MARCH 2016 – HEADS above the Rest®

March 7, 2016
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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 2016

 

THE AMERICAS

Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett, passed away Sunday night after a brave and brief battle with colon cancer. She was 52 and had taken office less than a year ago. Before her presidency at Cornell, Garrett served as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California, where she oversaw the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 16 other professional schools, according to the University. At Cornell, Several of Garrett’s decisions also sparked controversy, including the January decision to form the College of Business.

 

Jay Stein has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Dream Hotel Group in New York. He was most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer.

John Tolbert has been appointed President at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. He is the former President of Sales and Marketing for Blackstone. Most recently, Tolbert had been the Managing Director of the New York Palace during its transition ownership from Northwood Investors to the Korean Lotte group.

Meredith Gelacak has joined the Cachet Hotel Group as President of Hotel Operations – Americas. She had most recently spent 15 years with Hilton Hotels Worldwide, including as Vice President of Food and Beverage.

Philip Dailey has returned to New York as Vice President Transitions for Denihan Hospitality. He was most recently the Managing Director at the 1 Hotel South Beach.

Michael Sharlet has been named Area General Manager at Nantucket Island Resorts. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Cape Cod. Sharlet had previously spent fifteen years with Four Seasons, most recently overseeing rooms division for the Four Seasons Philadelphia and the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Acqualina Resort & Spa has promoted Christof Pignet to General Manager. He was most recently serving the resort as Hotel Manager, after joining in 2011 as Director of Rooms Division. Pignet is the former Front Office Manager at the Hay Adams in Washington, D.C.

Pina Purpero has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Purpero was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

Jason Williams has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Zephyr in San Francisco. He is the former General Manager of the Sheraton Agoura Hills, Hotel Manager at the Doubletree Atlanta-Buckhead and the Doubletree Los Angeles Westside.

Anne-Juliette Maurice is now in the Berkshires, taking on the role of Vice President of Operations for the Main Street Hospitality Group. She is the former General Manager at the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Setai Fifth Avenue (now the Langham).

Hart Hotels has named Gérard Kiladjian General Manager for its Maine properties: the Inn at Diamond Cove, Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina, the Portland Harbor Hotel. He had previously served as General Manager of the Portland Harbor Hotel before taking on his most recently role as General Manager at the Cliff House Resort & Spa.

Jeff Stewart has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Director of Operations at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

John Carns has been appointed General Manager at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. He was most recently the General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Andrew Tilley has been appointed General Manager at Meliá Hotels’ INNSIDE New York NoMad. Most recently, Tilley was General Manager of the Meliá Nassau Beach. He is the former General Manager of the Gran Meliá Golf Resort Puerto Rico.

Tammy LeBlanc has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Québec. Most recently, she served as General Manager of the Hilton Toronto Airport.

Eddie Timmons has moved as General Manager to the Carlton Hotel New York. Timmons was most recently the General Manager at New York’s Affinia Gardens.

James Wroblewski has been named General Manager for the W Los Angeles, taking over for Mark Eberwein. Wroblewski was most recently the General Manager for the W New Orleans- French Quarter. He is the former Director of Operations at the W Chicago-City Center and the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

Sid Ramani is now in Georgia as General Manager of the Andaz Savannah. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza.

Mark Eberwein has moved as General Manager to the W Las Vegas, slated to open in September. For the past two years, he had been overseeing the W Los Angeles. Eberwein is the former Director of Operations at the W San Francisco and Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Deer Valley.

Donte Johnson has been appointed General Manager at the Mason & Rook Hotel in Washington, D.C. scheduled to open in the spring. Johnson was most recently the General Manager of Kimpton’s Surfcomber in South Beach. He is the former General Manager of the Topaz Hotel.

Felip Boyero has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director of the Americas at Room Mate Hotels in Miami. He was most recently serving as Sales Manager, South America, for Air Europa.

Jeremy Wilhide has been named General Manager of the Kimpton Monaco Chicago. He was most recently overseeing Kimpton’s Hotel La Jolla. Wilhide is the former General Manager at the Cypress Hotel and the Hotel Goleta.

Alexandra Azoulay Byrne was named General Manager of the Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. She had been that hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing some 14 years ago.

