DECEMBER 2015 – HEADS above the Rest®

December 7, 2015
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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

DECEMBER 2015

 

THE AMERICAS

Andrea Foster has been appointed Senior Vice President, Development, at Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Milwaukee. She was most recently a Managing Director with PKF Consulting in Boston. Foster, a Cornell Hotel School graduate, had previously spent five years as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, for Miraval Holdings.

Carl Emberson has joined Mayakoba as Vice President Operations and Marketing and Asset Management including luxury properties by Fairmont, Rosewood, Banyan Tree and Andaz. For the past five years, he had been the General Manager of the St. Regis Punta Mita. Emberson is the former General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and the Park Hyatt Mendoza.

Ronen Nissenbaum has been appointed Vice President of Operations, Luxury Hotels – Americas at Hilton Worldwide. He was most recently serving as Managing Director of the Waldorf Astoria New York and Towers. Nissenbaum is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Plaza Group and Senior Executive Vice President of Operations at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

George Fischer has joined Sage Hospitality as Divisional Vice President in charge of six properties. He joins from Destination Hotels where he was Regional Vice President as well.

Yvette Thomas-Henry has joined the Four Seasons Atlanta with a promotion to General Manager, taking over from Rajiv Malhotra. She was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons New York. Thomas-Henry is also a former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. 

Cornelia Samara has been named General Manager at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, slated to open next year. She was most recently the General Manager for the Andaz 5th Avenue.

Dena Roady has been appointed General Manager at the Andaz 5th Avenue, taking over from Cornelia Samara. Most recently Roady was the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa and the Hyatt Market Street.

Stefano Baratelli has been appointed Executive Director of the Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. For the past three years, he had been the General Manager at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro.

Jonathan Lund has been appointed Regional Vice President, Canada Franchise Performance Support, at InterContinental Hotels Group. He was most recently with Fortis Properties as Director of Hospitality Operations.

Kevin Varr has moved as General Manager to the Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./Georgetown/West End. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Place Washington, D.C. Downtown/K Street.

Paul McNeil has been appointed General Manager at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. He was most recently overseeing the Boston Peabody Marriott.

Sean Kennerty has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities. He had previously spent nine years at the Hilton Anatole, most recently as Director of Rooms.

Matthew Adams has been appointed Area Vice President and General Manager for the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. He was most recently the Vice President, France, for Hyatt Hotels.

Kelly Vohs has been appointed General Manager of the Conrad Chicago. He was most recently the General Manager of the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Marlene Poynder has been named General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, taking over from Rick Evanich. Poynder is the former General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Beijing.

Chad Barnhill has joined the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. He was most recently the General Manager at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Erin Chamberlin takes over from Chad Barnhill as General Manager at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. She was most recently at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas as Vice President and General Manager.

Kevin Corprew has been named Regional Director of Operations for the Gateway Hospitality Group. He was most recently serving as General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Lewisville.

Stephen Johnson has been appointed General Manager at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix. He was most recently in the same role for the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur.

Jim Waldvogel has been appointed Managing Director at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington and the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown. He had previously served as Area Vice President and General Manager of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Mahesh Reddy has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, taking over from Jim Waldvogel. Reddy was previously the General Manager of the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas.

Mary Orlando has been appointed General Manager at the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, taking over from Mahesh Reddy. Orlando was most recently the General Manager at AC Hotel Chicago Downtown.

Christopher Zarek has been appointed General Manager at the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, taking over from Mary Orlando. He was most recently the General manager of the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington.

Brad Naucler has been appointed General Manager of the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego. He is the former Director of Sales at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa.

Peter Roth has been promoted to Vice President Operational Experiences for Hyatt Hotels. He is the former General Manager of the Park Hyatt Chicago, the Grand Hyatt Santiago, and the Grand Hyatt Moscow Residences & Spa.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem has named John Esainko General Manager. He was most recently at the Madera Hotel as General Manager and is the former Director of Rooms for the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

Paul Brock has been promoted to General Manager at the Westchester Country Club. He had joined the club in 2010 as Director of Sales and Catering. He is the former Director of Catering for the New York Palace Hotel.

Noel Daniel has been appointed General Manager at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. She was most recently overseeing the Hotel Madeline Telluride and the Inn at Lost Creek.

