JULY 2014 – HEADS above the Rest®

July 7, 2014
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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

JULY 2014

 

THE AMERICAS

Todd Orlich returns to the Montage Beverly Hills to take on the post of General Manager. He had previously served the property as Hotel Manager before taking on his most recent role as General Manager for the Montage Laguna Beach.

Bradford Jencks has joined the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, the former Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.

General Manager Fabrice Moizan will be leaving Paris’ Fouquet-Barrière at the end of summer to become the General Manager of the Eden Rock St. Barths with the Oetker Collection. Moizan initially started his career in St. Barths at Guanahani.

Joseph Kirtley returns from London and his position of General Manager at the BelgraveA Thompson Hotel – to become the General Manager of the Hotel Sixty Beverly Hills, the former Thompson Beverly Hills. Kirtley’s previous job in London was that of General Manager of Sanderson for the Morgans Hotel Group.

Onal Kucuk has been named General Manager for the Hotel Lincoln in Chicago. For the past two years, he had served as Area Director of Six Sigma for Starwood Hotels & Resorts based in Chicago. He is the former Director of Operations at the W Atlanta Buckhead and Director of Rooms with the Westin Chicago North Shore.

Sean Flanigan has joined the Muse New York as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Surfcomber Hotel & Resort.

Brian Johnson is the new General Manager at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. He was most recently the Managing Director at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. He had previously served as General Manager of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando.

Gary Sims has been named Senior Vice President at the Pyramid Resort Group. He was previously Area Managing Director for Hilton Worldwide in Las Vegas. He is the former Managing Director of La Quinta Resort & PGA West-A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Damon Strickland has been appointed General Manager of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center in Virginia, taking over from Carol Simon who is retiring. Strickland was most recently the General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Suffolk Chesapeake and the TownePlace Suites Suffolk Chesapeake.

The Oak Brook Hills Resort has appointed Stefan Mühle General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Orchard Hotel in San Francisco and previously served as Regional Director of Portfolio Hotels & Resorts‘ three Bay Area properties.

White Lodging has named Bruce Hoffmann Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. For the past fifteen years, he had been with Marcus Corporation, most recently as Senior Director of Finance and Assistant Treasurer.

Troy Pade has moved to the Surrey in New York as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Viceroy’s Cassa Hotel New York. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Viceroy Santa Monica and General Manager of the Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica.

Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Charlie Muller Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. The Cornell graduate most recently founded Allegiant Hotel Investors and is a former Managing Director for Mast Capital.

Sébastien de Courtivron has been promoted to Area General Manager for Pullman Brazil in Sao Paulo. He is the former General Manager at the Pullman Bercy Paris.

Nicholas Gold is now in Puerto Rico at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel as General Manager. For the past two years, he served as General Manager at Amangiri in Utah. He is the former General Manager at Tanque Verde Ranch and the Enchantment Resort & Mii Amo Spa.

Jack Diemar has been named General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Residences Chicago. He was most recently the Club Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa in Jupiter.

The Wyndham Grand Jupiter has named Matthew Boris General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.

Edward Maynard has been appointed Vice President of Operations at the Denihan Hospitality Group. He was most recently the General Manager of the Westin New York Grand Central. He is the former General Manager of the W New York and the W New York Union Square.

Valerie Ferguson has been appointed Vice President of Operations at the Denihan Hospitality Group. She was most recently with Loews Hotels in Atlanta as Vice President, Brand Management and Operations.

Dani Stern has been appointed Senior Vice President at Destination Hotels & Resorts. He had previously served as Vice President at the Amstar Group and is the former General Manager of the Westin Westminster and the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek.

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers has named Mark Lauer General Manager taking over from Rick Ueno who is now at the helm of the W South Beach. Lauer was most recently the General Manager at the New York Hilton and Towers.

Laurens Zieren takes over from Mark Lauer as General Manager of the Hilton New York. Zieren was most recently overseeing the Hilton O’Hare.

MetWest Terra Hospitality has promoted Sietse Nabben to Area General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Lodge at Tiburon. He is the former General Manager of the Acqua Hotel and the Laurel Inn Hotel, both in the San Francisco area.

