FEBRUARY 2016 – HEADS above the Rest®

February 1, 2016
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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 2016

 

THE AMERICAS

Cornell graduate Steven Goldman has joined the SH Hotel Group as President replacing Scott Rohm who has left the company. Goldman was most recently with Starwood Capital Group as Chief Executive Officer of Groupe du Louvre.

Chris Green has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Chesapeake Hospitality. Green, who joined the company in 2000, was most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Le Pain Quotidien Bakery & Restaurant has named Doug Satzman Chief Executive Officer for the U.S, taking over from Jack Moran. Satzman had previously spent 14 years with Starbucks, most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development and License Retail Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Avi Haksar has been appointed Managing Director at Rosewood Sand Hill. He was most recently serving as Managing Director of the Rosewood Crescent in Dallas. Haksar is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Bangkok.

Jean-Jacques Reibel has been named opening General Manager for the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles, slated to open in 2017. For the past twelve years, he had served as Managing Director of the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Rajiv Malhotra has been appointed General Manager at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and General Manager of the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Brian Marsh has been named General Manager of the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels in St. Louis. He is the former General Manager of the French Lick Resort & Casino and Director of Slot Operations for Trump Indiana Casino and Hotel.

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center has appointed Jennifer Atkins Managing Director. She was most recently the Area Director for Modern Essentials and Extended Stay Hotels in the Western Region. Atkins is the former General Manager of the Denver Marriott West and the Denver Marriott Tech Center and Hotel Manager at the Renaissance Esmeralda.

Oliver Key has been named General Manager of the St. Regis Bal Harbour. For the past four years, he had been overseeing the St. Regis Abu Dhabi. Key is the former General Manager of the Armani Dubai and The Address, Dubai Marina.

Jeffery Burrell has been named General Manager of the Westin Portland Harborview. He most recently was the General Manager of the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Colorado.

Antonio Recillas is now in Oregon as General Manager of the River’s Edge Hotel & Spa in Portland. He was most recently at Maravilla as Director of Operations. Recillas had previously served in food and beverage roles at The Address Hotels and Resorts in Dubai and the St. Regis Saayidat Island.

Bryan Austin has been named General Manager at the Beaver Creek Lodge. Austin spent the past seven years with Vail Resorts as Vice President for Vail and Beaver Creek Hospitality. Prior to that, he led The Lodge at Vail and Austria Haus.

Kevin Shields has been appointed General Manager at Kessler Canyon Ranch. He was most recently with sister property the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront as General Manager.

The Viceroy Anguilla has appointed Jon Gersonde General Manager. He was most recently at the Turnberry Isle Resort as Managing Director. He is the former General Manager of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Vice President for the Mauna Kea Beach and Hapuna Beach Prince Resorts and Golf Clubs.

The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West has named Sarka Takovich General Manager. Most recently, she served as General Manager at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington.

The Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco has named Michael Donohue General Manager. He was most recently a Regional Vice President of Operations at Hyatt Hotels.

Shawn Hauver has been named Managing Director at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Manhattan. He is the former Vice President Operations – East Coast, at Loews Hotels.

Steven Buckler has joined the Sea Glass Inn & Spa as General Manager. He had previously served as General Manager of the Hyatt Place Braintree before moving into positions with Thing5 and Vizergy.

The Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center has named Stephan Meier General Manager. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown.

Wilbert Mason has been appointed General Manager at the Landings St. Lucia. He was most recently the General Manager at the Seven Stars Resort in Turks and Caicos and is the former General Manager of Peter Island.

Andrew McFall has been named Executive Director at Camellia Place. He was most recently the Director of Residences for the Mandarin Oriental Buckhead.

Juan Paolo Alfonso has been named General Manager for Auberge Resorts at the Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica. He is the former Assistant General Manager at Amangiri.

Markus Laahanen has been appointed General Manager at Zemi Beach House in Anguilla. He had previously served as General Manager of the Tropicalia Resort in the Dominican Republic.

Scott Mason has been appointed General Manager at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Most recently, he served as General Manager of The Driskill. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center and for the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

Gerry Peck has moved into the position of General Manager for the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. He joined the hotel in 2013 as Director of Finance. He is the former Regional Controller at the former Joie de Vivre Hotels and General Manager at Palihouse West Hollywood.

