MARCH 2015 – HEADS above the Rest®

March 2, 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

MARCH 2015

 

THE AMERICAS

Adam Aron has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, taking over from Frits van Paasschen who is leaving the company. Aron had previously been a Senior Operating Partner at Apollo Management and Chief Executive Officer of World Leisure Partners. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers and Vail Resorts. Aron has been a Starwood Director since 2006.

Luis Argote has taken on the role of General Manager for the Four Seasons Bogota. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas. Argote is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Costa Rica and the Four Seasons Mexico City.

Dirk Burghartz has returned to Texas as General Manager of the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas, taking over from Luis Argote. Burghartz had previously served as General Manager at the Four Seasons Houston for five years, before moving into his most recent role at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. as General Manager.

David Bernand has rejoined the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. as General Manager taking over from Dirk Burghartz. Bernand had previously served as Hotel Manager for the property before transferring to the Four Seasons Scottsdale as Resort Manager. He has been with the company since 1999, most recently serving as General Manager at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has brought in Michael Newcombe as General Manager, taking over from Mehdi Eftekari. Newcombe was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Cornellian Robert Cima takes over from Michael Newcombe as General Manager and Regional Vice President of the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Cima is the former General Manager at the Four Seasons Vancouver.

Akis Neocleous has joined the Panama Grace as Managing Director. He was most recently overseeing the Imanta in Punta de Mita. He is the former Resort Manager at Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

Philip Dailey has been named Managing Director for 1 Hotels Miami Beach. He was most recently serving as Corporate Director of Operations for parent company the SH Group in New York. He is the former General Manager of the Public Chicago, the Andaz West Hollywood and the SLS Hotel Los Angeles.

Bob Peckenpaugh has been appointed Managing Director at the Omni Barton Creek Resort. He was most recently with the Omni San Francisco as General Manager and had previously served as Vice President of Hospitality for the Mammoth Mountain ski area hotel collection.

Mark Tamis has been named Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, for Royal Caribbean International. Tamis was most recently the Senior Vice President, Guest Operations, with Carnival Cruise Lines. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of Setai Hotels and Resorts.

Gabe Castrillon has joined the Hyatt Regency Miami as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.

Jeffrey Kotlarczyk has joined the San Antonio Hyatt Place Northwest Medical Center as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Arboretum Hyatt Place.

Pedro Perez has been named General Manager at the Hyatt House/Hyatt Place in Charleston. He is the former General Manager for the Andaz Savannah and the Hotel Sierra Alpharetta.

Marcus Nicolaidis has joined the Ludlow in New York as General Manager, taking over from Bruno Vergeynst. Nicolaidis was most recently overseeing the Marlton Hotel. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Soho Beach House in Miami and General Manager at the House of Blues Houston.

Tim Farel has been named General Manager for the Hyatt Market Street The Woodlands in Houston. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt on Main Green Bay. Farel is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa.

Stuart Schwartz has joined the Michelangelo in New York as Managing Director. He had previously spent 22 years with Loews Hotels & Resorts, twelve of which as Managing Director of the Loews Regency New York.

Ron Wichowski has been promoted to General Manager at the Hilton Hartford. He was most recently serving as Director of Operations.

Meade Atkeson has been appointed General Manager at the W Washington, D.C. He was most recently the General Manager of the Westin Georgetown. He is the former General Manager of the Renaissance Harborplace and the Renaissance Charleston.

Delfin Ortiz has been named General Manager at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York. For the last four years, he served as General Manager at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade.

Marc Sternagel has been promoted Vice President Operations, Midscale Hotels North & Central America and Caribbean, at Accor in New York. He was most recently serving as Vice President Operations of HotelServices for Novotel North America. He is the former General Manager of the Mercure Lahnstein and Hotel Manager for the Novotel New York.

Daniel Flannery has moved to the Langham Hospitality Group as Regional Executive Vice President – North America. For the past three years, he had been with the Morgans Hotel Group as Chief Operating Officer.

Jason Kreul has been named Senior Vice President of Full Service Operations for White Lodging. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Winegardner & Hammons.