Will Farrow takes over from Sietse Nabben as General Manager at the Lodge at Tiburon. Farrow was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Toll House Hotel.

Julienne Smith has been named Senior Vice President of Franchise and Managed Development for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in North America based in in Chicago. Most recently, Smith served as Hyatt’s Vice President of Real Estate and Development.

Larry Daniels has been promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations for HRI Lodging. Most recently, Daniels served as Vice President/General Manager for the company. He is former General Manager of the Chateau Bourbon.

John Green has rejoined the Pyramid Hotel Group to take on the post of Senior Vice President, Asset Management. He had previously served Pyramid as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, before taking on his most recent role as Senior Vice President at the Wyndham Hotel Group.

Travis Tague has been promoted to General Manager at the Hyatt French Quarter. For the past two years, he had served the hotel as Director of Operations.

The Westin Columbus has named Halley Karas General Manager. She was most recently the Director of Operations at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago North Shore. She is the former Director of Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport.

Spencer Yeo has been appointed General Manager at the Viceroy Santa Monica, taking over from Michael Platt. He was most recently the pre-opening General Manager for the Viceroy Istanbul. Yeo is also a former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC.

Andrew McFall has been named Director of Residences for the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. He is the former Residences Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Buckhead.

Gabriel Ratner has been promoted at the JRK Hotel Group in Los Angeles to President. For the past seven years, he had served the company as Senior Vice President. He is the former General Manager at the Oceana Santa Monica.  Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

Laurent Fraticelli has been named General Manager of the Swire Hotel East Miami slated to open 2015. The Lausanne graduate is the former General Manager at Soho House in Miami Beach and Executive Vice President with the Palisades Development Group.

Jacqueline Volkart has returned to the Ritz-Carlton San Juan, taking on the role of General Manager. She had previously served the resort as Hotel Manager before taking on her most recent position as General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. Volkart is the former General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, New York.

Philip Clough has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. He had joined the hotel last year as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Lana’i and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

Michael Nenner has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Houston. He had previously served as Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons Philadelphia and the Four Seasons St. Louis.

William Yahr has been appointed Hotel Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and served in a similar role at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.

Tijs Klerx has been named Hotel Manager for the Viceroy Miami. For the past two years, he had been at Viceroy’s Avalon Beverly Hills most recently as Hotel Manager.

Annette Koelemeij has been named Hotel Manager for the Paradisus Playa del Carmen. She was most recently the General Manager for the Cayena Caracas. Koelemeij is the former General Manager at the Fiesta Americana Grand Chapultepec and Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers.

Nicolas Cejas has been named Hotel Manager for the Westin Resort & Spa Cancún. He is the former Director of Rooms at the St. Regis Punta Mita.

Tom Lefkovits has moved to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as Director of Operations. He was most recently serving in a similar role at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa.

Rishi Malhotra is the new Director of Operations for the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. He had joined the hotel in 2012 as Director of Food and Beverage. Malhotra is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Kunal Juneja has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager Rooms for the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. He was most recently serving the resort as Director of Rooms. Juneja had previously overseen rooms division for the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives.

Jose Pedroso has been named Chief Engineer at the Thompson Miami Beach. He had previously served as Chief Engineer at the Streamsong Golf Resort and Spa.

Patrick Gioannini has joined Joël Robuchon USA in New York as Managing Director. His second title is Vice President Operations InvestHospitality New York as well as Managing Director of Atelier Gourmet, the holding entity for Atelier de Joel Robuchon USA. For the past nine years Gioannini had been with the Mandarin Oriental New York as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former General Manager at Jean-Georges in the Trump International Tower New York, and had previously overseen Osteria Del Circo.

Richard Breitkreutz has been named Corporate Director of Beverage, Operations with BR Guest Hospitality. He was most recently the Vice President of Operations with the Sweet Hospitality Group.

Michael Ploetz has moved to the Peninsula Beverly Hills as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Director of Operations at Michael Voltaggio Ink in Los Angeles. Ploetz is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Solage Calistoga.

Anthony Evangelista has joined the Omni San Francisco as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role in Miami for the James Royal Palm. Evangelista is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Beijing and served in various food and beverage roles for the Plaza in New York.

