MAY 2012 HEADS above the Rest®

May 7, 2012
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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

MAY 2012

 

 

THE AMERICAS

Sergio Rivera has been promoted to Co-President of Starwood Americas. He has been with the company for over 23 years, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership.

 

Osvaldo Librizzi has been promoted to Co-President of the Americas for Starwood. He has been with the company for over 37 years, most recently as President of Latin America.

 

John Peyton has been appointed to the new role of Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives for Starwood. He has been with the company for over twelve years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations for Starwood North America.

 

Starwood has promoted Robert Hermany to replace John Peyton in an expanded role of Chief of North American Operations and Global Initiatives. He has been with the company for over fifteen years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations, North America.

 

At Global Hyatt, Harmit J. Singh, currently the company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, will continue to serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer until August 15, 2012, and will be an Executive Vice President of the Company from August 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012, at which time he will pursue other career opportunities. His successor will be Gebhard F. Rainer effective August 15, 2012. Rainer currently serves as Managing Director, Europe/Africa/Middle East and has been with Hyatt since 1988.
Also at Global Hyatt, Chuck Floyd will lead the Global Operations Center, based in Chicago. He has been with Hyatt for more than thirty years and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – North America.

32-year Hyatt veteranRakesh Sarna will lead the new Americas region. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – International.

Steve Haggerty will lead Global Hyatt’s new Real Estate and Capital Strategy group. Haggerty joined Hyatt in 2007 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate and Development. A Cornell graduate, he previously served with Marriott International in senior development positions both at its Bethesda World Headquarters and in Hong Kong.

 

Chris Cahill has joined Las Vegas Sands in the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Global Operations. For the past two decades, he had been with Fairmont Raffles International and in 2006 took on his most current role of Chief Operating Officer.

 

Michael Glennie takes over from Cahill as President and Chief Operating Officer at Fairmont Raffles Hotels. Glennie was most recently serving the company as President Real Estate and Development, a position he held since joining the company in April 2008. He is also a former Senior Vice President of Boca Resorts.

 

Giovanni Beretta has accepted the position of General Manager of the Carlyle in New York City. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Miami. Marco Zanolari replaces him as Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Miami coming from the Beverly Wilshire where he is currently the Director of Food & Beverage.

After a 24-year career with Four Seasons Hotel, Harry Gorstayn has joined the future Radisson Blu Mall of America as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Philadelphia and the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

 

The Fairmont Dallas welcomes Michael Musarra to the role of General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager for the Fairmont San Francisco.

 

John Price has moved to the Sutton Place as General Manager. He was most recently in the same post for the Sax Chicago. Price is the former General Manager at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.
Vito Romeo has been promoted to General Manager, moving to the Shangri-La Vancouver. He was most recently the Resident Manager for the Shangri-La Beijing. Romeo is the former Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage for the Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong, also a Shangri-La operation.

 

Duncan Graham is the new Managing Director for Rosewood Tucker’s Point, taking over from Brian Young who left suddenly in Mid-January. Graham had spent the last five years as Managing Director of Rosewood’s Mansion on Turtle Creek. He had originally joined Rosewood as General Manager of San Ysidro Ranch and is a former General Manager of the St. Regis Houston.

 

Mike Case has taken on the role of General Manager for the Westin Westminster in Colorado. Since 2008, he had served in the same role for the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. He is the former General Manager for the Oxford Hotel in Denver and Assistant General Manager at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park.

 

Jan Lucas takes over from Case as General Manager of Sage Hospitality’s JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. Lucas has been with Sage since 2003 most recently in the corporate offices as Divisional Vice President.

 

The Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape has named Jim Hollister General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the FireSky Resort & Spa.

 

Cheryl Martin takes over from Hollister as General Manager of FireSky Resort & Spa. This is a promotion from her most recent position at the resort as Assistant General Manager.
The W Los Angeles has named James Gancos General Manager, taking over from Ren Hirose who is now overseeing the W Scottsdale. Gancos is a former Senior Vice President of Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.
The Ritz-Carlton Denver has appointed Steve Janicek General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. In Denver, Janicek takes over for Andrew Rogers reassigned by Ritz-Carlton to China.
Stacy Martin has been named General Manager at the Heldrich in New Jersey. She is the former General Manager of the Ellis Hotel in Atlanta and the Shores Resort in Daytona Beach.