Mark Michalski has been appointed General Manager at the Marriott El Monte Sagrado. He was previously overseeing the Ashton in Fort Worth. Michalski is the former Front Office Manager at Callaway Gardens, in PineMountain, Georgia.

Rich Oken has moved as General Manager to the Sixty Beverly Hills. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the SLS Hotel Los Angeles. Oken had previously served in operational positions with the Mondrian Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire.

Caroline Dyal has joined the Raleigh Hotel in Miami as General Manager. She was most recently briefly with the SLS South Beach as Hotel Manager. She is the former General Manager at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara and the Hotel La Jolla.

Jenni Loughman has been named Chief Operating Officer for Salt Hotels. She was most recently serving as Vice President Operations, Openings and Conversions, at Morgans Hotel Group.

Raul Petraglia and Ernesto Luna have switched positions: Petraglia has taken over from Luna as General Manager at ME Cabo and Luna has taken over from Petraglia as General Manager at ME Cancun.

Vincent Vienne has returned to the Sofitel New York to take on the role of General Manager. He had previously served at the hotel as Hotel Manager before moving into his most recent role as General Manager of the Sofitel Philadelphia.

Zack Zahran has been named General Manager at the Kitano Hotel New York. He is the former General Manager of the New York Helmsley Hotel.

Kevin Kapalka has joined Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge in Idaho as General Manager. For the past ten years, he had served as Director of Food and Beverage for the Resort at Paws Up. He is the former Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado, the Bedford Village Inn and Jumby Bay.

Johnny So is now in Washington, D.C. as Managing Director at the soon-to-reopen Watergate Hotel. For the past ten years, he had been overseeing the St. Regis Monarch Beach. He is the former General Manager of the Grand Wailea Resort and La Quinta.

Kirsten Dimond has been appointed Vice President of Operations for Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas. She is the former Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Venetian and the Palazzo.

Jim Hollister has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Palomar San Diego. For the past two years, he had been managing the Hotel Palomar Phoenix. He is the former General Manager of the FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

Mathieu Rivière has been promoted to General Manager at the Sofitel Washington, D.C. He joined the hotel in 2013 as Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the SofitelMinneapolis. Rivière had previously served in food and beverage management positions for the Hilton Singapore and the Hilton London Heathrow.

Bob Chapek has been promoted to Chairman at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division. He takes over from Tom Staggs who was elevated to Chief Operating Officer. Chapek has been with the company for 22 years, most recently serving as President of Disney Consumer Products division. He is the former President of distribution for Walt Disney Studios and President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Chesapeake Hospitality has appointed Tony Harber Vice President of Operations. For the past ten years he had been with InterContinental Hotel Group.

Michael Swasey has joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts as Area Vice President. He was most recently Vice President of Hotel Operations for Alena Hospitality, based in Orlando. He had previously served as Vice President of Asset Management for Inland American Lodging (now Xenia REIT) also in Orlando.

John McCracken has returned to the Orlando Marriott Village, taking on the role of General Manager. He had previously served the resort complex as Assistant General Manager before being promoted to General Manager of the Residence Inn International Drive.

First Hospitality Group has promoted Bob Habeeb to Chief Executive Officer. He has been with the company for 18 years, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer.

The Water’s Edge Resort & Spa has named Thomas Sullivan General Manager. He was most recently managing the Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Larry Casillo has been appointed General Manager of the Godfrey Hotel, Boston. He is the former Assistant General Manager at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

Alex Caceres has joined the AC Hotel Miami Beach as General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager at the Residence Inn Miami Airport.

Edward Villafane has been appointed General Manager for the Inn at Windmill Lane in Amagansett. He was most recently the Resort Manager of Ocean House for the last five years.

Thomas Krooswijk is returning to Toronto to join the Four Seasons Toronto as Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Thompson Toronto before taking the same role for the Beverly Wilshire. He had previously served in food and beverage positions with the Hollywood Roosevelt, the former Four Seasons Dublin and the Pierre.

Hector Serrato has returned to Las Ventanas al Paraíso to take on the role of Hotel Manager. He had previously spent fourteen years with the resort in various positions. His most recent post with the resort was as Rooms Division Manager before taking on the role of Hotel Manager at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas for the past two years.

