NOVEMBER 2017 – HEADS above the Rest®

November 6, 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

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

THE AMERICAS

Performance Hospitality Management has appointed Richard Cotter Chief Operating Officer. Cotter is the former Executive Vice President Food and Beverage and Hotel Operations at Wynn Las Vegas.

Marlene Poynder has joined the Conrad New York as General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

Gonzalo Güelman Ros has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Punta Mita. 

Robert Rechtermann has been appointed General Manager at the The London NYC slated to be reflagged in 2019 as the Conrad New York Midtown. For the past six years, he had served as General Manager at the Conrad New York.

Ed Gannon has been appointed General Manager at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, taking over from Michael Mestraud. Gannon is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Nevis and Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Austin.

Rui Reis has joined Belmond as Regional Managing Director – USA, Mexico & Caribbean. He was most recently the General Manager at the St. Regis Istanbul. Reis is the former General Manager at the St. Regis Mexico City and the Bora Bora Nui.

The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has named Diego Angarita Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Anguilla. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Janet Fioriti has been appointed Vice President of Operations at Twenty Four Seven Hotels. She is the former Vice President of Asset Management for ABA Development.

Manny Hilario has been named Chief Executive Officer at The ONE Group in New York. He takes over for Jonathan Segal who will become Executive Chairman. Hilario had joined the company as a member of the Board of Directors in April after serving as Chief Financial Officer for Sizzling Platter and Chief Operations Officer at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.

Douglas Wilkins has been named Senior Vice President of Operations at the B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group. Wilkins was most recently Area Managing Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Joel Bunde has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. He was most recently overseeing the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino.

John Cardona has been named General Manager at Stonehurst Place in Atlanta. He was most recently in Virginia as General Manager for The Henry Clay Inn. Cardona is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman and the Trump Ocean Club Panama.

Flor van der Vaart has been named General Manager at the recently opened Park Hyatt St. Kitts. He is the former General Manager of the Marriott St. Kitts Golf & Casino Beach Resort and, most recently, the Vice President Room Operations for Hyatt.

The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch has named Randy Thompson General Manager. Thompson has been with Hyatt Hotels for over 34 years, most recently at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina.

Patrick Horstmann has been named Managing Director of the James New York – NoMad and the James New York – SoHo. He is the former General Manager of the W New York Downtown, The Roger New York, The Nolitan New York, and the Hotel Gansevoort New York. Horstmann also served as Vice President of Resort Operations at Montreign.

Laura Schofield has been named pre-opening General Manager for the Eaton Hotel in Washington, D.C., slated to open Spring 2018. She was most recently the General Manager at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center. Schofield is the former General Manager for the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Stefan Mirevski has been appointed General Manager of the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza. Mirevski was most recently General Manager at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport. He is the former Director of Operations at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

Cara Federici has been appointed Vice President, Americas Operations, at Cachet Hospitality Group. She was most recently serving as Vice President Hotel Operations for the Paligroup.

Diego Heredia is now in Santa Monica at the Georgian Hotel as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing L’Horizon Resort and Spa in Palm Springs.

Mark Beevor has been named General Manager at the Hotel Zetta. He is the former General Manager at the Shooting Star Country Club and Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Cristiano Buono has been named General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach. He is the former Director of Operations at the EDITION New York City.

Chris Harrison has been appointed General Manager at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum slated to open in December. He was most recently the Director of Hotel Operations at the Irvine Marriott.

André D’Amour has been named General Manager at the Stonewall Resort. He had previously served as Director of Operations for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Troy Talpas has been named General Manager at the Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina. Most recently, he was the Resort Manager at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa.

Estreya Gosalbez has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Atlanta. She had joined the hotel in 2016 as Director of Rooms. She is the former Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. 

Harold Mirambell has joined the DoubleTree Evansville as General Manager. He was most recently at the Éilan Hotel & Spa in San Antonio as Director of Operations.

TJ Pierri has joined the Lansdowne Resort and Spa 
as Resort Manager. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Pierri is the former Director of Operations for the Sunriver Resort and Spa, the Silverado Resort and Spa, and the Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans. 

