MAY 2017 – HEADS above the Rest®

May 2, 2017
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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 2017

 

THE AMERICAS

 

Vera Manoukian has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Denihan Hospitality Group in New York. She was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Greg Hartmann has been named Senior Vice President – Luxury, Lifestyle, Resort and Corporate Development, at Hilton Hotels. He had previously led the Strategic Advisory & Asset Management Services Practice as Managing Director for the Hotels & Hospitality Group in North America for Jones Lang LaSalle.

Summit Hotel Properties has appointed Jonathan Stanner Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He was most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer at Strategic Hotels & Resorts.

Edward Shapard has been named Managing Director Hospitality for Timbers Resorts. He was most recently managing the St. Regis Deer Valley. Shapard is the former General Manager of the Elbow Beach Bermuda, and Hotel Manager for the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental New York.

Suzie Mills has been named Area Managing Director at Trump Hotels in New York and will oversee both the Trump Soho and Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.

Mohamed Elbanna has been promoted to General Manager and joined the Four Seasons Palm Beach. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Elbanna is the former Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis.

Richard Poskanzer has been promoted to take over for Mohamed Elbanna as Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Westlake Village. Poskanzer had joined hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served in food and beverage management roles at the Four Seasons Palo Alto and the Four Seasons Santa Fe.

Pablo Molinari has been appointed General Manager of the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis. He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Ryan Laskey has been appointed General Manager of the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel in Redwood City. He is the former Complex General Manager of the Westin Houston Galleria Hotel and the Westin Oaks Houston Hotel after serving in the same position overseeing the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel and the Aloft San Francisco Airport Hotel.

Mairead Hennessy has joined the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa as General Manager. Hennessy is the former General Manager of the Asilomar in Monterey.

Tom Tabler has moved as General Manager to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. Most recently, Tabler was overseeing the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Barbara Perzigian has been named General Manager at the Hotel Via in San Francisco. She had previously overseen both the Cupertino Inn and the Grand Hotel.

Onal Kucuk has been named General Manager at the Camby in Phoenix. Most recently, Kucuk held the position of General Manager of the Hotel Lincoln in Chicago.

David Bodette has been named General Manager for Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina in Rhode Island. He was most recently the General Manager for the ART Hotel in Denver. Bodette is the former Hotel Manager of the Viceroy Snowmass and Assistant General Manager at the Fairfax at Embassy Row.

Aaron Coburn takes over from David Bodette as General Manager at the ART Hotel. He has been promoted from his most recent role as Hotel Manager. Coburn is the former Director of Operations at the Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride.

Michael Brown has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Brown was most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Hilton Grand Vacations.

Tod Morrow has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. He was most recently the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Denis Volic has been appointed General Manager of the Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara. Volic was previously the General Manager of La Bellasera Hotel & Suites in Paso Robles.

Rudy Tauscher has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel New York. He is the former General Manager at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York and the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Prince Sanders has been promoted to General Manager at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, taking over from Suzie Mills. Sanders was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

Stephen Batta has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton New York Times Square. He is the former General Manager of the JW Marriott Essex House New York and the Renaissance New York.

Lloyd Van Horn has joined the Colony Palm Beach as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Executive Director of Lodging Operations at the Ocean Reef Club. Van Horn is the former General Manager at the Partridge Inn in Augusta.

Winfred van Workum has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour.

Jermaine Anderson has joined the Virgin Hotel Chicago as General Manager, taking over from opening General Manager Anna Anderson. He was most recently at LondonHouse Chicago as General Manager.

At the soon-to-open Virgin Hotel San Francisco, Michel Notten has been appointed General Manager. He comes from the Viceroy Hotel Group following 11 years with Starwood.

Ali Osman has been appointed Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano.

Mazen Saleh has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. He joined the resort in 2015 as Director of Food and Beverage. Saleh had previously served in food and beverage management roles at the Four Seasons Austin and the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh.

Janine Gerlich has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Vancouver.
For the past two years, she had been with the JW Marriott Resort and Spa Phuket, as Director of Food and Beverage and Acting Hotel Manager.

