MARCH 2018 – HEADS above the Rest®

March 6, 2018
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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 2018

 

THE AMERICAS

 

Steve Wynn has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts. Matt Maddox will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts effective immediately. Maddox has served as President since 2013 and has been with the company since its founding 16 years ago.

Mehdi Eftekari is back in California as General Manager of the Four Seasons Napa Valley. For the past two years, he had served as General Manager of the Four Seasons New York after spending the previous 30 years in Southern California, most recently as General Manager at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the (former) Four Seasons Newport Beach.

Antoine Berberi has been named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Operations, for Proper Hotels. He was most recently the Regional Vice President of Operations and General Manager for the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco.

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia has appointed Leonard Buckley General Manager. Most recently, Buckley had been the General Manager of the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel.

Rubén Cambero has been named General Manager
at MacArthur Place in Sonoma. He is the former General Manager at The Inn at Dos Brisas.

The Omni Shoreham Hotel has named Mark Roche-Garland General Manager. Most recently, he was overseeing the Dupont Circle Hotel.

Mohan Koka has been appointed General Manager at the Kimpton Surfcomber Miami. Koka was most recently the General Manager of the Lowes New Orleans Hotel.

The Kimpton Ink48 Hotel has appointed Nick Ivezaj General Manager. He is the former General Manager for the Hotel Mela Times Square and most recently served with Highgate Hotels as General Manager of a new Hilton Hotel in Times Square.

Ben Perle has joined the Atticus Hotel as General Manager and Partner. He was most recently the Regional Vice President of Operations for Oxford Hotels in Oregon.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa has appointed Jim Mauer as Vice President/Managing Director. He is the former Managing Director of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove and of the Eden Roc Resort & Elle Spa.

Miguel Waldo has been appointed General Manager of the Amara Cay Resort in Florida. He was most recently with the Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo as General Manager. Waldo is the former Assistant General Manager of the Ramada Key Largo and General Manager of the Ramada Florida City.

Brian Kelleher has been named General Manager at the Capital Hilton Washington, D.C. He most recently the General Manager of the Hilton McLean.

Scott Hyden has joined Carlson Wagonlit Travel as Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of RoomIt. He was most recently Global Vice President of the Enterprise Customer Group for Travelport.

Dori Familiant is taking over from Brian Kelleher as General Manager of the Hilton McLean. Familiant was most recently overseeing the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC-Crystal City.

Jim Larson has been appointed General Manager at the Heathman Hotel Kirkland. Most recently, he was the General Manager for the Residence Inn Marriott Bellevue and the Hilton Suites Orange.

The Playa Largo Resort & Spa has named Kerem Kendigelen General Manager. He is the former Director of Food & Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton San Juan and the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

The Dominick Hotel (formerly the Trump International SoHo) has named Dant Hirsch General Manager. He is the former Regional General Manager, Americas, at Como Hotels and Resorts and General Manager for the Faena Miami Beach.

Blantyre has named Natalie Ward General Manager. She had spent the past four years as General Manager of the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Plymouth.

Joel Meyer has been named General Manager of the Foxhall Resort in Georgia. He is the former General Manager at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center and The Inn at Sea Island Resorts.

Justin Earle has joined the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa as General Manager. He was most recently the Assistant General Manager of the Hollywood Beach Marriott.

Celine Van Meer has been named General Manager at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino on Bonaire. She was most recently General Manager at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in Anguilla.

Anne-Marie Brooks takes over from Celine Van Meer as General Manager of the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in Anguilla. Brooks had served as an intern at the resort 28 years ago. For the past 21 years, she had been in various positions at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten.

Nicholas Hockman has joined Walt Disney Resorts as Senior Manager, Lodging. He was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms.

Jason Illstrup has been named President of the Downtown Madison Inc. He was most recently was the General Manager of the HotelRed Madison.

Ricardo Contreras takes over from Jason Illstrup as General Manager of the HotelRed Madison in Wisconsin. Contreras previously served as the General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wisconsin Dells.

Dennis Clark has been appointed Managing Director at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. He was most recently the General Manager of the Fairmont Mayakoba, following 12 years as General Manager of Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic.

Taira Siebenaler has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Chicago. She had been serving as Director of Rooms and is the former Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. 

The Turnberry Isle Miami has named John Rogers Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Restaurant and Bar Operations at EAST, Miami, and Director of Operations for Food and Beverage at the Faena Hotel. 