The Bardessono Hotel & Spa has named Nanci Sherman General Manager. She had previously overseen Miraval in Tucson, the W New York, and the Hotel Monaco.

David Mariotti has joined the One Ocean Resort & Spa as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach.

Reto Torriani is back in California at Timber Cove as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Royal Phuket Yacht Club and the Manathai Khao Lak.

Robert Grossman has been appointed General Manager of the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Suites Key West.

Vincent Vienne has been appointed Managing Director at The Quin in New York. Most recently, Vienne was the General Manager of the Sofitel New York. He is the former General Manager of the Sofitel Philadelphia.

Ian Gee has joined the Sheraton Park Anaheim Resort as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager for the Sheraton Agoura Hills. Gee is the former General Manager of the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel and Hotel Manager for the Sheraton Universal Hollywood.

Tim Johnson is the new General Manager at the Smith Fork Ranch in Colorado. He is the former General Manager of the Spoke on Center, the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa, and the Resort at Paws Up.

Ousmane Diop has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Preston Nashville. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Roosevelt Hotel Seattle.

Irby Morvant has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina.

Carlos Blanco has joined the Cachet Corazon in Cabo San Lucas as General Manager. He was most recently in the same role for the Resort at Pedregal. Blanco is the former General Manager of the Viceroy Zihuatanejo.

Lin Schatz has been named opening General Manager at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort. Schatz was most recently the General Manager at the Andaz West Hollywood and had previously overseen the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.

Patrick Beaury has joined the Royal Property Group in Medellin, Colombia, as Vice President of Hotel Operations. He had previously spent 12 years with Four Seasons, most recently as Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Will Jones has been named General Manager for Keswick Hall & Golf Club. Jones was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Jeffery Burrell has been appointed General Manager of the Westin Portland Harborview in Maine. He was most recently the General Manager of the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Colorado.

Susan Choi-Grant has taken on the role of Managing Director for the AKA Central Park in New York. She was most recently with Trump Soho as Director of Group Sales. Choi Grant had served in similar sales positions at the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

The Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, has named Julian Smaldoni General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Thompson Playa del Carmen. Smaldoni is the former Managing Director of the Faena Buenos Aires.

Sam Beall, the 39-year-old owner of Blackberry Farm, was killed in a ski accident.

Thomas Carreras has been named opening Hotel Manager at the soon to open Four Seasons New York Downtown. For the past three years, the Lausanne graduate had served as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. He is the former Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons George V Paris and Director of Rooms for the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Brooke Gardner has been promoted to Resort Manager and will be joining the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas. Gardner has been with the company for over 25 years, most recently serving the Four Seasons Las Vegas as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Four Seasons New York, the Four Seasons Westlake Village and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Octavia Marginean has moved up to the St. Regis New York as Hotel Manager. She was most recently overseeing the Tribeca Grand Hotel as General Manager.

The New York Hilton Midtown has appointed Victor Freeman Hotel Manager. Freeman was most recently with the Carlton New York as General Manager. He had previously overseen the Surrey Hotel and the Affinia 50.

Steven Carro has moved as Director of Operations to the Eventi Hotel New York. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Mark Hotel.

Bruce W. Koch, the long time Chief Financial Officer for Philadelphia-based Starr Restaurants, has died. He was 60.

Patrick Grismer has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at Hyatt Hotels in Chicago. He was most recently the Chief Financial Officer at YUM! Brands. Grismer is the former Vice President, Business Planning and Development, for the Disneyland Resort and Chief Financial Officer for the Disney Vacation Club.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has appointed Ben Campsey Chief Financial Officer. Campsey was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at the Hilton Head Health Weight Loss Resort and Wellness Spa. He is the former Director of Finance at the Umstead Hotel and Spa and Canyon Ranch Tucson.

Chris Hodge has been named Director of Finance at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. He was most recently serving as Senior Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting for the Miami Beach EDITION. Hodge had previously served in similar finance roles for the JW Marriott Chicago, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, and the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel.

Patrick Bevins has been named Senior Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting at the Orlando World Center Marriott. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Bevins is the former Assistant Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.

Eric Haugen has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Restaurants with Zakarian Hospitality. He was most recently serving the company as Director of Culinary. He is the former Executive Chef at the Lambs Club and Chef de Cuisine for the Ocean House.