Brian Richards has joined Mount Airy Casino & Resort in Pennsylvania as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Regional Director of Food and Beverage for Metwest Terra Hospitality Group in San Francisco.

Russell Menkes has joined Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment in Cincinnati as Managing Director. Since 1999, he had been with Hilton Hotels, most recently as General Manager of the Drake in Chicago. Menkes is the former General Manager of the Conrad Chicago and the Hilton Times Square.

Jay Schuster has joined Element Collective in Chicago as Director of Operations. He had previously overseen The Lobby Restaurant for the Peninsula Chicago and served as Restaurant Director at the Public Chicago.

Rick Froelicher has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Omni William Penn. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina and the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

Charles Masson has been named Director of Restaurants and Bars at the Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York slated to open in December. He is the former Co-Owner & General Manager at La Grenouille founded by his parents Charles Masson, Sr. and Gisèle Masson.

Steve Labrie has joined Drybar in Los Angeles as Chief Information Officer. He was most recently serving as Vice President for the Patina Group. He is the former Vice President Technology at SBE Entertainment and Director of Network Operations for House of Blues.

Mary Sullivan has joined Holt Renfrew as Senior Vice President, People in Toronto. For the past seven years, she had been with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources. She had previously overseen human resources for the IMAX Corporation and Central Park Lodges.

Maggie Carota has been promoted at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to Director of Human Resources after joining the resort in 2011 as Assistant Director of Human Resources. She had previously overseen human resources for the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. At Ojai, Carota replaces Lynne Hayman.

Michael Ammiano has been named Director of Human Resources for Jean-Georges Management. For the past nine years, he had served in various human resources posts with Mandarin Oriental.

Robert Blasi has been named Vice President of Human Resources for the Fig & Olive Restaurant Group in New York. He was most recently serving as Area Director of Human Resources for the InterContinental New York Times Square and the InterContinental New York Barclay. He had previously served in human resources posts with the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Amber Morales has joined Pieology Pizzeria as Director of Training. She was most recently the Director of Team Development and Education at The Counter for CB Franchise Systems.

Josh Lesnick has been named Chief Marketing Officer for Wyndham Hotels. The Cornell graduate was most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Audience Rewards and previously spent nearly two decades working in executive leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Hotels.

Rebecca Soloff has joined the Mark in New York as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Lowell Hotel. Soloff had previously served in sales positions with the New York Palace.

Robin David Flanz has joined the Langham Place Fifth Avenue as Director of Sales and Marketing replacing Anne-Juliette Maurice. Flanz was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Four Seasons Costa Rica based in New York.

The Omni Berkshire Place has appointed Ruztique Toscano as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the last two years she had been in the same role with the Sofitel New York.

Stephen Bilby has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio. He is the former Senior Sales Manager at the Omni La Mansión del Rio/Mokara Hotel.

Tania Rydon has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Malliouhana in Meads Bay, Anguilla slated to reopen as an Auberge Resort in November. Most recently, Rydon served as pre-opening co-general manager of the delayed Aman Resorts project manager in Ammam. Prior to that, she held the position of co-general manager at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos and Amanwella in Sri Lanka.

Darrick Eman has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Nizuc Resort & Spa in Cancun. He was most recently the Director of Sales for Orient-Express Hotels Mexico & Caribbean.

The Westin Columbus has named Nathan Wood Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same role at the Sheraton Omaha.

Michael Hennessy has been named Director of Sales at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, D.C. He was most recently a Market Sales Leader of Catering for Marriott International.

Raymond L’Heureux has joined the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club as Director of Sales. He was most recently with the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis as Vice President Marketing and Sales. L’Heureux had, incidentally, already been the Director of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Edge from 1994 to 2001.

Jennifer Guevara has been appointed Director of Leisure Sales at Rosewood at Baha Mar based in Dallas. She was most recently serving as Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Viceroy Hotels in Mexico. Guevara is the former Director of Sales at Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

Jessica Henry has joined Del Mar Escapes in Houston as Destinations Director. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Hotel Houston Westside.