Will Jones is now at the Montage Palmetto Bluff as Hotel Manager. He was most recently overseeing Keswick Hall and Golf Club in Charlottesville.

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has promoted Nathan Ayres to Director of Food and Beverage. He joined the resort in 2015 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Ayres had previously served in food and beverage management roles with the Four Seasons Philadelphia and the Four Seasons Maui.

Nijad Fares has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Viceroy Santa Monica. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Clift Hotel San Francisco.

Matt Schalk has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. He was most recently with Hyatt Hotels as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the West Region.

Michael Dojlidko has joined the Rosewood Hotel Group as Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Group Head of Legal. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President, General Counsel ­ EAME.

Shanon Ferguson has been named Head of New Operations at Soho House. Ferguson is the former General Manager of Soho House New York and Director of Food and Beverage at the SLS Hotel Los Angeles.

Sileshi Mengiste has been named Vice President Operations at the Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Yountville. Mengiste was most recently the Divisional Vice President of Remington Hotels’ Luxury Division.

Chris Lee has been appointed Director of Operations at Canyon Ranch. He was previously in the same role at the newly-opened Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort Kaplankaya in Turkey.

Ruben Sabater has been appointed Director of Operations at the Marenas Beach Resort in Miami. He is the former General Manager of the Sherry Frontenac Resort in Miami Beach and Director of Operations for One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa.

Peter Chambers has been appointed Chief Information Officer at SBE, based in Miami. Chambers had previously served as Vice President of Technology at the Viceroy Hotel Group.

Eric Levesque has been named Director of Finance for Sage Hospitality. He was most recently in the same role for Timbers Resorts.

The Four Seasons Miami Surf Club has named Stefan de Heer Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving in the same role at the Four Seasons Florence.

David Fascitelli has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. For the past seven years, he had been overseeing Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.

The Four Seasons Buenos Aires has named Mathieu Seigle Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Director of Operations at the Pullman Ibirapuera.

Ricky Ocampo has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at Canyon Ranch. He was most recently managing food and beverage operations at the Meritage Resort in Napa.

Jakub Skyvara has been appointed Director of Restaurants and Banquets at the Viceroy Santa Monica. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.

Leslie Shammas has been appointed Global Director Design and Development at Canyon Ranch in Tucson. Shammas was previously with Fairmont Raffles Hotels International as Executive Director of Design and Construction – Americas.

Lynanne Kunkel has been named Chief Human Resources Officer at Vail Resorts. Since 2010, she had been with Whirlpool, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources.

Vanessa Pacheco has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the COMO Hotel Miami Beach. She is the former Director of Human Resources at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand and Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

Christian Gonzalez has been appointed Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mexico region at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, he served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Atlantis, Paradise Island has named Lauren Snyder Chief Marketing Officer. She had previously held the position of Chief Communications Officer for Kerzner International, the previous owner and operator of Atlantis. Snyder is the former Acting Chief Marketing Officer of the Morgans Hotel Group.

Karin Salinas has been appointed Vice President, Marketing, at Baha Mar. She was most recently served as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in Mexico.

Denise Bruzzone has been appointed Global Director of Sales at Canyon Ranch. She was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as Director of Travel Industry Sales-The Americas.

Jerry Leap has been promoted Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Via. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Grand Hotel and the Cupertino Inn.

Felicia Rahm has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Copley Square Hotel in Boston. Rahm was most recently the in the same position for the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center in Oregon.

Andrew Neubauer has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. He was most recently serving as Director, National Accounts, for the Naples Grande Beach Resort and Naples Grande Golf Club.

Eric Becskehazy has moved to the SLS South Beach as Director of Sales. He was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Nobu Eden Roc Resort Miami.

Charles Williams has been appointed Director of Group Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. He was most recently a Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Miami. Williams had previously served in sales positions with the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the Ritz-Carlton New York at Battery Park.

George Nickels has been named Executive Director, District Events at the Faena Miami Beach. For the past five years, he had served as Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Montage Beverly Hills. Nickels had previously served in similar roles at the SLS Hotel Los Angeles and the Resort at Pelican Hill.