Caesars Entertainment has named Gaman Guadagni Vice President of Luxury Hotel Operations and General Manager of the Nobu Hotel Las Vegas. He is the former Director of Hotel Operations at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

MGM Growth Properties in Las Vegas, the newly created REIT of MGM Resorts, has appointed James Stewart as Chief Executive Officer and Andy Chen as Chief Financial Officer. Both had most recently been with the Los Angeles office of Greenhill & Co.

Shanon Ferguson has joined Soho House New York as General Manager. Ferguson was most recently with the SLS Hotel Los Angeles as Director of Operations.

Matt Cowden has been appointed General Manager at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City, set to open Summer 2016. He is the former General Manager at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel Downtown.

High Hotels has named Russ Urban President.
Urban was most recently with Destination Hotels as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Acquisitions. The Cornell graduate is the former Principal and Senior Vice President at HEI Hotels and Resorts.

Gild Hall has appointed Jonathon Goldberg Hotel Manager. He was most recently Director of Operations at Thompson Hotels’ Smyth.

Gabriel Constantin has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

Ash Awasthi has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Grand Hyatt New York. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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

Pierre-Louis Giacotto has been named Corporate Director of Operations for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He is the former General Manager at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago and the Rosemont Hotel (the former Sofitel Chicago O’Hare).

Steven Shotsberger has been named Director of Operations at the Ranch at Rock Creek. He was most recently at the Inn at Dos Brisas as Managing Director.

Kurt Wiksten has been named Director of Operations for the Bay Point Resort Panama City Beach. He was most recently with the Doubletree Bloomington South and the former Hotel Manager of the St. James Hotel.

Michael Armstrong has moved to the Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel as Director of Operations. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the W San Diego. Armstrong had previously overseen rooms operations for the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and the Hyatt Westlake Plaza.

Nikolay Tevekeliyski has been named General Manager for Ten Thousand in Beverly Hills set to open this year. He was most recently the General Manager at the Villas at the Resort at Pelican Hill and the former Director of Club Services at the Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen.

Scott Thomas has been named Director of Club Operations for LaPlaya Beach and Golf Club in Naples. He had previously served as General Manager for the Stratton Mountain Club and Food and Beverage Director for the Stratton Mountain Resort.

Adora Manalo has been named opening Director of Private Residences, at the soon to open Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New York Downtown. Since 2007, she had been the Director of Private Residences at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

James Batt is now in Houston as Assistant Director of Hospitality for the Museum of Fine Arts. He is the former Vice President Operations and Marketing at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen.

Virgin Hotels has named Dan Mathewes Chief Financial Officer. He is former Chief Financial Officer at The World Residences at Sea and Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasury at Kerzner International.

Thayer Thompson has joined Virgin Hotels as General Counsel and Vice President, Commercial. Thompson had most recently spent seven years as Assistant General Counsel at Virgin Management USA.

Dan Jackman has joined the Inn at Palmetto Bluff as Director of Finance. He was most recently in the same position at Rosewood at Baha Mar. Jackman is the former Director of Finance at Rosewood Tucker’s Point.

Mario Chang Kin Kee has been appointed Director of Finance at the Hotel Zelos in San Francisco. He was most recently the Assistant Controller for the Fairmont Hotel San Jose.

Andrew Arthurs has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Destination Hotels and Lowe Enterprises. Most recently, Arthurs held the role of Senior Director of IT for Vail Resorts.

Peggy Williams-Smith has been appointed Senior Vice President overseeing SafeHouse Restaurants at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She was most recently serving the company as Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage.

Mark Stoner has been named Vice President of Food and Beverage for MGM Resorts. He had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the MGM Grand before moving into a similar role at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Michael Kaplan has been named Area Director of Operations for Grill Concepts. He was most recently the Director of Operations at 9021Pho Restaurants. He is the former Regional Director of Operations at Fig & Olive.

Fernando Aguilar Silva has joined the Mansion on Turtle Creek as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same post for Rosewood at Baha Mar.

Ashlee Fairbanks has been appointed General Manager of Watertable at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Most recently, she served as General Manager of Katsuya by Stark at the SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Octavio Munoz has been named Director of Food and Beverage at Esperanza. He was most recently in the same role for the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Munoz had previously served in food and beverage posts for the Rosewood Mayakobá and the Hilton Santo Domingo.

William Friedrichs has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Dewberry Hotel in Charleston. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Rainbow Room. Friedrichs had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage for the Knickerbocker Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Naples and the Joule Hotel.

Thierry De Lage has joined the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino as Director of Food and Beverage. For the past seven years, he had been with the Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage.