Jenny Stitz has been named Group Sales Manager, West Coast for the Four Seasons Nevis, based in Los Angeles. For the past two years, she had served in a similar role at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Stitz is the former Group Sales Manager for the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Mary McManus has joined the Four Seasons Orlando as Senior Sales Manager, Leisure, North East, based in New York. She was most recently running her own firm, the M Luxury Collection. McManus had previously been with Kurtz-Ahlers and Associates and had served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mayflower Inn and Spa.

Mark Schwindenhammer Is now in New York as Director of Special Events for the Standard East Village. He was most recently serving as Director of Social Catering at the Mandarin Oriental Miami and is the former Director of Catering and Conference Services for the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

Jennifer Oberstein has been named Managing Director for Hawkins International Public Relations. She was most recently serving as Senior Director, Communications, for The Leading Hotels of the World. Oberstein is the former Area Director of Public Relations for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in New York.

Emily Venugopal has been appointed Director of Public Relations at the Pierre, A Taj Hotel. For the past six years, she had been serving as Senior Vice President with the Brandman Agency in New York.

Christopher Biondo has been promoted to Regional Director of Revenue Management for Standard Hotels in New York. He was most recently serving as Director of Revenue at the Standard, High Line. Biondo is the former Director of Revenue Management at the Mr. C Beverly Hills.

Serge Devesa has joined the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef, taking over from Luc Dendievel. Devesa was most recently with the Barclay InterContinental in New York in the same position. He is the former Executive Chef of the Sofitel Minneapolis and the Sofitel Miami.

Luc Dendievel has joined the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner as Executive Chef. For the past two years, he had been with the Willard InterContinental as Executive Chef.

David Serus is now the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. He has been with the company for twelve years, most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

The Hotel Vitale has promoted Josua Perez to Executive Chef. He joined the hotel in 2007 as Sous Chef at Americano. Perez had previously spent five years at San Francisco institution Zuni Café.

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park has named John Cordeaux Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi and the Fairmont The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

Warren Cordoba has been named Executive Chef at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. He was most recently in the same role for the Viceroy Palm Springs.

Press in Napa Valley has named Trevor Kunk Executive Chef. For the past seven years, the CIA graduate had served as Chef de Cuisine at Blue Hill New York.

The Park Central Hotel New York has named Vijayan Francis Executive Chef for Park Kitchen. He was most recently serving as Executive Banquet Chef at the JW Marriott Essex House.

The Furnace Creek Resort has appointed Ken Brown Resort Executive Chef. For the past ten years, he was Executive Chef and Food Service Manager of the American Embassy in Baghdad for KBR Services.

Nicolas Berrais has joined Cut in Beverly Hills as Pastry Chef. He is the former Pastry Chef at craftsteak at the MGM Grand and Assistant Pastry Chef at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, both in Las Vegas.

Noah Carroll has been named Corporate Pastry Chef for the Dominique Ansel Bakery. For the past three years, he had served as Executive Pastry Chef at Café Boulud. He is a former Pastry Sous Chef at Daniel.

Annie Clemmons has been named Pastry Chef at Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. She was most recently serving as Assistant Resident Chef with Sur la Table.

Lincoln Carlson has been named Executive Pastry Chef at Superba Food + Bread. He is the former Corporate Pastry Chef at the Mina Group and Executive Pastry Chef at Daniel Boulud in the Wynn Las Vegas.

Jordan Ogron has joined Hakkasan Beverly Hills as General Manager. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Standard Hotel. He is the former General Manager at Bestia in Downtown Los Angeles.

Young Lee has returned to Fix Restaurant and Bar as General Manager. Lee had previously served in the same position before moving over to the Kumi Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Las Vegas as Director of Operations.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya has named Emmanuel Tirado Food and Beverage Manager. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager for the Grand Mayan Los Cabos and Restaurant Manager at the One&Only Palmilla.

Derek Lescrinier has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Rooms after joining the resort in 2010 as Director of Front Office Operations. He is the former Director of Housekeeping at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands Lake Tahoe and the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas.

Jason Bjerk has moved over as Director of Rooms to La Posada de Santa Fe. He was most recently in a similar role at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

Helen Brown has joined the Solage Calistoga as Executive Director of Spa. She was most recently at the Mayflower Inn in Connecticut as Spa Director. Brown had previously served as Spa Manager for the Peaks in Telluride and at the Boulders.