Nicolas Schneller has returned to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Costa Rica Papagayo. He had previously spent ten years at the Four Seasons Bangkok before moving into his most recent role as Executive Chef at the Anantara Hotel Bangkok.

Todd Sicolo has joined the InterContinental Los Angeles as Executive Chef. He was most recently in a similar role at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center.

Vincent Cachot returns to California as Executive Chef at the Disneyland Resort. He is the former Executive Chef at the Hollywood Roosevelt and the InterContinental Cleveland.

Jorge Ildefonso has been appointed Executive Chef at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo. He was most recently at the Viceroy Riviera Maya as Executive Chef.

The Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Vermont has named Vanessa Davis Executive Chef. She was previously with the Essex Resort and Spa and the Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club.

Nick Dostal has been promoted to Executive Chef of Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. For the past two years, he had served as Chef de Cuisine.

Jose Martinez has been appointed Executive Chef at the Roosevelt New Orleans. He is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Arizona Biltmore and the Broadmoor.

Michael Zachman is now in Utah as Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. He was most recently in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid as Executive Sous Chef. Zachman is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Puerto Rico and the Nines in Portland, Oregon.

Diego Ruiz De Porras has moved to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills as General Manager of Jean Georges. He was most recently the Restaurant Director at Belvedere in the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

The Four Seasons Washington, D.C. has named Jason de Vries Director of Rooms. He had previously served as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills before taking on a similar role at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C.

The Four Seasons Austin has named Ahmed Yacout Director of Rooms. He is the former Front Office Manager and Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Chicago.

Katie Jacquemin has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Denver. She had joined the hotel last year as Assistant Director of Rooms.

 

EUROPE

Didier Boidin has been appointed General Manager Hotel Operations and Procurement at Resort Monte-Carlo SBM. He had previously spent 36 years with the InterContinental Group, most recently as head of the group’s Luxury Division for Europe after serving as Vice President Operations for the Mediterranean region.

Thomas Kochs has moved as Managing Director to the Corinthia Hotel London. He was most recently in the same position for the Hotel Café Royal. Kochs is the former General Manager at Claridge’s.

Guus Bakker has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin in London, taking over from Paul Roberts. Bakker is presently Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East and Africa of MHdV’s owner, Frasers Hospitality.

Tina Heide has been promoted to General Manager at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère in Davos, Switzerland, taking over from Thomas Kleber, who is leaving the company. Heide was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

David Stanton has been appointed Hotel Manager at the London EDITION. He was most recently in Vancouver as Director of Food and Beverage at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

Miguel Garcia Feliz takes over from Ilka Karl as General Manager at the Hotel Sant Francesc. He is the former House Manager for Soho House Barcelona, Director of Rooms at the Connaught, and Front of House Manager for Claridge’s.

Thomas Garlich has been appointed General Manager at Sopwell House in St. Albans. For the past eight years he had been at the Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa as Resident Manager.

Andrew Fox has been appointed Regional Manager Northern Hotels at QHotels Holdings and General Manager at Slaley Hall, in Northumberland. Fox had previously been the Regional General Manager, the Midlands, for the group.

Alain Mourgues has been named Director at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager for the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel after joining the hotel in 2010 as Deputy General Manager.

Brian Bowler has been appointed General Manager at the Montenotte Hotel in Cork. He had previously served in similar roles at the Brehon Hotel & Angsana Spa, the Carton House Hotel & Golf Resort, and the Clarion Hotel Cork.

Ilka Karl has been appointed Director of Corporate Development for the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular brand. She was most recently overseeing the Hotel Sant Francesc in Spain.

Alexandre Michaud has joined Value Retail in Paris as Business Development Manager. He was most recently the Director of Sales for the Mandarin Oriental Paris.

Cristiano Cabutti has been named Area Director of Sales and Distribution, Southern Europe at Marriott International in Venice. Cabutti has been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa since 2013.

Mike Bonner has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Rosewood London. He is the former Vice President of Global Marketing for One&Only Hotels, Director of Sales and Marketing with the Maybourne Hotel Group, and 10 years at Silverseas as General Manager for the UK and Ireland.