The Knickerbocker has appointed Karim Abdelhamid Hotel Manager. Abdelhamid was most recently the Resort Manager at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

Roger Florentine has been named Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. The Cornell graduate is the former Director of Rooms at the
Four Seasons Las Vegas. 

Reggie Kumar has been appointed Director of Operations at the Hotel Zephyr San Francisco. He had previously served as General Manager of the Sanctuary Beach Resort in Monterey for seven years.

George Tanzman has been appointed Vice President of Finance for Americas and Europe at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, Tanzman served as the Chief Financial Officer for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and had previously spent 22 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 

Joao Neto has permanently joined the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo as Director of Food and Beverage. For the past four months, he had been on the food and beverage task force for the resort after serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Anguilla.

The Four Seasons Vancouver has named Michel Schoucair Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in a similar capacity for the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Franck Desplechin has been named Director of Food and Beverage at L’Auberge de Sedona. He was most recently the Executive Chef
for the
Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa and the former
Executive Chef for the St. Regis San Francisco.

John Collings has joined the Pyramid Hotel Group as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Chatham Bars Inn. Collings is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

Michael Kaplan is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Del Coronado. He was most recently with Grill Concepts as Area Director of Operations and Director of Beverage.

Patrick Devine is now in the Pacfic Northwest as Director of Food and Beverage
 for the
 Pan Pacific Seattle. He was most recently the Director of Outlets at the Sheraton
 Miami.

Kathy Hastings has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. Hastings had previously served as Area Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Director of Food and Beverage at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

Denihan Hospitality has appointed John Chan Senior Vice President of Development. He was most recently in the same role for the SBE Entertainment Group and had previously served 12 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Garine Ferejian-Mayo has been named Senior Vice President of Market Strategy and Revenue Management at Denihan. She was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts based in New York City.

Sonia Rollins has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the InterContinental San Francisco. She was most recently in the same post at Meadowood in Napa Valley.

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail has named Amy Moser Harrison Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past 18 years, she had been with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

Elaine Gamer is the new Director of Sales and Marketing
 for the Langham Hotel Pasadena. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Long Beach. Gamer had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort and the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.

Chad Bustos has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Noble House Hotels and Resorts. He had been with the Irvine Company since 2006, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Ty Brassie has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hammock Beach Resort. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Carneros Resort and Spa and the Warner Center Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles.

Kathleen Shea has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for both Chatham Bars Inn and The Inn at Perry Cabin, based in New York City. Shea is the former Chief Marketing Officer for Canyon Ranch and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Americas, at Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

Erin Lovely has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Republic in San Diego. She was most recently at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, San Diego Bay Downtown, as Director of Sales.

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has appointed Vince Vito Director of Sales, Marketing and Events. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and the Grand Hyatt DFW.

Marshall Hilliard has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Most recently, Hilliard served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Charlotte.

The Live! Casino & Hotel appointed Dedren Bailey Vice President of Marketing. Bailey was previously at Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel in Mississippi as Director of Marketing.

Jennifer Jones has been named Director of Global Sales at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, Jones served as Group Sales Manager for the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla.

The Four Seasons Vancouver has named Edgar Kano Executive Chef. For the past two years, he had been in the same position at the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

Andrew Court has been named Executive Chef of The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. He was most recently at the Beverly Wilshire as Executive Sous Chef.

Jeremy Berlin has joined Blantyre as Executive Chef. He was most recently at Tuthill House at the Mill as Executive Chef and General Manager.

JC Colón has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hotel Republic. He was previously Executive Chef at Flour & Barley in the Headquarters at Seaport Village.

Eric Damidot is the new Executive Chef for the Park Hyatt Chicago. He was most recently in the same role at the Marriott Marquis and Wintrust Arena Chicago. Damidot is the former Executive Chef of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Joseph Lallave has been appointed Executive Chef at The London NYC. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park.

The Whitley Buckhead has named Marc Suennemann Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef of the Emory Conference Center Hotel Atlanta.

The Gates Hotel South Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton, has named Nicolas Bour Executive Chef. Bour was most recently the Executive Chef of Ocean House in Rhode Island.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon has named Angel Munoz Jr. Executive Chef. He had joined the resort in 2012 as Line Cook.

