort in 2015 as Deputy Manager. 

Remus Palimaru has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Rosewood London. He was previously the Hotel Manager of the Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico.

Ian Chaplin has been named General Manager at the Nottingham Belfry. He is the former General Manager at EEF Venues and Operations Manager for De Vere Venues Staverton Park.

Daniel Goodby has been appointed General Manager of the Stratford in Stratford-upon-Avon. He is the former Hotel Manager at The Randolph in Oxford and Hotel Operations Manager at the Hilton Waldorf in London. 

Norbert Stump has been appointed General Manager at the Duke of Richmond Hotel in St Peter Port, Guernsey. For the past three years, he had overseen the Coniston Hotel in North Yorkshire.

Gianluca Sparacino has been promoted with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to Vice President of Food and Beverage – EMEA. He was most recently serving the group as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage EMEA.

Susete Santos has been appointed Head of Business Development at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh ­ The Caledonian. Santos was most recently the Cluster Business Development Manager for Hilton Hotels in Portugal.

Eugenio Pirri has been promoted to Chief People and Culture Officer at the Dorchester Collection in London. Pirri joined the group in 2011 as Vice President, People and Organizational Development. He is the former Regional Human Resources Director of The Savoy and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Europe.

Morven Finlay has been appointed Area Human Resources Manager for Dorsett Hospitality International, based at the Dorsett Shepherds Bush. She is the former Senior Human Resources Manager for Marcus Wareing Restaurants.

The Forte Village Resort has appointed Marco Lucrezi Marketing Director. He had previously served in marketing and development roles with MSC Cruises, TIM and BNP Paribas BNL.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

William Mackay has joined Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts as Executive Vice President. He had previously served as Senior Vice-President, Operations, Asia-Pacific, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and as General Manager of the Four Seasons Singapore.

Mike Cuthbertson has been appointed Managing Director at Destination Residences Hawaii in Wailea. He is the former Managing Director of Development – Hawaiian Islands – for Timbers Resorts.

Wouter Banning has been appointed Vice President of Operations Southeast Asia at Cachet Hospitality Group in Thailand. He is the former General Manager of the Imperial Heritage and the Orchard Wellness & Health Resort in Malaysia and Group General Manager for Sunshine Hotel and Resorts.

Mark Samuel Bradford has moved as General Manager to the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing in Beijing. He was most recently overseeing the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech and is the former General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta.

Troy Hickox has been promoted to Assistant Senior Vice President for Galaxy Entertainment in Hong Kong. He was most recently serving as Corporate Vice President of Hospitality Development for the group.

Brian Connelly has been appointed General Manager at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Connelly was most recently the General Manager for the Angsana Laguna Phuket and the Angsana Villa Resort.

William Haandrikman has been named General Manager at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Haandrikman was previously the General Manager of the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.

Philip Dewar has been appointed General Manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La. He was most recently in the same position for the Shangri-La Guangzhou.

Geoff York has been appointed Group Director, Hotels, at the Crystalbrook Collection in Cairns. Most recently, he was the Director of Operations and Development at Event Hospitality and Entertainment.

Christina Toh has been named Area General Manager at the Dorsett Grand Subang. She takes over from Hugo Gerritsen who has moved into a new post with Agora Hospitality International in Japan. Toh was most recently the General Manager at the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur.

Adele Ang has taken over from Christina Toh as General Manager at the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur. Ang was most recently Area Director of Sales for the Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur for seven years.

Philipp Blaser has joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Vice President of Food and Beverage – APAC. He was most recently with Marriott International as Senior Director of Restaurants and Bars based in Hong Kong.

Venessa Koo has been appointed Senior Vice President of Development and Technical Services for Regent Hotels & Resorts in Taipei. She is the former Regional Director Development – Asia – for Accor Hospitality.

Katie Malone has been named Group Director, Marketing at the Crystalbrook Collection. Most recently, she was overseeing marketing for the St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

Kylie Brajak has joined the Crystalbrook Collection as Group Director, Global Sales and Distribution. Most recently she was responsible for the global leisure and luxury sales and distribution strategy for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Sanjeev Shukla has been appointed pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing at Six Senses Uluwatu Bali, scheduled to open in 2018. He had previously overseen sales and marketing for both the Four Seasons Ubud and the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.

Wendy Ho has been appointed Director of Sales at the Dorsett Singapore. She was previously with the Parkroyal on Beach Road Singapore in similar capacity for the past three years.

Mike Aldridge is now in Singapore as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. He was most recently in the same position at the Montage Beverly Hills. Aldridge is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton Denver, and the Waikiki EDITION.

Jan Wagelaar has been appointed Director of Revenue Management for the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Since 2014, he had been serving as Senior Cluster Revenue Manager at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

The Four Seasons Regent Singapore has promoted Angelo Ciccone to Executive Chef. He had joined the hotel in 2008 as Executive Sous Chef. He had previously served in various chef roles with the Four Seasons Riyadh and the Four Seasons London.

Jae Young Lee has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Seoul. He had joined the hotel as pre-opening Executive Sous Chef in 2015. He is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Park Hyatt Busan and Chef de Cuisine at the Park Hyatt Seoul.

Omar Bernardi has been appointed Executive Chef at Bawah Island. He is the former Chef de Cuisine of Dolce Vita in the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

Ray Fang has been promoted to Director of Rooms with the Four Seasons Guangzhou. He joined the hotel in 2016 as Assistant Director of Rooms. He had previously held rooms management positions with the Four Seasons Shanghai Puxi and the Four Seasons Pudong.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Till Klauss has been promoted to Hotel Manager and is moving to the Four Seasons San Stefano, Alexandria. For the past four years, he had served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Punta Mita.

David Todd has been appointed Senior Director New Hotels IMEA for InterContinental Hotels Group in Dubai. He is the former Vice President, Operations ­ MEA – for Millennium Hotels & Resorts.

Khaled Zaki has joined the Millennium Hotel Fujairah as General Manager. He was previously the Resident Manager of the InterContinental Abu Dhabi.

Daniel Kaan has been appointed General Manager of the Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai. Most recently, he was at the Mövenpick Bahrain as General Manager.

Ammar Hilal has been named General Manager at the Fairmont Dubai. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel Dubai Downtown.

Fabrice Ducry takes over from Ammar Hilal as General Manager of the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Ducry was most recently the General Manager of The Palace Downtown.

Mohammed Marghalani has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. He joined the hotel in 2011 and had been serving as Director of Finance since 2015.

The Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Dubai has named Steffen Opitz Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Çırağan Palace Istanbul and Executive Assistant Manger at The Stafford in London.

Max Zanardi has been named Managing Director of the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco. He is the former General Manager at the One&Only Montenegro and the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul.

Marnie Delaney-Parker has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town. She had previously served in sales positions for the Cape Grace and Sun International.

Gaurav Khanna has been appointed General Manager at Nobu in the Four Seasons Doha. He was most recently the Assistant General Manager at Nobu Dubai.

 

 

 

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