 

Jack Breisacher has returned to the Swissôtel Chicago taking on the post of General Manager. He had previously served as Hotel Manager before taking on his most recent post overseeing the Swissôtel Beijing.
Gnell Abracosa has moved to the Custom Hotel at LAX as General Manager. She was most recently overseeing sister property the Thompson Beverly Hills. She is the former General Manager of the Sé San Diego.

 

Taking over from Abracosa as General Manager of the Thompson Beverly Hills is Dene Nui. Nui was most recently the General Manager of the Donovan House in Washington, D.C. a former Thompson property, now operated by Kimpton.
The Setai Miami Beach has appointed Guenter Richter Vice President and Managing Director. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Setai Fifth Avenue in New York City. Richter is also the former General Manager of the Regent Bal Harbour, the St. Regis New York (twice!) the Drake New York, the Grand Bay Miami, the Grand Bay New York and the (former) Remington Houston.

Taking over from Guenter Richter as General Manager at the Setai Fifth Avenue is Francois-Olivier Luiggi. Luiggi joined the hotel in 2010 as Hotel Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Mark and Executive Assistant Manager at the Carlyle. Luiggi is also a nine-year Four Seasons veteran, whose tenure peaked as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Training and Standards.
Jamie Holmes has joined the Nantucket Hotel & Resort as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis. He is the former General Manager of the Resort at Paws Up, the Biras Creek Resort and Peter Island.

 

Donald Bowman is the new General Manager for the Carmel Valley Ranch, taking over from Daniel Korn. Bowman is the former General Manager of the Public by Ian Schrager in Chicago. He previously spent fourteen years with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

 

Peter Walterspiel takes over from Donald Bowman as General Manager of the Public by Ian Schrager in Chicago. He was most recently with Richfield Hospitality in Denver as Director of Operations and Transitions. He is the former General Manager of the Sheraton Universal and Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Venetian Las Vegas.

 

Jan Henningsen takes over from Christel Cabanier as General Manager of the Hotel BLOOM! Henningsen was most recently serving as General Manager for the Standard Downtown Los Angeles after serving for three years in the same role for the Standard Hollywood.

James Palmer takes over as General Manager from Henningsen at the Standard Downtown. Palmer was most recently overseeing the Maritime Hotel in New York.

 

Randall Wilkie has joined Sandy Lane in Barbados as General Manager replacing Robert Logan, who has left the company. Wilkie was most recently overseeing nearby Cobblers Cove. He is the former General Manager of Blue Waters Hotel & The Cove Development on Antigua.

 

Marcus Mueller has joined the Hotel Luxe Rodeo in Beverly Hills as General Manager. H was most recently serving as Director of Rooms at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Alain Negueloua takes over from Susanne Hatje as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Boston. He rejoins the company after his most recent role as General Manager at Meadowood Resort. He was previously serving as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, and the Mark in New York.

 

Matt Hagerman has been named General Manager for the Willows Lodge near Seattle. He is the former General Manager the Woodmark Hotel.

 

Julian Miller takes over from Thomas Mathes at Kimpton’s Eventi Hotel. He was previously the Hotel Manager of Kimpton’s Hotel Marlowe and Nine Zero in Boston. He is the former Operations Manager at the Onyx Hotel.

 

Ronald Nagy has moved to the Four Seasons Palm Beach as Resort Manager. He was most recently serving as Director of Rooms with the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Nagy also served in various positions at the Four Seasons Hampshire and the Four Seasons Hualalai.

 

Michael Pedder has moved to the Four Seasons Chicago as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Austin. Pedder is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele.
The Four Seasons Costa Rica has promoted Neal Herman to Director of Residences. He joined the resort in 2010 as Assistant Director of Rooms. He has been with the company for over ten years in various posts at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons New York.
The Four Seasons Nevis has promoted Karen Davella to the role of Director of Residences. She has been with the resort since 2007, most recently as Residences Accounting Manager.

 

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has promoted Susanne Hatje to Group Director of Residences, based in San Francisco. She was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Boston. She joined the company in 2000, serving as General Manager for the Mandarin Oriental Munich, the former Mandarin Oriental Kahala and the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

 

Denihan Hospitality Group has promoted Dani Elhachem to Vice President, Operations. He was most recently serving the company as Regional Managing Director, Southeast.

 

Thomas Mathes has joined Denihan Hospitality Group as Regional Vice President of Operations, New York. He was most recently the General Manager at Kimpton’s Eventi in New York. He is the former General Manager of the Muse New York.

