DECEMBER 2018 – HEADS above the Rest®

December 4, 2018
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HEADS above the Rest® 

by Benoit Gateau-Cumin

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

Global Update: Who’s where and doing what

 

DECEMBER 2018

 

THE AMERICAS

Nancy Novogrod, a well-known name in the travel publishing world (she was the long-time Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure, following many years with Condé Nast as Editor in Chief of House & Garden) has launched Culturati Travel Design, in partnership with  Valerie Wilson Travel.

Mark Birtha, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, has been promoted to President of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain. He was most recently in the same role at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Northfield Park.

Cornell graduate Christian Hempell was promoted by the InterContinental Hotels Group to Senior Vice President for Global Loyalty and Partnerships. He has been with the group for 15 years, originally based in London as Director of Global Strategy.

Gabor Vida has moved to the Rosewood Washington, D.C. as General Manager, taking over from Pascal Forotti. Vida was most recently the Managing Director at Rosewood’s Inn of the Anasazi.

Gonçalo Monteiro has joined the Four Seasons Montreal as General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Macao, Cotai Strip.

Julien Bardet has joined the West Hollywood Edition as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Bardet is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis New York.

Vincent Vienne has moved within Highgate Hotels to the Knickerbocker as General Manager. He was most recently with Highgate’s The Quin as Managing Director. In his previous career with ACCOR, he was the General Manager of both the Sofitel Philadelphia and the Sofitel New York.

Xavier Moulin has been appointed General Manager at 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the General Manager of Amanera in the Dominican Republic.

Audrey Huttert takes over from Xavier Moulin as General Manager
at Amanera. She has previously overseen the Auberge Mukul Resort in Nicaragua, the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, and Amanyara.

Nikki Carlson has joined the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento as General Manager. Most recently, she served as General Manager of the Hotel Zoe, Fisherman’s Wharf and the former General Manager at the Hotel Triton.

Ryan Cunningham has joined the Alise San Francisco as General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager
 at the Proper HotelSan Francisco and the former Director of Food and Beverage
 at the Palace Hotel.

Hector Ladeveze has been named General Manager of the W Costa Rica. The Lausanne graduate is the former Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers.

The Lotte New York Palace Towers has appointed Brent Howard as Director. He joined the hotel in 2015 as Assistant Front Office Manager before moving into the role of Meetings and Events Manager in 2016.

Mauricio Patino has been named General Manager at the Innside by Meliá New York Hotel. He was most recently serving as the Complex General Manager with Highgate Hotels in the Boston area.

Travis Bary has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at National Hospitality Group. He is the former Executive Vice President with Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

George Schweitzer has been appointed Managing Director at the Benson Hotel in Portland. He is the former Chief Executive Officer at West Coast Event Productions and a Regional Vice President at Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Sean Gazey has been named General Manager of the Hotel Yountville. He is the former General Manager at the Marriott Residence Inn Jacksonville, and Resort Manager at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach.

Jason Altberger has been named Chief Investment Officer at Sage Hospitality. For the past 18 years he had been with DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, most recently as Managing Director.

Donald Stamets is the new General Manager at Solage Calistoga. He was most recently Area Managing Director
 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Nate Hardesty has been named General Manager at the Andaz West Hollywood. He was most recently with Hyatt Hotels as Regional Vice President of Sales Eastern Region.

Clay Andrews has been named General Manager at the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, slated to open early 2019. Andrews also serves a dual role as Director of Operations for the West Coast Region for Oxford Hotels & Resorts. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Figueroa, the Warner Center Marriott, and the Hotel ZaZa.

Lindsay Jones has been appointed General Manager of Marriott’s Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter. She was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel Winston-Salem has named Kelly Brown General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager at the Inn at Diamond Cove located in New England.

Heinrich Morio has been named General Manager at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa. He was most recently with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Chief Hospitality Advisor to the Office of Royal Private Affairs.

Gabe Isaac has joined the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington as General Manager. Isaac was previously the Operations Director for A/D/O Brooklyn and General Manager at the 21c Cincinnati.

Steven Boswell has been appointed General Manager at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. He was most recently the Regional Managing Director at the Nautical Beachfront Resort and Tivoli Lodge.

Adam Sydenham has been named General Manager of the Hotel Figueroa. He is the former Regional General Manager for the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel and the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel.

Gordon Gurnik has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando. Most recently, he served as President of RCI.

Swietlana Cahill has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Long Beach. Cahill was most recently serving in the same role for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport. 

