FEBRUARY 2015 – HEADS above the Rest®

February 2, 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

FEBRUARY 2015

 

THE AMERICAS

Steve Easterbrook has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s taking over from Don Thompson who is retiring after 25 years with the brand. Easterbrook was most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer.

Pete Bensen has been promoted to a newly created role as Chief Administrative Officer at McDonald’s. He was most recently Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Kevin Ozan, currently Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, will succeed Bensen.

Montage Hotels & Resorts has promoted Jason Herthel to President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been with the company since 2011 most recently as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Development and Strategy. He is the former Senior Vice President of Project Development for Viceroy Hotel Group, based in Abu Dhabi. Herthel also worked as Principal and General Counsel for the Setai Group.

Carlos Flores has been promoted Chief Executive Officer at Sonesta International Hotels. He had joined the company as Executive Vice President in 2012.

Mehdi Eftekari is leaving the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to take over the position of General Manager at the Four Seasons New York. He is replacing Christoph Shmidinger who had moved last year as Regional Vice President and General Manager to the Four Seasons Hong Kong. A Four Seasons man since 1988, Eftekari was the General Manager of the (former) Four Seasons Newport Beach. He joined the Four Seasons Los Angeles as General Manager in 2004.

Richard Hill has been promoted to President at Solage Resorts and Spas. For the past eight years, he has been the General Manager at the Solage Calistoga. He is the former Director of Hotel Operations for Auberge Resorts, Calistoga Ranch.

Mike DeFrino has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in San Francisco. DeFrino moves out of his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer to take over from Mike Depatie who has joined KHP Capital Partners.

John Arabia has been named Chief Executive Officer at Sunstone Hotel Investors, adding to his position as President. He takes over from Ken Cruse, who has left the company. Arabia joined Sunstone in 2011 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Chief Financial Officer.

Sean Damery has joined Bernardus Lodge as Vice President and General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa and Director of Operations for the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

Alex Kim has moved down the coast to join the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa as Managing Director taking over from Peter Ells. Kim was most recently overseeing Meadowood Napa Valley. He is the former General Manager at the One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas and Atlantis Paradise Island.

Carlos Blanco has been appointed General Manager at the Resort at Pedregal. He had previously served as General Manager at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo, the Villa La Estancia and Rosewood’s Jumby Bay in Antigua.

Michael Pace has been appointed General Manager at the Clift in San Francisco. He is the former General Manager at the W San Francisco.

Marcus Mueller takes over from Richard Hill as General Manager at the Solage Calistoga. For the past two years, Mueller had been serving as General Manager for the Hotel Luxe Rodeo in Beverly Hills. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Hotel Bel-Air.

Nico and Kristy De Lange are now in Montana as Co-General Managers for the Resort at Paws Up. The De Langes were most recently overseeing the Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand.

Simon Dewar has moved to the Weekapaug Inn as General Manager, taking over from Antonia Korosec. Dewar was most recently the Hotel Manager at sister-property Blantyre.

David Lang is now in Austin as General Manager of the South Congress Hotel. For the past four years, he had been overseeing the Redbury in Hollywood. He is the former Director of Operations for the Chamberlain West Hollywood and Director of Rooms at the Hotel Angeleno.

Patricia Berry is now in Boston as General Manager of the Battery Wharf Hotel. For the past two years, she had managed the Ritz-Carlton Residences Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Berry had previously served as General Manager for the Washington, D.C. Sports Club/LA and is the former General Manager of the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C.

Tom Blundell has been named General Manager at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza.

Martin Simon takes over from Tom Blundell as General Manager at the Hyatt Morristown. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Phil Stamm has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Time Square. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt Regency Boston. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Harborside, Boston.

The Hyatt Regency Mexico City has named Thierry Guillot General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Grand Hyatt São Paulo. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The Grand Hyatt São Paulo has named Michael Stephens General Manager, taking over from Thierry Guillot. Stephens was most recently the General Manager for the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

The Inn by the Sea has appointed Jim Glanville General Manager. For the past twelve years, he had been managing the Essex Resort and Spa.

Nazba Jenulevich has been promoted to General Manager at the Essex Resort and Spa in Vermont, taking over from Jim Glanville. Jenulevich joined the resort in 2013 as Director of Human Resources before moving into his most recent role as Director of Resort Operations. He had previously served as Resort Manager for the Mountain View Grand and General Manager with the Grey Fox Inn.