 

Mark Eberwein has joined the W San Francisco as Director of Operations. It is a promotion from the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Deer Valley. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Gateway, and the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

 

Delta Hotels and Resorts has promoted Matthew Cornell to Director of Asset Management. He had previously worked as a Senior Consultant at PKF Consulting in Toronto.

 

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has appointed Todd Wood Vice President of Technology, the Americas and Global Applications, based in Atlanta. He was previously the Vice President of Information Services at the Sea Island Company before taking on his most recent post with PC Mall, Inc.

 

Karen Ayad has moved as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Since 2010, she had been with the
Four Seasons London at Park Lane as Director of Food and Beverage. She had previously served within the Catering team at the Four Seasons London before refurbishment. Ayad is the former Director of Catering and Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hampshire.

 

The Four Seasons Philadelphia has named Tomas Vlasek Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Nevis. He is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.

 

James Cole has moved to the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. For the past two years, he had been in a similar post with the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.

 

The Four Seasons Costa Rica has named Robert Graney Director of Food and Beverage. For the past six years, he had been in the same post for the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Michael Blaksteen is joining the Chatham Bars Inn as Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Texas. He had previously overseen food and beverage for the Makena Beach and Golf Resort and served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

 

Kevin Dott has joined the Hawks Cay Resort in Florida as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role at the Woodstock Inn and Resort. He had previously served in food and beverage management positions for the Gaylord National Resort in Maryland, the Greenbrier and the Sagamore.

 

David Hoemann has joined Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza in Chicago as Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently in Denver, serving as Senior Vice President Food and Beverage Operations for Sage Hospitality and the Sage Restaurant Group. He is the former Vice President Food and Beverage for Joie de Vivre.

 

Myra Pasco has been appointed Director of Human Resources for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. She was most recently serving in a similar role for Front Range Community College following eighteen years with Marriott.

 

Karen Vallecillo has joined the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix as Director of Human Resources. She was most recently in the same post for the Silverado Resort and Spa. Vallecillo is also a former Director of Human Resources for the St. Regis Aspen.

 

Hilton Worldwide has named Stuart Foster Vice President of Marketing. He is the former Vice President of the Southeast Region for Moët-Hennessy USA, a division of LVMH.

 

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Larry Light Global Chief Brands Officer. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer for McDonald’s Corp.

 

Loews Hotels and Resorts has named Bruce Himelstein Chief Marketing Officer. He is the former President of Oceania Cruises, Chief Marketing Officer for Kerzner International and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

 

Steven Spivak is now Vice President, Transient Sales, at Loews Hotels. He was most recently holding the position of Corporate Director of Global Sales for the company. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown and the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner.

 

David Woodward has been appointed Director of Sales, Americas, for Relais & Châteaux. He was most recently serving as Director, Operations, at Private Label. He is a former Regional Director, Marketing – Eastern USA for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.

 

Extended Stay Hotels has appointed Thomas Seddon Chief Marketing Officer. He was most recently with InterContinental Hotels as Group Chief Marketing Officer. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund.

 

Cooper Hotels has appointed Valerie Morris to the newly created position of Corporate Director of Sales and Community Relations. She was previously with Caesar’s Entertainment Midsouth as Regional Vice President of Communications, Community Affairs, Sales and Convention Services.

 

Joe Gaeta has joined Denihan Hospitality in New York as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Regency. He is the former Director of Sales at the New York Palace.

 

Sean Lynch is leaving his recently earned position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trump Soho to take a similar post at the Waldorf-Astoria Chicago. Lynch had taken over from Sharon Telesca-Feurer at Trump Soho when the latter moved to the Peninsula New York.

 

At the St. Regis New York, Trine Ackelman will be filling the vacant position of Director of Sales and Marketing. She hails from the nearby Omni Berkshire Place. She has previously toiled at the St. Regis as Director of Sales, after a stint handling Group Sales for the W Hotels of New York.

 

Iman Butler takes over from Scott Robison at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same post for the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

 

Todd Gillespie has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Skamania Lodge in Washington State. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Waterfront Place Hotel and Morgantown Event Center. Gillespie is the former Vice President of Sales for the Greenbrier and Director of Sales at the Ocean Reef Club.

 

Marty Bertone has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, set to open in early June. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ravella Resort (the former Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas). He is the former Director of Sales of the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and La Quinta Resort & Club.

 

The Homestead has named Lynn Swann Director of Marketing and Communications. She was most recently the Director of Public Relations at the Greenbrier.