Christophe Baraton is now in Miami as Hotel Manager at the Delano. He was most recently in the same position for sister property the Clift Hotel in San Francisco.

Karan Kakar is now in Miami as Hotel Manager for the Mondrian. Kakar is the former Director of Operations for the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino. He once was the Director of Front Office at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale.

Markus Krebs is back in the U.S. as Hotel Manager for the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. He had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii before heading to Asia. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa and General Manager with the Anantara Rasanada.

Gregory Polino has joined the W South Beach as Hotel Manager. He was most recently overseeing Zuma in Miami. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Conrad New York, the Sofitel New York and the Sofitel Miami.

Franco Pedone has been named Hotel Manager for the Paradisus La Perla in Playa del Carmen. He was most recently with the Viceroy Miami as Director of Operations.

Oscar Fontana has joined the Kimpton Epic Hotel in Miami as Resort Manager. He had previously been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for almost 20 years, most recently at the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island as Director of Operations. He is the former Director of Human Resources at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore.

Andrew Roberts has been named Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. For the past five years, he had been serving as Executive Assistant Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation. He had previously served in similar roles with the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

Don Lenahan has joined the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Director of Hotel Operations. He is the former General Manager at the Amelia Island Club.

Sunil Watumull has joined Caruso Affiliated at the Residences at the Americana in Glendale as Property Manager. Watumull was most recently overseeing the Century, a high-rise condominium in Los Angeles. He had previously spent eight years with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in various positions, most recently as Acting Director of Housekeeping.

Bob Antes has been named Director of Finance for the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. For the past seven years, he had served as Chief Financial Officer for the Hotel Del Coronado. He is the former Director of Finance at Kiawah Island, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.

Xavier Navas has been named Director of Finance and Accounting for the New York Edition. He was most recently the Director of Finance and Accounting at the Marriott Alpharetta. Navas had previously served in finance roles with the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Dubai.

Christopher Thullen has moved to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as Director of Finance. For the past three years, he had been in the same position at the SLS Hotel Los Angeles. He is the former Controller at the Viceroy Santa Monica, the Sheraton Delfina Hotel and the Mondrian.

Françoise Perrier has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Miami. She was most recently in the same role for the Sheraton Paris.

Abby Murtagh has moved to the Waldorf=Astoria as Executive Director of Food and Beverage. The Cornell graduate was most recently in a similar role for the New York Palace. She is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Robert Muehlich has moved to the 1 Hotel Miami as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same position at the Setai Miami. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage with the JW Marriott Miami and the Marriott Miami Dadeland.

Nijad Fares has moved up the coast to join the Clift San Francisco as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Restaurants and Bars at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point. He is the former Director of Banquets with the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.

Jason Enany has been named Director of Food, Beverage, and Entertainment with Commune Hotels & Resorts for the Tommie Hotels brand. He is the former Director of Operations at the EMM Group.

Scott Gingerich has joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as Regional Vice President, Restaurant Operations. He is the former Director of Operations East Coast and General Manager at Hakkasan New York.

David Doyle has joined the Hotel Del Coronado as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Sonny Gorushanovich has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel. He was most recently General Manager at Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Penthouse Pool and Lounge in Washington, D.C. and the Donovan House.

Lucas Chapman has been named Director of Food and Beverage at Public Chicago, taking over from Owen Deignan. Chapman was most recently General Manager at Farmhouse Tavern in Chicago. He had previously overseen food and beverage and served as Sommelier at the W Lakeshore.

Garrett Kaneshiro has joined the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa as Director of Food and Beverage, taking over from Johann Runarsson. Kaneshiro had previously served in food and beverage roles for thePark Hyatt Washington, D.C. and the Park Hyatt Aviara.

Chris Walling has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Diplomat Resort & Spa. He was most recently in the same position for the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Omni La Mansion del Rio/Mokara Hotel and Spa and the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Kevin O’Brien has returned to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino to take on the role of Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served the resort as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage before taking on his most recent post as Director of Food and Beverage at the Andaz San Diego.