Dirk Gieselmann has joined the Four Seasons Hampshire as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons The Westcliff in Johannesburg. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at Auberge de ‘Ill.

Martin Göschel has been appointed Executive Chef at the Alpina Gstaad, taking over from Marcus Lindner who moves to Zurich. Most recently, Göschel was Head Chef at the Restaurant Alte Post in Nagold and the former Executive Chef at the Hotel Paradies in Switzerland.

The Four Seasons Hampshire has named Melanie Baum as Director of Rooms. She has been with the company for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons The Westcliff in Johannesburg.

Francisco Garcia has returned to Paris to take on the role of opening Director of Rooms at the Hotel Le Crillon. He was previously the Director of Rooms for the Four Seasons George V Paris before moving into the same role at the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Carlo van Hest has been appointed General Manager at U Sukhumvit Bangkok. He is the former Resident Manager at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.

Simon Barnett has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Sydney. He was most recently serving the hotel as Director of Marketing.

The Four Seasons Singapore has appointed Sherona Shng Hotel Manager. She is the former Hotel Manager at the Langham Hong Kong and General Manager of the Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong.

Masato Kominami has joined the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo as Hotel Manager. For the past four years, he had served as Resident Manager at the Montage Beverly Hills and is the former Executive Assistant Manager of the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Anuj Sharma has been named Director of Operations for the Ritz-Carlton Bali. Sharma is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the resort, after serving two years in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Krabi.

Tony Kok has moved as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons Shenzhen. 
He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Klaus Kallweit is now the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Macao, Cotai Strip. He joined the hotel in 2012 as Executive Chef after serving for six years in the same role for the Four Seasons Bali.

Michael Wang has joined the Shangri-La Nanjing. Wang was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa Kota Kinabolu.

Yusuf Yaran has taken over from Michael Wang as Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. Yaran was most recently the Executive Chef at the resort. He had previously held similar positions at the Shangri-La Jakarta, the Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai and the Makati Shangri-La Manila.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Jocelyn Phi to Vice President, Hotel Marketing Asia Pacific. She is the former General Manager – China/Hong Kong at the Lam Soon Group.

Helen Radic has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Sydney. For the past eight years she was most recently the Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel.

Thomas Bellec has been named Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Hualalai, taking over from Massimo Falsini. Bellec was most recently in the same position at the Beverly Wilshire. He is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Toronto and Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Boston.

The Four Seasons Hong Kong has appointed Guillaume Galliot as Chef de Cuisine at Caprice. He was previously in Macau, where he has helmed the kitchen of The Tasting Room by Galliot. At Caprice, he takes over from Fabrice Vulin who is now… at The Tasting Room in Macau.

Raymond Siek has joined the Ritz-Carlton Bali as Executive Chef. He was previously the Executive Chef of the Shangri-La Hainan, and the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

The Four Seasons Seychelles at Desroches Island has named Edward Linsley General Manager. He had previously spent 21 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resort. Most recently, he had served as Managing Director for Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay.

Marc de Ruijter has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Sofitel Dubai The Palm.

The Four Seasons Tunis has named Marie-Laure Fleury as pre-opening Hotel Manager. The Lausanne graduate is the former Resident Manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, and the Shangri-La Cebu.

Thomas Citterio has been appointed Senior Director of Marketing overseeing the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita, the Four Seasons Seychelles and the upcoming Four Seasons Seychelles at Desroches Island. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Milan, the Four Seasons Florence, and the Four Seasons Punta Mita.

Avantika Kumar has been promoted to Corporate Director of Revenue Management Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. She was most recently serving as Director of Revenue at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Guillaume Blanchard has joined the Four Seasons Casablanca as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Sous Chef of the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort.

Hani Abulafi has moved into the role of Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Amman. He joined the hotel in 2005 as Sales Manager, became the Director of Sales in 2009 and for the past four years was the Director of Marketing.

The Four Seasons Abu Dhabi has named Mark Syputa Director of Rooms. He was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Riyadh.

 

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