Bryan Woody has moved as General Manager to the Royalton, taking over from Vicky Stewart. Woody was most recently the Hotel Manager for the Hudson Hotel. Before this, he was Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Waldorf=Astoria, as well as at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

Miami-based Panorama Group has formed a joint venture with Blue Horse Hotel Management Company and named Robert Gaymer-Jones President and Chief Executive Officer for the Panorama Hospitality Management Company. Gaymer-Jones is the founder of Blue Horse and the former Chief Executive Officer for Sofitel Luxury Hotels in Paris from 2007 to 2014.

Justin Guo has joined Cachet Hotel Group as President of Hotel Operations. He is the former Area General manager for the Pan Pacific Hotel Group in China.

Thomas Mathes has been named Global Director of Operations at NeueHouse in New York. He was most recently with Denihan Hospitality Group as Regional Vice President of Operations, New York.

Fred Schwartz has been appointed Vice President of Owner Relations Americas at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He is the former President of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

John Price has been appointed General Manager at Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans. He most recently served as Vice President of Lifestyle Hotels at Spire Hospitality. He is the former General Manager at the Sax Chicago, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and the House of Blues Hotel Chicago.

Peter Rice has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Most recently, Rice held the position of General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Irvine and the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

Bob Megazzini has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Cleveland Downtown. Previously, he had served as General Manager of the Cornhusker Marriott, the Cleveland Marriott Downtown, the Livonia Marriott and Marriott’s Griffin Gate Resort.

Adrian Grant has been named General Manager at Tamarind in Barbados. Most recently, he was the General Manager at the Club Barbados Resort and Spa.

Jorge Herran has been named General Manager at the Azul Sensatori Mexico. He was most recently the Regional Director of Operations at the Villa Group. Herran is the former General Manager at the Costa Baja Resort and Spa and Director of Operations for the Ritz-Carlton Cancún.

Les Utley has been named General Manager at the Luskin Conference Center at UCLA. He was most recently in San Antonio as General Manager at the Hotel Contessa. Utley is the former General Manager at the Heathman Hotel, the South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and the (former) Hotel Zoso Palm Springs.

Ian Nicholson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Eaton, one of the (many) brands being launched by Langham Hospitality. Nicholson was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Faena Hotels, following a stint as Vice President Hotel Operations for André Balasz‘s Hotels AB.

Phil Keb has joined the Langham Hospitality Group in New York as Executive Vice President – Americas & Europe. He was most recently the Executive Vice President Development for Commune Hotels & Resorts. He had previously served in various positions with Kiawah Partners, the Capella Hotel Group and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Chris Sewell has been named Vice President Operations at InvitedHome. He was most recently a Regional Director of Operations at Exclusive Resorts.

Chuck Powell has been promoted Senior Vice President of Operations at the Hotel Equities Group. He was most recently with Noble Investment Group/Interstate Hotels as Vice President of Operations.

Michael Lerman has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Place San Jose. He was most recently with the Westin San Francisco Airport as Director of Operations.

Joel Bunde has been appointed General Manager at Hyatt Regency Aruba. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa and Executive Assistant Manager at the Hyatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort Spa & Marina.

L’Auberge Del Mar has named Shaun Beucler General Manager. Beucler replaces Michael Slosser, who was recently promoted to Vice President and Area Managing Director. Beucler had spent the past thirteen years with Ritz-Carlton, most recently as Hotel Manager for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. The CIA graduate is the former Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

Bruno Vergeynst has been named Corporate Director, Operations for the Sydell Group (NoMad New York, Line Los Angeles & DC, Saguaro, Scottsdale & Palm Springs, Freehand Hostel, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles). He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Ludlow in New York. He is the former Director of Operations at Mama Shelter in Paris.

Ahmed Al Bik is now in Vancouver as Hotel Manager for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Rosewood Jeddah.

Shadi Omeish has been appointed Hotel Manager at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, taking over from Dant Hirsch. Omeish was most recently with the Hotel Monte Carlo & Casino Las Vegas as Vice President Hotel Operations.

David Arraya has returned to Miami as Hotel Manager of EAST Miami slated to open this year for Swire Hotels. He had previously served as Hotel Manager at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for two years before heading to Hong Kong with Swire Hotels.

Fernando Flores has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Resort at Pedregal (formerly the Capella Pedregal) in Los Cabos. He had joined the resort in 2008 as Director of Food and Beverage before moving over to his most recent position as Director of Rooms.

