JULY 2015 – HEADS above the Rest®

July 6, 2015
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HEADS above the Rest® 

by Benoit Gateau-Cumin

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

 

Global Update: Who’s where and doing what

JULY 2015

 

THE AMERICAS

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has named Elias Assaly Vice President, Operations, Managed Hotels, based in Minneapolis. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Cortland Partners in Atlanta. Assaly is the former Vice President, Operations, for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Shan Kanagasingham has been appointed Vice President, Operations at the SH Group. She was most recently the Area General Manager for 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Mark Jennings has been named Senior Vice President of Operations, East, at Destination Hotels & Resorts. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

Mike Walsh has been appointed to the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for the Viceroy Hotel Group, based in Los Angeles. He was most recently with the Morgans Hotel Group as Regional Vice President Northeast.

Jeffrey Freund has been appointed Vice President Midscale Brands, Americas at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He was most recently serving the company as Vice President, Operations, Owned and Managed Hotels.

Robin Kirk has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Scout Hotel & Resort Management. He joined the company in 2011 most recently serving as President. Kirk is the former Divisional Vice President for Sage Hospitality, President of CSM Lodging, and Executive Vice President at MeriStar Hotels and Resorts.

Reed Kandalaft has been promoted to General Manager to open the Four Seasons The Surf Club slated for a 2016 debut. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Kandalaft is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Damascus.

Philipp Posch has been named General Manager of the Trump Hotel Vancouver. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Trump International Chicago.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has promoted Kristen Pryor to General Manager. She had joined the resort in 2007 as Director of Sales and Marketing.

John Luke has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Orlando. Luke comes from the Hilton Minneapolis where he spent the past eleven years as General Manager.

Ayo Akinsete is now the General Manager of the forthcoming Dream Hollywood. He was most recently overseeing the Dream Downtown New York.

Dan Daley takes over from Ayo Akinsete as General Manager of the Dream Downtown. He was most recently the Director of Operations for Hampshire Hotels.

Marcus Glover has been named General Manager of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. He was most recently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Caesars in Northeast Ohio. He is the former Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Operations for Harrah’s St. Louis.

Jose Ayala has been named General Manager at the Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico. He is the former Director of Operations at the Sheraton Birmingham.

The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu has appointed Scully Cloete General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Malibu Beach Inn. Cloete is the former General Manager at the Regency Club in Los Angeles.

Fred Hansen has been appointed General Manager at the Sawgrass Grand Hotel in Florida. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager at the Hershey Lodge.

Eron Hodges has joined the Andaz Napa as General Manager. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa and the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina.

Michael Frits has been appointed General Manager at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. Since 2009 he had been with the Hilton Atlanta as Resident Manager.

The Loews Regency San Francisco has appointed Loris Menfi General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager for the Loews New Orleans and the former Hotel Manager at the Loews Philadelphia.

Sean Clancy has moved as Managing Director to the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. He was most recently overseeing the Loews Philadelphia as General Manager. Clancy is the former Hotel Manager at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Joseph Kirtley has been named General Manager for Mama Shelter in Hollywood. He is the former General Manager at the Sixty Beverly Hills and the Belgraves  London. Kirtley previously spent 16 years with Ian Schrager Hotels/Morgans Hotel Group, including as General Manager for the Sanderson Hotel in London.

Jerry Broz is now in Rhode Island as General Manager for the Hotel Providence. He was most recently in Palm Beach as General Manager for the Omphoy Ocean Resort & Spa. Broz is the former General Manager at Auberge Resorts for the Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

Sherry Abedi has been named General Manager at the Quirk Hotel in Richmond. She is the former Resort Manager for the Lansdowne Resort and Director of Food and Beverage at the Madison Hotel.

Peter Walterspiel has been named General Manager at NoMo Soho (the former Mondrian Soho). He was previously the General Manager at the Warwick in New York and PUBLIC Chicago.