Stéphane Coutouly has joined the Beverly Hilton as Director of Hotel Operations. Coutouly was most recently with Celebrity Cruises as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental San Francisco and the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. 

The Hotel Yountville has named Paul Kessinger Director of Operations. He had previously served in rooms positions with the Omni San Francisco and the Stanford Court.

Brian Barden has joined Aegis Living in San Francisco as Director of Operations. He is the former Assistant General Manager at the Sir Francis Drake and the Westin San Jose.

Larry Johnson has been named Director of Finance for the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Johnson previously served as Director of Finance for the Hilton Durham.

Julian Griffiths  has joined the Patina Restaurant Group as Chief Operating Officer. He is the former Vice President Food and Beverage at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and the Mirage.

Daniel del Olmo has joined the Disruptive Restaurant Group and Umami Burger as Chief Executive Officer. He is the former President, International, at DineEquity and Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Latin America, at the Wyndham Hotel Group.

Sabato Sagaria has been named President of bartaco. He was most recently the Chief Restaurant Officer with Union Square Hospitality Group. A Cornell grad, Sagaria also served 6 years as Director of Food & Beverage at the Little Nell.

John Gomes is now in Delaware as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Du Pont. He was most recently in the same position at the St. Anthony in San Antonio. Gomes is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel and Mokara Hotel and Spa.

The Westin Nashville has appointed Mark Burkhalter Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown.

Stephen Hadley has been name Director of Food and Beverage at The Post Oak at Uptown Houston. He is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park.

David Ferrier has been named Director of Food and Beverage for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts for both the Casa Marina and The Reach in Key West. He was most recently the Director of Restaurants and Director of Food & Beverage at ARRIVE Palm Springs.

Ann Christenson has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Aimbridge Hospitality. She was most recently the Chief People & Culture Officer for TMI Hospitality. 

Julian Smaldoni has been named Head Development, Hotel Division, for the TM Group. He is the former Managing Director at the Mahekal Beach Resort and General Manager at the Thompson Playa del Carmen.

Karl Bieberach has been appointed Chief Development Officer for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. The Cornell graduate was most recently the Head of Development-Europe at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. 

Mike Cowell has been appointed Vice President Acquisitions and Development at Trump Hotels in New York. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development at the Dream Hotel Group and had previously spent over 25 years with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

The InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Claire Bennett Chief Marketing Officer. She was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager at American Express. 

Chris Holdren has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas. Holdren was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer of Handy and had previously spent more than 15 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Jeff Lanzarotta has been appointed Global Director Leisure Sales North America for Kempinski Hotels, based in Miami. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Director of Global Leisure and Luxury Sales.

The W South Beach appointed Dean Peters Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently serving as Area Sales for 15 Marriott managed properties in Miami and Marco Island.

Paul Barbaro has been appointed Area Director of Sales for Greystone Hotels in San Francisco. He had previously held sales positions with HEI Hotels & Resorts, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and the Kahler Hospitality Group.

Jeff Gillick is now in Nashville as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Bobby Hotel scheduled to open spring 2018. He was most recently in Pasadena as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Gillick is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside and the Bacara Resort and Spa.

Don Barnett has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the LondonHouse Chicago. He is the former Complex Assistant Director of Sales at the Embassy Suites and DoubleTree Rosemont.

Sandy Lam has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Grove Resort & Spa Orlando. She was most recently in the same position at the Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration.

Parley Stock has joined the Kimpton Taconic as Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously served in sales positions for the Hotel Palomar Phoenix and Commune Hotels + Resorts.

Teneo Hospitality Group has appointed Bob Korin Director of Sales. For the past nine years, Korin was Director of National Accounts for Hilton Hawaii.

At Cape Cod’s Chatham Bars Inn, Paula Safran has been named Group Sales Manager. She comes from a similar position at the PGA National Resort & Spa. Safran also spent four years with Caesar’s Entertainment as National Sales Manager.

The Sheraton Dallas Hotel has appointed Emilio Gomez as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Gomez was the Director of Group Sales for both the San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott and the San Antonio Riverwalk Marriott.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse has promoted Kevin Connolly to Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently serving as Manager of Business Travel for the hotel.

