MAY 2021 – HEADS above the Rest®

May 4, 2021
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HEADS above the Rest®

by Susana Parks and 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

 

THE AMERICAS

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Marc Speichert Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He was most recently a Strategic Advisor at Glasswing Ventures.

Ken Hamlet has been named Chief Executive Officer at Olive Tree Hotels and Resorts. The Cornell graduate is the former Chief Executive Officer of Holiday Inn.

Stockdale Capital Partners has named Bill Doak Managing Director and Head of Stockdale Hospitality. He was most recently with LW Hospitality Advisors as Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management Group. Doak is the former Executive Vice President at the Ian Schrager Company and President of the JRK Hotel Group.

Liam Doyle has been named Senior Vice President Operations at Montage International. He is the former Area Vice President Western Region for Marriott Luxury and Area General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

David Bernand has been named Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. He was most recently the General Manager of the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. Bernand is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Marc Bromley takes over from David Bernand with the new title of Senior General Manager of the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. Bromley was most recently the General Manager of the Four Seasons Maui. He is the former General Manager and Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Abby Murtagh has joined the Waldorf Astoria Arizona Biltmore as General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Murtagh is the former Executive Director at The New York Palace and also served as Executive Food and Beverage Director at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

Mazen Salleh has been promoted to General Manager with his move to the Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale, slated to open in December 2021. He has been with the company since 2003, most recently as Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has appointed Karen Chastain General Manager. She was most recently with the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino as Complex General Manager.

The Hotel Amarano has appointed Peter Kolla General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel Los Angeles.

Richard Wales has been named General Manager of the Pendry Park City, scheduled to open winter 2021. He was most recently the General Manager of the St. Regis Deer Valley.

David Cronin has joined the W Nashville as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the W Scottsdale.

The W Scottsdale has appointed Todd Iacono General Manager, taking over from David Cronin. Iacono had previously served as Chief Operating Officer of True North Studio’s Hospitality Division.

Mark Bado has been named General Manager/Chief Operating Officer at the Houston Country Club. He was most recently with the Myers Park Country Club as General Manager. He had previously served in the same role at the Kansas City Country Club, the Country Club of Peoria, and the Wildwood Golf Club.

Colleen Huther has joined the Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Belmond El Encanto and the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles.

Jeroen Gerrese has joined the Sheraton Grand Sacramento as General Manager, leaving the position of General Manager at the Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Monterey.

Jonathan Macioce takes over as General Manager at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa from Gerrese. Macioce comes from the Montage Laguna Beach, where he held the position of Director of Food and Beverage for over 5 years. He previously was the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Karin Kopano has moved to the Hard Rock New York as General Manager. She was most recently overseeing the Knickerbocker New York. Kopano is the former Area General Manager of the Proper Hotel Los Angeles and General Manager of the Hotel 50 Bowery.

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country has appointed Steven Smith General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Houston and had previously served in the same role at the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Jean-François Vary has been named General Manager of the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver. He was most recently the General Manager of the Fairmont Winnipeg.

The Wild Dunes Resort has appointed Robb Walker as Managing Director. Walker was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Catalina Island Company.

Sean O’Connell has joined The Grove Club in Tennessee as General Manager. He was most recently with the Atlantis Bahamas as General Manager and Vice President. O’Connell is the former Vice President of Food and Beverage at Canyon Ranch, Director of Culinary Operations at the Desert Mountain Club and Executive Chef of Caesars Palace.

The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island has appointed Adriaan Radder as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. He is the former General Manager the Ballantyne and Senior Vice President/General Manager of the One&Only Ocean Club.

Anthony Berkau has been promoted to General Manager of the Willows Lodge in Woodinville. He joined the resort as Wine Director before being promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and, most recently, Lodge Manager.

Jean-Philippe Simonet has been named General Manager of the Wayfarer DTLA. He was most recently with Mama Shelter in Los Angeles as General Manager. Simonet is the former Director of Operations Washington, D.C. Region for Paul USA.

Damian Hirsch has joined the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills as General Manager. He was most recently in the same role at the Le Merigot JW Marriott Santa Monica. Hirsch is the former General Manager of the Melville Marriott Long Island, the Islandia Marriott Long Island, and the Baton Rouge Marriott.

Kerry Ranson has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at HP Hotels. He was most recently serving the company as Chief Development Officer.

Ellen (Seymore) LeMaire has been appointed General Manager of The Eliza Jane  in Los Angeles. Most recently, LeMaire served as opening General Manager for the NOPSI Hotel in New Orleans. She is the former General Manager of The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Colorado.