Stephanie Mehail is now in Dallas as General Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. She had previously served as General Manager for Topnotch Resort, the Inn at Perry Cabin and Hotel Manager at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena.

Lars Danneberg is now in Minneapolis as General Manager at the JW Marriott Mall of America. He was most recently with the JW Marriott Chicago as Director of Operations. Danneberg had previously served in food and beverage management positions with the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Ken McKenzie has been named General Manager at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. He was most recently the General Manager for the Tempe Mission Palms.

Eric Sather is the new General Manager at the Tempe Mission Palms, taking over from Ken McKenzie. Sather was most recently overseeing the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Andre Priemer has been promoted to General Manager at the Resort at Squaw Creek, taking over from Eric Sather. Priemer was most recently serving as Resort Manager.

In New York, Chelsea Cox has moved to the Dream Downtown as Hotel Manager. She was most recently the Director of Front of House Operations at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Cox had previously served in front office posts at the Crosby Street Hotel and the Gansevoort Hotel.

Raphael Pazzini has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. He had served as the Director of Rooms and Residences since 2012.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa has promoted Scott Siebert to Resort Manager. He had been serving as Director of Food and Beverage since 2009. Siebert is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Eden Roc Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa.

Audrey Huttert has been named Resort Manager at Amanyara on Turks and Caicos. She is the former Executive Assistant Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Abama and the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

Sebastian Stutz has been promoted to Resident Manager at the Roosevelt New Orleans. For the past four years, he had overseen food and beverage for the hotel. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall.

Michael Seznec has been named Senior Vice President Operations at Himmel Hospitality in Boston. For the past five years, he had been with Rosa Mexicano Restaurants as Executive Regional Manager. The Cornell graduate is the former General Manager at CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar in Foxborough.

Ben Ly has been named Director of Operations at the Beverly Hilton. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Ly is the former Director of Rooms for Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort.

Patricia Davis has been appointed Vice President of Operations at L.E. Hotels in Los Angeles. She was most recently the Cluster Director of Revenue Management for Langham Hotels and Resorts North America.

Nico Hallwass is now in Florida as Director of Operations at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. He is the former General Manager for the Paul NYC and Le Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood. Hallwass had previously served as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf and General Manager at the Hotel Victor in South Beach.

Gaylord Lamy has moved to Director of Operations at the Langham Chicago. He had joined the hotel in 2013 as Director of Food and Beverage after serving in the same position at the Langham Boston.

Andrea Martucci has been named Executive Director of Hotel Operations for Cipriani. Martucci was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Standard, High Line.

Nick Lorusso has been appointed Director of Operations at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Birmingham.

The Splendid Hospitality Group has appointed Philip Bolson Operations Director. He was most recently with Redefine BDL Hotels as Divisional Director. Bolson is the former Director of Operations & Support UK & Ireland for Wyndham Hotel Group.

Jean-François Heurtaux has joined Belmond La Samanna as Director of Finance and Administration. He was most recently in the same role for the Riu Palace St. Martin.

Benjamin Kim has been appointed Director of Finance at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. He was most recently the Director of Finance and Accounting at the Ritz Carlton Club and Residences Kapalua and the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa.

Wendy Pong has been appointed Assistant Vice President, Asset Management at Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts. She was most recently with Denihan Hospitality Group as Vice President, Asset Management.

Guy Heksch has been named Senior Director, Global Food and Beverage, Design and Development for Marriott International. He is the former Group Operations Director for Pasha Construction and previously spent five years with Pure Hospitality.

Ashley Hawn has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Costa d’Este Beach Resort and Spa in Vero Beach. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa. Hawn is the former Director of Food and Beverage at Bald Head Island Club in North Carolina.

Rene Clemente has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa. Clemente was most recently the Director of Banquets at the St. Regis Atlanta.

Jacob Schwimmer has joined the James Hotel in Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former General Manager at RPM Steak and the Paris Club Bistro and Bar, both in Chicago.