Alexis Amato has joined the Shorebreak Hotel Huntington Beach as a Transient Sales Manager. She was most recently in nearby Long Beach as Senior Sales Manager at the Hotel Maya Doubletree Resort.

Timothée Semelin has been appointed Corporate Director of Digital Marketing and Transformation at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. He was most recently a Regional Account Director in China and South Korea at LinkedIn.

The Four Seasons Palo Alto Silicon Valley has promoted Martin Morelli to Executive Chef. He joined the hotel in 2013 as Sous Chef before being promoted to Executive Sous Chef. Morelli had previously held culinary positions with the Four Seasons Carmelo and the Four Seasons Papagayo.

Michael Patria has been promoted at the Four Seasons Atlanta to Executive Chef. He joined the hotel in February as Executive Sous Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Soho Steak House Restaurant, Alon’s Bakery, and the Fifth Group.

Richard Gras has joined the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the Omni Amelia Island Resort.

Santa Ynez Valley native Anthony Endy returns home to join the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort as Executive Chef. He had previously held local culinary roles with the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, Chef Rick’s Ultimately Fine Foods, and the Wine Cask. Most recently, he was serving as Director of Culinary and Corporate Chef for Paul Martin’s American Grill. At Alisal, he takes over from long-time chef Pascal Gode, who had been there since 1994.

Larry Monaco has joined the Sunset Tower Hotel as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position for the Viceroy Santa Monica.

Davidson Hotels & Resorts has appointed David Mullen as Corporate Executive Chef. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at the Sundance Resort. Mullen is the former Executive Chef at Miami’s Michael Mina Bourbon Steak and Chef de Cuisine at the Montage Deer Valley Resort.

Jean-Luc Royère has been named Executive Chef at Tilman Fertita‘s Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. In Houston, he rejoins his former General Manager from Miami, Jorge Gonzalez.

Ashley Reese has been appointed Executive Chef at Canyon Ranch Tucson. She is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Executive Chef with the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

Todd Owen has joined Canyon Ranch in Lenox as Executive Chef. The CIA graduate was most recently the Executive Sous Chef and Executive Pastry Chef at Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center in Cincinnati.

Canyon Ranch Las Vegas has named John Kujundzich Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Red Rock Resort and Casino in a similar capacity.

Christiana Menassa has joined the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village as Executive Chef. She was most recently the Executive Chef at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

Larry Eells has joined the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa as Executive Chef. He has been with Hyatt for nearly 35 years, most recently at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in a similar role.

Mark Quitney has moved over as Executive Chef to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. He was most recently in the same role at the Sheraton New Orleans.

The Art Ovation Hotel slated to debut in Sarasota in December, has named Dominic Vaccaro Executive Chef. Vaccaro most recently held a role as the Owner and Executive Chef of EDGE Foods in Colorado.

Olivier Flosse has joined Quality Branded Group as Wine Director. Flosse most recently spent 13 years as Corporate Wine Director for MARC USA and had previously served as Sommelier at Restaurant Daniel.

Luca Bruno has been appointed Restaurant General Manager of Madera at the Rosewood Sand Hill. He is the former Assistant General Manager and Wine Director at Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Adelheid Salas has been appointed Assistant General Manager at the Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina. She was most recently serving as General Manager of the Castillo Real Resort Hotel in Saint Augustine.

 

EUROPE

Jean Luc Naret has joined La Réserve Hotel Group in Paris as Group General Manager, taking over from Didier Le Calvez. Naret was most recently the General Manager at the One&Only Reethi Rah. He is also credited for taking the Guide Michelin global during his 8-year tenure as Managing Director.

Luc Delafosse will soon be in London, returning to the Jumeirah Group as Vice President Europe. He had previously been the General Manager for Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab. Most recently, he was the opening General Manager for the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. 

Pentahotels has appointed Eugène Staal as President, based in Frankfurt. Staal is the founder of YawnWorld and MisterSteel.

The InterContinental Hotels Group has named Fergus Stewart Vice President, Luxury Operations, for Europe. He was most recently based in Dubai as Vice President of Operations for the Middle East. 

Jérôme Montantème has been appointed General Manager at the Hôtel Fauchon in Paris, slated to open next summer. He is the former General Manager of the Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa.