David McIntyre has joined All Aboard Florida as Senior Vice President of Operations. He was most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage Strategy for MGM Resorts International. McIntyre had previously overseen food and beverage for the (former) Ritz-Carlton Huntington Pasadena, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Lana Trevisan has joined Commune Hotels and Resorts as Director of Operations East Coast. Trevisan is the former Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the Gansevoort Hotel Group and Director of Bars and Restaurants at the Standard New York.

Jess Wilner has joined Farmshop in Los Angeles as Chief Financial Officer. For the past four years, he had served as Area Director of Finance at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He is the former Director of Finance at the New York Palace and Controller for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.

The St. Regis Mexico City has appointed Oscar Álvarez Garcia Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at the Sheraton Buenos Aires and the Sheraton Park Tower in Argentina.

Johann Runarsson has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the JW Marriott Austin. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Park Hyatt Resort Beaver Creek.

Orcun Turkay has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter. Turkay was most recently the Director of Beverage at the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Ron Kerere has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Orlando World Center Marriott. He was most recently the General Manager of Gaylord Opryland Attractions in Nashville. Kerere is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage of the Morongo Resort outside Palm Springs.

David Ferrier has been named Director of Openings at BR Guest Hospitality. He is the former General Manager for BR Guest at Blue Fin, Ruby Foo’s and the Atlantic Grill Lincoln Center.

William Hoy has been appointed Vice President of Construction, Design and Facilities Management at Shaner Hotels. He is the former Senior Vice President, Design and Project Management at Marriott International.

Destination Hotels has appointed Julie Purnell Senior Vice President of Acquisition and Business Development. She was most recently in the same position at Denihan Hospitality. Purnell is the former Vice President of Hotel Development for Marriott International‘s Western Region.

Scott Richer has been appointed Vice President, Real Estate and Development at Hyatt Hotels based in Toronto. He was most recently the Executive Director of Development for Delta Hotels and Resorts, since then purchased by Marriott International.

Danielle Kirgan has been promoted at Darden to Chief Human Resources Officer. She was most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Human Resources – Specialty Restaurant Group & Total Rewards. She had previously overseen human resources at ACI Worldwide, ConAgra Foods and W.W. Grainger.

Kyle McCarthy is now in Tucson as Director of Human Resources at Miraval. He was most recently with the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as Director of Human Resources.

Maryam Banikarim has been appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer for Hyatt Hotels. She was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at the Gannett Company. Banikarim is the former Senior Vice President at NBC Universal and Chief Marketing Officer at Univision Communications.

Christopher Perry has been named Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mid-Atlantic, for Hilton Worldwide. He was most recently the Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the company in Chicago. Perry is the former Vice President, Hotel Sales and Marketing, at the Mohegan Sun.

Lai Pena has been named Director of Sales, Western Region USA and Canada, for AmanResorts. Pena was most recently with Kerzner International as Director of Sales, Western Region. She had previously served in sales roles for the Beverly Hills Hotel and The Leading Hotels of the World.

Melissa Brown has been appointed Director of Sales and Development – North America, for L.E. Hotels in New York. She had previously been with Hotel Connections as Vice President, Global Account Management and Business Development and the Paramount as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Melvin Guerrieri has been named Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kor Group. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Public Chicago and the Andaz West Hollywood.

Bradley Barth has been appointed Vice President of Business Development and Condominium Management at Destination Hotels & Resorts.He had previously served in sales positions for the Resort at Squaw Creek and the Alpine Meadows & Homewood Mountain Resort.

Gino Marasco has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels. He had joined the resort in 2014 as Director of Sales and previously served in sales and marketing posts with the Hilton Orlando, the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation and the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Bob Nee has joined the Wigwam as Vice President of Resort Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing with TPG Hospitality. Nee is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Lexington and Director of Marketing at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Maureen Holden has been named Director of Marketing at the Wigwam. She was most recently the Director of Marketing at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Melissa Lorenz has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Lorenz is the former Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons St. Louis.

Jim Pedone has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort. He is the former Regional Director, Sales and Marketing, at the Miramonte Resort and Spa. He had previously overseen sales and marketing for La Quinta Resort & Club and the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani.

Michael Macleod has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Riviera Palm Springs. He was most recently serving as Regional Sales Manager for BellStar Hotels & Resorts. He is the former Director of Sales at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in San Diego and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

Nicole Whitaker has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the newly opened YVE Hotel Miami. Whitaker is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Manor Vail Lodge.