Angelo Konidis has been appointed Executive Chef at the Coconut Bay Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Couples Swept Away in Jamaica.

The Omni Dallas has named Greg Wallace Executive Chef. The CIA graduate is the former Executive Chef of the Naples Grand Beach Resort.

Randall Baldwin has been appointed Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. He had previously served in similar roles with the Westin Snowmass, the Snowmass Club, The Artisan Restaurant at the Stonebridge Inn Snowmass and the Limelight Hotel in Aspen.

Herve Cuyeu has joined the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort as Executive Chef. Cuyeu was most recently in a similar role for the Drake Chicago.

Gergely Seregi has been appointed Executive Chef of The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck at the Amway Grand Plaza. He is the former Executive Chef of the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Chef de Cuisine at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach.

Nicolás Di Paolo is the new Executive Chef at El Mangroove in Costa Rica. Most recently, he was the Executive Chef at the newly opened Mr. Robinson in Barcelona.

Daniela Koch has moved up the coast to the Four Seasons San Francisco as Director of Rooms. She was most recently in the same post for the opening of the InterContinenal Los Angeles Downtown.

Steven Chou has joined the Four Seasons Denver as Director of Rooms. He was most recently in the same position with the Four Seasons New York Downtown.

Luciano Bengardino has been promoted to Director of Rooms to join the Four Seasons St. Louis. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Toronto.

Garison Beale has been named Director of Rooms at Four Seasons Nevis. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Palm Beach as Director of Housekeeping.

 

EUROPE

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Karin Sheppard Managing Director Europe, based in Buckinghamshire. She was most recently serving the group as Chief Operating Officer of Australasia and Japan.

Maximilian von Reden has moved as General Manager to the Mandarin Oriental Prague. He was most recently overseeing the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta.

Lynn Brutman adds Regional Vice President to her General Manager duties at the Four Seasons Hampshire. She has overseen the Hampshire resort since 2016 after serving as General Manager at the (former) Four Seasons Canary Wharf.

Lisa Bovio has been named Chief Commercial Officer at YOTEL Limited in London. She is the former Chief Marketing Officer for Aman and Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Kerzner. 

Bruno Chiaruttini is the new General Manager of the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. He is the former General Manager at L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris.

The Hotel Es Princep has named Ilka Karl General Manager. Karl was most recently in a similar role for the Sant Francesc Hotel in Mallorca.

Benjamin Bel has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel du Vin Edinburgh. He replaces Lisa Steele, who left last year to join the AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast. Bel has spent the last two years as General Manager at the Malmaison Aberdeen.

Johanne Falconer has been appointed General Manager at Borthwick Castle in Scotland. She was most recently with the Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa as General Manager.

Eva Mount has joined the Athenaeum in London as General Manager, replacing Jeremy Hopkins. Mount was most recently overseeing the Arch London as General Manager.

The Arch London has appointed Ray Goertz General Manager, taking over from Eva Mount. Goertz was most recently the General Manager of the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch.

Yoram Biton has been appointed Managing Director of Central Europe for Leonardo Hotels in Berlin. He has been with the company in various positions since 2006.

Andrew Anthony has moved from Cliveden House to the University Arms in Cambridge as Deputy General Manager.

Ben Tish has been named Culinary Director for the Stafford London. He is the former Chef Director at the Salt Yard Group.

Nicole La Valette has been named Regional Director of Business Development, Northern Europe and Russia, for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, based in Frankfurt. She is the former Director of Marketing
of the Four Seasons Nevis and the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.

Jesús Arnedo has been appointed Development and Asset Director for Spain, France, Portugal and Andorra, at NH Hotels in Madrid. He was most recently serving the company as Regional Director of Operations in Mexico and Cuba.

Luis Arsuaga has been named Senior Vice President Development at NH Hotels in Madrid. He had previously been in similar development posts with overseen Jones Lang Lasalle and CBRE.

Laia Lahoz has been promoted to Chief Assets and Development Officer at NH Hotels in Madrid. She was most recently the Senior Vice President of Asset Management.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Heidi Kunkel has been named Vice President of Operations for Australasia for Hilton International, taking over from interim incumbent Sean Wooden, who will return to his position as Vice President, Brand Management, Asia Pacific. Kunkel was most recently Chief Executive Officer, New Markets Europe & Africa, for Club Med.