Moritz Klein takes over from Bernd Zängle at the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.

Spiridon Sarantopoulos takes over from Moritz Klein as General Manager at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Sarantopoulos was most recently overseeing the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin in Stuttgart.

Bernd Zängle takes over from Spiridon Sarantopoulos as General Manager at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin. He was most recently overseeing the Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg.

The Hard Rock Hotel London, set to open in early 2019, has appointed Oliver Kahf General Manager. He was most recently the Chief Executive of Ambiance Hospitality in Muscat. He is the former General Manager at the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo.

Mali Carow has moved over to the Four Seasons London at Park Lane as Hotel Manager. She was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Amman.

The Four Seasons Athens Astir Palace has named Panagiotis Sopiadis Hotel Manager. He was most recently on Mykonos serving the past four years as General Manager at Bill & Coo.

Olivier Lot is the new Hotel Manager at the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Royal Monceau. Lot is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons St. Petersburg.

Peter Feely has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Conrad London St. James. Since 2014 he had served in the same role at the Sofitel London St. James. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Chancery Court Hotel London.

Carsten Seubert has been named Hotel Manager at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin. Since 2015 he had served as General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena.

Enrique Valero has been appointed Managing Director at the Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine in Spain. Valero has served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Abadía Retuerta Winery since 2009.

Mark Yates has joined the Park House Hotel as General Manager, taking over from Sarah Stacey. He was most recently a General Manager with the Harbour Hotels Group.

Cornelia Brinkman has been appointed General Manager at the Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat. She was most recently the General Manager at the Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic and Courtyard by Marriott Vasilievsky. Brinkman is the former General Manager for the Renaissance and Marriott Executive Apartments Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

Stephen Boxall has joined Macdonald Hotels & Resorts as Managing Director. Boxall is the former Managing Director of the Ritz London.

Gurval Durand has been appointed General Manager of the Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford, following the sudden death last month of Michael Grange, who had run the hotel for 12 years. Durand is the former General Manager at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury.

Xavier Jolivet has joined Crest Hotels in Switzerland as General Manager of their top-secret “hotel within a mansion (a former bank building)” fronting Lake Geneva. The hotel will also feature a restaurant by Joel Robuchon. He was most recently in Marrakech as General Manager at the Hotel Royal Palm, Golf and Spa.

Wendy Potter has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at the Dorchester Collection in London. Since 2011, she had served as Chief Financial Officer with Sandals Resorts.

The Four Seasons Athens Astir Palace has named Sotiris Ananiadis Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Tokyo Maranouchi and the Four Seasons Beirut.

Walter Hess has joined Corinthia Hotels in Malta as Director of Rooms and Quality. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the Vice President Rooms at the Atlantis Sanya. Hess was previously with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for over 13 years, as well as GHM Hotels in Vietnam and Bali.

Béatrice David has been named Sales and Marketing Director France for the Dorchester Collection. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Director at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. In her new position she combines sister properties the Plaza-Athénée and the Hôtel Meurice.

Isabelle Maurin, previously in charge of Public Relations at the Plaza-Athénée is now additionally in charge of Public Relations for the Hôtel Meurice.

Olivier Gerber has joined Badrutt’s Palace as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director at the Marktgasse Hotel in Zürich. Gerber is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Milan.

Francisco Teixeira is now in Spain as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia. He was most recently the Director of Sales for the Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha.

Laura Balbarini has been appointed Sales and Marketing Manager at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte. She is the former Business Development-MICE at the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Marco Franck is now in Singapore as Managing Director – Operations – Asia
, for Aman Resorts. He was most recently serving as Regional Director – The Americas, 
and the former General Manager
at Amanyara. 

The Dream Hotel Group has appointed Abid Butt Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts after initially serving as Vice President Operations in 2012.

Edward Tracy has been appointed Chief Executive Officer – Asia, for Hard Rock International. He was most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer for Sands China. Tracy is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Gaming and the Trump Organization.

Sanjiv Hulugalle has been named Executive Vice President Operations for The Resort Group in Hawaii. He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina, a Resort Group hotel.