 

Todd Piety is now in Chicago at the Sutton Place Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with the W Atlanta Buckhead as Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

 

The Mayfair Hotel has named Saun Lightbourne Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Lightbourne was the Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Menin Hotel Group in Miami Beach.

 

Karl Chase has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing and Interim General Manager for the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

 

Deborah Lisboa has moved to the Mondrian in West Hollywood as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Century City. Lisboa is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the London Hotel in West Hollywood and its previous incarnation, the Wyndham Bel Age.

 

Grace Duncan has joined the Standard Miami as Director of Sales. She was most recently in New York as Regional Director of Sales for Morgans Hotel Group. She had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Thompson Lower East Side, the Setai Club New York and the Setai San Diego.

 

Sylvie Rothenberg has joined Dolce Hotels And Resorts as Global Account Director. For the past seven years, she had been with Accor as Global Sales Director, Business Travel and Meetings.

 

Rachel Klein has been appointed Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Boston. Klein most recently was Executive Chef of Aura and Tamo Bar at the Seaport Hotel.

 

Dana Hauser has joined the Fairmont Waterfront as the first female Executive Chef for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. She is the former Executive Sous Chef at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel.

 

Damon Gordon is now in Los Angeles as Executive Chef for the “new-improved” Water Grill. He was until a few months ago in Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef for the Jefferson. He is the former Executive Chef of the (former) Ivy Hotel in San Diego and Ono at Hotel Gansevoort in New York. At the Water Grill, he replaces former “Top Chef” Amanda Baumgarten.

 

Amol Agarwal has joined the Ritz-Carlton South Beach as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position for the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Agarwal had previously served in culinary posts at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, the former Ritz-Carlton Huntington and the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall.

 

Mark Ching has been named Executive Chef at the Loews Coronado Bay. He is the former Chef at Sundance.

 

Gianluca Re Fraschini has been named Executive Chef of Eden Roc at Cap Cana. He was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at L’Atelier des Sens in Paris. Prior to that, he held the title of Executive Chef at Andrea at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

 

Richard Boyer has been named Executive Chef of the American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. Most recently he was the Executive Chef at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He had previously served in kitchens for the Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the Phoenician and the Broadmoor.

 

Arnaud Berthelier has joined the Biltmore in Coral Gables as Chef de Cuisine for Palme d’Or, taking over from Philippe Ruiz. He was most recently with the Peninsula Shanghai as Chef de Cuisine for Sir Elly’s. He had previously spent twelve years with Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts.

 

Vincent Pilon has joined Bottega Louis in Los Angeles as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in a similar post in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort. He is the former Assistant Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Master Chef for the Bellagio.

 

Belinda Chang has been appointed Beverage Director at Culinary Concepts by Jean Georges, based in New York. She was most recently overseeing Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar. Chang is the former Wine Director at The Modern and the Fifth Floor.

 

Christian Philippo has joined the SLS Hotel At Beverly Hills as General Manager for Bazaar By Jose Andres. For the past ten years, he had been the General Manager at Patina.

 

Jean-Philippe Teresi has joined Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Hotel and Casino as General Manager. He is the former Director of Operations for Sugar Factory and Bradley Ogden, both in Las Vegas.

 

Sylvain Briens is the new General Manager at Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. He was most recently serving as General Manager at Le Bec-Fin.

 

 

EUROPE

 

Dubliner Robert Nolan has moved to the position of General Manager at the Four Seasons Dublin. He had served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Palo Alto since 2009.  He is the former Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i and Director of Rooms with the Four Seasons Chicago.

 

Christopher Cox has joined the Falkensteiner Hotel Schloss Velden as General Manager. Most recently, he spent two years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Victoria Jungfrau Collection. Previously, he served as General Manager for the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz.

 

Alessandro Cabellais the new General Manager at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice. He is the former General Manager for the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa and the Hotel Mirabeau.

 

Alain Rigazzi becomes General Manager of the Hotel Warwick Geneva. He is the former General Manager of the Ramada Jumeirah Dubai and the Mövenpick İzmir. He was also the General Manager of the Warwick Seattle for five years.

 

James Lane has been appointed General Manager of the Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh. Since 2009, he had been the General Manager of the Colonnade in Little Venice, London. He had previously spent five years at the Ritz London in various roles.

 

Robin Saunders has been named General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Cologne. He is the former General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki and Resident Manager at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.