Kerri Migneault has joined the Ocean Pearl Spa at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa as Spa Director. She was most recently the Interim Spa Director for Spa Aquazul at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Cat Lake is now the Guest Engagement Manager for the Hotel Bel-Air. She had most recently been an Executive Assistant at the hotel after serving as Learning and Development Coordinator for sister property the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

EUROPE

Rezidor has named Eric De Neef Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer based in Brussels. He joined the company in 2011 as Senior Vice President Marketing, CRM and Global Branding for Park Inn by Radisson.

Inigo Arruti has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Madrid. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Conrad Istanbul and pre-opening General Manager at the Hilton Moscow Vnukovo Airport.

Markus Laahanen has been named Complex Hotel Manager for the Costa Navarino Golf Resort in Greece. He is the former General Manager with the Cisneros Group of Companies, Six Senses Resorts & Spas in Spain and Resort Manager at the former Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives.

Stephen Gegnacorsi is the new General Manager of the Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina. He was most recently overseeing the Hotel de Russie in Rome and is the former General Manager of the Hotel Savoy in Florence and the Palazzo Sasso in Ravello.

Gregor Beck will be moving back to Switzerland as General Manager at the Hotel Belvedere in Locarno. He comes from the Relais & Châteaux Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at Le Rêve Hotel & Spa in Playa del Carmen.

Mario Egger has been appointed opening General Manager of the Sheraton-On-Don in Russia. He was previously the General Manager of the Sheraton Prague Charles Square in the Czech Republic.

Carole Mazza has been appointed Hotel Manager at CitizenM Roissy Charles de Gaulle. Mazza is the former General Manager of the Suite Novotel Velizy.

Jean-François Heurtaux has been named Director of Finance and Administration for RIU Hotels & Resorts at the RIU Palace Saint Martin. He is a former Director of Finance at Radisson SAS and Orient-Express.

Thomas Rung has been appointed Food and Beverage Director for the Pullman Charles de Gaulle Airport. He is the former Food and Beverage Director at Lucien Barrière Hotels and Resorts.

Stéphane Baghdassarian has been appointed Development Director at Lucien Barrière Hôtels & Casinos in Paris. He was previously a Development Director for GLA Hotels.

Lisa Bovio has been appointed Executive Director, Global Sales, at the Aman Group (formerly Amanresorts) based in their new headquarters in London. She was most recently with Kerzner International as Senior Vice President of International Sales and Marketing.

Jean Joseph has been promoted to Vice President Sales and Marketing, UK & Ireland, for Kerzner International in London. For the past three years, she had served Kerzner as Executive Director, Leisure Sales.

Antoine Hobeika has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Richemond Geneva. He was previously with the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Laurence Shukor has been appointed Director of Public Relations for the Hôtel Métropole in Monte Carlo. For the past ten years she had been overseeing the Hi Hotel Group in Nice. She is the former Assistant Director and Head of Agency for Philippe Starck in Paris and Project Manager at Alan Yau, the founder of Wagamama.

Jacky Tresch has ventured out of hospitality to take on the post of Deputy Manager for Piaget in Geneva. He was most recently with the Royal Savoy in Lausanne as Director of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Le Richemond in Geneva.

Etienne Faisandier has been appointed Group Director of Revenue Management at Möevenpick Hotels and Resorts in Geneva. He was most recently the Head of Revenue Management and Distribution for Orascom Development in Switzerland.

Barnaby Jones has been named Executive Chef at Heckfield Place in Hampshire. He was most recently the pre-opening Executive Chef at the Pink Sands Club on Canouan Island. Jones is the former Executive Chef at Le Touessrok Resort in Mauritius.

Yannick Franques has joined Terre Blanche as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef for the Mirabeau Hotel in Monte Carlo and, most recently, the Château Saint Martin and Spa.

Gian Mueller is now the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for soon to open Peninsula Paris. For the past two years, he had served in the same role for the Peninsula Hong Kong.

Stefan Noll is now in St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel as Director of Rooms. He had previously served as Hotel Manager for the Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and General Manager for the Chedi Chiang Mai and the Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah.

Novie Jones has been named Director of Spa for Heckfield Place. Jones was most recently in a similar role for the Pink Sands Club.

