JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 – HEADS above the Rest®

February 5, 2019
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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

THE AMERICAS

Ted Teng, President/CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World will be stepping down after over 10 years at the company. Prior to joining Leading Hotels, Teng was President and Chief Operating Officer of Wyndham International, and President, Asia Pacific, at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Shannon Knapp, current Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, will step in for Teng as interim Chief Executive Officer. 

Marilyn Spiegel has returned as President of Wynn Las Vegas, taking over from Maurice Wooden. Spiegel had previously served in the same role from 2010-2013 and is the former President of five different Caesars Entertainment owned resort brands in Las Vegas.

Bruno Vergeynst has been named Managing Director at The Line Los Angeles. He was most recently the Managing Director at Freehand New York. Vergeynst also opened the Ludlow in New York, following several years as General Manager of Mama Shelter in Paris.

Vanessa Williams has been has been promoted to General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, replacing Peter Bowling. She joined the property in 2016 as Director of Sales and Marketing. Prior career stints were with the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, the InterContinental Hong Kong and Sandy Lane.

Rich Oken has been named opening General Manager at the Clark Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, slated to open this year. For the past 4 years, he had been serving as General Manager of the Sixty Beverly Hills. Oken is the former Hotel Manager of the SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins has named Michael Pace General Manager. Pace was previously Area General Manager for Sonesta Hotels, based at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco.

Ryan Schmied has been named General Manager of the AC Hotel Grand Rapids.  He was most recently the Beverage Director at Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering. Schmied is the former opening Operations Manager at the Hotel Beaux Arts Miami.

Dragan Andrejic has been appointed General Manager of the Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins. He was most recently the General Manager of the Kimpton Rouge Hotel Washington, D.C.

Peter Sula has joined the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel Boston as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Battery Wharf Hotel.

Hassan El Neklawy has moved as General Manager to the JW Marriott Chicago. He has been with Marriott for 39 years, most recently as General Manager at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown.

Evan Thomas has moved to the Hotel Wilshire as General Manager. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Standard Hotel Los Angeles and Director of Front Office Operations
at the La Quinta Resort & Club.

The Orlando World Center Marriott has appointed Robert Bray General Manager. Most recently, he served as Area General Manager for the New Orleans Marriott. Bray had previously managed the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites complex, as well as served as the opening General Manager of the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel and Renaissance Arts New Orleans.

Idu Ribeiro has joined the Panama Marriott Hotel in Panama City. He was most recently the General Manager of the Marriott Executive Apartments Panama City, Finisterre.

Brent Berkowitz has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Sage Restaurant Group, taking over from co-founder Peter Karpinski who is retiring. Berkowitz joined the group in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Mario Bevilacqua von Gunderrode has joined the San Francisco Proper Hotel as General Manager. He is the former Resort Manager of the Montage Palmetto Bluff.

Arthur Keith has joined the Kalahari Resorts Poconos as General Manager. The Cornell graduate is the former General Manager of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Brian Barden has been named Area General Manager at The Inn at Union Square and the Hotel Griffon in San Francisco. He was most recently with Greystone Hotels as Area Operations Manager.

Michaela Winn has joined the recently renovated King George Hotel in San Francisco as General Manager. She is the former General Manager at the Berkeley City Club.

Jorge Espindola has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Viceroy Los Cabos. He had joined the resort in 2018 as Director of Food and Beverage. Espindola is the former Director of Food and Beverage
at the Hotel Esencia and Malliouhana.

TJ Pierri has been named General Manager at Noble House’s Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the
 Lansdowne Resort and Spa.

Barry Dorsey has been appointed General Manager at the Kimpton Goodland in Goleta. Most recently, Dorsey was General Manager at the Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara.

Niles Harris has been appointed General Manager of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. He was most recently at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan as Managing Director.

Randall King has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Dow Hotel Company in Seattle. He was most recently serving the group as Senior Vice President Operations.