Matthew Feddock has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Vitale. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the National Bar & Dining Rooms at the Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan. He had previously served as General Manager at the Dressler in Brooklyn and held the position of Wine and Beverage Director at New York’s La Goulue on Madison Avenue.

Régis Perret is now in Salt Lake City as Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand America Hotel. He was most recently serving as Director of Restaurants and Bars at the St. Regis Deer Valley.

The Water’s Edge Resort & Spa has named Nestor Sanchez Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Crowne Plaza Saddle Brook.

Bob Reppin has joined the Westin Lake Las Vegas as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Russell Warner has joined the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same position for the Viceroy Santa Monica. He had previously spent nine years with Starwood in food and beverage positions at the St. Regis San Francisco and the Westin Los Angeles Airport.

Montage Hotels & Resorts has named Matthew Stephen-Hassard Vice President, Acquisitions & Development based in Irvine. He was most recently Principal, Investment Banking at North Point Advisors in San Francisco.

Seth Peterson has been named Director of Brand Development at NeueHouse. For the past two years, he had been serving as International Sales Director – North America, for Soho House.

Gregory Pardo has been promoted to Director, Corporate Recruiting at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently serving as Associate Director, Executive Recruitment, The Americas.

Catalina Orozco has been named Director of Human Resources for the Four Seasons Casa Medina and the Four Seasons Bogota. She is the former Assistant Human Resources Director at the Four Seasons Baltimore.

Nancy Kiska has moved as Director of Human Resources to the New York Edition Hotel. She was most recently serving as Director of Human Resources at the Carlyle.

Camille Olivere has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales at ClubMed U.S. She was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales at Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Jonathan Hamel has been named Director of Global Accounts, Travel Industry, for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He was most recently serving as Director, Travel Industry Sales and International Markets, for the Ritz-Carlton Toronto and the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.

Rene Aguado Martinez has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Mexico City. He was most recently in the same role at the Grand Residences Riviera Cancún. Martinez is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Presidente Mexico City.

Ann Armstrong has been named Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Bogota and the Four Seasons Casa Medina Bogota. She had previously served as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Punta Mita for seven years before moving to the Four Seasons Philadelphia as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Michael Bridges is now on the West Coast as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. He had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Viceroy New York and the Mondrian Soho.

Mia Giobbi has returned to California to the W Los Angeles as Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served as Director of Group Sales at the Westin San Francisco Market Street before taking on her most recently role as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Portland in Oregon.

Julie Branstrom has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado. She was most recently the Executive Director of Sales and Travel Agencies at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa.

Mark Calibo has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott’s Playa Largo Resort & Spa set to open in late summer. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center.

Leandro Cruz has been named Vice President of Sales at Casa de Campo. He is the former Director Leisure Sales North America for Melia Hotels International.

Erika DiProfio has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Most recently, DiProfio served as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations of Slater’s 50/50.

Mitch Jordan has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, taking over from Gino Marasco. Jordan has been in various sales positions with the resort for the past nine years.

The Boar’s Head Resort has named Ann Walker Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served in sales and marketing positions at Primland, the Greenbrier and the Homestead.

Dale Smith has been appointed Director, Strategic Accounts, for Hyatt Hotels. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. He is a former Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Auberge Resorts Collection has named Nicole Northrop-Jost National Group Sales Director for the Midwest region, based in the company’s Dallas national sales office. This is a return to Dallas for her, having served as a Senior Sales Manager for 11 years at the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas. She was most recently with the Broadmoor as Director of National Sales.

Blair Jones has been appointed Sales Manager for the Enchantment Group Hotels, Resorts and Spas. Jones was most recently a Group Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North.

Deanna Brown has been appointed Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Four Seasons Vail. Since 2005, she had served as Director of Catering at the Grand Hyatt Denver. She is the former Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort & Spa and the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Sylvain Desbois has moved to the St. Regis Mexico City as Executive Chef, taking over from Guy Santoro. Desbois was most recently in the same position with the St. Regis Punta Mita. He is the former chef at the Hotel Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach in Cancún and Epicure at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris.

The St. Regis Punta Mita has named Gabriel Kolofon Executive Chef, taking over from Sylvain Desbois. Kolofon was most recently with the (former) Capella Pedregal as Executive Sous Chef/Head Chef.