Jean Marie Kouyoumji has been appointed Assistant Front Office Manager at the Peninsula Paris slated to open in August. He had spent the past six years at the Hotel Lutétia.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

David Tonkin has been appointed Regional Director Hotel and Resort Operations at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific in Melbourne. He is the former Area General Manager ­ Middle East and UK with Rydges Hotel & Resorts and General Manager of the Rydges Bell City Hotel in Melbourne.

Jo Leung has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Lanson Place Hospitality Management in Hong Kong. Leung joined the company last year as Head of Finance.

John Wong has been promoted Head of China Operations at Lanson Place Hospitality Management in Shanghai. He has been with the company since 2008 most recently serving as Regional General Manager of Beijing and Shanghai.

William Pang has been named Executive Director and Group General Manager at Siam@Siam Design Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He is the former Regional Manager for Crisis and Risk Management, Security, Safety and Operations Support for the South East Asia Region for Accor.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Thomas Hagemann in the newly created position of Vice President, Future Openings and Special Projects, based in the Singapore. He is the former General Manager for the Radisson Blu Resort and Congress Centre, Sochi, and previously served as Vice President, Future Openings at the Rezidor Hotel Group, based in Brussels.

Outrigger has appointed John Gerrard Area General Manager Australia and General Manager of the Outrigger Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. He is the former Vice President of the Imperial Hotel Group.

Scot Toon has been appointed pre-opening General Manager at Kata Rocks in Phuket. He was most recently overseeing Paresa, also in Phuket. He had previously served in various roles with Per AQUMM Resorts for six years.

Iain McCormack has joined the InterContinental Danang as General Manager. He is the former General Manager for the Maradiva Villas Resort And Spa, Gili Lankanfushi (formerly the Soneva Gili), and the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island.

Marc von Arnim has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt Sydney. He has been with Hyatt Hotels for 22 years, most recently serving as General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Auckland.

Paul Brown has been named General Manager of the Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island in the Maldives. He was most recently serving as Executive Assistant Manager at the Village Coconut Island in Thailand.

Yngvar Stray has been appointed General Manager of the Harbour Grand Kowloon. He was most recently the General Manager at the Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund. He is the former General Manager of the St. Regis Singapore and the St. Regis Beijing.

Roland Svensson has been named General Manager at the Sarojin in Thailand. He is the former General Manager of the Möevenpick Resort & Spa Mae Nam Beach, the Möevenpick Suriwongse Hotel, and, most recently, the Möevenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa.

The Indigo Pearl in Phuket has promoted Patrick Duff to Resort Manager. He joined the resort in January as Executive Assistant Manager. He had previously served as Director of Operations at the Swissôtel Bangkok at Nai Lert Park and Director of Food and Beverage for the Fairmont Dubai.

The Paresa Resort in Phuket has appointed Dawid Koegelenberg General Manager. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Six Senses Koh Samui. He is the former Resort Manager for the Sarojin Resort.

Wilhelm Pirngruber is now in Hawaii as Hotel Manager for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. He was most recently in Islamabad as Vice President of Food and Beverage for the Hashoo Group. Pirngruber had previously overseen food and beverage at the Maria Isabel Sheraton, the W Santiago and the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Taro Tan has been appointed Hotel Manager at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently, Tan relocated from Bangkok where he last served in a dual capacity as Hotel Manager of the Lancaster Bangkok and Area Director of Rooms of the Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, Thailand.

Colin Yeoh has returned to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Kuala Lumpur to take on the post of Resident Manager having previously served the resort as Operations Manager. He was most recently the Resident Manager at Raffles Hainan.

Charles de Resseguier has been named Director of Operations at the Pullman Saigon Centre. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Pullman Brussels.

Michael Mangan has been appointed Director of Planning and Support, Asia-Pacific, at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts in Phuket. He was most recently the General Manager of the Shanxxi Capital Club in Changsheung, China.

Aqua Hospitality has named Bart Santiago Vice President of Finance. He was most recently Director of Finance at the Grand Wailea.

Martin Rahn has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage transferring to the Peninsula Bangkok. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Peninsula Chicago.

Laurent Le Deu is now in Japan at the InterContinental Osaka as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Beijing and the Peninsula Manila.