Rajeev Gopalakrishnan is the new General Manager of the Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Dallas. He is the former interim General Manager of the Intercontinental Los Angeles Beverly Hills.

Mark Spadoni has been named Managing Director of the Omni Homestead Resort. For the past 20 years, Spadoni has served as the General Manager of the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and Club.

Ty Accornero has been named General Manager of the Alila Napa Valley. He was most recently the General Manager of the North Block Hotel.

Sandra Grisham-Clothier has been appointed General Manager of the Alaia Belize. She is the former General manager of the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, the Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club, and the Grand Isle Resort in Great Exuma.

Karen Steiger has been named General Manager of the AC Hotel by Marriott Tuscaloosa. She was most recently the General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Michael Herrmann is the new General Manager of the Royal Sonesta San Juan. He was most recently with InterContinental Hotels – Americas as Regional Director Operations Caribbean, Central and South America.

Andrew Dryden has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District, opening early summer 2021. He was most recently with the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown as Hotel Manager.

Petar Krstic has joined the Aman New York as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Resort Manager of Amanpuri. Krstic is the former General Manager of the Amanwella and Executive Assistant Manager of the Amanjena.

Jay Han has been promoted to Hotel Manager with a move to the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport. He was most recently with the Omni King Edward Hotel as Director of Operations.

Jeff Leduc has joined the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Director of Hotel Operations at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. Leduc is the former Director of Operations at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina.

Robert Moore has been appointed Resort Manager of Hawks Cay Resort. He was most recently the General Manager of CSI DMC Nashville.

Cody Felice is the new Resort Manager of Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. He was most recently with the Dewberry Charleston as Assistant General Manager. Felice is the former Hotel Manager of the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah.

Kenan Jones has been appointed Vice President Operations at the Kirkwood Collection. He was most recently the General Manager of The Hoxton DTLA.

Robert Mercure has joined the Quebec City Tourism as General Manager. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. He was previously with the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac as General Manager and the Fairmont Monte Carlo as Hotel Manager.

Andy Blair has joined the Snow King Resort Hotel & Condos in Jackson as Director of Finance. He had previously served in similar roles at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the Hammock Beach Resort, and Destination Hotels and Resorts.

Brittnee Pacheco has been named Director of Finance and Accounting at the Marina del Rey Marriott. She had previously served in similar roles at the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, and the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.

Michael Rodriguez has returned to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Houston. He had previously served as General Manager of Ravello Restaurant and Lounge in the Four Seasons Orlando before taking on his most recently role as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Austin.

Richard Hummel has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. He was previously the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Chicago. Hummel also spent 5 years  as Director of Banquets at the (former) Montage Beverly Hills.

Yannick Augy is now in Southern California as Director of Food and Beverage of the Rosewood Miramar. He was most recently in the same position for the Virgin Hotel Dallas.

Dennis O’Connor has moved to the Aman New York as Director of Food and Beverage Operations. He was most recently in a similar role at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

Rebecca Carey has been named Food and Beverage Director at the Viceroy Hotel Chicago. She is the former Corporate Director of Food and Beverage of the Aparium Hotel Group.

Fabrice Reffay is now the Director of Food and Beverage of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. He was most recently in the same role at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Delaware. Reffay is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Boar’s Head Resort and the Omni Richmond.

Kim Boerema has been named President of Café Operations for Hard Rock Cafe. He most recently served as the CEO of Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant. Boerema is the former Chief Operating Officer at California Pizza Kitchen and Vice President at Texas Roadhouse.

Genell Parker has been appointed Vice President of Human Resources at the Dream Hotel Group. Parker joins from Hornblower Cruises & Events, where she most recently served as Vice President of People and Development.

Lainey Irwin has returned as Senior Talent Acquisition Manager to the Sage Hospitality Group. She had previously served in the same role before taking on her most recent position as Talent Acquisition Specialist at OTA Insight.

Jim Mikula has joined the Off Road Hospitality Group as Vice President of Development. He was most recently with the Gable S Corporation as Director of Real Property Development and Operations.

Bill Hanley is now in the Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He was previously with the Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square as Associate Director of Sales and Director of Group Sales.

The new ADERO Scottsdale has appointed Chantelle Nikkel to Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for The Camby in Phoenix.

Jaime Moench is the new Director of Sales and Marketing of the Montage Deer Valley. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

Nicole Kubitza has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside in Houston. She had previously served in similar roles with Prism Hotels & Resorts and the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Jarrod Finley has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City. Finley was most recently the Vice President of Sales for the San Diego Tourism Authority.