Steve Kunz has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Omni Berkshire Place. He was most recently serving as Overnight Hotel Operations Manager at the Lotte New York Palace. Kunz is the former Director of Restaurants at the Trump SoHo Hotel.

The Wyndham Grand South Beach has appointed Patrick Morey Director of Food and Beverage. Morey was most recently the Director of Restaurants and Bars at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Brian Richards has joined the Hotel Palomar in Phoenix as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the Mount Airy Casino & Resort.

Roberto Fernandez has been named Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara The Biltmore. He was most recently in the same position for the Four Seasons Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru.

Jack Moran has been named Head of Global Master Franchise at Le Pain Quotidien Bakery & Restaurant. He was most recently serving the company as Chief Executive Officer for the U.S.

Philippe Roux-Dessarps has been named Vice President of Global Brands at Hyatt Hotels. For the past seven years, he had been with the Park Hyatt Tokyo as General Manager.

Hotel Equities recently tapped Steve Crabill to join the firm as Vice President of Business Development. Crabill was most recently with Hilton Worldwide serving as Vice President and Managing Director, Franchise Development, Southeast Region.

Hilton Worldwide has named Nathalie Corredor Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy. She was most recently with Google as Global Head of Vertical Search Ad Development and Sales.

Cynthia Billeaud has been named Vice President of Operations and Human Resources at the Mina Group. For the past eleven years, she had been the Director of Human Resources at the Dinex Group.

Peter Strebel has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Sales at Omni Hotels. He had previously served Omni as Senior Vice President of Operations.

David Solis has joined Edition Hotels as Global Director of Sales. He was most recently the Director – Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso.

Oliver Bonke has moved to Loews Hotels & Resorts in New York in the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer. He was most recently in the same post for the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Ileana Acosta has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Gild Hall. She joined the hotel in 2012 as Senior Sales Manager and was then promoted to her most recent position of Associate Director of Sales.

Club Med has appointed Michelle Lardizabal Vice President of Sales. Most recently, Lardizabal was the Vice President of Sales for City Wonders.

Julian Cable-Treadwell has been named Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Hilton Worldwide San Juan Collection. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the SLS Hotel & Residences at Baha Mar.

Dana Cooper has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Jerome. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. Cooper is the former Director of Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta and the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Virginia Scherer has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the soon-to-open Hyatt Regency Montevideo. She is the former General Manager of the Hotel Fasano Las Piedras in Punta Del Este. Scherer was also the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Park Hyatt Mendoza and Assistant Director of Sales at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo.

Perry Goodbar has joined the Villas of Grand Cypress as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously the Vice President of Sales, Services and Business Development for the Colonial Williamsburg Company.

Gianpaolo Bellomunno has been appointed Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing at Velas Resorts in Mexico. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Villa Group.

Jill Plemons has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Zephyr San Francisco. Most recently, Plemons served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien San Francisco.

The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has appointed Tim Bugas Director of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Kalahari Resort and Vice President of Sales at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach has promoted Jessica Quiroz to Director of Sales and Marketing from her most recent role at the resort as a Transient Sales Manager. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Element by Westin Miami International Airport.

Bill Hume has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center slated to open in the spring. Most recently, he was Director of Group Sales at the Omni Interlocken Resort and Spa.

Sakari Malinen has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Zemi Beach House. He is the former Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Punta Mita and the Four Seasons Mexico City.

David Wahba has been named Director of Sales for the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. He was most recently the Senior Director, Global Sales, for the Wyndham Hotel Group and the former Director of Sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Lisa Miller has been appointed Director of Sales at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans. Miller most recently served as Senior Business Transient and Travel Industry Sales Manager for the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Michelle White has joined the Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco as Director of Sales. She is the former Corporate Sales Manager for the Embassy Suites Frisco and Director of Sales for the Hilton Homewood Suites Frisco.

Lucy Zatloukal is the new Director of Sales at the Shore Hotel. She was most recently in the same post for the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. She had previously served in sales positions at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows and for the Gansevoort Hotel Group.

The Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo has named Mario DiBenedetto Director of Sales. He is the former National Sales Manager for the Buena Vista Palace.

Patricia Johnson has been appointed Director of Sales at the Hotel Grand Union in New York. Most recently, she served as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in New York City.

Michael Torres has been appointed Vice President Corporate Communications, The Americas, at InterContinental Hotels Group. Torres was most recently serving as Senior Director of Global Corporate Communications at PepsiCo.

