JUNE 2015 – HEADS above the Rest®

June 1, 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

JUNE 2015

 

THE AMERICAS

Cathy Ross has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Exclusive Resorts. She joined the company in 2003, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Exclusive Resorts Ross was the Vice President of Development for Destination Hotels & Resorts.

At the Trump Hotel Collection, Chicago Managing Director Colm O’Callaghan has been promoted to Area Vice President, responsible for Trump properties in New York, Chicago, Toronto and Washington, D.C. O’Callaghan originally joined Trump in 2006, from the Conrad Chicago, where he held the position of General Manager.

The Début Hotel Group has appointed Ashish Verma to the newly created role of Vice President of Luxury Division to oversee the Chatwal New York and the Augustus Hotels & Resorts brand. He is the former General Manager at the Lowell Hotel in New York and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.

Michel Goget has been appointed Senior Vice President North America and China for EDL Hospitality. He had joined The World at Residensea last September as Senior Vice President Operations. Goget is the former General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Sanya.

Martin Lowery has launched OpusVertex International following three years at Sony Pictures Entertainment as Senior Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development. Before that, he served as Chief Learning Officer for the Apollo Education Group. Lowery spent most of his career with Hilton Worldwide in a variety of operational and corporate roles, ultimately serving as the Chief Learning Officer for the company.

John Tolbert is acting as General Manager at the New York Palace, replacing David Chase. Tolbert’s background includes a long-term association with LXR Luxury Resorts, the unbranded hospitality division of Blackstone. He is a former Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Naples.

Tim Sheldon has been named President-Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International in Bethesda. He was most recently serving the company as Global Chief Operations Officer.

Gilberto Garcia-Tuñon is now the General Manager at the Raleigh Miami Beach. He was most recently the General Manager for the Hilton Cabana, Miami Beach.

Lloyd Van Horn is now in Augusta as General Manager at the Partridge Inn. He is the former General Manager for the Montauk Yacht Club and Resort Manager at Topnotch Resort and Spa.

Peter Antinoph has been appointed General Manager at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti. He was most recently overseeing the Marriott Champs Elysées. Antinoph is the former General Manager at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, the Renaissance London Gatwick Hotel and the Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort.

Tom Segesta has been appointed General Manager at the Four Seasons Houston. He was most recently the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and had previously spent several years in Texas as General Manager at the Four Seasons Austin.

Bill Wright has been named President at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. He was most recently Vice President and General Manager at the Green Valley Ranch Resort.

Chris Luedi has been appointed General Manager and Regional Vice President, Hawaii, at the Fairmont Grand del Mar. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President, Hawaii, and General Manager at the Fairmont Orchid.

Bill Doyle has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Gardens, taking over from Edward C. Callaway, who has been in the posts since November 2003. Doyle was most recently Executive Vice President for HVS Hotel & Asset Management in Newport, RI.

Loris Menfi has been appointed General Manager at the Loews Regency San Francisco (the former Mandarin Oriental San Francisco). She was most recently the General Manager at the Loews New Orleans. Menfi is the former Hotel Manager of the Loews Philadelphia and had served as Executive Assistant Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.

Darren Law has been appointed General Manager at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao. He was most recently serving as Group General Manager for Nofa Equestrian Resort in Riyadh. Law is the former Group General Manager at the Amber Dune Resort & Spa, the Regent Palms Resort and the Sands Resort on Turks and Caicos.

Philip Meyer has moved as Managing Director to the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Mostly recently, he was the General Manager of the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa in Vancouver. Meyer is the former General Manager of the Sherwood Inn in Ontario and the Horsted Place Hotel in the UK.

Dan Kaplan has been appointed General Manager at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. He is the former General Manager of the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.

Benjamin Malmquist has been named General Manager at the Serrano Hotel. He is the former General Manager at the Aloft San Francisco and the Hotel Erwin in Venice.

Leslie Weil has joined the Aloft South Beach as General Manager. Weil was most recently the General Manager of the Courtyard Marriott Miami.

Peter Ells has joined the Royal Sonesta Houston as General Manager. He had previously overseen the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa and the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Philip Forte has been appointed General Manager at the 21c Louisville. Most recently, Forte was General Manager at the Aloft Tucson University Hotel.