Hani Kirollos has been named Director of Food and Beverage Outlets at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay. He was most recently the Director of Banquets for the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Kirollos had previously held food and beverage positions with the InterContinental New York Times Square and the Trump Soho.

Jennifer McDonough has been named Director of Food and Beverage for both the Palms Hotel and Circa 39 Hotel. She was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the W San Diego. She is the former Hotel Manager for the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Virginia.

Emir Dedic is now in Goleta as Director of Food and Beverage at Bacara Resort & Spa. Dedic is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Orlando.

Ryan Littman has moved into the Director of Food and Beverage role at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa taking over from Scott Siebert. Littman was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Chef. Before joining the hotel in 2009, he had served as Executive Sous Chef of the JW Marriott Desert Springs.

Carlos Bornemann has joined The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos.

Christopher Owens has been appointed General Manager of Restaurants and Bars at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Florida. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina in Fort Myers and General Manager at Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market in Sanibel.

Enrique Vela has joined Wilson Associates in Los Angeles as Director of Design, Associate Principal. For the past five years, he had been with Rottet Studio in New York as Associate Principal. Vela had previously held similar positions with Icrave Design and Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

The Leading Hotels of the World has named Cherish Gallant Director, Distribution Operations, in New York. She was most recently the Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.

Dana Sholl has returned to New York to join Zuma Restaurants as Director of Human Resources. She was previously in the same position for the Trump Soho before her most recent brief role as Director of Human Resources for the Line Hotel in Los Angeles.

Kevin Stuessi has joined Neuehouse in New York as Chief Development Officer. He is the former Chief Operating Officer for Starr Restaurants and President of the SBE Restaurant and Nightlife Group.

Richard Russo has been named Vice President Acquisitions and Development at Highgate Hotels. The Cornell graduate was most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Development at Morgans Hotel Group.

David Shapiro has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Vail Resorts. He was most recently in a similar role at DaVita Healthcare Partners in Denver.

Stephen Miller has been appointed Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Miller was previously Senior Vice President of Development at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Albert Smith has been named Senior Vice President, Lifestyle & Luxury Division for Davidson Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently with the SLS Las Vegas as Vice President of Hotel Operations.

The Forbes Travel Guide has named Jennifer Kane McGee Vice President, Client Services. She is the former Director of Sales of the Gramercy Park Hotel and the Surrey New York.

Simon Firmin has been promoted to Regional Director of Marketing, the Americas, at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts based in Chicago. He was most recently the Senior Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Chicago and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Richard Tannenbaum has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Rim Hospitality. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Homewood Suites by Hilton and Director of Regional Sales and Revenue Management Support for Hilton Worldwide.

Mary Mayes has joined the Mandarin Oriental New York as Director of Marketing. She was most recently overseeing sales and marketing at the Trump Soho. Mayes is the former Director of Sales at the Four Seasons New York and Director of Group Sales at both Fairmont Hamilton Princess and Fairmont Southampton.

Brian Honan has joined the Trump Soho as Director of Sales and Marketing taking over from Mary Mayes. For the past five years, he had overseen sales & marketing at the New York Palace. Honan is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons New York, the Ritz-Carlton New York and the Nikko Essex House.

Peter Falke is now in Santa Fe at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Chicago and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Falke had previously served in sales positions with the Four Seasons Denver, the Four Seasons Vail and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Tim Dupree has returned to Austin as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Granduca Austin slated to open in October. He had previously served as a Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Austin before moving into sales positions with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Beverly Wilshire and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Most recently, he was Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for the Montage Beverly Hills.

Seamus Gallagher has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. He is the former Director of Sales for the Miami Beach Edition and the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.

Jorge Collazo is now the Director of Sales and Marketing at The Betsy – South Beach. He was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan and Miami. Collazo is the former Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Gansevoort Hotel Group.

The Andaz Wall Street has appointed Parvaneh Miller Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Andaz Savannah.

The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton in Denver, has named Zach Lybbert Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same position for the Embassy Suites DFW South. Lybbert is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Ogden.