Lesli Reynolds has been appointed Senior Vice President of Revenue for Omni Hotels & Resorts. She has been with the group for over two decades, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Matthew Echevarria has been appointed Director of Catering and Conference Services at Westin Fort Lauderdale. Echevarria most recently served as a Senior Event Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Evan Parker is now in Jackson Hole as Executive Chef at Amangani. For the past five years, he had been the Executive Sous Chef for The Inn at Little Washington.

Cap Juluca has named Juan Bochenski Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage. Most recently Bochenski was Executive Chef at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Arturo Eduardo Avila Zarraga has been appointed Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Hotel Ecce Inn.

Raj Dixit has moved to Northern California as Executive Chef at Michael Mina Restaurant in San Francisco. Dixit was most recently the Chef de Cuisine for the Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Inn at Dos Brisas and Bouley in New York.

Cory Untch has been named Executive Chef at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Inn at Dos Brisas.

Maxime Kien has joined the Cleveland Hilton as Executive Chef. Kien is the former Assistant Executive Chef at Caesar’s Las Vegas and the Ritz-Carlton Naples.

The Bardessono Hotel & Spa has appointed Nate Lindsay Executive Chef. He was most recently in Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef at Jardenea, at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel.

Brian Archibald has been appointed Executive Chef for the Boulders Resort & Spa. He was most recently at The Graduate Hotel in Tempe as opening Executive Chef.

Timothy Ralphs has joined the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club as Executive Chef. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Jeffrey Wurtz has joined the St. Regis New York as Executive Pastry Chef. He was previously the Executive Pastry Chef at the Plaza, Le Cirque, and, most recently, Le District.

Levi Richard has moved to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently serving as Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

Igor Morosowski has joined the Four Seasons Jackson Hole as Director of Rooms. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Bora Bora in the same position.

Lanikai Lindsey has been promoted to Director of Rooms and joining the Four Seasons St. Louis. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Wailea and is the former Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Heith Pino has joined the Ocean House in Rhode Island as Director of Rooms. He was most recently serving as Front Office Manager for the Calistoga Ranch.

Jypsy Bailey has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Taj Hotel Boston. He joined the hotel in 2013 as Assistant Director of Housekeeping before being promoted to his most recent position as Director of Housekeeping.

Marina Zimmermann has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. She has been in various positions since joining the hotel in 2011, most recently serving as Director of Front Office Operations.

John-Paul Shain has been named Director of Housekeeping with the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Housekeeping for the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Luis Gallotti has moved as Assistant Director of Rooms to the Four Seasons Miami. He was most recently serving as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Charles Hawkins has joined InterContinental Hotel Century City as Chef Concierge. He had previously served in similar posts with the SLS Hotel Los Angeles, the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Jasmine Welsh has been appointed Director of Wellness at Zemi Beach House. She is the former Spa and Fitness Manager at Malliouhana.

 

EUROPE

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Groupe du Louvre, taking over from Steve Goldman. Roulot was most recently serving Jin Jiang International as Chief Executive Officer for their Louvre Hotels Group.

Lynn Brutman has moved as General Manager to the Four Seasons Hampshire. She was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf. Brutman is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Toronto and Resort Manager with the Four Seasons Whistler.

Alberto Pirozzini is back in Italy at the Hotel Il Pellicano as General Manager. He was most recently in Hawaii as Director of Operations for the St. Regis Princeville. Pirozzini had previously served as General Manager at the Hotel Savoy Firenze before moving into the role of Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Club St. Thomas.

Craig Webb has been appointed General Manager at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Gloucestershire. He had previously served as opening General Manager at Wood Norton, as well as at the helm of The Lambert Arms.

Jannes Soerensen has been appointed General Manager at the Beaumont in London replacing Paul Brackley. Soerensen was most recently at Le Bristol in Paris as Director of Rooms.

Paul Jackson has been appointed General Manager at Claridge’s in London replacing Thomas Kochs. For the past five years, Jackson had served as General Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Sanya.

Justin Pinchbeck has been named Chief Operating Officer of Beaverbrook in Surrey. He was most recently overseeing the Berkeley in London.

The Berkeley has appointed Knut Wylde General Manager replacing Justin Pinchbeck. Wylde was most recently the Hotel Manager at sister property, Claridge’s in Mayfair. He is the former Director of Operations at Coworth Park.

Beverley Molmans has been appointed General Manager at Hogarths Stone Manor in Worcestershire. She had spent the past five years in a similar position at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel.

Franco Esposito has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg succeeding Peter Pusnik. Esposito is the former General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin and the Elysée Hotel AG Hamburg.