Truman Jones has joined the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as Executive Chef, taking over from Georg Paulussen. Jones was most recently the Executive Chef at the Lake Placid Lodge. He is the former Executive Chef at Ventana in Big Sur.

Eric Haugen has been named Director of Culinary for Zakarian Hospitality in New York. He is the former Executive Chef for the Lambs Club.

Guillermo Gomez has joined the Mayflower Grace as Executive Chef. He was most recently with Rocco Forte Hotels at the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Villa Group.

Serge Gouloumes is now in St. Martin as Executive Chef for the Belmond La Samanna. He is the former Executive Chef for Domaine des Etangs and Le Mas Candille.

Joseph Rose has joined the Terrace Restaurant in the Conrad Chicago as Executive Chef. Most recently, Rose was the Executive Chef at the Hotel Artista. He had previously served as chef at Sixteen, the Pump Room, and the Lockwood Restaurant and Bar at the Palmer House Hilton.

Elizabeth Hong has taken over from Matt Molina as Chef de Cuisine at Nancy Silverton‘s Mozza restaurants. She was most recently overseeing the Pizzeria kitchen.

The St. Regis Punta Mita has named Noe Navarro Pastry Chef. Most recently, Navarro served as Pastry Chef at the Hotel Velas Vallarta and the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

Robert Delaney has joined Chatham Bars Inn as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently Assistant General Manager at the Red Jacket Beach Resort also on Cape Cod. Delaney had previously spent 11 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in food and beverage posts with the Four Seasons Baltimore, the Four Seasons Philadelphia, and the Four Seasons Boston.

Jason Lajoie has joined the Andaz West Hollywood as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Restaurant Manager at Altitude in the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Jorge Paez has been named Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos. He had previously served in food and beverage posts with the Four Seasons Nevis and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Edward Delena has joined the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica as Director of Outlets. For the past year he had served as General Manager for Acabar in Los Angeles.

Kurtis Hurt has been named Director of Restaurants at L’Auberge Del Mar. He is the former Director of Banquets at the Ritz-Carlton Tucson.

Ludovic Guillon has joined the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara as Front Office Manager. He was most recently serving in the same post at Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta. He had previously served in similar roles for the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the Mandarin Oriental Miami and Halekulani.

Lexay Reina has joined the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club as Spa Director. She was most recently Spa Director for the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Reina had previously served as Spa Director and Health and Fitness Director for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. She is the former Spa Director at the Lago Mar Resort and Club in Fort Lauderdale.

 

EUROPE

Philipp Weghmann has been appointed Executive Vice President of Europe at Preferred Hotels in London. He was most recently serving Preferred as Area Managing Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Miami.

Guillaume Marly has joined the ME London as General Manager. He was most recently at the Chiltern Firehouse in London as Managing Director. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Ritz London and the Connaught.

Jean-Yves Blatt has joined the Chedi Andermat as General Manager, taking over from York Brandes. Blatt was most recently overseeing the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lausanne Palace & Spa and the Kempinski Hotel Le Mirador.

Peter Kienast has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin taking over from Thies Sponholz. Kienast is the former General Manager for the Lowry in Manchester, the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad, Le MéridienDona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Course, and the Schloss Elmau.

Frédéric Boivent has joined Les Pres d’EugénieMichel Guerard as General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Chateau de Mirambeau and Director of Rooms for the Hôtel Sezz Saint-Tropez.

The Hoxton, Shoreditch has appointed Simon Galic General Manager, taking over from Timothy Griffin who has been promoted to brand director of The Hoxton. Galic previously spent 11 years with Firmdale Hotels, most recently as General Manager at Number Sixteen in South Kensington.

Jan-Willem Roenhorst has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Ufa in the Russian Federation, slated to open in June. He is the former General Manager of the Hotel Bristol in Odessa.

The Landmark London has promoted Adolf Schauer to Hotel Manager. He had joined the hotel in 2012 as Financial Controller. He is the former Financial Controller of the Cavendish Hotel.