The Salamander Resort & Spa has appointed Michael Cady Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with Saatchi & Saatchi in Fayetteville as an Account Director. Cady is the former Marketing Director for Joie de Vivre Hospitality and for Belmond in the US, Mexico and Caribbean.

Candace Duran has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing to the Art Hotel Denver. For the past seven years, she had been a Senior Sales Manager with the Ritz-Carlton Denver.

Danyelle Montgomery has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57. She is the former Account Director at the W Times Square and Senior Sales Manager for the Hyatt 48 Lex.

Frank Lococo is the new Director of Sales at Miraval Resort. He was most recently the Director of Sales with the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe. Lococo had previously served as Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, the Four Seasons Philadelphia and the former Four Seasons Aviara.

Jim Bishop has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Nevis. Most recently, he served as Director of Sales for the PGA National Resort & Spa.

Kate McDonald has been appointed Area Director of Sales and Marketing at the Quirk Hotel. She had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the MileNorth Hotel in Chicago and the Grand Sierra Resort.

Carrie Stremsterfer has been appointed Associate Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./Georgetown.

Rowena Jurado has been named Account Manager for the Belmond La Samanna on St. Martin. She is the former Director of Leisure Sales for the St. Regis Bora Bora and Director of Sales at the Hotel Twin Dolphin in Cabo San Lucas.

Pablo Peñalosa has been named Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Casa Medina Bogota and the Four Seasons Bogota. For the past five years, he had been at Morimoto in Mexico City as Executive Chef.

Bryan Moscatello has joined Calistoga Ranch as Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Little Nell in Aspen as Executive Chef.

Matthew Zubrod has moved over to the Little Nell as Executive Chef replacing Bryan Moscatello. Zubrod was most recently at BB’S Aspen.

Greg Stillman has joined the Patina Restaurant Group as Executive Chef for the Hollywood Bowl. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs.

Simon Warren has moved to the West Coast as Executive Chef for the Omni Los Angeles. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.

Graham Fontes has been named Executive Chef at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort taking over from Simon Warren. Fontes was most recently the Executive Chef for the Omni Richmond.

Hinoki & the Bird in Century City has named Brandon Kida Executive Chef, taking over from Kuniko Yagi, who left in December. Kida was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at the Peninsula New York. Kei-Ichi Kurobe moves up to the Executive Sous Chef spot.

Sébastien Rondier has joined the After Peacock Room as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the St. Regis Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef for Adour.

Mark Pollard has joined Plan Do See in Los Angeles as Executive Chef. He was most recently in a similar role at Thinkfoodgroup in Washington, D.C. Pollard is also a former Executive Chef for the Standard Los Angeles.

Rolf Weithofer has been named Executive Chef/Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Miami. For the past year, he had been at the Carlyle Hotel in New York as Executive Chef.

Kirk Kirton has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion on Barbados. He was most recently in the same role for the Lone Star Restaurant in St James on the island.

The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has appointed Zach Dallessandro Executive Chef. For the past three years, he had been in a similar post for the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. after serving as Executive Sous Chef at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside has named Ross Turnbull Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Sheraton New Orleans, the W New Orleans and the St. Regis Princeville Resort.

Keystone Resort’s Ski Tip Lodge has named Jordan Alley Executive Chef. Most recently, he had served as Sous Chef with Z-Cuisine in Denver.

The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa has named Michael Poompan Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef with the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. Poompan is the former Executive Chef at the Renaissance Long Beach.

Alexander Branch has moved to the Cape Los Cabos as Chef de Cuisine for Manta de Enrique Olvera. Branch was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the One&Only Palmilla. He is the former Executive Chef at the Capella Ixtapa and Chef de Cuisine for the Capella Pedregal Hotel & Resort.

Ryan Witcher has joined Tavern on the Green as Executive Pastry Chef. He had previously served in the same position at the Viceroy Anguilla and the Marina Bay Sands.