Nathan Kartsen has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Millennium Knickerbocker. Kartsen is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Lisle.

Jason Bossenberry has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Mexico City. He joined the hotel in 2014 as Associate Sales Manager.

Keith Normand is now the Director of Sales for the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton St. Charles Avenue and the Embassy Suites New Orleans.

Rocco Mastrangelo has been appointed Director of Group Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

Pilar Ellis is now in Chicago as Director of Group Sales for the Trump International Hotel & Tower. She is the former Director of Sales at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.

Elinor Pullman has joined the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe as Director of National Accounts. She was most recently a Senior Sales Manager, Groups, at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. She had previously served in group sales positions for the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis and the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

Michael Albrecht has joined the Shangri-La in Santa Monica as Sales Manager. He was most recently at the Le MéridienDelfina as Business Travel Sales Manager.

Shane Bunda has moved to the London West Hollywood as Director of Special Events. He was most recently in the same role at the Mondrian.

Chris Anderson has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Full Service Hotels, at White Lodging Services. He had previously spent seven years with Marcus Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Brand Development.

Jeremy Baldwin has been appointed Cluster Director of Revenue at Salamander Hotels & Resorts for the Reunion Resort Orlando and the Hammock Beach Resort. He is the former Cluster Director of Revenue with Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

Edward Vitelli has joined the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel as Director of Revenue. He was most recently in a similar role for Starwood Hotels & Resorts,overseeing revenue management for seven of their New York City properties.

Carey Rushatz has been named Membership Manager, New York, at Club Quarters. Rushatz was most recently with Millenium and Copthorne Hotels as Area Director of Business Travel. Rushatz is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Mela in New York.

Mark Richardson is back on the East Coast as Executive Chef at the Carlyle. He was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Boston before taking on his most recent role as Executive Chef at the Four Seasons San Francisco.

Dwayne Edwards has joined Keswick Hall in Charlottesville as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

Gabriel Kolofon has been appointed Executive Chef for the St. Regis Punta Mita. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Capella Pedregal. Kolofon had served as Executive Chef at the Capella Telluride and Sous Chef at Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

Fabien Gnemmi is now in Florida as Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. For the past three years, he had been in the same role for the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. He had previously served in various chef roles with the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Four Seasons George V.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya has appointed Jorge Ildefonso Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta as Chef de Cuisine.

Sylvain Portay has joined Anne Sophie Pic in New York as Executive Chef for both her soon-to-open midtown Manhattan restaurants. For the past ten years, Portay had been Corporate Chef with Alain Ducasse Enterprise USA. He is the former Chef for The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and Executive Chef at Le Cirque New York.

Ashley James is Culinary Director for Steven Starr Events, based in Philadelphia. He previously spent nine year as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and three years as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

Albert Bilotti has been named Executive Chef/Director Food and Beverage at La Posada de Santa Fe. He had previously led the kitchens at the Hotel Andaluz and the Tanoan Country Club.

Guy Santoro has been named Corporate Chef for Grupo Hotelero Brisas. For the past three years, he had served as Executive Chef at the St. Regis Mexico City. He had previously overseen the kitchens of the Hotel Presidente InterContinental in Mexico City for ten years and the Sofitel Méditerranée in Cannes for eight years.

Grady Parker has been appointed Executive Chef for the Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas. He was most recently serving as Chef de Cuisine at Girasol restaurant in Studio City.

Jesse Souza has been named Executive Chef at the Edgewater Hotel. He is the former Executive Chef for the Riviera Palm Springs and the Portofino Hotel & Marina.

Richard Ruskell has joined UCLA as Executive Pastry Chef. He had previously spent ten years as Executive Pastry Chef at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Waldo Cesoni has joined Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina in Glendale as General Manager. Cesoni was most recently serving as Director of Restaurants at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. He had previously overseen Fleming’s and Nic’s Beverly Hills.

Julien Gardin has joined the Mandarin Oriental New York as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. For the past four years he had been with the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong as Restaurant Manager for Pierre.

Antonia Korosec has moved to the Ocean House as Assistant General Manager. She was most recently at sister-property the Weekapaug Inn as General Manager.

Matthew Whiteheart is now the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. For the past year, he had served the resort as Director of Housekeeping.