Susan Terry has been appointed Vice President of Culinary and Food and Beverage Operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She most recently served as Vice President of Culinary Operations for Hyatt Hotels.

Mark Weber has been promoted to Director of Culinary Operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. The CIA graduate is the former Executive Chef at the Mason Street Grill.

John Makin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, who had been the Executive Chef at the Remington, the Crescent Court, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills prior to opening the Table Bay Hotel in South Africa, has passed away. He had recently been the Director of Food & Beverage at Callaway Gardens in Georgia.

Robert Clarke has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Matthieu Barthet-Barateig has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. He joined the resort in 2014 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously held food and beverage positions with the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

Paul McCabe has been appointed Director of Food, Beverage and Culinary Operations, for the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix. McCabe had previously served as Executive Chef at Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar, Delicias at Rancho Santa Fe, and La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.

Patrick Scully has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Scully is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Charlotte and Director of Restaurants and Bars at Le Méridien New Orleans.

Paul Sykes has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. He was previously in a comparable position at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

Dustin Lapekas has been named General Manager – Service and Training, at 50 Eggs for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at Acqualina Resort and Spa. Lapekas has previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Waterstone Resort & Marina.

Silverwest Hotels has appointed David Thorpe Managing Director of Design and Construction. Thorpe was most recently the Vice President at Shaw Construction in Denver.

Juan Carlos Name has joined the Aparium Hotel Group as Director, Transitions and Compliance. The Cornell graduate was most recently serving as Business Transformation Manager, Hotel Operations and Guest Service Delivery at InterContinental Hotels Group.

Yvonne Choi has been promoted to Chief Development Officer ­ Americas and Global Head of Residential at Cachet Hotel Group based in Los Angeles. She was most recently serving the group in Asia as Chief Marketing Officer.

Sam Trotter has been appointed Corporate Brand Strategist at Charlestowne Hotels. He is the former Director of Ecommerce and Business Development at Boutique Hospitality Management.

Jim McPartlin has joined the Forbes Travel Guide as Executive Trainer. He was most recently overseeing the Loews Regency New York. McPartlin is the former General Manager of the W New York and the W Hollywood.

Emily Harris has been appointed Director of Human Capital and Development at the Pan Pacific Seattle. She was most recently the Human Resources Manager with Seattle Sportservice, a subsidiary of Delaware North.

Laura Martinez has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. She is the former Director of Human Resources at Le Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood.

After 15 years with Auberge Resorts, including a few as Chief Marketing Officer, Caroline Macdonald is joining Rosewood as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas and Europe. Prior to joining Auberge Resorts in 2001, MacDonald was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the One&Only Palmilla.

Sharon Siskie has been appointed Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales at Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando. She has been with the Disney Company for over 21 years, most recently as Vice President of International Marketing and Sales.

Nate Hardesty has been appointed Regional Vice President, Sales, at Hyatt Hotels, based in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Hardesty was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Orlando. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa & Casino, and the Grand Hyatt Denver.

Hyatt Hotels has appointed Christopher Finelli Regional Vice President Sales, based in Chicago. He was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Finelli is the former Associate Director of Sales for the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Carole Pichot Johnson has been appointed Director of Group Sales – the Americas – at FRHI Hotels & Resorts. She had previously been managing the sales team for both Le Méridien Monaco and Le Méridien Nice.

JP Lind has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Exclusive Resorts in Denver. Lind was a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at SpotRight.

Jon Chocklett is now in Beverly Hills, overseeing marketing for the Beverly Wilshire. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for the Watergate Hotel. Chocklett is the former Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

The Gansevoort Hotel Group has appointed Gemma Keating Corporate Director of Sales. Keating most recently served as the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Knickerbocker New York.

Shirley Dunn Hanks has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Auberge Resorts VieVage Los Cabos slated to open late 2016. She was previously National Leisure Sales Director Western Region for Auberge Resorts Collection and is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa.

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has appointed David Almond Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently serving as Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels of Downtown Chicago.

Rachael Palumbo has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Nobu Hotel Eden Roc in Miami. For the past eight years, she was in a similar role at the One&Only Ocean Club in Nassau.

Barry Rodriguez has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Loews New Orleans. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and had previously served in a similar role for the Windsor Court New Orleans.