 

Jacques Morand has been appointed General Manager for the Park Hyatt Zurich. He is the former General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Belgrade.

 

Hom Parviz takes over from Morand as General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. He is the former General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Bishkek.

 

Gozde Eren takes over from Parviz as General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek. She was most recently the Resident Manager for the Hyatt Regency Kiev. Eren is the former Director of Rooms at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul.

 

Simone Giorgi has joined the J.K. PlaceCaprias General Manager. He is the formerGeneral Manager for Hotel Il Salviatino.

 

Christel Cabanier has been named General Manager at the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi and District Director Belgium, Netherlands and France for Park Inn by Radisson. For the past four years, she had served as General Manager for the Hotel BLOOM! in Brussels. Cabanier was previously the Operations Manager for the Park Plaza Astrid Antwerp for ten years.

 

The Grosvenor House has named Morten Skumsrud Hotel Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort.

 

Sascha Lenz has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Andaz Liverpool Street in London. Lenz most recently oversaw food and beverage for the Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg in Russia.

 

Nicolas Grounin is now in London as Director of Food and Beverage at the future Bulgari Hotel. He was most recently at Mix in Las Vegas as General Manager. This is return to London for Grounin who had previously served as Food and Beverage Manager at Alain Ducasse in the Dorchester.

 

Antoine Santini has been named Deputy Food and Beverage Director for the Fairmont Monte Carlo. He was most recently in a similar post with the Hôtel Royal Mansour in Marrakech.

 

Michel Gehrig has moved into the position of Vice President Talent Development at Kempinski Hotels, taking over from Henrike Gosemann who is leaving the company. Since 2008, Gehrig had served the company as Vice President Culinary.

 

The Dorchester Collection has named Arabella El Barkouki Director of Sales and Marketing of Le Richemond Genève. She was previously the Dorchester Collection’s Regional Sales Director for the U.K.

 

Patricia Criqui has joined the Shangri-La Paris as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently overseeing France and Benelux as Director of Sales for Rocco Forte. Criqui is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Concorde La Fayette.

 

Isabelle Birem has been appointed Senior Vice President Direct Sales for Accor, replacing Cédric Gobilliard, who was appointed Senior Vice President Global Sales. Birem was most recently responsible for Air France KLM’s loyalty program, Flying Blue.

 

The Bulgari Hotel & Residences London, which is set to open later this month, has appointed Robbie Pepin to oversee Il Ristorante. Pepin joins from Alain Ducasse‘s La Trattoria in Monaco. He had previously worked with Ducasse at L’Andana in Tuscany and at the Four Seasons Florence.

 

Andreas Schatzschneider has been promoted to Executive Chef and moved to the Ritz-Carlton Vienna. He was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.
Philippe Joannes is now overseeing the kitchens for the Fairmont Monte Carlo. He is the former Chef for Café Lenôtre in Cannes.

 

Julien Jouhannaud, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for more than 10 years, most recently as the Executive Chef at Adour in the St. Regis Washington, D.C. is now the Executive Chef at Adour at the St. Regis New York.

 

Jean Sevegnes is now in France as Executive Chef at the Moulin de L’Abbaye. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at Adour by Alain Ducasse in New York. This is a return to France after serving in culinary posts at La Chèvre d’Or and Les Crayères.

 

Frédéric Breuil has joined the Fairmont Montreux Palace in Switzerland as Executive Chef. He had previously served six years as Executive Chef at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz.

 

Paolo Sari has taken over the helm in the kitchens of the Monte-Carlo Beach. He is the former Executive Chef at San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort and the Chia Laguna Resort Spa.
Andrés Lopez-Dafonte has joined the Westin Paris Vendôme as Front of the House Manager. He was most recently the Opening Deputy General Manager at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, following two years at AmanresortsHotel Bora Bora.

 

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

 

Stephen Ho has been promoted to President of Asia Pacificfor Starwood. He has been with the company for over 31 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Starwood China.

 

Qian Jin has been promoted to the title of President of Greater China for Starwood. He has been with the company over 26 years, most recently as head of Starwood’s operations for China.

 

Dirk De Cuyper has moved up to Senior Director Luxury Openings for Hilton China. He was most recently the General Manager at Waldorf Astoria on the Bund Shanghai.

 

Simeon Olle has taken over from De Cuyper as General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund Shanghai. He is the former General Manager at The Address Downtown Dubai and the Park Hyatt Beijing.