Steve Griffin has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Dow Hotel Company. He was most recently serving as Senior Vice President Finance.

Adam Marquis has been promoted to President at Pacifica Hotels. He was most recently serving as Executive Vice President.

David Ahern has joined the Timber Cove Resort as General Manager. He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.

Hilton Grand Vacations has named Tim Loughman East Coast Area Vice President of Resort Operations. The Cornell graduate was most recently serving as Vice President, Luxury and Lifestyle, for Hilton Hotels.

The Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Kurt Krause President and Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Sam Rogers. Krause is the former Managing Director of the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront and The Main, Norfolk.

After 13 years as Partner at Sage Hospitality and co-founder of the Sage Restaurant Group, Cornell graduate Peter Karpinski becomes a co-founder of ARRIVE Hotels and Restaurants. Prior to joining Sage, Karpinski was the Corporate Director of Operations for the Starr Restaurant Organization.

MGM Resorts has appointed Steve Zanella as President and Chief Operating Officer of CityCenter. Most recently, he served as President of Core Properties for MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

The Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard has named Chris Bird General Manager. He was most recently at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort as General Manager.

Brian McGuinness has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Guest Experience for IHG. McGuinness most recently served as Global Brand Leader and Senior Vice President for Marriott, Sheraton and Delta Hotels.

Adrienne Craig-Aziz has been promoted to General Manager at the Luxe Beverly Hills. She joined the hotel in 2016 as Hotel Manager and had previously served as Director of Rooms at the InterContinental Los Angeles.

Shawn Routten has been appointed General Manager of the The Fenway Hotel in Florida. He has been with the company for 10 years, most recently as Director of Operations at the Epicurean Hotel.

Greg Kavanagh has joined the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington as Managing Director. Kavanagh most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Operations with BridgeStreet Global Hospitality.

Chris Paulk has been named Regional General Manager for the El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa/Palacio de Marquesa Resort in Taos. He was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of the 
Indian Springs Resort in 
Napa Valley.

Jared Dayton has been appointed General Manager at the Dossier Hotel in Portland. Most recently, he was the Director of Revenue at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Vincent Yi has been appointed General Manager at the Moxy Seattle Downtown. He is the former General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Anaheim/Garden Grove.

Kerry Hing from the Waldorf Astoria Park City is relocating to Atlanta as General Manager at the former Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, now the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead. Prior to starting in Park City in 2011, Hing held the position of General Manager of The Ranch at Rock Creek, and before that as the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands. His other hospitality credits include Director of Finance at the Marriott Camelback Inn.

Donte Johnson has been named General Manager at the Riggs Hotel Washington, D.C. Most recently, Johnson served as General Manager of Kimpton‘s Mason & Rook Hotel in Washington, D.C., and prior to this, the General Manager for Kimpton’s Surfcomber, Miami South Beach.

James Wroblewski has joined the Westdrift Manhattan Beach as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager
at the W Los Angeles-West and the former General Manager at the W New Orleans-French Quarter.

Drew Berry has been named General Manager for both the Mosaic Hotel and the Maison 140 Hotel in Beverly Hills. He was most recently overseeing the Cambria Hotel & Suites LAX.

Marco Bustamante has joined the Mayflower Inn and Spa as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at VieVage Los Cabos. Bustamante is the former General Manager of the Capella Washington, D.C. and Director of Food and Beverage at the Capella Pedregal.

Federico Spada has joined Las Alamandas as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa Little Corn Island and the Hotel Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa Resort.

Auberge Resorts Collection has named Michelle Caporicci General Manager and Regional Vice President overseeing the Hotel Jerome, the Element 52, and the Madeline Hotel & Residences. Caporicci was most recently the Managing Director at the St. Regis Langkawi. She had previously spent 21 years with Ritz-Carlton, most recently as Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, after serving two years as General Manager at the Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai.