John Yeadon has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. He was most recently in the same role at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Paul Sposare has been appointed Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the SBE Hotel Group, overseeing the SLS Park Avenue and the Redbury New York (the former Martha Washington Hotel). For the past four years, he had served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.

Kelly Merryfield has returned as Director of Sales and Marketing to the Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York, taking over from Paul Sposare. She had previously served in the same position from 2007 to 2008. Merryfield is the former Director of Sales at the Peninsula New York and Director of Entertainment Sales for the New York Palace.

Chuck Moses has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin. He was most recently with the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown as Sales Director.

Jessica Quiroz has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. Most recently, Quiroz served as the hotel’s Transient Sales Manager and is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Element by Westin Miami International Airport.

Judith Garcia has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pullman Miami Airport. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sonesta Coconut Grove. Garcia is the former General Manager of the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa and Senior Director of Global Sales, Latin America, with Wyndham Hotel Group.

Heather Krasnow has been appointed Director of Marketing at Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Santo Domingo. She had previously served as Director of Marketing for Resorts World.

Angel De Lara has moved as Director of Sales to the Sunset Tower Hotel. De Lara was most recently in the same post for the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Sherman Oaks.

Stephanie De Ortiz has been appointed National Sales Director Western Region at Auberge Resorts based in Los Angeles. She was most recently serving as a Senior Sales Manager at the Leading Hotels of the World.

Gina Milani has been appointed Associate Director of Marketing at Elegant Hotels Group. Milani is the former Director of Advertising at Resorts World Bimini.

Ali Kayhan has joined Thomas Preti Catering & Events in New York as Vice President Sales and Marketing. He is the former Corporate Director of Sales and Special Events for Todd English at The Plaza New York. Kayhan had previously been in a similar role for English at the InterContinental Hotel Times Square.

Aida Dapena has been named Executive Director of Catering and Conference Services at 1 Hotels Miami. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Special Events at the Viceroy Anguilla.

Jeff Watson has moved as Senior Catering Sales Manager to the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. He was most recently in the same role for the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.

Heather Eubank has been appointed Director of Events at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. She was most recently in a similar role at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Lesli Reynolds has been appointed Senior Vice President of Revenue for Omni Hotels. She was most recently serving the company as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Brooke Blakely has been named Director of Revenue Management for the Hollywood Roosevelt. Blakely is the former Director of Revenue Management for Shutters on the Beach, Casa Del Mar and the Langham Pasadena.

The Loews Regency New York has appointed Catherine Medrano Executive Chef. Most recently, she worked as the Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson. Medrano had previously served as Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt Chicago and the (former) Stanhope Park Hyatt.

Shaun Acosta has been promoted to Executive Chef with his move to the Four Seasons New York Downtown. He was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Baptiste Peupion has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and is a former Chef de Cuisine at the Shangri-La Paris.

Guillermo Gomez has been appointed Executive Chef at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort in Cabo San Lucas. Gomez was most recently the Executive Chef at the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.

Paul Wade has been appointed Executive Chef at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. Wade was most recently at Toscanini in Beaver Creek as Executive Chef. He is a former Executive Chef of the Little Nell and the Lodge at Vail.

Gordon Maybury has been appointed Executive Chef at Turnberry Isle Miami. He was most recently in the same role for the Arizona Biltmore.

Frank Ziegler has joined JC Resorts as Corporate Executive Chef. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Lord Baltimore and the Pullman Hotel Jakarta.

Marc Osier has joined the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa as Executive Chef. He is the former Chef at the Resort at Pelican Hill and Sunriver Resort.

The Caneel Bay Resort has appointed Nicholas Arnold Executive Chef. He was most recently at the New Albany Country Club in Ohio as Executive Chef.

Julien Asseo has been promoted at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace to Executive Chef, taking over from Mathieu Chartron. Asseo was most recently serving as Chef de Cuisine.

Le Cirque has named Massimo Bebber Executive Chef, taking over from Matteo Boglione who had moved to Florence. Bebber was most recently the Executive Chef at Sirio, the recently shuttered restaurant at the Pierre.

Mark Dayanandan has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. He has been with the company for 25 years, most recently as Executive Chef for the Hilton Austin and the Hilton Pittsburg.