Yves Behrens has joined the Plaza Hotel Milwaukee as General Manager. The Lausanne graduate is the former Director of Operations at the Pfister Milwaukee.

Sébastien Maingourd has been named General Manager for the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Christopher and the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.

Chatham Lodging Trust has promoted Dennis Craven to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently serving the company as Chief Financial Officer.

Jeremy Wegner is joining Chatham Lodging Trust as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wegner most recently served as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Andrew Wright has been appointed General Manager at Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Palomar in Dallas and at the Tapatio Springs Resort & Spa.

The Forest Highlands Golf Club has named Bill Griffon General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Blackstone Country Club. Griffon is the former General Manager at the Lodge at Sea Island, the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, and the Seven Falls Golf and River Club in North Carolina.

Craig Reaume has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Plaza in New York. He is the former General Manager at the Fairmont Battery Wharf and the Fairmont Vancouver Airport.

Darren Pound has been promoted at the Loews Coronado to Hotel Manager. He joined the resort last year as Director of Food and Beverage.

Brandon Elliott has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. He had joined the hotel earlier this year as Director of Rooms. Elliott had served in similar roles with the Marriott Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe and Marriott’s Beach Place Towers in Fort Lauderdale.

Victorio Gonzalez has been appointed Resort Manager at the Montage Deer Valley in Park City. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Montage Laguna Beach and the Montage Beverly Hills.

Audrey Huttert has been named Resort Manager at Amanyara. She had previously served as Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms for the Ritz-Carlton Abama, the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt.

Estelle Lacroix has been appointed General Manager of the soon-to-open NeueHouse West Hollywood. She comes from the Fairmont Miramar where she was the Director of Food and Beverage, following a stint as Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Hotel Bel-Air. Lacroix is a former General Manager of the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows.

Jaime Campos has been named Director of Operations at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Campos was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center.

Aquiles Pinzon has joined the Loews New Orleans as Director of Operations. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Benchmark Hospitality has named Kirk Jones Senior Vice President of Finance. He was most recently the Executive Vice President of Finance for the Capella Hotel Group.

Mark Blaydow has been appointed Director of Finance at the Standard West Hollywood. He was most recently in the same role at the Redbury Hotel.

Michelle Mizak Schneider is the new Controller at Town Residential in New York. She is the former Director of Finance at the Trump SoHo and the Ritz-Carlton Westchester.

Stephen Power has been named Director of Food Beverage at the Beverly Wilshire, taking over from Thomas Krooswijk. Power is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.

Mohamed Ismail has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage with the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Sven Norrenberg is now in West Hollywood as Director of Food and Beverage at the Sunset Tower Hotel. He was most recently in the same role at the JW Marriott Le Mérigot Hotel in Santa Monica. Norrenberg is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Hotel Casa del Mar.

Michael Allegra has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa. For the past 16 years, he had been with Hyatt Hotels, overseeing food and beverage for the Park Hyatt Beijing, the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and the Park Hyatt Dubai.

Josef Wagner has been named Vice President of Food and Beverage at Aria @City Center in Las Vegas. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Venetian.

Stéphane Colling has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Belmond El Encanto. He had previously served in the same position for San Ysidro Ranch before taking on his most recently role as General Manager for Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos.

John Drugan has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club. He had previously served in food and beverage positions with the Breakers Palm Beach and the Four Seasons Miami.

Rene Clemente has been named Food and Beverage Director at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa. Clemente had previously served as Banquet Manager and Food and Beverage Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel for six years.

Amol Agarwal has been named Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Loews Regency San Francisco. He is the former Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carton South Beach and the JW Marriott Camelback Inn.

At the ACE Downtown LA, Autumn Accarrino has been promoted to Food and Beverage Director, succeeding Olivier Rassinoux who has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for ACE Hotels. Accarrino was most recently serving the hotel as Restaurant Manager.

Bill Antone has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Chattanoogan. He was previously Director of Food and Beverage for the Choctaw Casino Durant.

Joerg Delin is now in Aruba as Complex Director of Food and Beverage at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. He was most recently with the JW Marriott Phuket as Director of Food and Beverage. Delin had previously overseen food and beverage at the former Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall and the Ritz-Carlton Santiago.