Mark Pardue has been appointed Area Vice President East Region and General Manager at the Park Hyatt New York. He was most recently the General Manager at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Hyatt Hotels has named Lara Migliassi Vice President of Global Brands. She was most recently with Univision as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing.

Cathy Hart has been appointed General Manager at the Ithaca Marriott. She most recently served as General Manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in West Orange, New Jersey.

Chad Olson has been appointed General Manager at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach. Olson was previously the General Manager of Villa Florence in San Francisco. He had previously served in the same position at the Hotel Adagio, the Harvest Inn in St. Helena and the Commodore Hotel.

Thomas Jecklin has been named General Manager of the W Mexico City. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Sheraton Sanya Haitangbay and the Royal Begonia. Jecklin is the former General Manager at the Sheraton Miramar Hotel in Chile and the Sheraton Asuncion Hotel in Paraguay.

Jorge Castro is the new General Manager at the Moon Palace Nizuc in Cancun. He was most recently the Director of Operations at ME by Melia Cabo San Lucas.

Alex Pomiechowski has been promoted to General Manager at the Inn at Sea Island. Since 2013, he had been serving the hotel as Director of Rooms. He is the former Director of Housekeeping for the Loews Atlanta.

Michael Musarra has been appointed General Manager at the Fairmont San Jose. For the past three years, he had been the General Manager of the Fairmont Dallas. Musarra had previously been with the Fairmont San Francisco as Hotel Manager.

Trese Moser has been appointed General Manager at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego. She is the former Director of Catering and Conference Services for L’ Auberge Del Mar and Director of Catering for the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Sig Valera has been appointed General Manager at the Aloft South Beach. He is the former Director of Hotel Operations at the B Ocean Resort and General Manager of the b2 Miami Downtown.

Brent McNally has been appointed General Manager of the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. He was previously at the Cypress Hotel as Assistant General Manager.

Awet Sium has been named General Manager at the Tideline Resort and Spa in Palm Beach. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis. Sium is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Boston and the Four Seasons St. Louis.

Jeremy Berlin has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Dallas Park Central. He had previously served as General Manager of the Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport Hotel.

David Cronin has been appointed Complex General Manager at the W Minneapolis The Foshay and Le Meridien Chambers. He most recently served as General Manager of the Stanton South Beach.

The IGI at UNLV has named Robert Rippee Director – Hospitality Lab Project. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Marketing at the Venetian and the Palazzo.

Chip Nelson has been appointed General Manager at The Village at Breckenridge. He was most recently the General Manager of Scrub Island Resort. Previously Nelson held a variety of positions at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa and the Arrabelle at Vail Square.

The Four Seasons New York has named Nathan Loga Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Moscow. Loga is the former Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C and at the Beverly Wilshire. He previously served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons San Francisco.

William Fong has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. He was most recently Hotel Manager at the Westin Maui and previously spent five years with the St. Regis San Francisco as Hotel Manager.

Andrew Cooper has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego. He joined the resort in 2013 as Director of Rooms.

Santosh Kuruvilla has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Resort at Pelican Hill. Kuruvilla joined the resort in 2014 as Director of Rooms.

Philipp Knuepfer has taken over as Hotel Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. He was most recently in the same position for the Mandarin Oriental Taipei.

The Four Seasons Nevis has appointed Larry Tuck Resort Manager. He was most recently the Resort Manager for the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa.

Ronny Fernandez has returned to the Four Seasons Costa Rica to take on the new role of Resort Manager. He had previously served in various roles as a pre-opening team member at the resort before joining the Four Seasons Mexico City. He also served as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Punta Mita.

Donovan Alicea has been promoted to Director of Operations at the Plaza. He had joined the hotel in 2012 as Director of Rooms after spending five years at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Nils Bergmann has been named Director of Operations at the W Atlanta Buckhead. He had previously served in similar roles for W Hotels in New York, as well as the Lowell and Fairmont.

Hartmutt Ott has been named Director of Operations at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Ott is a former General Manager with Rim Hospitality at the Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael.

Katherine Stoker has been named Director of Operations, Rooms, at La Quinta Resort & Club. She was most recently the Director of Rooms for the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Zachary Edwards has joined Proper Hospitality as Regional Director of Finance. He was most recently the Director of Finance at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Allen Artcliff has been named Director of Operations at the ONE Group. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills.