René Yaron Cahane has been named Executive Chef at the Landings St. Lucia. He was most recently in a similar role at the Blue Waters Resort and Spa in Antigua.

Juan Bochenski has joined Cap Juluca as Executive Chef. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at Rosewood’s Inn of the Anasazi. He is the former Executive Sous Chef for Rosewood Jumby Bay.

Succeeding Juan Bochenski, Edgar Beas was appointed Executive Chef of the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. Most recently, Beas was Chef de Cuisine at Madera, at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

David Didzunas has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando. He was previously the Executive Chef for the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport.

Jeffrey Powell has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport, taking over from David Didzunas. Powell was most recently the Executive Chef for the Hyatt Morristown.

Nelson Erazo has joined Jardenea at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel as Executive Chef. He was most recently serving in the same position for the Silversmith Hotel in Chicago.

Cory Seykoski takes over from Nelson Erazo as Executive Chef at the Silversmith Hotel. Seykoski is the former Sous Chef at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dana Hauser has been named Executive Chef at the Fairmont Grand del Mar in San Diego. Hauser is the former Executive Chef at the Fairmont Waterfront and Executive Sous Chef with the Fairmont Royal York.

Willis Loughhead has moved to the Barclay InterContinental Hotel as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef for the Union League Club and the Plaza New York.

Patrick McElroy has been appointed Executive Chef at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas. He was previously the Executive Chef at Grain Restaurant in the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities.

Todd Sicolo has been named Executive Chef for the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, scheduled to open in August. Most recently, he served as Executive Chef for the Shelborne Grand in South Beach.  He is the former Executive Chef for the Grove Park Inn and Spa in Asheville, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, and the Boca Raton Resort and Spa.

Jason Roma has been appointed Director of Restaurants at the Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Roma was most recently Managing Partner of Kiki’s Sandbar on Little Torch Key and General Manager of Guy Harvey’s Island Grill in Key West.

Nathaniel Brethold has joined Nico Osteria in Chicago as General Manager. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Loews Chicago. He had previously overseen food and beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

Rene Clemente is now in Santa Barbara at the Canary Hotel as General Manager at Finch & Fork Restaurant. Clemente was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa.

Steven Chou has moved as Director of Rooms to the Four Seasons New York Downtown. For the past four years, he had been in the same position for the Four Seasons Houston. Chou is the former opening Front Office Manager for the Four Seasons Vail.

Gianni Rivera has been named Spa Director for the Hotel ZaZa in Houston. Rivera was most recently in the same role in San Antonio for the Mokara Hotel.

 

EUROPE

Dirk Fuehrer has joined Worldhotels as Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Kristin Intress who is leaving the company. Fuehrer is the former Chief Commercial Officer at the Steigenberger Hotel Group.

Martin Rhomberg takes over for Marc-Olivier Raffray as General Manager for the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva. Rhomberg was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg. He is the former General Manager at the Four Seasons Damascus.

Thomas Kochs has been appointed Managing Director at Café Royal in London. For the past five years, he held the position of General Manager for Claridges.

Aaron Kaupp is now in Paris at the Raffles Royal Monceau as General Manager, replacing Serge Ethuin who is now at the Métropole Monte Carlo. Kaupp was most recently in Florence as General Manager at Belmond’s Villa San Michele. He is the former General Manager at the Armani Hotel Milano and the Palazzo Sasso.

André Vedovelli has been promoted to General Manager at the Grand Elysée in Hamburg. Vedovelli was most recently serving as Deputy Director. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow.

Marco Truffelli has been appointed General Manager of the Verdura Resort in Sicily. The Cornell graduate was most recently the General Manager at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia.

Enrique Tasende has been appointed General Manager at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Grand Cayman Marriott and the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort.

Peter Kienast has been appointed General Manager of the Hotel de Rome in Berlin. He was most recently in Manchester, England as General Manager at the Lowry, a sister property within the Rocco Forte Collection.

Alex Incorvaja has been promoted to General Manager at Le Méridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa in Malta. He joined the resort in 2015 as Director of Operations. He is the former Director for the Malta Tourism Authority and Director of Sales and Marketing with the InterContinental Malta.

Richard Finn has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Cambridge City Centre. He is the former Cluster Director of Business Development for Hilton Hotels Worldwide in the UK.