David Kingston is now in Wyoming as General Manager of the Snow King Resort. He was most recently the General Manager
 of the Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Montana. Kingston is the former General Manager of 
Brasada Ranch and the 
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.

Ryan Parker has moved up the coast to join the Huntington Hotel in San Francisco as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.

Dieter Schmitz has been named Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. He was most recently Area General Manager overseeing the EVEN Hotel Times Square South, the EVEN Hotel Midtown East, and the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan.

Denis Espina has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. He joined the company 8 years ago in Caracas. He then moved to Dallas, as a Food and Beverage Management Trainee. His first management “gig” was as Pool & Beach Manager at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. After more time in Dallas and some in Whistler, he closed the original Four Seasons Philadelphia as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.  Since 2015, he had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Austin.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has appointed Gabriel Soanca Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Washington, D.C. – The Wharf. Soanca was previously with the Trump National Doral Miami as Director of Food and Beverage.

Jane Kim was promoted to Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Napa Valley. A graduate of the Hospitality Business Administration program from Michigan State University, her career with Four Seasons began 12 years ago in Westlake Village.  She quickly transitioned to the Beverly Wilshire, then Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Ortencia Morales is now in California as Director of Finance
 at the
 Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. She was most recently the Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Morales is the former Assistant Director of Finance at the Four Seasons New York, the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i, and the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Brad Hayden has joined Mainsail Lodging & Development as Vice President of Finance. For the past two years, he had been with Faena Hotels & Residences in Miami Beach as Vice President of Finance.

Shaun Griffin has been named Controller for the Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. He was previously with Merrimack Health Care Group and Edgewood Life Care Services.

Khalid Mirza has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Houston. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Resort at Pelican Hill and most recently at the Carmel Valley Ranch. Mirza also previously spent 20 years with Four Seasons in various locations.

The Four Seasons Boston One Dalton has named Aneesh Sharma Director of Food and Beverage. Since 2015, he had been with the Four Seasons Austin, most recently as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Pasquo King has moved to the Four Seasons Nevis as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Resorts Bali.

The Dream Hotel Group has named Dimitri Mitropoulos Vice President of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the TAO Group as Director of Operations for the Dream Hotel Hollywood.

Bill Santos has been promoted at the Monarch Beach Resort to Director of Food and Beverage. He had joined the resort in 2017 as Director of Banquets.

Robert Scully has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados. He is the former Director of Implementation for Rittenhouse Markets.

Jorge Paez is returning to Four Seasons in the capacity of Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Los Cabos. He joined Four Seasons in 2012 as Senior Food and Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis following a career with Ritz-Carlton. He held several senior food and beverage roles including Director of Food and Beverage for the Gansevoort Resort in Turks and Caicos, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, and recently to the position of Cluster Director of Food and Beverage for the Waldorf Astoria-Qasr Al Jeddah Hilton.

Keith Halliday has been appointed Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Battery Wharf Hotel Boston. Halliday had previously served as the Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Delta St. Johns Hotel in Newfoundland.

Owen Deignan has joined Virgin Hotels in New York as Director of Food and Beverage Operations. He is the former Director of Operations of Snap Kitchen.

Carlos Villacanas has joined the Four Seasons Anguilla as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served in the same role for Rotana Hotel Management and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Sunny Saha has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Monarch Beach Resort and the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles.

Ludovic Poirier has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Alessandra. He was most recently serving as Director of Outlets. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Hotel Granduca and Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Mokara Hotel & Spa in San Antonio.

Denise Walker has been appointed Vice President of Information Technology at Virgin Hotels, based in Miami. She was previously in a similar role with Brookfield Hospitality.

Ken Ishiguro has joined Auberge Resorts as Vice President, Design and Construction. He was most recently Executive Director, Design and Technical Services, Luxury Division, for Accor Hotels.

Azadeh Hawkins has been named Creative Director at Montage International. She is the former Chief Marketing Officer at Pink Taco and Vice President, Brand Management and Marketing Communication for the Viceroy Hotel Group.