Eric Barth has been named Director of Operations Southern California – Restaurants and Bars – for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. He was most recently serving as Vice President with the RBM Group. Barth had previously served in food and beverage positions at Hakkasan Las Vegas, China Grill Management and Harrah’s Entertainment.

Nicolas Dubort has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental New York. He was most recently in the same post with the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Dubort had previously served in food and beverage positions with the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows.

Dana Cowin has been named Chief Creative Officer for Chefs Club. She spent many years as Senior Vice President at American Express Publishing and had been the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine since 1995. Prior to Food & Wine, she served as Managing Editor of Mademoiselle, Managing Editor of HG and Associate Editor of Vogue.

Dan Myers has been named Director of Food Beverage at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui.

Simon de Swaan‘s departure from the Four Seasons New York in the spring to handle food and beverage at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, turns out to have been more of an extended break from Four Seasons than a permanent one: he is back in the fold, this time at the Four Seasons Vail.

Philip Spee is now in Florida as Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. He was most recently overseeing the Redbury in Hollywood. He is the former Director Of Operations – Restaurants for SBE Entertainment and Director of Food and Beverage for the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Chris Schaefer has been promoted to Corporate Director of Restaurants at Noble House Hotels and Resorts. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Director for the Riviera Palm Springs.

John Maskovich has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Boulders Resort & Spa. He most recently served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Sky Ute Resort & Casino.

Anthony Rico has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Rico is the former Director of Restaurants for Sea Island Company.

Blake Mathias has been appointed General Manager of Food and Beverage at the Shorebreak Hotel. Most recently, he served as the General Manager at the Culinary Dropout – The Yard in Phoenix.

Sebastian Floss has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the W Washington, D.C. He joined the hotel earlier in the year as Director of Bar Concepts. He is the former Director of Rooms for the Westin Orlando Universal.

Joshua Benitez has joined the Ace Hotel Palm Springs as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently at the Custom Hotel as Director of Business Development.

Annette Whittley has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. She was most recently the Director of Food And Beverage at the Four Seasons Vail.

Tony Liartis has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Watercolor Inn and Resort.

Martin Diehr has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. He was most recently at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club as Director of Food and Beverage.

Fabrice Lanteri has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Guanahani. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Hotel Le Mas Candille.

David Noto has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. He joined the resort in 2010 as Executive Chef.

Okan Hazar has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. He most recently served as Director of Banquets for the Sheraton Downtown Atlanta.

Micah Paloff has been named Director of Restaurants and Bars for the Hotel Bel-Air. He was most recently at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as General Manager at Five50. He is the former Director of Restaurant Operations for the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Paul Tilson has been named Director of Restaurants for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Hospitality for Alpha Omega Winery. He had previously served in food and wine posts with Meadowood and the Patina Group.

William Friedrichs is now at the Rainbow Room as Director of Operations. He was most recently with the Knickerbocker Hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Ritz-Carlton Naples.

Trish Luyckx has been appointed Vice President of Design and Project Services for Rosewood Hotel Group. She is the former Vice President of Product and Brand Design with Hyatt Hotels.

Christopher Nealy has been named Director of Engineering for the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. He is the former Director of Engineering for the Sunset Marquis.

Jolene Reid has been appointed Director of Development Canada at Carlson Rezidor. She is the former Director of Development for Travelodge Canada.

Dena Soden has been promoted to Corporate Director of Strategic Accounts at John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. She is the former Director of Sales at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Topeka.

Melissa Sims has been named pre-opening Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons New York Downtown. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Chicago.

Sharon Nixon has been appointed Vice President of Human Resources for WaveCrest Hotels and Resorts. She is the former Director of Human Resources at the La Costa Resort and Spa and the Beverly Wilshire.

Carl Cohen has been appointed Chief Experience Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group in New York. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President Marketing for MGM Resorts.

Simon Firmin and Ciro Tacinelli have been promoted to Director of Hotel Marketing, the Americas, with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. They were both most recently serving as Regional Directors of Hotel Marketing. Firmin is the former Senior Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Chicago and Tachinelli was previously overseeing marketing for the Beverly Wilshire.

Doug Kaminski is now at the Four Seasons Chicago as Director of Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Miami.

Andrea Heffner has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Atlanta. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Jerome. Heffner is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the St. Regis Deer Valley and Director of Group Sales at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

Gene Smallwood has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Shorebreak Hotel. He was most recently at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort as Associate Director of Sales.