James Gregg has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. He is the former Director of Group Sales at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Tiffany Rioux joins the Dupont Circle as Director of Sales and Business Development. She was most recently the Director of Sales of the Conrad Washington, D.C. and the former Director of Sales & Marketing of the Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Mohonk Mountain House has appointed Kristie Prantil Director of Marketing. She was most recently in the same role at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Rachel Clark has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Sophy Hotel Hyde Park in Chicago. She was most recently the Director of Sales of the Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites South Loop. Clark is the former Director of Group Sales of The Gwen Hotel.

Chagrin Olivo has moved to the Royal Sonesta San Juan as Director of Sales and Marketing. Olivo was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the former InterContinental San Juan.

Edward Donaldson has joined the Alaia Belize as Director of Sales and Marketing. Donaldson had previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hilton‘s Mahogany Bay Village.

Danielle Boyles has joined the Grand Hyatt Vail as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently with ConferenceDirect as Chief Sales Officer.

Christopher Toy has been appointed Director of Sales of the Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capital District. Most recently, Toy was the Director of Sales and Marketing of The Ruby Hotel in Round Rock, and the 7A Ranch in Wimberly.

Aimbridge Hospitality has named Andrew Rubinacci Executive Vice President Revenue Strategy. Rubinacci was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Oliver Beckert has returned to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Washington, D.C.  He is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Baltimore, the Four Seasons Vancouver, and the Four Seasons Lanai. Most recently, he served as Executive Chef of the Trump International Washington, D.C.

Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group, Dinex, made several staffing announcements: Jean François Bruel will serve as Corporate Chef at both Daniel and Le Pavillon. Michael Balboni and Will Nacev, currently the Executive Chefs at Db Bistro Moderne and Daniel, respectively, will be Co-Executive Chefs at Le Pavillon (at One Vanderbilt).

Sébastien Rouxel will take on the mantel of Corporate Pastry Chef and Nancy Schumann will serve as the Director of the Restaurant.

Sylvain Delpique has joined The Carlyle as Executive Chef. He had spent the last six years at the ’21’ Club as Executive Chef.

The Bellyard has named Christina Wai Executive Chef of  Drawbar. She was most recently with the Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen in the Renaissance Hotel Atlanta.

Troy Thompson has been named Executive Chef for Noble House Hotels & Resorts at the Edgewater Hotel. He was most recently with the Found Hotel Company and the former Executive Chef of the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs.

The Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel has appointed Makoto Tanaka Executive Chef of Mélange. Tanaka had previously opened Mako in Beverly Hills.

Guillaume Robin has joined the Lake Nona Wave Hotel as Executive Chef. He was most recently the opening Executive Chef for the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort and Spa. Robin is the former Executive Chef of the St. Regis Toronto.

Laurent Gallais-Pradal has joined Wally’s Fine Wine, Spirits & Gourmet Market in Las Vegas as General Manager. He is the former Vice President of Sales for Gabriella Wines and the District Manager at Terlato Wines.

The Four Seasons Austin has promoted Anja Gugger to Director of Rooms. She joined the hotel in 2019 as Assistant Director of Rooms. Gugger is the former Front Office Manager and Assistant Director of Housekeeping of the Four Seasons Baltimore.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour has named Jessica Sanchez Director of Spa. She was most recently the Assistant Spa Director at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

 

EUROPE

Accor has appointed Stephen Alden Chief Executive Officer Raffles & Orient Express. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Dedica Anthology, The Set Hotels, and the Maybourne Hotel Group.

Monika Moser has joined Campbell House as Chief Operating Officer. She was previously with Wilson Associates as Regional Managing Director for London, New York and Paris.

The Beaumont in London has appointed Duncan Palmer Managing Director. Palmer was most recently the Managing Director at The Murray in Hong Kong.

Jann Kaiser has been named Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Athens. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square as Hotel Manager. Kaiser is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons Chicago and the Four Seasons London at Park Lane.

Nicolas Messian has been named General Manager of the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by the Sea. He was most recently with Mandarin Oriental’s Emirates Palace as Hotel Manager. The Lausanne graduate is the former Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, the Dorchester Hotel, and the One&Only Royal Mirage.

Martin Mangan has joined Fairmont’s Carton House as General Manager. He was most recently in the same role at the Conrad Dublin.

Andrew Jamieson has joined the Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa in Liverpool as General Manager. He was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at Caesarian International/ Heritage Hotels. Jamieson is the former General Manager of Crewe Hall and General Manager of both the Feversham Arms Hotel and the Black Swan Hotel Helmsley.