Haytham Said has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Atlanta. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage. 

Brent Gresham has been named Director of Operations at the Montage Palmetto Bluff. He was most recently serving as Corporate Area Manager for Charlestowne Hotels, after serving as dual General Manager for two Charlestowne properties, the French Quarter Inn and the Spectator Hotel.

Douglas Jensen has been named Director of Finance at the Grove Resort & Spa Orlando. He is the former Corporate Director of Accounting for the Kessler Collection.

The Four Seasons Montreal has appointed Sergio Moreira Director of Food and Beverage. For the past year, he had served as opening General Manager at Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel at Palma de Mallorca Island in Spain.

Carlos Villacanas has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Anguilla. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage of the Saadiyat Rotana in Abu Dhabi.

Hawks Cay Resort has named Joseph Salviolo Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Yellowstone Club as Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.

Amit Kumar Sen is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao. He was most recently in a similar role at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Josh Littman has joined InterContinental Hotels Group as Head of Luxury Development. He was most recently the Vice President and Head of Development, EMEA for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos.

Mandy Holloway has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Montage International. She was most recently the Vice President of Human Resources at Universal Studios Hollywood, NBC Universal.

After 15 years with Four Seasons Austin Watkins has left to join Timbers Resorts as Global Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously held sales and marketing positions with the Four Seasons Hualalai, the Four Seasons Singapore, and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Ana Cruz has been promoted to Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. She joined the hotel in 2014 as a Group Sales Manager before being promoted to Assistant Director of Sales in 2015 and Director of Sales in 2016.

Kristina Lazos has been named opening Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons One Dalton, Boston. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Beverly Wilshire. Lazos is the former Director of Catering for both the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour and the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

Maureen O’Brien has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Sixty Hotels. O’Brien was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Denihan Hospitality Group.

Kenneth Ng has moved as Director of Marketing and Commerce to the Mandarin Oriental Boston. For the past ten years, he had served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Boston.

Tim Powers is now in Mexico as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas slated to open in 2019. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Powers is the former Director of Sales at the (former Four Seasons) Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Four Seasons Chicago, the Four Seasons Whistler, and the Four Seasons Vancouver.

Melissa Oliver has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. She was most recently in the same role at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse.

Geneva Maxwell has joined the Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter as Director of Sales and Marketing. Maxwell was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in San Diego. 

Andy Ippensen has been appointed Director of Sales at the Barnsley Resort in Georgia. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Cabin Bluff.

Laura Hauser has been named Director of Travel Industry at the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara. She is the former Director of Leisure Sales, Western Region, for the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach and the Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort.

Diane Briskin has been named President at Evins Communications. For the past 16 years she had been Managing Director with Dan Klores Communications.

Steve Rice has joined the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows as Director of Catering and Convention Services taking over from Laura Kinsman. Rice is the former Director of Catering at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Ramesh Kaduru has joined the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate as Executive Chef. Kaduru was most recently Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. 

Adam Mali has joined The Battery in
 San Francisco as 
Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef for Facebook.

Miguel Ortiz has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hotel Granduca Austin. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Escondido Golf & Lake Club in Texas.

Holly Palmer has joined Mii Amo in Sedona as Executive Chef. She is the former Party Chef for Michael’s Catering.

Thierry Delourneaux has joined the Waldorf-Astoria Arizona Biltmore as Executive Pastry Chef. He hails from the St. Regis Washington, D.C. and also served in the same capacity at New York’s Rainbow Room.

Suzanne Latapie has been appointed Director of Restaurants at The Pierre New York. She had previously operated Bistro Chat Noir and managed La Goulue, Café Un Deux Trois, Le Périgord and the Sign of the Dove.

Gioanna Villabrille is back at The Little Nell as Director of Housekeeping and Health Center. She had previously served in this same role before moving to Director of Housekeeping roles at The Residences at The Little Nell and Chatham Bars Inn.

Adam Suchodolski has been promoted to Director of Rooms with his move to the Four Seasons Costa Rica. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Maui as Assistant Director of Rooms.

Shannon Dambman has been named opening Director of Rooms for the Four Seasons One Dalton, Boston. She was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.

 

EUROPE

Liam Brown has been named President and Managing Director of Europe for Marriott International, taking over from Amy McPherson who is retiring. Brown was most recently serving as President, Select Brands and Owner and Franchise Services, North America, for Marriott.

Remco Groenhuijzen is the new Regional Vice President of Mövenpick Netherlands. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam. 