Leigh Omilinsky has joined Nico Osteria at the Thompson Chicago as Executive Pastry Chef. She was most recently at the Sofitel Chicago in a similar role.

Marcos Gonzalez has joined the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa as Executive Pastry Chef. He is the former Executive Pastry Chef at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

Jeremy Choo has been appointed Executive Pastry Chef at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. He was most recently on Oahu as Executive Pastry Chef at the Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Peter Frascarelli is now in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. He was most recently serving as Director of Restaurants for the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park.

Steve Hadley is now in Atlanta as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. He was most recently in the same role with the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

Jeff Daskam is now in Boston as Director of Restaurants for the Omni Parker House. He is the former Restaurant General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and the Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

Vincent Robinson has been named Assistant General Manager – Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Michael Scaffidi has been named Chef Sommelier for Jean Georges Management. He was most recently serving as Wine Director at the Union Square Café.

Clement Jafet has joined the Carlton Hotel as General Manager at Millesime. He was most recently overseeing the Blenheim in New York.

Blake Brissette-Mathias has joined the ShoreBreak Hotel in Huntington Beach as General Manager of Zimzala. He is the former General Manager of Culinary Dropout – The Yard in Phoenix and Culinary Dropout Scottsdale.

Erwan Ehanno has joined Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles as Assistant General Manager. Ehanno was most recently overseeing Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena. He is the former General Manager at Far Niente Restaurant in Glendale and Patina Restaurant Group Kendall’s Brasserie.

Jeffrey Giasson has moved to Florida as Director of Rooms for the St. Regis Bal Harbour. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Giasson is the former Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Baltimore and the Lodge at Koele.

Geoffrey Campbell has joined Hacienda Del Sol in Tucson as Director of Rooms. For the past two years, he had been with the Resort at Paws Up as Resort Manager. Campbell is the former Executive Housekeeper at Amangiri and Director of Operations for the Tanque Verde Ranch.

Jon Martin is now in Charleston as Rooms Manager for the Grand Bohemian Hotel. For the past eight years he had been at the Grand Del Mar most recently as Assistant Director of Rooms.

Brandon Schuster has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. He was most recently in the same post at the Riviera Palm Springs.

Kent Bishop has joined the Ritz-Carlton Denver as Director of Housekeeping. He had previously overseen housekeeping for the Wyndham Orlando, the Enchantment Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.

David McCleery has moved over as Director of Housekeeping to the Plaza in New York. He was most recently in the same role for the Westin New York at Times Square. McCleery is the former Director of Housekeeping for the Hotel Bel-Air.

Tolga Ozok has joined the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe as Assistant Rooms Executive. Ozok was most recently the Director of Services for the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Javier Suarez has joined Six Senses Douro Valley as Spa and Wellness Director. He had previously held the same position at Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand.

 

EUROPE

Robertson Stewart has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Warwick International Hotels in Paris. He was previously overseeing the Concorde LaFayette.

Klaus Kabelitz is back in London at the Belmond Cadogan as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Le Richemond Genève for the Dorchester Collection and is the former General Manager at the Berkeley in London.

Carsten Willenbockel has been appointed General Manager at the Steigenberger Grandhotel and Spa in Germany, taking over from Rolf Haug. Willenbockel is the former General Manager of the Robinson Club Camyuva and the Arabella Sheraton Golf Hotel Son Vida on Mallorca.

James Clarke has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton London Bankside set to open this summer. He was most recently with the London Hilton on Park Lane as Director of Operations.

Brice Delclos has joined the Hotel Prince De Galles as Hotel Manager. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Seychelles and the former Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche.

Simon Drake has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Conrad London St. James. He was most recently the General Manager at the Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa in Surrey. Drake had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage for both the Taj 51 Buckingham Suites & Residences and the St. James’ Court.

Matthew Drinkwater has been appointed Hotel Operations Manager at Dukes, St. James in London. He was most recently with the Amberley Castle Hotel as General Manager. Drinkwater is the former Deputy General Manager at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa in Marlow.