Carol Phelan has been appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of the Dalata Hotel Group in Dublin. She was most recently serving the company as Group Head of Financial Reporting, Treasury and Tax.

Octavio Calderin has been named Director of Finance and Accounting at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Spain. He had previously overseen finance for both the Sheraton Zürich Hotel and Sheraton Zürich Neues Schloss.

Michel Eberhardt who will be joining the team of the Four Seasons Astir Palace in Athens as Director of Food and Beverage. Since 2019, he had been with the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives as Director of Food and Beverage.

Faith Johnston has joined the Pan Pacific London as Director of Talent Management & Development. She was most recently with The Collective as Employee Experience Manager. Johnston was previously with the Stafford London as Director of People & Culture.

Fredrik Wetterlundh has been appointed Chief Human Resources Officer at Scandic in Stockholm. He was most recently with Ericsson as Global Lead Human Resources-M&A.

Dominik Trimborn has joined the Shangri-La Paris as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park overseeing sales and marketing. Trimborn had previously led sales efforts at the St. Regis Bal Harbour and the W Miami.

Javier Bisbal has joined the Kempinski Hotel Bahía as Director of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the ME by Meliá Barcelona and Head of Sales and Marketing-Europe for Majestic Resorts. 

Mathias Gervais has been named Executive Chef at Epi Baie de Pampelonne in St.-Tropez. He was most recently the Corporate Chef at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group. Gervais is the former Executive Chef of the Setai, Miami Beach.

Katie Towersey has been appointed Spa Director of Rockliffe Hall in Darlington, taking over from Victoria Rickett. Towersey was most recently the Spa Manager at the Verbena Spa at Feversham Arms Hotel. She had previously served in similar roles at The Peak Health Club & Spa at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London and SoSPA at the Sofitel London St. James.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Mark Bradford has moved to the Mandarin Oriental Shenzhen as General Manager. He has been with the company for over 15 years, most recently as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Wangfujing, Beijing. Bradford is the former General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, and the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Amanda Cottome has been appointed General Manager & Brand Experience Manager at  A by Adina Sydney. Cottome is the former General Manager of the Hotel Urban St Leonards and the Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour.

Franck Chantoiseau has joined the Surin Phuket as General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager of Amanpuri and Resort Manager of the Amanyangyun.

Cindy Kong has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. She has been with the company for over 20 years, most recently as the Hotel Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

The Four Seasons Hualalai has promoted Brigeth Brookins to Director of Food and Beverage. She joined the resort in 2017 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. She was previously with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as General Manager In-Suite Dining.

Joanna Flint has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Hong Kong. She was previously with Google for over 12 years, most recently as Managing Director – Global Partner Business Asia Pacific.

Brian Lynx has been appointed Area Director of Sales & Marketing at Hawaii’s Outrigger Hospitality Group. He was most recently with the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea as Senior Director of Sales, Strategy and Innovation.

Heather Doeringer has joined the Prince Waikiki as Director of Marketing. She was most recently at the Howard Hughes Corporation, Ward Village, as Strategic Partnerships & Events Director.

Jamie Choi has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing to The Laylow, Autograph Collection in Honolulu. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hilton Waikiki Beach, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach.

Michelin-starred Gilles Epié is the new Executive Chef at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. He was previously the Chef de Cuisine at Gilles@Montage Beverly Hills. Epié was, at age 22, the youngest chef ever to garner a Michelin Star in his native France. Epié also owned Michein-starred Citrus Etoile in Paris for 12 years.

Rey Baysa has moved as Executive Chef to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. He was most recently the Executive Chef of the Hilton Waikiki Beach and the former Chef de Cuisine at the Kapolei Golf Club.

 

MIDDLE EAST

Ermanno Zanini to the role of Regional Vice President and General Manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, its flagship hotel in the United Arab Emirates. He is the former Chief Commercial Officer & Managing Director at Mytha Hotel Anthology and General Manager of the Capri Palace Hotel.

Luke James has been appointed General Manager of the Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman. He was most recently the General Manager at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens.

Marcus Sutton takes over from Luke James as General Manager of the Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. Sutton was most recently the General Manager of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Kirti Anchan has taken over from Marcus Sutton as General Manager of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. He has been with the group since 2004, most recently serving as Hotel Manager of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Adam Deverson has been appointed General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Muscat. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Carly de Jong has been named General Manager of the Radisson Red Rosebank in Johannesburg. She had previously served two years as General Manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands in Cape Town.

Tim Williams has joined Red Sea Development as Head of People Strategy and Culture. He was most recently with Amaala as Head of People Strategy and Culture.

 

 

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