Guy Bertaud has been appointed General Manager at the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel. He had previously overseen the H Dubai and served as General Manager for lnterContinental Le Vendôme Beirut. Prior to that, he had been a Deputy Manager at the Plaza-Athénée (Paris) for several years.

Emmanuelle Smith has been appointed General Manager at the Hôtel Edouard 7 in Paris. She is the former Director of Operations for the Paris Marriott Opéra Ambassador.

Louise Jones has been appointed General Manager at the Townhouse Hotel Manchester. She was most recently overseeing the Holiday Inn at MediaCityUK.

Benjamin Bel has been appointed General Manager at the Malmaison Aberdeen. He is the former Operations Manager of Baxter Storey, Sodexo Prestige, and of Somerset House.

The Louvre Hotels Group has promoted Mark Aldridge to Director of Operations for UK and Iberia. He had joined the company in 2006 as Head of Operations UK, before taking on the role of Head of Operations Northern Europe in 2014.

John Mclean has joined the Lanesborough as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire.

Moustafa ElGayar has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard in London. He was most recently in the same role for the Shangri-La Vancouver.

Quentin Garreau de Labarre has been promoted to Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Four Seasons George V Paris. He was most recently serving the hotel as Restaurant Director at Le George.

Céline Lemercier has been named Vice President Human Resources at Louvre Hotels Group in Paris. She succeeds Robert Erwan, who had assumed the interim position for six months after the departure of Emmanuelle Greth. Lemercier was most recently serving as Group Director of Human Resources for the Compagnie des Alpes.

Remy Merckx has been appointed Vice President Marketing EMEA at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels. He had joined the group in 2013 as Senior Director e-Business Development, before moving into his most recent role as Vice President Digital Marketing in 2014.

Ruth Owen-Overton has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Lucknam Park in Bath. She was most recently in a similar role at Ellenborough Park Cheltenham Spa.

Camille Lorigo has been named Marketing Manager at the Athenaeum Hotel and Residences in London. She is the former Brand Manager for D&D London at the South Place Hotel.

Isabel Diggins has been appointed Revenue and Marketing Manager at the Coaching Inn Group. She had spent that last decade as Revenue Manager with Jupiter Hotels Management, Puma Hotels and New World Hotel Operations.

Philippe Labbé is taking over from Laurent Delarbre at La Tour d’ Argent as Chef de Cuisine. He is currently the Chef de Cuisine at L’Arnsbourg. Labbé is the former Executive Chef for the Shangri-La Paris and Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or.

Matteo Guida has been promoted to Executive Chef with his move to the Four Seasons Lion Palace St Petersburg. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Moscow.

Gareth Bowen has been appointed Executive Chef at Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, replacing Emil Minev. Bowen was most recently serving as Cluster Executive Chef for Marriott Hotels in London.

Raúl Cob has been appointed Executive Chef at the Kempinski Bahía in Spain. He was most recently the Head Chef at El Faro restaurant at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel, The Pearl, Doha.

Conor Toomey has been appointed Executive Chef at Amberley Castle in Arundel, replacing Robby Jenks who has moved to the Vineyard, near Newbury. For the past two years, Toomey had served as Head Chef at Storrs Hall in Windermere.

Tom Biddle has been appointed Executive Chef at the Park Regis Birmingham. He is the former Head Chef at the Tudor Park Marriott in Kent.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Jennifer Cronin has been promoted to President at Marco Polo Hotel Group in Hong Kong, succeeding Eric Waldburger who has retired. Cronin had been Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the group and had assumed the position of President Designate for the past six months.

Anthony Ross has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Hotel Aryaduta Group based in Jakarta. He was most recently with Preferred Hotels and Resorts as Executive Vice President, based in Hong Kong.

Christian Poda has been appointed General Manager at the Four Seasons Jakarta. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Pudong, Shanghai.

Joyce Zhao has been promoted to Hotel Manager and moved to the Four Seasons Pudong, Shanghai. She was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Guangzhou and had previously served in the same role at the Four Seasons Beijing.

Go Kondo has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Ritz-Carlton Bali. Kondo was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Osaka as Director of Operations and had previously served in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

Anne Scott has been appointed General Manager of the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur Hotel & Residences, scheduled to open later this year. She was most recently the General Manager of the St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort on Hainan Island.