Gérard Bonenfant is the new Director of Food and Beverage for the Nantucket Golf Club. For the past four years, he had served as Food and Beverage Director at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. He had previously served in food and beverage posts with the Four Seasons Westlake Village and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Teddy Mayer has been named Vice President of Design at Virgin Hotel Collection in New York. Mayer previously spent seven years as the Senior Director of Design and Development at Morgans Hotel Group.

John Cashion has been promoted to Corporate Director Culture Transformation with Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Singer Island. Cashion is the former Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

Karen Vallecillo has been named Area Director of Human Resources for Marriott International and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. She is the former Director of Human Resources at the JW Marriott Austin and the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix.

Silvia Pereda has joined the Fontainebleau Miami Beach as Vice President of Human Resources. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources for the Trump National Doral Miami. Pereda had previously overseen human resources at the Viceroy Miami, the Tides South Beach and the Conrad Miami.

James Bryant has been named Director of Culture and Development for Morgans Hotel Group. He was most recently the General Manager for the Mondrian Soho.

Heather Lang is now in Austin as Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. She was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Lang had previously served in human resources and training roles at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons San Francisco and the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.

Greg Burgett has been appointed Vice President Development-Americas at the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He was most recently with the Vantage Hospitality Group as Regional Vice President of Development.

Nicolas Gonzalez has been named Associate Director of Brand Standards and Quality Support-Latin America at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently the Rooms Division Manager at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers and the former Guest Relations Manager at the Grosvenor House Dubai.

Ciro Tacinelli has been named Regional Director of Hotel Marketing – the Americas at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, adding to his current post of Senior Director of Marketing for the Beverly Wilshire. Tacinelli had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Four Seasons Bora Bora, the Four Seasons Hualalai and the Four Seasons Nevis.

Suzette Deveau has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing – the Americas for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, taking over from Emily Snyder. Deveau was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

Alexandra Withers has been appointed Vice President Sales and Marketing at EDITION Hotels. She was most recently the Vice President of Marketing at SIXTY Hotels. Withers is the former Corporate Director of Marketing at Highgate Hotels.

Eric Gavin has joined Salamander Hotels & Resorts as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He was most recently with Benchmark Hospitality as Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Gavin is the former Vice President of Marketing for Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

In Chicago, Gene Hare has been promoted by Hilton from Director of Sales to Area Director of Sales and Marketing. Hare has taken the position left vacant when Christopher Perry who became Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mid Atlantic, for Hilton Worldwide.

Leah Brown has been named Director of Global Sales for Commune Hotels + Resorts. She was most recently with the Sofitel Los Angeles as Director of Group Sales. Brown had previously served in sales positions with the Thompson Beverly Hills, the Angeleno, and the Holiday Inn Brentwood/Bel-Air.

Sarah Best has been named Executive Director, Global Sales, at MGM Resorts International. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Loews Santa Monica Hotel.

Starwood Hotels & Resort has named Chris White Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Southern California. Most recently, he served as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Hualalai. White is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.

Alison McDermott has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort & Spa. McDermott is the former Director of Marketing Communications for the Montelucia Resort & Spa.

Heidi Nowak has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. She had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and the former Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.

Jimmy Blakeslee has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at The Hall in Miami Beach. He has been part of Joie de Vivre since 2013, most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the brand’s Washington, D.C. based hotels.

Craig Schoninger has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort. He was most recently in the same position for the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, and the Ritz-Cartlon Amelia Island.

Michael McMahon has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fairmont Austin slated to open early 2017. He was most recently with the Arizona Biltmore as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Brian Rowley has moved to the Arizona Biltmore as Director of Sales and Marketing, taking over from Michael McMahon. Rowley was most recently overseeing sales and marketing at sister property The Boulders Resort.

Joe Martino has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. He was most recently in a similar role for the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Carol Peach has joined the Hollywood Roosevelt as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently in the same role for the Omni Houston Westside. Peach is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin San Francisco Market Street and the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

Marcella Bettis has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. She had previously served in a similar role for the Waterfall Group and the Vail Collection.

David Griffin has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Paradise Point in San Diego. Griffin had previously overseen sales and marketing at the Skamania Lodge and the Renaissance Las Vegas.