Olaf Galaburda is now in Lucerne at the Hotel Chateau Gutsch as Resident Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Parkhotel Adler in Germany. He is the former General Manager at the Riad Lotus Privilege in Marrakech.

Thomas Engelhart has returned to Scandic to take on the role of Chief Commercial Officer. He had previously served the company from 2007-2011 as Head of Commercial Functions. He had previously served as Managing Director of Coop Marknad and, most recently, as head of Nordics for Rezidor Hotel Group.

Dominique Ladet is now in Paris at Rosewood’s Hôtel de Crillon as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past eight years he had been serving as Global Director of Sales, Marketing, Communication for Fasano Hotels & Resorts in São Paulo.

Stéphane Trycionka has returned to the Hôtel Métropole in Monte Carlo as Director of Sales and Marketing, taking over from Claudia Venturini. Trycionka had previously served the hotel as a Senior Sales Manager, before taking on the role of Director of Sales North America for the Oetker Collection and Le Bristol. He was most recently with the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Cyril Kovarsky is joining Accor as Senior Vice President Global Sales. For the past 13 years, he had been with Orange, most recently as Senior Vice President Corporate Sales for Business Services.

James Dugan has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hampshire, taking over from Cyrille Pannier who is now at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Dugan had previously been with Four Seasons as Demi Chef de Partie at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. He was most recently the Executive Chef with the Stoke Place Hotel in Buckinghamshire and is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Hotel Café Royal.

Philippe Labbé has joined L’Arnsbourg in Baerenthal as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Shangri-La Paris as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at Château de la Chèvre d’Or and Château de Bagnols.

Christophe Moret has joined the Shangri-La Paris as Executive Chef, taking over from Philippe Labbé. Moret was most recently the Executive Chef at Paris’ Restaurant Lasserre. He was previously with Alain Ducasse at the Plaza-Athénée.

Peter Brunel has joined Lungarno’s Borgo San Jacopo in Florence as Executive Chef. He is the former chef at the Villa Negri in Riva del Garda, the Chiesa Restaurant in Trento, and Palagio59 in Rignano sull’Arno.

Melina Beckett has joined Estiatorio Milos in London as General Manager. She was most recently with the Conrad New York as Director of Catering and Events. She had previously served in catering posts with the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, the Mandarin Oriental New York and the Mandarin Oriental Miami.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Charlie Dang has been appointed Regional Vice President Southeast Asia at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Singapore. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Operations for Greater China.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has appointed Kurt Straub Vice President of Operations for India. He was most recently the Area Vice President for Hyatt’s full and select service hotels in Mexico. Straub is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mexico City and the Park Hyatt Zurich.

Michael Branham has returned to Thailand as General Manager of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle. He was most recently the General Manager for both the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi and had previously served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Singapore and the Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

Uday Rao adds to his current post as General Manager of the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan replacing Michael Branham to oversee both the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Sayan. Rao is the former Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Singapore, Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Mumbai, and, after 19 years with Four Seasons, tried his hand as General Manager of the Viceroy Resort Maldives. He returned to the company in 2012 to oversee the Sayan resort.

Frank Wesselhoefft has been appointed Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. He was most recently the General Manager for the Banyan Tree Seychelles. He is the former Resort Manager for the Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi.

Kent Zhu has been appointed Executive Vice President at Wanda Hotels & Resorts in Beijing. He is the former Global Chief Marketing Officer for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.

Torsten van Dullemen has been appointed General Manager at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Manila, which closed in 2014. He is the former Resident Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and General Manager of the former Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai.

York Brandes is leaving the position of General Manager at the Chedi Andermat to return to the home office of GHM in Singapore, as Vice President of Business Development.

Kai Behrens has moved over as General Manager to the Kempinski Hotel Xi’an. He was most recently overseeing the Kempinski Hotel Badamdar Baku. He is the former General Manager for the Hotel Bristol Sarajevo.

Nicholas Tse has been named General Manager at the JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an. He was most recently the General Manager at the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul. He is the former General Manager at the Renaissance Koh Samui & Spa, the Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok, and the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel.

Gino Tan has been appointed General Manager at Pan Pacific Singapore. He was most recently overseeing the PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore. Tan is the former General Manager of the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, the Grand Millennium Beijing and the New World Hotel in Dalian.