Stephanie White has been named General Manager – Residences – at the Rosewood Hong Kong. She was most recently with the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi as Managing Director and is the former Hotel Manager for the Rosewood Sand Hill.

Andrew Abram returns to the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta to take over as General Manager, replacing Maximilian von Reden. Abram had previously served as General Manager in 2004 before moving to serve as General Manager of the Niccolo Hotel Chengdu and as Managing Director of Soneva Kiri.

Adrian Messerli has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Shanghai. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Seychelles.

Kisan Jo has been named President at the Prince Resorts Hawaii in Honolulu, taking over from Donn Takahashi who is retiring. Jo was most recently serving the group as Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Xavi Gonzalez has been appointed General Manager at the St. Regis Singapore. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Sanya Edition.

Murray Aitken has joined the Six Senses Singapore as General Manager. He was previously with the Onyx Hospitality Group as Senior Vice President, Restaurants & Bars.

Rajat Chatterjee has been named General Manager at Le Meridien Chiang Mai. He is the former General Manager of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit.

Linda Pecoraro has been named General Manager of the Hilton Kota Kinabalu. Pecoraro is the former Hotel Manager at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Vikas Sharma has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Hyderabad Gachibowli in India. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Bangalore.

Sjefke Jansen has been named General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Jakarta. He is the former General Manager for the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jakri Rujirat has been appointed Hotel Manager at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. He was most recently at About Food Co., Ltd at BITEC Bangkok as General Manager.

Ashish Nehra is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Bengaluru. He was most recently in the same position for the Leela Ambience Gurugram in New Delhi.

Nelson Hilton has been appointed Senior Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur. Hilton was most recently in the same position with the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.

The Four Seasons Bengaluru has appointed Mahema Bhutia Director of Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Leela Palace New Delhi.

Shinta Mani Hotels has appointed Sophie Couturier Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Group Head of Sales with Samadhi Retreats in Kuala Lumpur.

Benoit Mouclier has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Le Méridien Cyberport in Hong Kong. The Lausanne graduate was most recently Director of Sales at the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong.

The Four Seasons Bengaluru has named Mayur Tiwari Executive Chef. He had previously served in similar roles for the JW Marriott Pune, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, and the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

James Holehouse has moved as Executive Pastry Chef to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. He is the former Executive Pastry Chef of the Grand Hyatt Taipei and, most recently, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

Oliver Scarf has been appointed Executive Chef at the Nanuku Auberge Resort in Fiji. He is the former acting Chef de Cuisine for Pescatore at the George Hotel in Christchurch.

Mary Bowens has moved as Director of Rooms to the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay. She was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Sydney.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Olivier Thomas has been appointed General Manager at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island. For the past three years, he had in the same position for the Four Seasons Casablanca.

Leonardo Baiocchi adds Regional Vice President to his duties as General Manager of the Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. He has been overseeing the hotel since 2016 after serving as General Manager for both the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus and the Four Seasons Sultanahmet 

Tom Fels has been named Chief Executive Officer at Singita Lodges in Cape Town. He was previously the Managing Director of Publicis Machine, and Chief Executive Officer of Nurun.

Taras Ettl has been appointed new Managing Director and Vice President of Middle East and Asia Operations at Steigenberger DMCC in Dubai. Ettl has just completed a six-year stint as Vice President of Development for Middle East and Africa at InterContinental Hotels Group in Dubai. 

Stephane Duvacher has been appointed General Manager of the InterContinental Mauritius Balaclava Fort. He was most recently the General Manager of the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. 

Karim Nahas has been appointed General Manager at the Pearl Rotana Abu Dhabi, slated to open this month. For the past two years, he had served as General Manager of the Towers Rotana, Dubai.

Patrick Moukarzel has been named General Manager of the Al Bait Sharjah, scheduled to open later this year in the UAE.  He is the former General Manager at the Soneva Jani, the Rice Miller Penang, and Chedi Club Suzhou.

Vincent Chasseignaux has joined the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Ten Trinity in London as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Chasseignaux is the former Director of Restaurants of the Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has named Hani Philobbos Director of Marketing Communications EMEA, based in Dubai. He was most recently with Majid Al Futtaim as head of External & Executive Communications.

Valerie Vayssiere has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont Dubai. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. Vaysiere is the former Director of Sales at the Shangri-La Dubai.

 

 

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Edited by Susana Parks, Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy
The Boutique Search Firm

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