The Westin New York Grand Central has appointed Kerstin Pace Director of Sales and Marketing. Since 2010, she had been at the Westin Dublin as Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Loews Regency San Francisco has named Austin Phillips Director of Sales and Marketing. Since 2013, he had been with the Stanford Court San Francisco as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Kristin Hankins has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York. She was most recently Vice President of Sales for SIXTY Hotels in New York.

Michael Locke has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. He has been with the hotel for more than 16 years, most recently as Director of Sales.

Kathy Millar has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. She was most recently the Regional Director of Convention Event Hotel Sales for the Edgewater Casino Resort and at the Colorado Belle Casino Resort.

Elsa Sammartano has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel. She was most recently in the same role for the Marriott Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel and Courtyard Paris St. Denis Hotel.

Richard Cimilluca has been appointed Director of Sales for the Downtown Conference Center New York. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick and, most recently, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Holiday Inn Express in Princeton.

Nicole Trottier has been named Director of Group Sales, Northeast, at The Leading Hotels of the World. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales for the Four Seasons Nevis. Trottier is the former Director of Sales at the New York Palace.

Teresita Meadows has been named Director of Group Sales at the Langham Place on Fifth Avenue. She was most recently with the Morgans Hotel Group as a Regional Account Director.

Gigi Cabrera has joined the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort as Account Director. She was most recently with the Loews Hollywood as National Account Manager. Cabrera is the former Corporate Group Sales Director at Canyon Ranch.

The Trump SoHo has appointed James Locker Director of Catering and Conference Services. He was most recently with the Langham Place on Fifth Avenue as Director of Catering and Events.

Zena Phillips has been appointed Director of Catering and Events at the Conrad New York. She is the former Director of Catering and Events for the Conrad Miami.

James Ortiaga has been promoted at the St. Regis New York to Executive Chef. He joined the hotel in 2011 as Executive Sous Chef. Ortiaga is the former Executive Sous Chef for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Sous Chef for L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Four Seasons New York.

Patrice Martineau has joined the Montage Beverly Hills as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position for the Viceroy Palm Springs. Martineau had previously served as Executive Chef for the Belmond El Encanto and Chef de Cuisine for Peter at the Peninsula Tokyo.

Luis Lujan has been promoted to Executive Chef and joined the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Chris Jakubiec is now in Denver as Executive Chef at The ART Hotel. He was previously in Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef at the Jefferson Hotel.

Brent Martin has returned to the Seattle area to take on the role of Executive Chef for the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. He had previously served as Executive Chef for the Grand Hyatt Seattle before moving to Executive Chef positions at the Grand Hyatt San Diego and the Andaz Maui.

Javier Rosa has been appointed Executive Chef at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Most recently, Rosa was Executive Chef for Levy Restaurants at Amway Arena in Orlando and Executive Sous Chef at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Jaco Smith is now in Oregon as Executive Chef for Lechon Restaurant. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Joule Hotel Dallas

Matthew Sramek has been named Chef de Cuisine for Avant in the Rancho Bernardo Inn. He was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at the Grand del Mar for Amaya.

Rom Toulon has been named President at Chateau Boswell in St. Helena. He is the former Managing Partner at 24 Hubert Wines and Wine Director for Meadowood Napa Valley and the Four Seasons San Francisco.

Andrew Jay has been named Director of Outlets for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Inn at Dos Brisas. Jay is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi and the Four Seasons Encantado Resort.

Marcus Cascio is now at the Soho House West Hollywood as Operations Manager. He was most recently overseeing Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air as General Manager.

Alexander del Rosario has been named Director of Rooms for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He was most recently in Riverside with the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in the same position. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Afsi Behnam-Bird has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Montage Deer Valley. She was most recently at the Hotel Teatro in Denver as General Manager. She had previously led the Oxford Hotel and the Crawford Hotel in Denver and was opening General Manager of Hotel Terra Jackson Hole.

Gregory Hischuck is the new Director of Rooms at the Omni Champions Gate. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and the Hyatt Dulles.

Timothy Harleth has moved into the role of Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. He had joined the hotel in 2009 as Front Office Manager before moving into his most recent role as Director of Front Office Operations.