Jan-Paul Kroese has joined the InterContinental Amstel as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Château St. Gerlach. 

Richard Westell has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Merida. 

Mark Carnassial has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Corinthian Hotel London. He was most recently in the same role at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Stephanie Greger has joined the Mandarin Oriental Milan as Director of Sales and Marketing. Greger is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.

Michèle Liebermann Dreier has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the Head of Sales and Booking at Kongress + Kursaal Bern AG. 

Phillip Clarke has been named Executive Chef at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport. He is the former Executive Chef at the Hilton London Wembley.

Andy McQueen has been named Head Chef at the Radisson Royal Mile Edinburgh. He is the former Head Chef at Malmaison, the Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel & Resort, and Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

Adriano Cavagnini has joined the Bvlgari London Knightsbridge as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role at the Corinthia London Hotel.

The Royal Lancaster London on Hyde Park has appointed Daniel Mcgarey Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London.

The Conrad Dublin has named Gabriela Gómez Quintana Executive Chef. She is the former Executive Chef of the Conrad Tokyo and the Conrad Cartagena.

The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has named Thomas Goval Director of Rooms and Guest Services.  Most recently, Goval was General Manager of the Hotel Indigo Berlin – Ku’Damm.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Yuji Tanaka has been named General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Most recently, Tanaka was at the Bvlgari Resort Bali as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

Renato De Oliveira has been appointed General Manager of the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore and Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago.

Kristy Ryan has joined the Ovolo Nishi as General Manager. She was most recently at Darwin’s H on Smith Hotel as General Manager.

André Brulhart has been appointed General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay. The Lausanne graduate is the former General Manager at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. 

Leigh Shepheard has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Melbourne. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Park Hyatt Shanghai. 

Adrian Chan has been named General Manager of the Sanya Marriott Dadonghai Bay and the Shanhaitian Resort Sanya. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Rosewood Sanya.

Iain McCormack has been appointed General Manager of the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. He was most recently the Global Group Director of the Karma Group.

Stéphane Roubin has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Conrad Hong Kong. He was most recently with the Conrad Bali as Director of Operations. 

Vishal Sanadhya has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Beijing. 

Seto Marsono has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage with his move to the Four Seasons Langkawi. He was most recently at the Regent Singapore as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. The Regent of Singapore, will cease operating as a Four Seasons property.

Justin Wermers has been appointed Area Director of Food and Beverage at the Banyan Tree & Angsana Lăng Cô in Vietnam. He was most recently Director of Food and Beverage at the New World Saigon Hotel.

Shelley Perkins has joined the Rosewood Hotel Group in Hong Kong as Chief Talent and Culture Officer. She was most recently based in Paris as Senior Vice President – Talent Management for Accor Hotels. 

The Four Seasons Hualalai has promoted Mark Ley to Director of Marketing from Director of Sales, taking over from Austin Watkins. Ley is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Big Island Country Club and previously held sales positions at Las Alcobas, Napa Valley and Solage Calistoga.

Curry Kucherer is now in Hawaii as Director of National Accounts at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. For the past 12 years, she had been in various roles at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson.

Christopher Miller has been appointed Executive Chef at the St. Regis Bangkok. He had previously spent 15 years with COMO Hotels and Resorts in culinary roles.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Jeroen Elmendorp has joined the Ritz-Carlton Dubai as General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Palace Downtown and General Manager at The Address Dubai Marina. 

Tareq Derbas has been named General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. He is the former General Manager of the St. Regis Doha and Le Méridien Amman.

Doris Hecht has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. She was most recently with the Hyatt Regency Belgrade as Director of Rooms.

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has named Justin Stevens Resort Manager. He was previously the Nature Resort Manager at the One&Only Nyungwe House and Lodge Manager at Adamants Lodge.

Charles Clark has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. He was most recently the General Manager at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.

The Four Seasons Doha has named Matt Barber Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Johannesburg.

Sébastien Braun has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage with his transfer to the Four Seasons Alexandria. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager of the Four Seasons Tunis. 

Renan Astolpho has been named Director of Food and Beverage 
at the Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah Beach. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage
 at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka and the Bvlgari Hotel Bali.

Jeremy Canivet has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat and Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Muscat.

Alexandre Giraud has been named Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa in Mauritius. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the LUX* Le Morne in Mauritius.

Altamash Iqbal has been appointed Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre. He was most recently in a similar role at the Ritz-Carlton Bangalore.

 

 

 

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

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