Manya Duhoffmann has joined Arlo Hotels as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing
 at the Mondrian Park Avenue for Journal Hotels
 and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Refinery Hotel New York. She also opened the Ace New York and the Thompson New York, in the same capacity.

Laura Castonguay has been named Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons St. Louis, taking over from Tim Powers. Since 2014, she had been with the Four Seasons Vancouver as Director of Sales.

Laura Villalobos has been promoted at the Four Seasons Mexico City to Director of Sales and Marketing. She had joined the hotel in 2017 as Associate Director of Sales before being promoted to her most recent role as Director of Sales.

The Montage Beverly Hills has appointed Jennie Hoffman as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently with the Pyramid Hotel Group as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing.

Ann Sutherland Lynch has joined the Brown Palace in Denver as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Lynch was the opening Director of Sales and Marketing of the Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop.

The Curtis in Denver has named Lizzie Raudenbush Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort in Huntington Beach.

Aaron Weegar has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort. He is the former Complex Director of Sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Director of Sales at the Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Simon Rodrigues has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Chatham Bars Inn. He joined the resort in early 2018 as Director of Sales. He is the former Director of Corporate and Entertainment Group Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

Blake Smith has been promoted to Vice President of Entertainment and Brand Partnerships at Virgin Hotels, based in Chicago. He joined the company in 2014 as Executive Director of Events and Partnerships.

Lovell Casiero has joined the PM Hotel Group in Washington, D.C. as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. She was most recently Founder and President of FLC Business Consulting. Casiero had previously spent ten years with Crescent Hotels & Resorts as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing.

Erik Dombroski has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Yarrow Group. He was most recently the General Manager at the Anvil Hotel in Wyoming. Dombroski is the former Director of Sales and Strategy at the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.

Heidi Nowak has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ballantyne in Charlotte. Most recently, she served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Bennett in Charleston.

Eric Edmunds has been appointed MICE Global Account Director at Nobu. He is the former Business Development Manager at Questex Hospitality + Travel and Regional Director of Sales, West Coast, for Palace Resorts.

Aliz Hotel Times Square has named Maureen Murphy Director of Sales and Marketing. She is the former Director of Sales at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Governor Morris Hotel.

Sade Lee has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the San Francisco Proper Hotel. She was most recently Associate Director of Sales at the Kimpton Everly Hotel.

Tressa Wright has joined the Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston.

The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has named Stephanie Baker Director of Marketing. Since 2014 she had been with Texas Monthly, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer.

Michael Law was promoted to the position of Senior Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Boston. Having started in Toronto, Law moved on to Boston, and then spent his last seven years in New York City, first taking on the 57th street hotel then the last three years successfully opening Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. He will continue to lead as DOM of the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, with additional oversight of Four Seasons Hotel Boston One Dalton Street.

Jeff Ouradnik has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington and the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina.

Heather Buss has been appointed Vice President of Sales at Associated Luxury Hotels International based in Washington, D.C. She is the former Director of Global Sales at Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

Aaron Weegar has joined the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Sherry Michelson has been named Director of Sales and Catering at the Hotel Los Gatos. Most recently, she was the Senior Group Sales and Events Manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands.

Gautier Colin has moved to the Edition Los Angeles as Director of Sales. He was most recently with the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills as Director, Luxury Sales.

Nancy Calabrese has been appointed Director of Sales at The Fenway Hotel in Florida. She was most recently a Senior Event Manager at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Scott Bogucki has been appointed Director of Revenue at The Dossier in Portland. He is the former Corporate Director of Revenue Management Independents for HRI Lodging and Director of Revenue Management at the Four Seasons San Francisco.

Sezin Kutlu is the new Senior Director of Revenue Strategy at Terranea Resort. She had previously overseen revenue strategy at the Langham Huntington Hotel and the Montage Laguna Beach.