Claudia Pronk has been appointed General Manager at Nira Alpina in Switzerland. She is the former General Manager at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa.

Kevin Keenan has been appointed General Manager at the Thurlestone Hotel in South Devon. He is the former General Manager at the Green Hotel, Golf & Leisure Resort in Kinross and Dryburgh Abbey.

Robin Ford has been appointed General Manager at the Park Regis set to open in March in Birmingham. He is the former General Manager at the Hill Valley Golf & Spa Resort in Shropshire.

Marc Figueiredo has been promoted to Director of Operations for the Evian Resort. He has been with the resort since 2006, most recently serving as Director of Rooms.

Gavin Couper has joined One Aldwych as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with Coworth Park as Food and Beverage Manager. Couper had served in food and beverage positions with the Hotel Bel-Air, the New York Palace and the Dorchester.

Julien Reneteau has moved as Director of Food and Beverage to the Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques in Madrid. He was most recently in the same position at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez.

Jennifer Zajac has been appointed Area Digital Marketing Manager, United Kingdom, at Hyatt, based in London. She is the former Internet Marketing Manager for the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the former Fairmont Battery Wharf.

The Maybourne Hotel Group has appointed Brona Kelly Group Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Corinthia Hotel London.

Dagmar Noe has joined the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently with Morgans Hotels as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. Noe is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Belgraves London.

Paolo Cazzin has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Palazzo Victoria in Italy. He had previously served as the Director of Group Sales for the Bauers Hotel in Venice.

Stewart Elder has been appointed Director of Banquets and Events at the Fairmont St. Andrews. He has been with the hotel since 2009, most recently serving as Director of Group Sales.

Jean Sevegnes has moved as Corporate Executive Chef to Ladurée Paris. He was most recently serving in the same post for Hélène Darroze.

Antonio Magliulo has been promoted to Executive Chef at Cesar La Posta Vecchia Hotel Palo Lazio in Rome. He moves up from his current chef role to take over from Michelino Gioia.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Dusit International, Bangkok, has named Suphajee Suthumpun Group Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Chanin Donavanik. Suthumpun was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Thaicom.

Michel Molliet has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, Greater China, at AccorHotels in Shanghai. He has been with the company for almost 30 years, most recently as Senior Vice President, Luxury and Upscale, Greater China.

Claus Pedersen has returned to the InterContinental Hong Kong to take on the new role of General Manager, replacing Jean-Jacques Reibel. Pedersen had previously served the hotel as Executive Assistant Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, and Resident Manager from 2005-2011. He was most recently the Vice President, Hotel Operations for the MGM Macau.

Andrew Turner has returned to Phuket as opening General Manager for the Rosewood Emerald Bay. He had previously served as General Manager for the Anantara Phuket before heading to New York to oversee the Baccarat Hotel & Residences. He is the former General Manager at the Anantara Resort & Spa Sanya, the Solis Lough Eske Castle, and the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh.

Paul Linder has joined Amanpuri Phuket, taking over from long time General Manager Fred Varnier. Linder was most recently overseeing Shambala Estate.

Vincent Billiard has been named General Manager at the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai City. He was most recently overseeing the Ritz-Carlton Tianjin and is the former Hotel Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.

Nicholas Emery has been named General Manager of the Regent Beijing. Most recently, he was the General Manager at the Renaissance Hotel TEDA in Tianjin.

Chris Clark has joined the Ritz-Carlton Osaka as General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms, for the Ritz-Carlton Sanya.

Fredéric Lebègue has returned to the Conrad Bali to take on the new role of General Manager after serving the resort as Resident Manager from 2007 to 2009. He was most recently the General Manager of both the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa and the DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji ­ Sonaisali Island.

Cédric Besler has moved as General Manager to the Wanda Reign Chengdu. He was most recently in the same role for the Wanda Vista Zhengzhou.

Graham Grant has been appointed General Manager at the Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand. He was most recently overseeing the Soneva Kiri Koh Kood. Grant is the former General Manager of the Leela Palace Udaipur and Resort Manager at Hayman Island.

Frédéric Boulin has been named General Manager at the Park Hyatt Saigon. He was most recently overseeing the Park Hyatt Seoul. Boulin is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and the Grand Hyatt Cairo.

Anne Arrowsmith has been appointed General Manager of the 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai. She was the Director of Marketing at the Regent Singapore for the last eleven years.

JJ Jasjit Assi has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Four Seasons Mumbai. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Sydney. Assi is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai.