Allison Lesser has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Irvine. Previously, she served as Vice President of Business Development at BTS Hospitality, Vice President of Event Sales for the Patina Restaurant Group, and Vice President of Sales for the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.

John Visconti has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. He had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, the Boutique SAX Chicago Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Benchmark Hospitality has named Chad Schyvincht Global Sales Director of Sports and Entertainment. He was previously National Accounts Manager of Sports & Entertainment for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Debra Klemm has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langford Hotel in Miami. She most recently ran her own company, DLK Hospitality and Consulting.

Paul Sposare has joined the SBE Hotel Group as Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Redbury New York and the SLS Park Avenue. For the past three years, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trump International Hotel and Tower New York. Sposare is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Bardessono Napa Valley.

Hilton Hotels has appointed Frank Manchen Area Director of Sales and Marketing in San Francisco. Most recently, Manchen served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

John Hess has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. For the past five years, he had been the Director of Sales at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Tina Fullard has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. She had spent the last 12 years at the Graylyn Estate & Conference Center at Wake Forest University, where she had served as Director of Marketing and Revenue since 2010.

Patty Kang has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Axiom Hotel in San Francisco. The Cornell graduate was most recently overseeing marketing at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley.

Catherine Rentschler has been appointed Director of Sales at Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./Georgetown/West End. She was most recently with the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. as a Senior Sales Manager.

Joey Rojas has been appointed Director of Sales, North America, for Viceroy’s Sugar Beach Resort on St. Lucia (the former Jalousie Plantation). Rojas was most recently the Account Director at the St. Regis Bal Harbour and the former Regional Sales Manager, Miami, with Morgans Hotel Group.

Nathan Wood has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. He was most recently at the Westin Columbus as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Lee Hunter has been appointed Director of Sales at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. He was most recently the Global Director of Sales with Commune Hotels & Resorts.

Jennifer Guevara has been named Director of Leisure Sales for Kerzner International. She was most recently the Director of Leisure Sales for the Rosewood at Baha Mar.

Philip D’Antoni has been named Director of Entertainment Sales for Edition Hotels in Los Angeles. He was most recently a Senior Account Director for the Trump Hotel Collection.

Cathy Jones has been appointed National Sales Manager at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lajitas Golf Resort.

Geoffroy Deconinck has joined Windsor in Vero Beach as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Glenmere Mansion as Executive Chef. He had previously served in various culinary roles with the Camden Harbour Inn, Café Boulud, and Restaurant Daniel.

The Raleigh has ended their four-year partnership with Michael Schwartz and brought in Jose Icardi as Executive Chef and Josh Elliott as Chef de Cuisine. Elliott was most recently at Pubbelly’s L’Echon Brasserie and Icardi will remain Executive Chef of Katsuya, located a few doors down Collins Avenue at the SLS Hotel.

Auberge Resorts Malliouhana in Anguilla has named Cupertino Ortiz Executive Chef. Most recently, Ortiz served as Executive Chef with the Rosewood at Baha Mar. He is the former Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at Mukul Resort & Spa in Nicaragua and Sugar Beach.

Anthony Dawodu has joined the Liberty Hotel Boston as Executive Chef. He was most recently with Rosewood’s Caneel Bay as Executive Chef.

Isaac Oliva is now in Connecticut at the Mayflower Grace as Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Peninsula New York as Chef De Cuisine for Clement.

John Shirley has been named Executive Chef for the Heldrich. He was previously Executive Chef for the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing and the Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton.

Teri McIllwain has been appointed Culinary Director at Cape Rey in Carlsbad. McIllwain most recently served as Chef de Cuisine at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

Olivier Deboise has been named Culinary Chef at J&G Grill México. He was most recently the Executive Chef for Imanta Resorts in Punta Mita.

Julien Lancrerot has joined Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Florida as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position for the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach.

Nelly Dernier Buleje has been named Executive Chef at the Metropolitan at The 9 in Cleveland. He was most recently in the same position at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Peter Birk has joined Scrub Island Resort, Marina and Spa as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at Hotel 1000 and Ray’s Boathouse, Cafe & Catering.

Louis Scaramuzzi has joined the Hotel Zamora as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef with the Baystar Restaurant Group.