Radomir Smrcka will the Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons São Paulo. He previously spent 3 years at the Four Seasons Prague as Bar Manager. He worked for two years at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo as Assistant to the F&B Director. He returned to Prague, where he worked for 6 years as the Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Prague.

Michael Rotondo has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He joined the hotel in 2013 as Chef de Cuisine. He had previously served seven years at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago.

Igor Krichmar has been promoted to Executive Chef at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The CIA graduate had joined the hotel in 2017 as Executive Sous Chef.

Adam Hyatt has been appointed Executive Chef at The Fenway Hotel for HEW Parlor & Chophouse. He was most recently Chef Partner at Tampa’s Platt Street Borough.

Daniel Elinan has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa. He is the former Executive Chef at the Cavalier Hotel.

Luke Creagan has been named Executive Chef for World of Whirlpool, Chicago. He is the former Executive Chef for Bistro Campagne Chicago, Pops for Champagne, and The Watershed.

Tonatiuh Cuevas is the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Los Cabos. Before joining the Four Seasons Mexico City in 2015, “Tona” worked for some of the best restaurants in Mexico City, including Michael Mina‘s NEMI and Marta Ortiz‘s Dulce Patria.

The Loews Regency New York has named Serge Devesa Executive Chef. Devesa was most recently in San Antonio where he was Chef of the Argyle Club. He is the former Executive Chef of the Willard InterContinental, the InterContinental Barclay, the Hotel Sofitel Miami, and the Sofitel Minneapolis.

The Sheraton Dallas has appointed Zeb Hartline Executive Chef. He is the former Director of Restaurants at the Gaylord Texan.

Dan Herman has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He was most recently serving the resort as Executive Sous Chef.

Lance Mion has been appointed Executive Chef at the Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. Bethesda North. The former on-call chef for the White House was most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Georgetown University Hospital.

Thierry Delourneaux has been appointed Executive Pastry Chef at the Arizona Biltmore. He most recently led the pastry department at the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Douglas Baumann has joined the Conrad Washington, D.C. as General Manager at Estuary. He was most recently at the MGM National Harbor as General Manager of the Voltaggio Brothers Steak House.

Morgan Eagles has joined Soho House Chicago as Assistant General Manager. Eagles is the former Executive Assistant Manager of Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

Matt Stanley has been named Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Atlanta. He was most recently serving in the same role at the Four Seasons Anguilla.

Director of Rooms Erin Qong, transfers from the Four Seasons Lana’i to the Four Seasons Westlake. The fifteen-year Four Seasons veteran started as a Management Trainee and spent 12 years at the Four Seasons Lana’i. She was promoted to Director of Rooms on Lana’i a year ago.

Alexandra Robertshaw was promoted to Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. She has been with the company since 2004. After spending several years in Accounting and Finance, she went into Rooms, both as Front Office Manager and Director of Housekeeping.

Sandra Klempay has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan. She is the former opening Director of Housekeeping at the AmeriHost Inn and Suites by Radisson in Dundee.

EUROPE

Per Denker Sørensen has been named Chief Executive Officer at Core Hospitality in Denmark. He is the former Chief Operating Officer at Zleep Hotels.

Alan O’Dea has been named Managing Director at Campbell Gray Hotels in London. For the past 12 years, he had been with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President Africa.

David Collas has been named General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Geneva, taking over from Lars Wagner. Collas was previously the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, which was recently reflagged as the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta.

Chris McLaughlin has joined the Malmaison Belfast as General Manager. He is the former Deputy General Manager of the Hasting Culloden Estate and Spa in Northern Ireland.

Antonio Sanchez has been appointed General Manager of the Malmaison Cheltenham. He was most recently the Deputy General Manager of the Malmaison Oxford.

The Barton Grange Hotel has named Joseph Henry General Manager. He is the former Deputy General Manager at Staverton Estate and Hotel Manager at Eastwood Hall.

Charlotta Olsson has been appointed General Manager of the Radisson Hotel, Strand Stockholm. Most recently, she had been running the Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm Solna for two years as General Manager.