The Four Seasons Hualalai has named Patrick Pollak Resort Manager. He was most recently at the Four Seasons Las Colinas, Dallas as Resort Manager.

Elza Artiaga has been appointed Resort Manager at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. She was most recently the General Manager of the Coco Palm in the Maldives. Artiaga is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Carlisle Bay Resort in Antigua and had previously spent 12 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Cornell graduate Jason Friedman is forming his own company, J.M.Friedman & Co – Bespoke Hospitality Services. In 2010 he had joined the Siam in Bangkok as opening General Manager. He is also the former General Manager of Qualia in Australia and the manager of the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai.

The Mantra Group has appointed Andrew Turner to the newly created position of Vice President Acquisitions, Asia, based in Singapore. He was most recently the Executive Vice President, Business Development, for Silver Needle Hospitality and the former Chief Executive Officer of Mirvac Hotels and Resorts.

Helen Barry-Cooper has joined the Four Seasons Hualalai as Club Manager. She is the former Director of Residences and Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Nicolas Combes is now at the Four Seasons Bora Bora as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously been at the Four Seasons George V as Director of Room Service and then as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Barry Fleischmann has been appointed Director, Development for Australasia at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Sydney. He was most recently with Best Western Australasia, where he was General Manager of Development for three years.

Paul James has joined Millennium Hotels & Resorts in Singapore as Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Branding. He is the former Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels and Resorts.

Jason Shek has been appointed Director of Marketing at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. For three years, he had served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mandarin Oriental Macau. He is the former Regional Director, Sales and Marketing, for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts ­ Greater China, and Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Macau.

Camilla Chiam has been appointed Vice President of Public Relations and Communications at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – Asia Pacific in Singapore. She is the former Head, Group Corporate Communications, at Pontiac Land Group and Patina Hotels & Resorts.

Paolo Fernandez is now in Hawaii as Director of Special Events with the Four Seasons Maui. He was most recently serving as Associate Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney. He had previously held similar roles with the Four Seasons Nevis and the Four Seasons Miami.

Michael Poutawa has been appointed Executive Chef for the Peninsula Bangkok. He was most recently in the same post with the St. Regis Chengdu. Poutawa is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Shenzhen and the Grand Hyatt Doha.

Kemar Durfield has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Lanai. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Halekulani at Orchids.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Gerald Lawless has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group to join the corporate offices of Dubai Holding. He has been with Jumeirah for 18 years.

Stefan Leser has been appointed Group Chief Executive of the Jumeirah Group. Leser was most recently at Kuoni as Executive Vice President.

Martin Cody has been promoted to General Manager at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. He joined the hotel in 2014 as Lodge Manager. He had previously been with the Four Seasons Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru as Director of Rooms before his promotion to Resort Manager.

Nicolas Ilickovic has been named General Manager for Amanjena in Morocco. He was most recently the General Manager for Amandayan.

Frank Normann Eikeland has been appointed General Manager at the Domain Hotel and Spa, Bahrain. He is the former General Manager at the Radisson Blu Resort El Quseir, the Radisson Park Inn Saudi Arabia and the Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah.

Wassim Tarabay has been appointed General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait.

Shrikant Shenoy has been appointed Vice President Corporate Strategy for the Jumeirah Group in Dubai. He was most recently serving Dubai Holding as Director of Strategy Development and Deployment.

Philip Jones has moved as General Manager to the Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach. He is the former General Manager of the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa and the Mövenpick Hanoi.

Mike Vroom has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Rooms at Dukes Dubai on Palm Jumeirah. He was most recently serving as Resident Manager at the Queen Victoria Hotel and the Dock House Hotel in Cape Town.

Michael Hiang-Tziac Chan has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel in Dubai. He was most recently the General Manager for both the Ambassador Row Services Suites and the Lanson Place Kondominium in Kuala Lumpur.

Giuseppe Losciale has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Doha. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island and the InterContinental Nanjing.

Walaa El Sayed has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Doha. He was most recently the Area Director of Sales with the Address Hotels and Resorts.

Salik Mangrio has been appointed Senior Director Regional Sales GCC at Hyatt Hotels in Dubai. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi and the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe.

Ahmed Fawzy has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Riyadh. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Sous Chef after serving as Banquet Chef, Restaurant Chef and then Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Doha.

Simon Robinson has joined Novikov in Dubai as General Manager. He is the former Corporate Operations Manager at Whissle and the Club General Manager at Boudoir, also in Dubai.

 

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