 

Daniel Aylmer has been appointed General Manager of Le Royal Méridien Shanghai and Area Managing Director, East China, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He had previously served as General Manager at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang and the Sheraton Suzhou Hotel & Towers.

 

David Sullivan has joined the Parkroyal Singapore as opening General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager for the Pan Pacific Seattle. He is the former Vice President of Human Resources for Abercrombie & Kent Destinations and spent over sixteen years in rooms operations with Four Seasons.

 

Steven Greenwood has been named General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Terragal in New South Wales. He was most recently the General Manager of the InterContinental Wellington.

 

Scott Hamilton takes over from Greenwood as General Manager of the InterContinental Wellington. He was most recently the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders and IHG’s Area Manager of Human Resources for Victoria.

 

Graham Kiy has been appointed General Manager of the Jumeirah Guangzhou, slated to open in 2013. He was the former pre-opening Hotel Manager for the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. Prior to that, he worked with the pre-opening development team of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel.

 

Andrew Rogers has been transferred to China with Ritz-Carlton and will be the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu slated to open in late 2012. He had been the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Denver for the past three years.

 

Carlson Rezidor has named Thomas Monahan Executive Vice President Development for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. He is the former Executive Vice President of International Development at the Wyndham Hotel Group.

 

Heiko Roeder has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Guangzhou. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage for the Andaz Shanghai. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Hyatt on the Bund.

 

Andy Wong has been promoted to the position of Director of Food and Beverage, joining the soon-to-open Four Seasons Pudong, Shanghai. He had spent the past ten years at the (former) Regent Hong Kong, most recently as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

 

Irene Tan has been named Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Beijing. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Shangri-La China World Summit Wing and Director of Marketing at the Peninsula Beijing.

 

Andrea Greybanks has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Raffles Singapore. Greybanks was previously the Regional Director of Sales, Middle East, for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

 

Scott Robison is now on Maui at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past four years, he had been in the same post for the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. He is the former Director of Sales for the Lansdowne Resort.

 

The Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin has appointed Prawate Khumchart Director of Sales and Marketing, based in Bangkok. Most recently, he was the Cluster Director of Sales at Courtyard by Marriott Resorts Thailand.

 

Adi Sidhwa has moved to Bangkok as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Grand Hyatt Erawan. Sidhwa was most recently in the same position for the Andaz Wall Street and the former Associate Director of Sales for the Grand Hyatt New York.

 

Claudine Flores has been named Director of Group Sales at the Four Seasons Lanai. She was most recently with the Four Seasons Palo Alto as Director of Sales.

 

Bambi Bryant has been named Director of Leisure Sales for the Turtle Bay Resort, based in Los Angeles. Previously, she served as Global Director of Leisure Sales for Accor.

 

Alex Morrison has been named Director of Revenue Management for the Turtle Bay Resort. He was most recently senior area Director of Revenue Management for Crestline Hotels & Resorts.

 

Sotiris Ananiadis has been promoted to Executive Chef, moving to the Four Seasons Tokyo. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Beirut and the former Executive Sous Chef for the W Retreat & Spa Maldives.

 

The Viceroy Bali has named Graeme Pullen Executive Chef for its CasCades Restaurant. He is the former Executive Chef at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa in Western Samoa.

 

 

The Four Seasons Hualalai has named Adam Bardetta Director of Rooms. Since 2007, he had served as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

 

Jeevan Prakash has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Regent Singapore. He has been with the hotel since 2003, most recently as Assistant Director of Rooms.

 

Raffles Singapore has appointed Massimo Moreschini Director of Rooms. He is the former Rooms Division Director for the Celtic Manor Resort.

 

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

 

The Six Senses Zighy Bay welcomes Axel Jarosch as General Manager. Most recently, Jarosch was the Operations Director in charge of hotel openings for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas based in Abu Dhabi. He is the former General Manager of the Anantara Al Madina A’Zarqa Oman Resort & Spa.

 

Thomas Gebler has joined the Rosewood Abu Dhabi as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. He is the former Director of Operations for the Hotel Astoria St. Petersburg.

 

The Fairmont Baku, slated to open in August in one of the three Flame Towers, has named Jean-Luc Aman Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same post for the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat.

 

John Cordeaux has been named opening Executive Chef at the Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, slated to open in September. He is the former Executive Chef at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel.

 

Cyril Calmet has been named Chef de Cuisine at Pearls and Caviar in the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Peninsula Chicago and Sous Chef for the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

 

 

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


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