Carl Sokia is now on Maui as Director of Human Resources for the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. For the past two years, he had served as Director of Human Resources for the St. Regis Princeville Resort. He is the former Director of Human Resources at the Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort.

Regent Hotels & Resorts has appointed Dexter Chia Global Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Rosewood Hotel Group. He is the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Kimimasa Yuasa has been appointed Director of Sales, Japan, at Pan Pacific Hotels Group in Tokyo. Most recently, Kimimasa was Director, Sales Japan with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Kathryn Carlton has been named Director of National Accounts for the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui. She was most recently the Director of Group Sales at the Montage Beverly Hills. Carlton is the former Director of National Accounts at the Hotel Del Coronado and the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Renay Logan has been appointed Director of Sales ­ MICE – at Palazzo Versace in Australia. She was most recently a Director of Sales and Marketing for Accor.

The Halekulani Corporationhas appointed Dara Lum Communications Director. Most recently, she worked at McNeil Wilson Communications and was previously the Media Director for the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Patrick Callarec has been named Executive Chef for the Ayana Rimba Resort and Spa in Bali. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Royal Tulip Bandung. Callarec is the former Executive Chef for the Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii and the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Angela Brown has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Park Society Sofitel So Bangkok. She was most recently with the Sofitel St. James in London as Sous Chef for Brasserie Roux.

Morten Bøjstrup Nielsen has been appointed Group Chef of Thai Cuisine at Dusit International based in the Dusit Thani Bangkok. He is a former chef with Nahm Restaurant in London and Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin in Bangkok.

Stéphane Simond has joined the Alila Uluwatu Villas Hotel in Bali as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef for Cassis Restaurant in Jakarta.

Edouard Combes has been appointed Restaurant Manager for Petrus at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. He had previously served as Assistant Restaurant Manager at the Savoy London.

Julien Reichenbach has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. He was most recently in the same position at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

Dimitri Martin has been named Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the InterContinental Hong Kong. He was most recently in London as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Bulgari Hotel and Residences.

Roman Angulo has been promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Beijing. He was most recently the Front of House Operation Manager. He is the former Chief Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Denis Dupart takes over from Gregory Maliassas as Vice President Operations, Luxury & Upscale Brands, at Accor, based in Dubai. Dupart has been with the company since 1992. He was most recently the General Manager for the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, following four years at the helm of the Sofitel St. James in London.

Jean-Claude Messant is on his way to Marrakech as General Manager at the Royal Mansour. For the past four years, he had served as Managing Director of the Hotel Métropole Monte Carlo. He is the former General Manager at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. At the Royal Mansour, Messant is taking over from Jean Pierre Chaumard.

The InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Michael Martin General Manager of the InterContinental Dubai Marina and Regional General Manager. He was most recently in China serving the company as Area General Manager in West Guangdong, and in the Sichuan province.

Mark Carnazzola has joined the Nobu Hotel Ryiadh as General Manager, taking over from Robert Todak. Carnazzola was most recently in London serving as Director of Rooms for the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. He is the former Area Director of Finance London for the Maybourne Hotel Group and is the former Director of Finance at the Berkeley Hotel.

Spencer Wadama has been named General Manager for the Armani Hotel Dubai. He was previously the General Manager for the Address Dubai Marina. He is the former General Manager of the Surrey in New York.

Ferghal Purcell has been appointed General Manager at the Ajman Palace Hotel & Resort. He was most recently in Ireland as General Manager of the Lough Erne Resort.

Jean-Marc Lagesse is taking over as General Manager of the Ephelia, part of the Constance Groupe in the Seychelles. He was most recently the head of his own hospitality consulting firm. Lagesse previously spent 12 years as Area General Manager with the Beachcomber Group, in charge of both Le Paradis and Le Dinarobin in Mauritius.

Mali Carow has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Amman. Carow was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

Liz Regan has been appointed Director of Human Resources and Training at Hospitality Management Holdings in Dubai. For the past five years, she had served as Director of Training at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. She had previously overseen human resources and training for the Rezidor Hotel Group.

Hani Abu Lafi has been promoted Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Amman. He joined the hotel in 2005 and was promoted to his most recent role of Director of Sales in 2009.

 

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