Steve Topple has returned to Vail to join Vail Resorts as Executive Chef for Game Creek. He had previously spent two years as Executive Chef at the Sonnenalp in Vail before taking on the same position at Shore Lodge.

Richard Brower has been named Executive Chef for the Urban Farmer Philadelphia Steakhouse. He is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons New York and Chef de Cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Hugh Moran has been named Executive Chef for Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-City Avenue. He was previously with Buddakan in Philadelphia as Chef de Cuisine.

Matt Geremia has joined Cape Rey as Senior Sous Chef. He was formerly a chef in Solana Beach at Crush.

Frédéric Moreau has joined the Peninsula Beijing as Pastry Chef. Moreau was most recently in the same position for the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

Chris Cwierz has been appointed Pastry Chef at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. He was most recently the Pastry Sous Chef at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Jenny Yun has moved up to Manresa in Los Gatos as General Manager. She was most recently overseeing the Bourbon Steak and Clock Bar in San Francisco.

Christian Rehmke has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. He was most recently serving the resort as Director of Residential Services. Rehmke is the former Assistant Director of Rooms for the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Taira Siebenaler has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Chicago. She was previously serving the hotel as Assistant Director of Rooms after transferring from the (former Four Seasons) Ritz-Carlton Chicago where she served as Director of Rooms.

The Four Seasons Vancouver has named Chad Merced Director of Rooms. He was most recently acting Director of Rooms with the Four Seasons Denver.

Julian Arredondo has moved as Director of Rooms to the Clift in San Francisco. He was most recently the Director of Front Office at the Palace Hotel.

Joachim Hafner has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Boston. He joined the hotel in 2014 as Director of Front Office. He had previously overseen the front of house for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Henry Rhoden is now in Los Angeles as Director of Rooms for the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

Corinna Wenks has been named Director of Rooms for the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. She was most recently in the same post with the Park Hyatt Chicago. Wenks is the former Assistant Director of Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

Scott Richards has been named Director of Rooms at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. He was most recently in the same position with the Fairmont Southampton.

Brent Graef has returned to Scottsdale as Director of Rooms at the Phoenician. He was previously the Director of Front Office at the Fairmont Scottsdale before moving into the same position for the Fairmont Orchid.

Ludovic Guillon has moved over to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as Assistant Director of Rooms. He had previously served in front office posts at El Encanto, Bacara Resort and Spa, and the St. Regis Bal Harbour.

Gioanna Villabrille has returned to Aspen to join the Residences at the Little Nell as Director of Housekeeping. She had previously served as Director of Housekeeping for the Little Nell Resort before moving to the same role for Chatham Bars Inn.

Cape Cod’s Chatham Bars Inn has named Cody Felice Director of Housekeeping, taking over from Gioanna Villabrille. Felice was most recently at the Mandarin Oriental Boston in the same role.

Julien Chefdor has moved to sister property, the Beverly Hills Hotel as Front of House Manager. For the past two years, he had been in the same position for the Hotel Bel-Air. He is the former Front Desk Manager for the Hotel Plaza Athénéee in Paris.

Kristi Dickinson has joined Rancho Valencia as Director of Spa and Fitness. She was most recently the Spa Director for the Mayflower Grace. She is the former Spa Director at the Montage Deer Valley.

 

EUROPE

Bart Carnahan has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Business Development, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in London. For the past eight years he had been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, EAME.

Gianleo Bosticco has been appointed Senior Director Business Development Southern Europe at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Barcelona. He was most recently with Meliá Hotels International as Development Director for France, Italy, Turkey and Southern Europe.

Charlie Parker has been appointed pre-opening General Manager at the Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Hampshire. Parker is the former Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh.

Max Binda has been named General Manager for the Connaught Hotel. He was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai as Hotel Manager. He had previously served as Resident Manager at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and as Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech. At the Connaught, Binda replaces Nathalie Seiler Hayez, now the General Manager of the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne.

Bob van den Oord has been appointed Managing Director at the Langham London, taking over from Duncan Palmer. This will be the second time that Van den Oord has followed in Palmer’s footsteps, having replaced him two years ago as Managing Director of the Langham Hong Kong.

Matthew Thomas is now in London as Regional Director, Europe for Soho House. He was most recently overseeing Soho House New York. Thomas is the former Hotel Manager at the Standard, East Village and Resident Manager for the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

Bruce Robertson has moved to the Standard, London as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Shoreditch House for the Soho House Group.