Harry Hirsch has moved to the Four Seasons Encantado as Front Office Manager. He was most recently in the same position at Rosewood’s Inn of the Anasazi. Hirsch is the former Front Office Manager at San Ysidro Ranch and Operations Manager at the Montage Deer Valley.

Jan Verweij has taken the position of Director of Front Office at the Peninsula Chicago. Verweij had been serving the hotel as Assistant Director of Housekeeping for the past three years.

Michael Kaminski is now in Florida as Front Office Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. He was most recently with the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas as Senior Guest Services Manager. Kaminski is the former Front Office Manager at the Resort at Pelican Hill.

George Hartman has been named Director of Front Office Operations at the Trump National Doral, Miami. He was most recently in the same position for the Hilton Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Linda Lynge has been named Spa Director for the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder. She is the former Spa Director at the Loveland Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa.

Paul Nunez has been appointed Spa Director at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. He is the former Spa Director at the Blue Heaven Resort and Spa, the Four Seasons Costa Rica and the Mayfair Hotel and Spa.

 

EUROPE

Federico Galligani has been promoted to General Manager at Castello di Casole. He joined the hotel in 2011 as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served in food and beverage roles with the Hotel Excelsior in Venice and the St. Regis Rome.

Katie Benson has been appointed General Manager at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower. She was most recently Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Langham Hospitality Investments, as well as Regional Vice President for the Americas and Caribbean for Langham Hospitality Group.

Jan Chovanec has returned to Moscow to his former post of General Manager at the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy. He had previously served in this same position from 2007 to 2012 before moving to the Swissôtel Hong Kong Macau Centre, Beijing as General Manager.

Benedikt Jaschke is now in Berlin as Hotel Manager at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. He was most recently with the Hotel Baglioni in Rome as Hotel Manager. He is the former Resident Manager at the Hotel Hassler.

Arnaud Payet has joined the Hotel Marinca in Corsica as General Manager. He was most recently the Assistant General Manager at the Palm Hotel & Spa on Reunion Island.

Nicolas Socquet has been named Deputy General Manager for the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez. He was most recently the Director of Operations France for La Tarte Tropezienne. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager for La Réserve Hotel & Spa, Geneva and General Manager for Maison Boulud in Beijing.

Simon Jackson has been named Director at Aedas in London. He had previously spent 18 years with Gensler, most recently as a Principal.

Jason Wischhoff has been promoted to Vice President Development, UK & Ireland, at Accor in London. He was most recently serving as Director of Development UK & Ireland.

Jean-Marie Trancher has joined Pavillon Ledoyen-Yannick Alleno in Paris as General Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel and Le Meurice Paris.

James Simmonds has been named Senior Vice President Global Development for Belmond. He was most recently with the Rosewood Hotel Group in Hong Kong as Senior Vice President – Development, Asia Pacific and China.

Elie Younes has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels. He has served as the group’s Senior Vice President and Head of Group Development since December 2012.

Christina Deeny has joined Amanresorts in London as Group Head of Global Sales. She is the former Sales Director Europe for Orient Express Hotels and Resorts and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

Paula Hayes has been appointed Group Revenue Director at Dominvs Hospitality in London. She had previously served as Area Revenue Manager, South & Central Region, for the InterContinental Hotel Group Managed Estate for the past eight years.

Nicolas Sale has been named Executive Chef for the Ritz Paris, scheduled to reopen later this year. Sale was most recently in Courchevel as Executive Chef at the 2 Michelin Star La Table du Kilimandjaro.

Sergio Tomasi Mei, the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Milan who had been at the property for over twenty years, is leaving to open his own restaurant in Milan.

Kjell Kollin has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Baku. A Swedish native, he was previously the opening Executive Chef at the Domain Bahrain, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai as well as the Banyan Tree Resort in Seoul.

Salvatore Barbara has been appointed Executive Chef at the Corinthia St. Petersburg. He was most recently Brand Chef in Moscow for both Osteria della Piazza Bianca and Osteria nel Parco.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Paul Hutton has been named Vice President Australasia at Hilton Worldwide. He takes over from Ashley Spencer who is retiring from his 27-year career with Hilton. Hutton was most recently the Regional General Manager for China South at Hilton.

Hans Jörg Meier has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at COMO Hotels and Resorts in Singapore. He takes over from Kuno Fasel, COMO’s founding COO of 15 years. Meier was most recently the Senior Vice President at GHM Hotels. He is the former General Manager at the Legian Bali and the Setai Miami.