Martina Flores has been named Director of Housekeeping for the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. She was most recently in the same position for the Montage Laguna Beach. Flores is the former Director of Housekeeping at the Trump National Doral Miami, the Grand del Mar Resort and the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

David Ahern has been named Front of House Manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Westin Waltham Boston and Director of Style for the W Boston.

 

EUROPE

François-Régis Simon has been appointed General Manager at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat now operated by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Simon was most recently with the Four Seasons Shenzhen as Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons George V Paris and the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Eugene Leonard has been appointed Hotel Operations Manager at the Connaught in London. Since 2011, he had been at Claridge’s as Director of Food and Beverage.

Achille Di Carlo has been named General Manager at Villa La Massa in Firenze. He was most recently the General Manager at Borgo San Felice and the former Resident Manager at the Hotel Eden in Rome.

Bastien Anouil has been promoted to General Manager at the Columbus Monte-Carlo Hotel. He joined the hotel in 2011 as Sales and Marketing Director.

Michael Kain has been appointed General Manager at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg in Bonn. He was most recently overseeing the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf.

Carsten Fritz has been appointed General Manager at the Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf taking over from Michael Kain. Fritz is the former General Manager for Ritz-Carlton at the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, the Abama Golf & Spa in Tenerife and the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh.

Jürgen von Massow has been appointed Vice President of Steigenberger Business Hotels at the Steigenberger Hotel Group in Frankfurt. He was most recently Vice President of Operations at Dorint.

Emmanuel Dissez is now in London heading Asset Management for Algonquin. He was most recently Managing Director for CDG Capital Real Estate.

Marco Pacelli is now in Italy as Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Milan. He had previously served in food and beverage roles for El Encanto in Santa Barbara and Rosewood Sand Hill.

Cédric Sordillon is becoming the Manager of the landmark Moulin Rouge in Paris. He was the Director of Food and Beverage for the Hotel Casino Barrière in Lille, following a stint as Director of Food and Beverage at the Radisson Blu St. Martin.

Sérgio Moreira has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the London Hilton on Park Lane. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at Brown’s Hotel.

Robert Touzel has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. He was most recently Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at Langham Hospitality Group.

Margaux Périat has moved into the new role of Director of Sales at the Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto in Rome. She had previously served as Revenue Manager for the hotel.

Vito Mollica has been appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Milano, adding to his current role as Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Firenze.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Markland Blaiklock has been named Chief Executive Officer of a joint venture between NH Hotels of Spain and HNA of China. He will also serve as the Managing Director of the NH China business unit. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts. Blaiklock also served as Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, for Accor, and Managing Director for Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

Andre Scholl has joined Regent Hotels & Resorts in Taipei as Group Senior Vice President Operations. He is the former Chief Operating Officer for Marco Polo Hotels. Scholl had previously served as Resident Manager at the Kowloon Shangri-La and the Shangri-La Beijing.

Alex Porteous has been named pre-opening General Manager at the Four Seasons Kyoto, slated to open late in 2016. Since 2011, he had served as General Manager of the Four Seasons Seychelles. Porteous is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Singapore and Resort Manager with the Four Seasons Koh Samui.

Peter Draminsky has moved as General Manager to the Regent Singapore, taking over from Martin Sinclair. Draminsky was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Hangzhou. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Nevis.

Mark O’Sullivan has been appointed General Manager at the W Retreat & Spa Maldives. He was most recently the General Manager at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort in Thailand.

André Kretschmann has been named General Manager at the Legian Bali. He is the former Area General Manager for the Cheval Blanc Group across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. He rejoins GHM after a 9-year hiatus.

John Kockan has been appointed General Manager at the Pan Pacific Perth. For the past four years, he had been the General Manager of the Pan Pacific Xiamen.

Eric Kee has been appointed General Manager at the Pan Pacific Xiamen, taking over from John Kochan. Kee was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Excelsior in Hong Kong.

Benjamin Zahn has been promoted to General Manager at Le Royal Méridien Shanghai. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

Thierry Brovelli has been appointed General Manager at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa taking over from Jean Marc Mocellin. Brovelli was most recently the General Manager of the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Jean Helière has been promoted General Manager at InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, taking over from Thierry Brovelli. Helière was most recently serving the resort as Deputy General Manager. Charles de Resseguier, most recently from Accor in Vietnam and Belmond in the Caribbean, succeeds Helière as Deputy General Manager.