Jan-Paul Kroese is the new General Manager at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. For the past five years, he had been the General Manager at Château St. Gerlach.

Andrew Drysdale has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway. He was most recently with the Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort as General Manager.

Eric Pere has been appointed General Manager at the Corinthia Hotel Prague. He is the former General Manager of the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli, the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg and the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv.

Pascal Camia has been named Gaming Director at the Société des Bains de Mer in Monte Carlo. He was previously the General Manager of the Hôtel Hermitage, after joining SBM in 1994. He will be replacing John Galvani.

Jason Carruthers has been appointed Managing Director at Jurys Inn in Bath. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Andrew Brownsword Hotels and Vice President Operations at Accor.

Oliver Williams has been appointed General Manager at Ellenborough Park in Gloucestershire. He was most recently at Lime Wood as Hotel Manager. Williams is the former Food and Beverage Manager at the Zetter Hotel.

Simon Spiller has been named Hotel Manager at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. Spiller was previously the General Manager of the Chedi Club Tanah Gaiah in Bali.

Albert Mayr has been promoted to Deputy Director at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. He was most recently serving the hotel as Director of Business Development.

Vassilis Minadakis has been named General Manager of Grecotel Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Athens. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Mykonos Blu Grecotel Exclusive Resort, the King George, the Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort and the Grecotel Creta Palace.

Tiago Castro takes over from Nathan Loga as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Moscow. Castro was promoted from his most recent post with the hotel as Director of Food and Beverage.

The Four Seasons St. Petersburg Lion Palace has named Hervé Fucho Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Hong Kong as Executive Chef.

Olivier Thellier takes over from Roberto Salicio at the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same position with the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa.

Olivier Duprez has been named Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at Baumanière in Baux de Provence. He was most recently the Director of Operations at L’Auberge de l’Ile Barbe in Lyon. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at Brasserie de Luxe le Léopold in Aix-En-Provence and Las Dunas in Marbella.

Catherine Hodoul-Baudry has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at the Oetker Collection, based in Paris. She had previously overseen sales with the Le Bristol Paris and the Ritz Paris.

Janet Broomfield has been appointed Group Director of Sales UK ­ Meetings and Events – at Corinthia Hotels in London. She was previously Director of Global Sales, Conference and Incentives, at Rocco Forte Hotels.

Matthias Kaesweber has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Set Hotels in London. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Dolder Grand.

Martine de Geus has been named Marketing and Communications Director for the restaurant group Corbin & King in London. She is the former Vice President of Marketing for the Dorchester Collection.

Romuald Feger as moved as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. For the past two years, he had been at the Connaught Hotel as Executive Chef. Feger is the former Executive Chef for the St. Regis San Francisco and the St. Regis Bora Bora.

Michael Wignall has been appointed Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon, replacing Michael Caines who is now at Courtland House in Lympstone. Wignall will be leaving the two-Michelin-starred Michael Wignall at the Latymer in the Pennyhill Park Hotel.

Kasper Stiekema has been appointed Head Chef at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. He was previously running the kitchen at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in London.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

James Riley has been appointed Group Chief Executive for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Hong Kong, taking over from Edouard Ettedgui. Since 1993, Riley has been with Jardine Matheson, most recently as Group Finance Director.

The Four Seasons Beijing has promoted Andrew De Brito to General Manager. Since 2013, he had been serving the hotel as Hotel Manager. De Brito is the former Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Jakarta and opening Director of Food and Beverage for the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai.

Shaun Campbell has been appointed Managing Director at the Langham Hong Kong, taking over from Bob van den Oord. Formerly the General Manager of Cordis Hong Kong, Campbell spearheaded the brand transition of the hotel from a Langham Place to Cordis this July.

Jill Goh has been appointed General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Macau succeeding Martin Schnider. Goh was most recently the Resident Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London before taking on the role of Corporate Operations Manager, Asia, based in Hong Kong in 2013.

Janet McNab has been appointed Managing Director of the Sheraton Macao Hotel and the St. Regis Macao. She was most recently the Area General Manager and General Manager of the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa.

Cetin Sekercioglu has been appointed President, Asia at Millennium & Copthorne in Singapore. He is the former Executive Vice President at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

The Four Seasons Hong Kong has named Yonatan Kachko Hotel Manager. He was most recently serving as opening Hotel Manager for the Four Seasons Residences Macao and at the Four Seasons Seoul.