James Kim has been appointed Vice President Asia Pacific at Meliá Hotels International in Shanghai. He was previously Vice President of Operations for Howard Johnson International China.

Katerina Giannouka has been appointed Vice President Development, Asia Pacific and China for Rosewood Hotels in Hong Kong. She was previously with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as Senior Director, Development and Acquisitions.

Livio Faverio has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Beijing, following the recent transfer of Sanjiv Hulugalle to Ko Olina (Hawaii). He has been with Four Seasons for over twenty years and was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Amman.

Cheryl Williams has been appointed General Manager for the Royal Hawaiian, taking over from Kelly Hoen, who is now overseeing the Modern Honolulu. Williams was most recently Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Richard Simmons has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong. Most recently, Simmons was the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Casino Manila. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Johor Bahru and the Grand Hyatt Macau.

Tash Tobias has returned as General Manager to the InterContinental Singapore. She had previously served in this same role before taking on her most recent position of Area General Manager of Bangkok and General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Lumpini Park.

Scott Allen has been appointed General Manager at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, taking over from Michael Stephens. Allen was most recently the General Manager for the Park Hyatt Aviara. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the Hyatt Regency La Jolla and the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino.

Gary Antony Henden has been named General Manager at Six Senses Samui. He was most recently in the same position at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.

Allwyn Drego has been appointed General Manager at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives Hotel. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Shangri-La Mumbai and the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur. Drego had previously served as opening General Manager of the Vivanta Coral Reef.

Charles Jack has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Tokyo. He was most recently in Bangkok where he served as General Manager of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers and the Westin Grande Sukhumvit.

Ronald van Weezel has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Sydney. He is the former General Manager of the Hilton Frankfurt, the Hilton Berlin and the Hilton Brisbane.

Gregg Enright has been appointed General Manager at Waimea Plantation Cottages. He was most recently the Regional Director of Outrigger‘s condo operations on Kauai and served as General Manager of the Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa.

Atanas Botev has been appointed General Manager at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide. He had previously overseen the London May Fair Hotel, the Radisson Blu Hampshire Hotel and the Radisson Blu Leicester Square.

Thomas Guldager Christiansen has been appointed General Manager at Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He was most recently overseeing the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit.

Niall Cowan has been appointed General Manager at the Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali. Cowan was most recently the General Manager at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Aino Deutsch has been appointed General Manager at the Takalau Residences & Resort in Phan Tiet. Prior to that, he opened the Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel on Bohol Island, Philippines.

Richard Schilling has joined the St. Regis Bora Bora as General Manager, taking over from Christian Langlade. Schilling had previously served as General Manager for the Hotel Martinez Cannes. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Las Dunas Beach & Spa in Marbella, the Sofitel Cancun and the Park Lane Jakarta.

Jason Stinson has been promoted to Resident Manager and joined the Shangri-La Jing An, West Shanghai. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mandarin Oriental Pudong. He is the former Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Shanghai and the Four Seasons Mumbai.

Gerrit Thesing has joined Nuo Hotels in Beijing as Executive Assistant Manager Rooms. Thesing is the former Rooms Division Director for Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Director of Front Office at the Lowell Hotel in New York.

Olivier Bonard has been promoted at the Wynn Macau to Vice President Food and Beverage. He joined the hotel in 2012 as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Hyatt Regency Istanbul and Director of Food and Beverage for the Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

Eric Faivre has been appointed Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations for Aston Hotels & Resorts. For the past thirteen years, he had been the Executive Chef at the Grand Wailea Resort and is the former Executive Chef for the Orchid at Mauna Lani.

Vinod Narayan has joined the Four Seasons Seoul as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Bangkok. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Frédéric Sérol is now in Shanghai for the VOL Group as Managing Director, Food and Beverage and Business Development. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer at Maison Dellos USA. Sérol is the former Director of Operations for MARC USA.

Christian Acker has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Stones Hotel-Legian Bali. He was most recently in a similar position for the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square in Seoul. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at the Nam Hai Resort.

Tom Fitzgerald has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne. He was most recently in a similar post for Jones the Grocer International based in Singapore.

Ryan Urig has been named Executive Chef at the Grand Wailea Resort, taking over from Eric Faivre. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Urig is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Roger Stettler is leaving his position of Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Maui after 10 years with the company. He is now a Managing Partner and Executive Corporate Chef for Maui legendary Chef Bev Gannon’s restaurant group.