Gregory Philippe is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Dorchester in London. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage in Geneva for the Grand Hotel Kempinski.

Angela Cento has been appointed Director of Business Development at the Conrad London St. James. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Baglioni Hotel London and the London Marriott Park Lane.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has promoted Kristien Deleersnijder to Vice President of Sales – EMEA. She has been with the company for 26 years, most recently as Senior Director of Marketing for the UK Collection.

The Lanesborough has named Florian Favario Executive Chef. He was most recently in a similar role at Le Bristol in Paris.

Emmanuel Garde is now in London as Executive Chef at the Marriott Hotel Park Lane. He had previously served as Executive Chef for the Marriott Moscow, the Raffles Le Royal and the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow.

Antoine Santini has moved over to the Ritz Paris as Deputy Food and Beverage Director. He was previously in similar posts with the Westin Paris-Vendôme and the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Craig Smith was named President and Managing Director of Marriott Asia-Pacific, taking over from Simon Cooper who is retiring. Smith had been serving as President of Marriott Caribbean and Latin America since 2012.

Regent has appointed Andre Scholl Group Vice President of Operations based in Taipei. He is the former Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Group Operations at Marco Polo Hotels in Hong Kong.

Alastair McAlpine has transferred as General Manager to the Four Seasons Hangzhou, replacing Peter Draminsky. McAlpine was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Langkawi.

Andrew Harrison is the new General Manager of the Four Seasons Langkawi, taking over from Alastair McAlpine. Harrison was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons Mumbai. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Mauritius and Four Seasons Chiang Mai.

Adrian Messerli has been promoted to General Manager to take over from Alex Porteous at the Four Seasons Seychelles. Messerli was most recently at the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza as Hotel Manager.

Reza Jafari has been named Camp Manager at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle, taking over from Ali Mohammed. For the past three years, Jafari had been the Director of Food Beverage at the Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai. He is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Macao and the Four Seasons Bangkok.

Vikram Reddy has transferred as General Manager to the Four Seasons Mumbai, replacing Andrew Harrison. Reddy is moving from the Four Seasons Jakarta where he has been General Manager since 2004.

Ivan Giles has joined the Four Seasons Langkawi as Resort Manager. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, first at Kuda Huraa, then Landaa Giraavaru. He is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Resorts Lânaʻi.

Fredrik Blomqvist has been promoted to General Manager at the Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi. 
He had joined the hotel in 2012 as Hotel Manager. Blomqvist is the former as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Dublin and Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Harold Rainfroy has been named General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. He was most recently the Hotel Manager for the Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang.

Marc Gussing has been appointed General Manager for Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa. He was most recently at the Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi as General Manager. Gussing is the former Resort Manager at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives.

Rory Campbell has been appointed General Manager at the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.

Titiya Chooto has been appointed General Manager at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. She was most recently with the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok as Executive Assistant Manager Rooms. Chooto is the former Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons Bangkok and General Manager for both the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle.

Jean-Marc Poli has been appointed General Manager at the Parkroyal Yangon in Myanmar. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bahia.

Patrick Murray has joined the Sintesa Jimbaran Bali as General Manager. He is the former General Manager for Alila Hotels & Resorts in Jakarta.

Brett Model has been appointed Resort Manager at the soon-to-open Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. He was most recently heading up Rooms Division at the MGM Grand Ho Tram Beach Resort in Vietnam.

Guillaume Gallas has been named Resident Manager for the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager and Resident Manager for the Mira Hong Kong.

Frederic Brohez has been appointed Resort Manager at InterContinental Bali. He was most recently on the pre-opening team for the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Thomas Vaucouleur de Ville d’Avray has joined LVMH Cheval Blanc Randheli as Resident Manager in the Maldives. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Peninsula Paris. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Bangkok and the One&Only Reethi Rah.

Jun Cainto has been appointed Director of Finance at the St. Regis Princeville. Cainto was most recently the Director of Finance at the Omni Grove Park Inn. He was previously the Controller at the Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. and Regional Senior Finance Manager for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality.