Andy Kunz has been appointed General Manager at Point Yamu by COMO in Phuket. Kunz was most recently the General Manager of the Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa.

Adriano Vences has been appointed General Manager at the Niccolo Chengdu. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager of Food and Beverage of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Masahiro Taguchi has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Hanoi. He was most recently the General Manager at Le Méridien Angkor.

Piyoros Naronglith has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa in Phuket. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager of the W Retreat Koh Samui.

Hayden Hughes has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Brisbane. Hayden was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Darling Harbour and Area Manager for ibis budget.

Kevin Abramowicz has been named General Manager, Thailand and Bhutan, for COMO Hotels and Resorts based at the Metropolitan by COMO Bangkok. His most recent role was as General Manager of the Legian & The Club at the Legian Bali.

Manish Puri has been appointed General Manager at the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. He is the former General Manager of the Six Senses Yao Noi.

Tony Chick has been appointed General Manager at the New World Langfang Hotel. He was previously the Resident Manager of the New World Beijing Hotel.

Christian Baudat has taken over the Nikko Tokyo and rebranded it as Hilton Tokyo Odaiba. He was most recently the General Manager for the Hilton Fukuoka Seahawk.

Josh Roberts has been promoted to General Manager at the Hilton Fukuoka Seahawk, taking over from Christian Baudat. Roberts was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

Cathy McConkey has been appointed General Manager of the Sandy Beach Non Nuoc in Vietnam. She was most recently at the Naman Retreat Da Nang as General Manager.

James Wyndham has been promoted General Manager at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia. He was previously with the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley as Resort Manager and Vice President, Guest Relations at Atlantis, The Palm.

Tane Picken has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La in Malaysia. Picken was most recently the Resident Manager at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore.

Quinton Lu has joined Hang Lung Properties in Hong Kong as Senior Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Jean-Yong Pittion takes over from Nicolas Dubort as Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane and had previously overseen food and beverage for the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme.

Roberto Salicio has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove. He was most recently with the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona as Director Food and Beverage.

Tom Macaulay has been appointed General Manager of Food and Beverage of the Imperium Collection in Melbourne. For the past eight years, he had been overseeing the Amisfield Winery Bistro in Queenstown.

Janice Wakatsuki has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Aqua-Aston Hospitality in Honolulu. She is the former Corporate Director of Human Resources at Outrigger Enterprises.

Christopher Chung has been appointed Regional Director of Sales and Marketing Southeast Asia at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Singapore. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bangkok and the Ritz-Carlton Bali.

Uli Altrichter has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Regent Beijing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Berlin.

Charlotte Gutte has been appointed to the newly created role of National Director of Sales ­ Meetings & Events – for AccorHotels in Sydney. She was most recently serving the group as Director of Sales and Marketing for Queensland and Northern Territory.

Tricia Cornelius has been appointed Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Queensland and Northern Territory at AccorHotels in Sydney, taking over from Charlotte Gutte. Cornelius was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Director of Global Sales Australia.

Summer Wang has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake. She was most recently with the Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi as Director of Sales.

Jasmine Cook has been appointed Director of Public Relations and Communications at the Four Seasons Sydney. She was most recently with the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay as Public Relations and Communications Manager.

Alejandro Clausen has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Shenzhen. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Beijing and the former Executive Sous Chef at Ristorante Il Palagio of the Four Seasons Florence.

Christopher Patzold has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. He is the former Executive Chef with the Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, the Chedi Chiang Mai and the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa.

Nicolas Reynard has joined the Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore as Chef de Cuisine. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Absinthe in Singapore.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Martin Schnider has been appointed General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Doha. He was most recently the General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Macau. Schnider is the former Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

Didier Jardin has been named General Manager for the upcoming Four Seasons Kuwait City, slated to open late 2016. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Mauritius. Jardin is the former Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Cairo First Residence.

Can Goktas has moved to the Ritz Carlton Istanbul as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Goktas is the former Regional Director of Sales, Turkey and Southern Europe, at Kempinski Hotels.

Robert-Jan Woltering has been appointed Regional Vice President and General Manager for the Fairmont Dubai. He most recently served as the area General Manager of Sofitel Germany and the General Manager Sofitel Munich Bayerpost.