Ralf Dohmeier has joined the Four Seasons Seoul as Executive Chef, from Grand Hyatt Guangzhou where he led the culinary team for the past two and half years.  Prior to Guangzhou, he was the Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

The Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has appointed Emmanuel Souliere Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Conrad Beijing.

Kanta Hanvesakul has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit in Bangkok. She is the former Director of Rooms at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa and the Novotel Bangkok Fenix Ploenchit.

Jennifer Simms has been named Spa Director for the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai. She is the former Spa Director at the Wynn and Encore Macau and Director of Wellness with the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Mark Griffiths has been appointed Senior Vice President Operations for Middle East and Africa at Kempinski Hotels in Dubai, taking over from Bugra Berberoglu. Griffiths was most recently General Manager of the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. He is the former Vice President of Asset Management Hospitality for Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

Vincent Hoogewijs has been promoted to Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Amman. Hoogewijs takes over for Livio Faverio who is transferring to the Four Seasons Beijing as General Manager. Hoogewijs joined Four Seasons a decade ago and was most recently in a similar role at the Four Seasons Bangkok.

Federico Mantoani has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. He is the former General Manager at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

Sven Wiedenhaupt has joined the Jumeirah Emirates Tower as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons Nevis. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Damascus, Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Doha and Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons New York.

Pieter van der Hoeven has been appointed General Manager at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort. He was most recently the General Manager at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Cambodia. He had previously served Outrigger as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific. He is a former Area General Manager with Six Senses Resorts and Spas overseeing Evason and Six Senses Spas, Hua Hin, the Evason Hideaway & Earth Spa and the Evason Hideaway, Vietnam.

Jan Ifcic has been appointed General Manager at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain. He was most recently overseeing the InterContinental Jordan.

Antoine Lhuguenot has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. He was most recently managing the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi.

Richard Gosling has been named General Manager at the Hilton Sharks Bay Resort in Egypt. He was most recently the General Manager at the Hilton Sharjah. He is the former Director of Operations for the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah and the Ramses Hilton Cairo.

Eric Père is now in Azerbaijan as General Manager of the Trump International Hotel and Tower Baku. He was most recently the General Manager for the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv. Père is the former General Manager of the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg, the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli and the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Nathalie Cockayne has recently been appointed Hotel Manager of Zaya Nurai Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. She is the former Director of Operations of the H Hotel Dubai and previously the Director of Rooms at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Balan Paravantavida has been appointed Hotel Manager at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. He was most recently overseeing the JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi.

The Royal Palm Marrakech has appointed Loic Launay Director of Operations. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel de Crillon and General Manager for La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa.

Serge Cuypers is now the Director of Operations at the Conrad Dubai. He was most recently in the same role for the Conrad Seoul.

Sergio Fagioli has been named Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Amman. A 15 years veteran of Four Seasons, Sergio’s journey begun in Milan to Florence to St. Petersburg where he had been the Rooms Division Manager since the opening of the property.

Andrea Magno has returned to the Middle East to join the W Doha Hotel & Residences as Director of Food and Beverage. Magno has previously been in the same role for the Ritz-Carlton Oman before taking on his most recent role as Executive Director Food and Beverage at the Swissôtel Sochi Kamelia.

Mohamed Ismail has been appointed Director of Business Development at the Ramses Hilton in Cairo. He was most recently the Director of Business Development for Hilton Pyramids Golf.

Susanna Yong has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Shangri-La and Traders Qaryat Al Beri. Yong is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Shangri-La Jakarta and the Shangri-La Surabaya.

Omar Farid has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Bahrain. He is the former Director of Sales at Le Méridien Jeddah.

Daniela Skopnik has returned to Four Seasons, as Director of Marketing and Sales in Marrakech, taking over from Holger Frehde. Skopnik had previously been overseeing sales and marketing at the Four Seasons Cairo First Residence.

Ibrahim Kharman has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Amman. He was most recently serving as Associate Director of Sales after joining the hotel in 2003 as Sales Manager.

Marco Arlotti has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Doha for Il Teatro. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Milan as Sous Chef.

Stephenson Simpson has moved to the Four Seasons Riyadh as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in a similar position with the Four Seasons Seychelles and served in culinary posts with the Allamanda Resort, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai and the Park Hyatt Goa.

 

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