Go Kondo has joined the St. Regis Osaka as General Manager. Kondo was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Bali and the previous Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka and the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

Henry Perez has moved over as General Manager to the Hilton Waikiki Beach. He was most recently in the same role for the Marriott Courtyard Waikiki and had previously served as Director of Operations for Aqua Hotels and Resorts.

Justin McConnell has been promoted to General Manager at the Next Hotel Brisbane. He had joined the hotel in April as Hotel Manager after serving as Executive Assistant Manager for the Brisbane Emporium Hotel.

Rudolf Gimmi has moved as General Manager to the Shangri-La Sanya Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort has promoted Joe Ibarra to Resort Manager. He was most recently the Director of Rooms after joining the resort in 2014 as Director of Front Office.

Ranjeev Tikaram has been appointed Director of Finance at the St. Regis Singapore. He was most recently the Acting General Manager of Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing.

Jon Itoga has been appointed Director of Finance at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. He is the former Director of Finance at the Turtle Bay Resort.

Louis Jin has joined the Four Seasons Shenzhen as Director of Food and Beverage. He was previously in the same role for the Langham Shenzhen and the Langham Guangzhou.

Eric Matsui is now in Hawaii as Director of Food and Beverage for the Hotel Wailea Maui. He was most recently serving as Restaurant General Manager at Auberge du Soleil.

Jayson Heron has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Daydream Island Resort and Spa in Australia. He was most recently at the Star Sydney as Director of Sales.

Jenna Villalobos has been named Vice President, Revenue Management for Outrigger Enterprises Group. She was most recently the Corporate Director of Revenue Optimization for KSL Resorts.

Christopher Damskey has been appointed Executive Chef at the Montage Kapalua Bay. He was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at the `Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Damskey is the former Chef de Cuisine at Alan Wong’s Amasia at the Grand Wailea Resort Maui.

Paul Smart has been appointed Executive Chef at the Sofitel Legend Métropole Hanoi. Smart was most recently the Executive Chef at the SO Sofitel Bangkok. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Sofitel Gold Coast.

Soren Lascelles has been appointed Executive Chef at the Andaz Singapore. He most recently served as Executive Sous Chef at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Steven Tabiolo has moved as Director of Front Office to the Kahala Hotel and Resort. He was most recently at Halekulani in the same position.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Olivier Thomas has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. He was most recently in the same role at the Four Seasons Casablanca. Thomas is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Amman and the Four Seasons Prague.

Till Klauss has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano. For the past four years, he had been serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Punta Mita.

Faiek El Saadani has been promoted to General Manager at the St. Regis Dubai. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Bangkok. 

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius has appointed Gerhard Hecker General Manager. Hecker was most recently the General Manager of the Shangri-La Dubai after holding the same position at Shangri-La Jakarta. 

Address Hotels + Resorts has promoted David Simon to General Manager at the Palace Downtown Dubai. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

Abdelsalam Al Tamimi has been appointed General Manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Apartments Dammam Industrial City. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.

Firas Agha takes over from Abdelsalam Al Tamimi as Hotel Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel Yanbu. Agha was most recently with the Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel, Jeddah as Executive Assistant Manager.

Vincent Moreau has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Seychelles at Desroches Island. He had previously held food and beverage positions with Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia and Grenada.

Candice D’Cruz has been appointed Vice President, Luxury Brand Marketing and Management, MEA, at Marriott International in Dubai. She was previously overseeing marketing and communications for Meraas. 

AVANI Hotels & Resorts has appointed Daniel Kipping Corporate Director of Sales. He was most recently the Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Oman, for InterContinental Hotels.

Ali Obeidat has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Amman. He was most recently in the same role at the InterContinental Jordan. 

Julien Bonafous has joined Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Dubai as Vice President Sales. He was most recently serving as Director, Global Sales Office, Middle East, Greece & Turkey for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Previously, he was Director, International Sales, Middle East & Africa, at Hilton Hotels. 

Julien Laugier has been appointed Chef Sommelier at the Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury in Mauritius. He is the former Sommelier of the Cheval Blanc Randheli and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai.

Allen Tang will be relocating to the Four Seasons Seychelles with his promotion to Director of Rooms. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

 

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

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