The Athenaeum in London has appointed Joanne Taylor-Stagg General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Capital Hotel Knightsbridge and the Trafalgar St James, London.

Laurence Giordano Lovera has been promoted at the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso to General Manager. She had joined the resort in 2016 as Director of Operations. Lovera is the former General Manager of Les Mas du Grand Vallon.

Hervé Fucho has been promoted to Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg where has been the Director of Food and Beverage since 2016. He joined Four Seasons 15 years as a Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Later on, he moved as Executive Sous Chef to Caracas, before becoming the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. Hong Kong was the next step, along with the achievement of no less than 6 Michelin Stars.

Camilla Jerre has been appointed General Manager of the Moxy Copenhagen, slated to open in March. She is the former Front Office Manager of the Quality Hotel View and the AC Hotel Bella Sky.

Pedro Neto has joined the Four Seasons Prague as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui.

Alex Caetano has been named Hotel Manager at the Park Plaza London Park Royal. He was most recently the pre-opening Operations Manager at the Park Plaza London Waterloo and had previously served as Operations Manager at the Park Plaza London Victoria.

Saakshee Gahlot has been named Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. She started her career at the Waldorf Hilton. In 2009, she joined the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group which took her around the world, from Bermuda to Washington, D.C. to Kuala Lumpur. Returning to London she took on the role of Director of Rooms at the Berkeley where she has been since 2016.

Chris Rooney has been named Talent and Culture Manager at the InterContinental London – The O2. He was most recently in a similar role for Primark.

Laura Villalobos has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Four Seasons Mexico City. She was previously the hotel’s Director of Sales. Villalobos was the opening Executive Assistant General at the St. Regis Punta Mita, before becoming Associate Director of Marketing at the St. Regis Mexico City.

Anne Dugenétay has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Peninsula Paris. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Westbury Mayfair London and the Sofitel London St. James.

Michelin-starred Chef Fabrizio Borraccino is the new Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Milano. He was previously the Executive Chef of the restaurant “Il Poggio Rosso” at the Relais & Châteaux “Borgo San Felice” in the Chianti area, where he gained his first Michelin star in 2017. Prior to spreading his wings, Borraccino worked with Pierre Gagnaire and others. His first stint with Four Seasons was at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues as Sous Chef.

The Trump Turnberry Hotel in Scotland has promoted Callum Dow to Executive Chef. Dow joined the resort in 2017 as Chef de Cuisine before being promoted to Executive Sous Chef.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Bill Taylor is now in Asia as Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons  Hong Kong.  He began his career with Four Seasons in 1992 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (when it was a Four Seasons hotel).  In 1999, he was promoted to Hotel Manager in Atlanta then Chicago.  He took on his first General Manager’s position at The Ritz Carlton Chicago.  After spending several years as General Manager in Boston, he became an Area Vice President.

In Tokyo, Andrew DeBrito has been promoted to Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Tokyo at Otemachi. He will also have regional responsibilities for the Four Seasons Maronouchi, Kyoto and Beijing. DeBrito joined Four Seasons at the Regent Kuala Lumpur in 1992. His career with the company took him to the Maldives, Aviara and, as a Food and Beverage Director, to Langkawi, Mumbai and Shanghai.  In 2011, he was promoted to Hotel Manager in Jakarta and after leaving Four Seasons for a year, he returned as Hotel Manager in Beijing, where he was eventually promoted to General Manager.

Alejandro Bernabé has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Seoul. He was most recently the Vice President Operations at AVANI Hotels and Resorts and had previously served as Chief Executive Officer at Kempinski Hotels.

Ivan Liu has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Langfang Chaobai River. He was most recently the Director of Operations of the Sofitel Wanda Beijing.

Dario Orsini is now in Australia as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Perth. He was most recently overseeing the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.

Damon Page is now in Australia as General Manager of the W Melbourne, slated to open in 2020. Page was most recently Area Manager, Indian Ocean, and General Manager at the St. Regis Mauritius.