Tina Sim has been appointed General Manager at the PARKROYAL on Pickering taking over from Gino Tan. Sim was most recently General Manager, Special Projects, at Shangri-La International.

Simon Soo has been named Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Surabaya. For the past two years, he had been in a similar role for the Shangri-La Fuzhou.

Danesh Bamji has been appointed General Manager at the Pullman Hyde Park in Sydney. He was most recently the General Manager at the Novotel Brighton Beach.

Stephen Gould has moved to the Shangri-La Bangkok as Resident Manager. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Conrad Bangkok and had previously served in rooms positions at the Sofitel So Bangkok and the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.

Stefan Zich has joined the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Six Senses Can Dao as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously been managing food and beverage operations for the Regent Berlin, the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and the Kempinski Pragelato Village Resort.

Jan-Bastian Breuer has joined the Ritz-Carlton Macau as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently in a similar role at the Ritz-Carlton Sanya. Breuer is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and the Fairmont Dubai.

Brian Dye has been named Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Bora Bora. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Whistler. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing with the Raffles Canouan Resort and the St. Regis Bal Harbour.

Ann Kang has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen. Kang is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Dubai and Galleria and Associate Director of Sales at the Conrad Tokyo.

Dominik Trimborn has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Bangkok. He is the former Complex Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bali Resort and the Laguna Resort & Spa, Bali.

André Jacques has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langham Melbourne. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.

The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa has named Junya Ono Director of Sales and Marketing. Ono was most recently with the Hotel Okura Prestige Bangkok as Director of Sales and Marketing.

John Hawley has been appointed Director of Sales at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. For the last five years, Hawley served as director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Baltimore.

Nicholas Blair has been appointed Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Pudong in Shanghai. He is the former Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Dalian and the Shangri-La Tainan.

Ryuki Kawasaki has joined Mezzaluna in the Dome, Tower Club at Lebua as Chef de Cuisine. He had previously served in chef positions at the Restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire in the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and Sketch in London.

Holger Deh has joined the MGM Macau as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in the same role with the Four Seasons Beijing. Deh is the former Executive Pastry Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, the Peninsula Beijing and the Datai Langkawi.

Esther Oh has joined the Four Seasons Seoul as Director of Rooms. She was most recently the Director of Lodge Projects at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. She had previously served in rooms positions with the Beverly Wilshire and the Four Seasons Silicon Valley.

Anthony Freda has moved to Oahu to join the Turtle Bay Resort as Director of Rooms. He was most recently on Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani as Director of Food and Beverage. Freda is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Westin Maui Resort and Spa and the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Nick Solomon has been appointed General Manager at North Island Seychelles. He is the former General Manager at La Residence Hotel and Villas in South Africa.

Olivier de Guardia de Ponté has moved to the Constance Tsarabanjina as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Executive Assistant Manager for the Constance Belle Mare Plage on Mauritius.

Thomas Flindt has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Bahrain. He has been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts since 1982, most recently serving as General Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun in Lebanon.

Eylem Atalay has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Bodrum Hotel in Turkey. Atalay was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Istanbul.

Valérie Vayssiere has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Traders Hotel, Dubai. She was most recently with the Shangri-La Dubai as Director of Sales.

Nicolas Vienne has joined the Four Seasons Mauritius as Executive Chef. Vienne was most recently the Executive Chef for the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich. He is the former Executive Chef at the Sofitel So Bangkok, the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland and the Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort.

Luigi Gerosa has been named Vice President Culinary Development for Kerzner International based in Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Culinary for the MGM Macau. He is the former Executive Chef at the Mira Hotel Hong Kong, the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Christophe Gavois has been appointed Executive Chef at the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Ajman Sarai. Gavois is the former Executive Chef at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi and Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Hampshire and the Four Seasons Cairo at First Residence.

Chris Meredith has been appointed Executive Chef at Raffles Praslin in the Seychelles. He was most recently at Sandy Lane on Barbados as Executive Chef. He had previously been with the Dorchester Collection as Executive Chef at Coworth Park.

 

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