Dan Benzaquen has been appointed General Manager at the Evason Ana Mandara Resort and Six Senses Spa. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Pullman Bangkok Hotel.

Gilbero Mayen has been named General Manager at the Gran Melia in Jakarta. He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Melia Purosani Hotel. Mayen is the former General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Shenyang Parkview Hotel and the InterContinental Huizhou Resort.

Dean Rossilli is now at the Sari Pan Pacific in Jakarta as General Manager. He was most recently in the same post for the Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore.

Philip Clough has returned to Hawaii to join the Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina as Resort Manager. He was the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Philadelphia as Hotel Manager.

Kanokros Sakdanares has been appointed Corporate Director of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibilities at Centara Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. She is the former Director of Public Relations at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers Bangkok.

Amy Bunting has been appointed Regional Director of Human Resources at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Sydney and Director of Human Resources for the Sheraton on The Park. She takes over for Emma Jones who has transferred to Starwood’s South East Asia operations. Bunting was most recently overseeing human resources at the Westin Sydney.

Jenny Ng Wing Lit has been named Director of Human Resources
 at Six Senses Zil Pasyon slated to open late 2015. She most recently served as Human Resources Development Manager at the Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

Holger Jakobs has been appointed Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bangkok and the St. Regis Beijing. Jakobs is the former Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Six Senses Resorts & Spas.

The Four Seasons Beijing has promoted Kelly Wong to Director of Marketing, taking over from Irene Tan. Wong joined the hotel in 2012 as pre-opening Director of Sales.

Betty Yan has been appointed Director of Business Development ­ Corporate, at the Langham Hong Kong. She is the former Director of Business Development at the Sheraton Hong Kong.

Alessandro Angelini has been appointed Executive Chef at the Kowloon Shangri-La to oversee Angelini Italian Restaurant. For the past seven years he was serving as Executive Chef at Joia Restaurant.

Yusuf Yaran has been transferred to Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa as Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Shangri-La Jakarta as Executive Sous Chef. Yaran had previously held the same position at the Pudong Shangri-La Towers and the Makati Shangri-La Manila.

Markus Nufer has been appointed Executive Chef at the Outrigger Castaway Island, Fiji Resort. He is the former Executive Chef for Crystal Cruises.

Fernando Reyes has joined the Ritz-Carlton Sanya as Executive Sous Chef. He was previously with the Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott at LA Live as Executive Sous Chef.

Young Rha has moved as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Seoul. Rha was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Macao, Cotai Strip.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Carlo Stragiotto has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Dubai. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Milano, after serving in a similar capacity at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh.

Erden Kendigelen is now in Qatar as General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Doha. He was most recently the Hotel Manager with the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

Julian Biddulph has been appointed General Manager at the Ivy Dubai. Most recently, he was the General Manager of Gordon Ramsay Doha and Head Sommelier at the St. Regis Doha.

Bernard Mercier has been appointed General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in Egypt. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hotel Djibloho Kempinski. Mercier is the former Cluster General Manager of Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi as well as General Manager of the Kempinski Sanya Haitang Bay.

Christian Horvath has been appointed General Manager at the Capital Club Dubai. Most recently, he was the Managing Director at 5 Hertford Street in London. Horvath had previously managed the Royal Automobile Club for seven years.

Paul Dunphy has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates. He had previously overseen the Westin Dublin, the Sheraton Belgravia Hotel, the Park Lane Hotel and the Sheraton Riyadh Hotel and Towers.

J. Walter Hess is the new Resident Manager at the Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco. The Lausanne graduate was most recently overseeing the Chedi Bali. Hess is the former Resident Manager at the Nam Hai and Executive Assistant Manager for the One&Only Reethi Rah.

Imed Kamoun has been appointed Director of Finance for the Constance Lemuria in the Seychelles. He was most recently the Director of Finance and Administration for the Gambia.

Pascal Prigent, the Chief Operating Officer for Heritage Resorts in Mauritius, sadly passed away May 27. Prior to taking over from Jean Luc Naret in May 2014 at Heritage, he had been the General Manager of the Agsana Mauritius. His career also included successful stints as General Manager of the Anahita Resort, Group Operations Manager for Veranda Resorts and General Manager of Mauritius’ Beau Rivage Resort.

 

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