Richard Collins has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. He was most recently overseeing the JW Marriott Dubai.

Hein Broekhoven has been appointed General Manager at L’Amandier in Marrakech. He was most recently with the Swiss Montagne Alternative Hotel as Director of Operations.

Jeroen Elmendorp has been appointed General Manager for the Address Dubai Marina. Previously he was the Hotel Manager at the Palace Downtown Dubai and opening Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms and Residences, at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi.

Eleni Tsolakou has been appointed General Manager at the Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi. She was most recently overseeing the Centro Barsha by Rotana, Dubai.

Cyrille Carofano has been appointed General Manager at the Carana Beach Hotel in the Seychelles, slated to open in February 2016. For the past ten years, he had been at the Constance Lemuria Praslin, most recently as Executive Assistant Manager.

Stuart Nielsen has been appointed Vice President Food and Beverage MEIA at FRHI Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. He was most recently a Managing Director for POD Hospitality.

Sandeep Kumar has joined the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Residential Outlets at the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara.

Lorenzo Maraviglia has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Center and at the Armani Hotel.

The Four Seasons Abu Dhabi has named George Chapides Director of Engineering. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons St. Petersburg.

Jose Ramirez has joined the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi as Director of Human Resources. He was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons London Park Lane and had previously served in HR positions at the Four Seasons Doha and the Four Seasons Chicago.

The Four Seasons Doha has named Rana Al Oran Director of Human Resources, taking over from Gisela Ciancio. She was most recently serving as Area Director of Human Resources, Jordan and Lebanon, for the InterContinental Hotel Group.

The Four Seasons Abu Dhabi has named Andrea Greybanks Director of Marketing.
She has previously overseen sales and marketing at the Raffles Singapore and served as Regional Director of Sales, Middle East at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Caglar Gonculer has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul. He was previously with the Hyatt Regency Istanbul Ataköy as Director of Sales.

Zeynep Ağagil has returned to the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul to take on the new post of Director of Sales and Marketing, succeeding Can Goktas. Ağagil has previously served the hotel as Director of Sales before moving to the Raffles Istanbul in the same position.

Paula Tannous has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi. Tannous was most recently with the Novotel & ibis World Trade Centre Dubai as Complex Director of Sales and Marketing.

Aslihan Ozgur has been named Director of Sales at the Mövenpick Hotel İzmir. Ozgut is the former Managing Director of Les Maisons de Cappadoce.

Ozlem Oktem has been named Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton İstanbul. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum. Oktem is the former Director of Sales at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul.

Giancarlo Di Francesco has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. He was most recently serving in a similar capacity with the Four Seasons Doha.

Ahmad Sleiman has returned to the Four Seasons Doha to take on the new role of Executive Chef taking over from Giancarlo Di Francesco. He had previously served the hotel as Executive Sous Chef before moving into his most recent role as Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Riyadh.

Apostolos Dimou has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Beirut. He had joined the hotel earlier this year as Executive Sous Chef. He was previously with Nikki Beach Resort and Spa as Executive Chef.

Hossam Saied has returned as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano. He had previously served in this same position before taking on the role of Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Mumbai. Saied had previously been with the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza as Executive Sous Chef.

Martin Cahill is now in Dubai as Executive Chef at Dukes Hotel. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Cahill is the former Executive Chef for the Mandarin Oriental Taipei.

Cleanthis Govender has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hilton Durban. He was most recently in the same role for the Coastlands Musgrave Hotel.

Ghazi Louhichi has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Ajman Palace Hotel. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Dubai.

Jozef Pesta has been named General Manager at Paper Moon Doha. He was most recently overseeing Jean Georges’ Spice Market in Doha. Pesta is the former Restaurant Manager for Jean Georges’ Spice Market London and the Plateau Restaurant.

Francisco Garcia has moved over as Director of Rooms to the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons George V after serving two years as Director of Marketing at the hotel.

The Four Seasons Bahrain has promoted Khaled Zoukari to Director of Rooms. He joined the hotel last year as Assistant Director of Rooms after serving two years in the same position with the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.

Verena Lasvigne-Fox has been appointed Senior Spa Director Middle East – Africa at the Four Seasons Seychelles. She was most recently serving as Senior Spa Director Europe, based at the Four Seasons Marrakech.

 

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