Albert Rouwendal has been appointed General Manager of the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing & Yanqi Island. He was most recently the Director of Operations and General Manager Benelux at Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, based in Amsterdam.

Steven Greenwood has been appointed Area General Manager Malaysia and General Manager at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. He was most recently the Area General Manager of Bangkok and General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park.

Ihab Kherati has been promoted to General Manager of the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. He was most recently serving as Assistant General Manager.

Sandro Mazza has been promoted to General Manager of the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Resident Manager of sister property the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Mazza is the former Resident Manager of the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Stephen Morahan has joined the Tasman in Australia as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Aloft Perth.

Mark Bulmer has been appointed General Manager of the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, slated to open later this year. He is the former General Manager of the Carlton Hotel Singapore.

Darren Ware takes over from Mark Bulmer as General Manager of the Carlton Hotel Singapore. Ware was most recently in the same role at the Carlton City Hotel Singapore.

Stéphane Massarini has been named pre-opening General Manager at the InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa in Japan. Massarini was most recently the General Manager of the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the St. Regis Bora Bora and La Réserve Genève Hotel and Spa.

Sanjiv Hulugalle has been named Vice President and General Manager of Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is the former Regional Vice President and General Manager of the 
Jumeirah Dubai and Executive Vice President Operations at the Resort Group. Hulugalle previously spent many years with Four Seasons in many locations.

Ike Cockett has been appointed General Manager of the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. He was most recently the General Manager of the Ohana Waikiki East by Outrigger.

JJ Assi has joined the pre-opening team as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Mumbai and was previously Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Sydney.

Igor Apraiz-Gunawan has joined the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo as Hotel Manager. He was most recently in the same position at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.

The Four Seasons Lanai has named David Emig Resort Manager. He has been with the company for almost two decades, most recently as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane.

Emmanuel Nelo has been appointed Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Bali. Most recently, he was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place.

Maximilian Schillik is the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa.  He takes over the spot left vacant when Tobias Emmer left for the tented camp at the Four Seasons Chiang Rai. Schillik spent years with Kempinski in Myanmar, Hamburg and Chonquing.

Edwin Torres is now in Hawaii as Assistant General Manager of the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort.

Sébastien Ganry is now in South Korea as Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons Seoul. He was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Ocean Club.

Dan Mizrahi has been transferred and promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i. He joined Four Seasons in 2006 with stints in Atlanta, Washington DC, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Hualalai and Palm Beach.

Eileen Gallegos has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui. She joined the resort in 2015 as Room Service Manager before moving into the role of Restaurant Manager for Ferraro’s and, most recently, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

The Four Seasons Beijing has appointed Fion Wong Director of Food and Beverage. She was most recently serving in the same role at the Regent Singapore.

Franck Huang has been appointed Head of Development, China, for Rosewood Hotels in Hong Kong. He was most recently Vice President of Development, China, at Marriott International.

Julian Crane has returned to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Senior Director of Marketing, Thailand. He was most recently with Six Senses as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Indian Ocean, and had previously served as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Doha.

Mathilde Adam was promoted to Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of the Four Seasons Resorts Bali. She used to be the Director of Sales and Marketing at the One&Only St. Géran in Mauritius. Adam previously was the Director Sales and Marketing at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, leaving just one year before it became a Four Seasons hotel.

The Four Seasons Resorts Maui and Hualalai have promoted Mark Simon to Senior Director of Marketing.  In his new role, he will continue to lead marketing for the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea with additional oversight of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  Simon is a Four Seasons veteran with a career that spans over two decades with assignments at The Regent Melbourne, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Maui for the past 17 years.

The Four Seasons Guangzhou has appointed Anthony Yeung Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past six years, he had been with the Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi in the same role.

Patsy Narimatsu has joined the Trump International Hotel Waikiki as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently Area Director of Sales and Marketing and Area Director of Sales, Leisure and Transient at Highgate Hotels, overseeing six Hawaii properties.