Nicolas Senes has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and joined the Four Seasons Pudong Shanghai. Since 2013, he had been the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Guangzhou.

Nico Braunwalder has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Osaka. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Kerry Hotel Beijing and Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Vince Brunetti has moved to the St. Regis Princeville Resort as Director of Food and Beverage. He was previously in the same role for the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa and the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

Vikas Kumarhas has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the W Retreat & Spa Maldives. Most recently, he served as Food and Beverage Manager at the Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park.

Hard Rock International has appointed Leong Wy Joon Senior Vice President of Hotel Development for Asia and India. He is the former Executive Director for Berjaya Land.

Julie Jackson has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Bali and The Laguna. She is the former Hotel Manager at the Westin Bund Center Shanghai.

Charis Yim has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Macau. Yim was most recently the Senior Director of Events at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Nathalie Debonnet has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bora Bora. She was most recently the Regional Director of Sales, Western Region, at The Leading Hotels of the World.

Sanjana Bhattachan has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa in Phuket. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Krabi Resort & Spa.

Michael Poutawa has joined the St. Regis Chengdu as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Shenzhen. He is the former Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Doha.

Raymond Cheung has joined the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Sous Chef of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has appointed Charles Charbonneau Executive Chef. The CIA graduate was most recently in the same position for the Hilton Waikoloa Village. He is the former Executive Chef at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa.

John Ranaudo has been appointed Executive Chef at the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa. He is the former Executive Chef at the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Robert Swade has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at the Jumeirah Group in Dubai, taking over from Nicholas Clayton, who is leaving the company. Swade joined the company in 2005 as General Counsel with his most recent post as Group Chief Development Officer.

Ali Ouaziz has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Groupe Palmeraie Development. He was most recently the General Manager at the Grace Hotel Marrakech. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Selman and the Pearl, both in Marrakech.

Thomas Gebler has been appointed Corporate Director Operations Middle East and Africa for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels based in Dubai. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager for InterContinental in Singapore and Director of Food and Beverage at Rosewood Abu Dhabi.

Tony Kayal has been appointed General Manager at One to One Resort & Spa Ain Al Faida taking over from Guy Chidiac who is retiring. Kayal was most recently the Resident Manager at the Millennium Abu Dhabi and the former Deputy General Manager for the Sheraton Khalidiya.

Radek Cais has been named General Manager at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

Markus Kraus has been appointed General Manager at the Meliá Doha. He was most recently the General Manager of the Einstein St. Gallen.

Ammar Hilal has been appointed General Manager for the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Since 2009 he had been with Burj Al Arab as Hotel Manager. Hilal is the former General Manager for the Mardan Palace in Turkey.

Thomas Fehlbier has been named General Manager at Banana Island Doha Resort. He is the former General Manager of the Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa.

Nolie Omar has been appointed General Manager at Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi. She was most recently the Hotel Manager at Maalifushi by COMO in the Maldives.

Ali Mohammed is the new Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Alexandria. He was most recently the Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Tented Camp at Golden Triangle.

Olivier Heuchenne joins his wife Anna Heuchenne-Bauge as Managing Partner at Heuchenne Bauge Consulting. Heuchenne was most recently overseeing the Norman in Tel Aviv. He is the former General Manager at Raffles Praslin, the Address Dubai Mall and The Palace, The Old Town in Dubai.

Gérald Ursulet has been named Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Incheon and the Park Hyatt Sydney.

Niki Robinson has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Taj Dubai. She is the former General Manager at the Ivy Dubai.

Hasan Barakat has been appointed Director of Sales at the Shangri-La Dubai. He is the former Director of Global Sales for Rocco Forte Hotels.

Bassim Zafar has been named opening Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Jeddah. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the St. Regis New York. Zafar is the former Executive Chef for the Drake Hotel Chicago.

Dirk Haltenhof has been named Executive Chef at the Madinat Jumeirah. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Oberoi Dubai.

 

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