Marcus Bauder has been appointed General Manager at the Shangri-La Tokyo. He is the former Resident Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Alan Stocker has been appointed General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria Beijing. He was most recently at the Hilton Chongqing in the same position.

Andrew Davidson has been appointed General Manager for the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa and Area General Manager. He previously held the role of General Manager of the InterContinental O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel in South Africa.

Mark Stanford has been appointed General Manager at the Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji. He was most recently serving as pre-opening General Manager for the Royal Purnama Bali.

Laurent Boisdron is the new General Manager for the Radisson Blu Cebu. For the past two years, he had served as Corporate Director of Operations for Owned & Managed Hotels, Americas, with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

The Mantra Group has appointed Scott Wallace to the role of Regional General Manager – New Zealand. Wallace was most recently with Wyndham Hotels as Director of Operations – Queensland, Victoria & New Zealand.

The Gesit Group of Companies has named Richard Mau Vice President – Hospitality Operations and Development. His most recent role has been pre-opening General Manager for the JS Luwansa Hotel and Convention Center in Jakarta.

Matthew Hurley has been named Area Manager for Rydges Hotels Queensland and General Manager at the newly opened Rydges Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. He was most recently the General Manager at the Rydges Tradewinds in Cairns.

Justin Boydell takes over from Matthew Hurley as General Manager at the Rydges Tradewinds. Boydell was most recently the General Manager of the Rydges Darwin Airport Resort and Hotel.

Andrea Muegge has been named General Manager of the Evason Ana Mandara in Vietnam. She is the former Hotel Manager at the Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul and the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.

Phuong Nam Nguyen has been appointed General Manager of Apricot Hotel in Hanoi. She was most recently in the same role for the Prestige Hotel Hanoi.

Jo Finnigan has been promoted to General Manager at the Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown, taking over from Lynne McVicar who has left after 18 years at the property. For the past 16 years, Finnigan had served the hotel as the Director of Sales, Distribution and Marketing.

Olivier de Guardia de Ponté has been promoted to General Manager at the Constance Moofushi in the Maldives. He had joined the resort in 2015 as Resident Manager.

Ronald Dooremalen has been appointed Hotel Manager at Raffles Singapore. He was most recently the Director of Operations for Raffles Praslin, Seychelles.

Chonlaniti Racharit has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin in Thailand. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Dusit Princess Chiang Mai.

Kartik Kapoor has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and is joining the soon-to-open Four Seasons Jakarta. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Langkawi.

Oliver Kreuzer has joined Marriott International in Hong Kong as Senior Director of Restaurants and Bars Asia Pacific. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager with the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Kreuzer is the former Resident Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Anuj Sharma has been named Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Bali. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Krabi.

Sanjeev Shukla has been named Senior Director of Marketing overseeing the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Four Seasons Moscow and Director of Marketing of the Four Seasons Mumbai.

Arif Patel has been named Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Distribution for India for AccorHotels. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing South Asia.

Martijn Dekker has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Raffles Jakarta. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.

Suwat Uawattanasuroj has been appointed Director of Sales at the Swissôtel Resort Phuket. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Panwa Beach Resort Phuket.

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Yvette Peverell Director of Communications – Australasia & Japan. She had previously worked for Accor Asia Pacific and most recently for Mantra Group.

Conny Andersson has been appointed Executive Chef at Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand and will continue in his current role as Group Executive Chef for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. He is the former Executive Chef at the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain.

Marco Riva has joined the Four Seasons Jakarta as Executive Chef. He was most recently serving with LVMH Group’s Café Cova as Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations after serving a stint as Executive Chef with the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai.

Gael Lardiere has been appointed Executive Chef at Plaza Athénée Bangkok. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

Matt Kemp has been appointed Executive Chef at Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly. Kemp was most recently heading up the Charing Cross Hotel Dining Room in Sydney.

The Peninsula Bangkok has named Nicolas Pelloie Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in a similar role at Robuchon Au Dome at the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Rami Sayess has been named Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Beirut. He was most recently overseeing the Four Seasons Doha. Sayess is the former Regional Vice President and General Manager for the Four Seasons Bangkok.

Todd Cilano takes over for Rami Sayess as Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Doha. Cilano was most recently serving as Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita.