David MacLean has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. He is the former Director of Sales, Marketing and Events at the Andaz 5th Avenue.

Danat Thanoosilp has been named Director of Sales, Thailand & Cambodia, for Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas. For the past five years, he had served as Director of Sales and Revenue at Twinpalms Phuket.

The Pullman Auckland has appointed Archana Kawatra Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Sales and Marketing Manager at the Amora Hotel in Auckland.

Shouma Moniz has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. Moniz was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.

Joyce Wong has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel. She was most recently Commercial Manager at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Nathan Decker has been appointed Director of Sales at Nanuku in Fiji. He was most recently the Director of Sales at The Resort at Paws Up.

Robin Killett has moved over as Director of Sales to Mauna Lani, slated to reopen in November. Killett was previously at the Four Seasons Maui as Director of Sales for over 11 years.

Miku Zhang has been appointed Senior Sales Manager, Asia-Pacific, for the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, based out of the Four Seasons Shanghai. She was most recently a Senior Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake.

The Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River has appointed Andrea Accordi Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Phillip Taylor has joined the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay as Executive Chef. A “kiwi”, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in London. Most recently he was the Executive Sous Chef of the Shangri La Bangkok.

Colin Sato has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Moana Surfrider. He is the former Sous Chef at Azure Restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian.

Bradley Russell is leaving the Four Seasons Westlake to become the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i. He was recruited by Four Seasons in 2005 fresh out of college. Russell has worked every conceivable rooms position, opening the (former) Four Seasons Santa Fe as Front Office Manager. He was the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Las Vegas prior to joining Westlake in 2016 as Director of Rooms.

Macall Newman has joined the Four Seasons Koh Samui as Director of Rooms and Residences. She was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

David Harb has been promoted to General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Dubai & Galleria. He joined the hotel in 2012 as Director of Food and Beverage before being promoted to Executive Assistant Manager and, most recently, Hotel Manager.

Hans Schiller has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Cluster General Manager at the Hilton Abu Dhabi and the Hilton Al Ain.

Guenter Gebhard has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. He was most recently with Mandarin Oriental in Turkey.

Cornelia Mitlmeier is now the Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut. She was previously the Executive Assistant Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.

Thomas Combescot-Lepère is now in Dubai as Hotel Manager of the Burj Al Arab. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

Alvaro Acebal has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the Four Seasons Riyadh at Kingdom Center. He had previously served as Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage, at the Fairmont Jakarta.

Adnan Khan has joined the InterContinental Muscat as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Cluster Director of Food and Beverage at the Kempinski Kenya. Khan had previously overseen food and beverage at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and the Marriott Hotel Budapest.

Virginie Plin has moved as Director of Human Resources
 to the
 Paramount Hotel Dubai. She was most recently in the same role at the Palazzo Versace Dubai.

Purnima Sunil has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Sunil was previously at the Bonnington Hotel Dubai as Director of Business Development.

Clara De Lama has joined the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek as Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager. She was most recently in a similar role at the Southern Sun Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Christophe Laplaza has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Casablanca. He was previously the Head Chef of the Trianon Palace, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Versailles.

Yann Bernard Lejard has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Luxury Beachfront Resort. He is the former Chef de Cuisine of Plums Restaurant.

Emmanuel Pauliat has been appointed Executive Chef at the InterContinental Muscat. He is the former Executive Chef of the Shangri-La Le Touessrok, the InterContinental Doha The City, and the Crowne Plaza Kuwait.

Aditya Ramani is now the Director of Food & Beverage at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. An 11-year Four Seasons man, he toiled at the Four Seasons Mumbai and was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa.

Nicolas De Visch has been appointed Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the St. Regis Mauritius and had previously served as Executive Chef at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and the W Hotel Taipei.

Brian Gartner has been appointed Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Casablanca. He was most recently in a similar role at the Hotel Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea.

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

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