Mauritius native Marc-Olivier Raffray returns home to take over from Todd Cilano as General Manager at the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita. Raffray was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, following several years as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons George Cinq.

The Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza has named Imran Changezi Hotel Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers and the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Baku.

Guenter Gebhard is now in Turkey as General Manager for the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. He was most recently the General Manager for the One&Only Hayman Island.

Richard Alexander has been appointed General Manager for the Jumeirah Al Naseem slated to open this summer. Alexander had previously served as General Manager for the Viceroy Anguilla, the Marylebone Hotel London, and as Senior Vice President Food and Beverage at Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas.

Ahmed Sabry has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Cairo Heliopolis. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Makkah Hotel.

Joerg Roterberg has been appointed General Manager at Raffles Praslin in the Seychelles. He was most recently the Vice President of Operations at Elite Island Resorts. Roterberg was previously with the InterContinental Sandton Towers, Johannesburg as General Manager.

Russel Storey has been named General Manager at the Kempinski Soma Bay. He was most recently the General Manager for the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa. Storey is the former General Manager at the Tudor Park Country Club Marriott.

Anna-Marie Dowling has been appointed Complex General Manager overseeing the Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre. Since 2013, she had been with the Sofitel London Heathrow as General Manager. Dowling is the former General Manager at the Royal Horseguards and Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel & Café Royal.

Stefan Radstrom has been appointed General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt Regency Istanbul ­ Ataköy.

Osama Ibrahim has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager for the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai.

Michael Jabbour has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the InterContinental Muscat. He was most recently serving as Rooms Division Manager for the Crowne Plaza Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road.

Sanat DeSilva has joined the Shakeeb Resort & Spa in Saudi Arabia as pre opening Operations Manager. DeSilva is the former General Manager at DuSai Resort & Spa Bangladesh.

The Al Faisaliah Hotel has named Christian Wolny Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore and Rooms Division Manager for the Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai.

Stefan Breg has been appointed Director, Food and Beverage Europe, Africa and Middle East at Starwood Hotels & Resorts based in Dubai. He had previously served as Head of Concept Development for InterContinental Hotels Group for Asia and the Middle East.

Hossam El Said has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island.

Michel Fouque has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Raffles Dubai. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager for the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.

Georges Akar has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Beirut. Akar joined the company in 2011 as Director of Sales, Middle East, before moving into the role of Director of Sales for the Four Seasons Riyadh. He is the former Director of Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

Holger Frehde has returned to Marrakech to take on the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for M Avenue, a development that includes the Four Seasons Private Residences Marrakech. He had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Four Seasons Marrakech before taking on his most recent role as Director of Marketing with the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Sherifa Issa has been promoted to Senior Director of Sales and Marketing overseeing the Four Seasons Egypt Hotels and Resorts. She was most recently leading sales and marketing for both the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza and the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano.

Christian Pertl has been appointed Vice President of Sales Operations at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts for the Middle East and Africa based in Dubai. He was most recently with the Jumeirah Group as Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing for the MEASA region.

Anna Olsson has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. She was most recently the Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, and the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Seema Pande has been appointed Director of Sales at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai. She was most recently with the Address Hotels and Resorts as Group Director of Sales and Marketing for the Emaar Hospitality Group.

James Haigh has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Elewana Collection in Nairobi. He was most recently with Tourvest in East Africa as Joint Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sales and Marketing.

Berlyn Kilala has been appointed Cluster Revenue Director at the Emirates Grand Hotel in Dubai. She had previously served as Revenue Manager for the Sheraton Athlone Hotel in Ireland.

Leonardo Concezzi has been named Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. He was most recently the Executive Chef and Culinary Director at the (defunct) Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. He had previously served in similar roles for the Mazagan Beach Resort and the St. Regis Bangkok.

Tuomas Heikkinen has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fairmont Dubai. He was most recently in the same role for the Raffles Dubai.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Wirth March 8, 2016 7:15 am

    Benoit, just great ! …. above the rest !
    The possible immediately, the impossible takes a little longer !
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    Best wishes,
    Peter

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  2. Gaetano Petruzzella March 10, 2016 12:28 pm

    Hi Peter what a great surprise reading your message. All the best! Gaetano

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