NOVEMBER 2020 – HEADS above the Rest®

November 4, 2020
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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

Edouard Grosmangin has been named Managing Director of the Rosewood São Paulo, opening in 2021. He was most recently the General Manager of the Raffles Seychelles. Grosmangin is the former General Manager of the Six Senses Zil Pasyon and the Six Senses Con Dao.

Chris Hague has been named Chief Operating Officer at hotelAVE. He is the former Senior Vice President, Asset Management, for Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Vice President, Asset Management, at LaSalle Hotel Properties.

Cristiano Rinaldi has been named Chief Operating Officer of Capella Hotels and Resorts. He is the former General Manager of the Edition Tokyo.

Bryan Woody has joined the Hotel Madeline in Telluride as General Manager. He was most recently serving as General Manager of Spring Place in New York. Woody is the former Area General Manager of Morgans and the Royalton.

Young Yoon has been named General Manager of the Hotel Oceana Santa Monica. For the past four years, he had been with the Peninsula Beverly Hills as Director of Rooms.

Gaman Guadagni has been appointed Vice President of Operations at the Camelback Resort. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for Aramark -Yosemite Hospitality. He is the former Vice President – Luxury Hotel Operations – and General Manager of the Nobu Hotel Las Vegas.

Aimbridge Hospitality has promoted Simon Mendy and Ben Perelmuter to Executive Vice Presidents of Operations. Mendy was most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Operations. Perelmuter was also most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Operations.

The Cambria Hotel Sonoma Wine Country has named Max Childs General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Hotel La Rose in Santa Rosa.

The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk have appointed Loris Menfi General Manager. Menfi was most recently the General Manager of the JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria.

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in Florida has appointed Tabish Siddiquie General Manager. Siddiquie was most recently the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Denver.

Jason Trollip has been named Managing Director of The Tides Inn in Virginia. Trollip was the former Managing Director of The Cove, Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Elizabeth Andrews has been named General Manager of the Opus Westchester (formerly the Ritz-Carlton White Plains). She is the former General Manager of the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Paramount, and the Smyth.

Reggie Dominique has been named Managing Director of the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Most recently, Dominique was the Hotel Manager of the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live.

Patrick Barrett has been named General Manager of the Loews New Orleans Hotel. Most recently, Barrett was the Area Managing Director with Fillmore Hospitality.

Younes Atallah has been appointed as General Manager of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Most recently, he served as Hotel Manager for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

Candice Cancino has been named General Manager of the new AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach. Cancino is the former General Manager at the King George Hotel in San Francisco, and the Carmel Mission Inn.

Island Hospitality Management appointed Samantha Fisher Chief Investment Officer. She was most recently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Hodges Ward Elliott. Prior to this role, she held a similar position at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Steven Szenasi has moved as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, opening late next year in Arizona. He was most recently the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

The Trump International Beach Resort Miami has appointed Danny Williams as Managing Director. He had previously served 6 years with Wyndham Hotel Group as General Manager of the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive and the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa/Margaritaville Vacation Club.

The Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, slated to open early next year, has appointed Benjamin Thiele General Manager. Most recently, Thiele was overseeing the Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. He is the former General Manager of the Palladian Hotel in Seattle.

Mara Bouvier is now in Omaha as General Manager of the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel. She was most recently at the Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe as General Manager. Bouvier is the former General Manager of Primland and Director of Food and Beverage of Chatham Bars Inn.

Carly Skinner has moved as General Manager to the Hotel June for Proper Hospitality. She was most recently at the Chateau Marmont as Hotel Manager. Skinner is the former Hotel Manager of the Dream Hollywood.

Lloyd Van Horn has joined The Partridge Inn Augusta as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, Topnotch Resort and Spa, and the Chattanoogan.

Jason Dougan has joined the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as Hotel General Manager. He is the former Vice President of Hotel Operations at the M Resort Las Vegas.

Jorge Castro has been named General Manager of the Villa La Estancia. He was most recently in Cancun with Blue Diamond Hotel & Resorts as General Manager.

Donald Stamets has joined Aegis Living as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of Auberge Resort’s Solage Calistoga. Stamets served as Area Managing Director of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. He is the former General Manager of the Island Hotel Newport Beach.

Kerstin Knecht has moved to the Aman New York as Director of Finance. She was most recently in the same role for the Omni Berkshire Place (now permanently closed). Knecht is the former Director of Finance & Accounting of the Westin New York Grand Central and the Sheraton New York Times Square.

Chris Scheer has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Kampgrounds of America. He is the former Managing Director at the Henley Group and Senior Vice President of Real Estate Finance & Asset Management at Sage Hospitality.

Tori Kersch has joined The Tides Inn as Director of Food and Beverage. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage of The Cove Eleuthera.

Raphael Piveteau has been named Director Food and Beverage of the Montage Healdsburg. He was most recently at the Baccarat Hotel New York as Executive Assistant Manager – Food and Beverage.

Erin Proud has moved with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to the The Mansion on Turtle Creek as Director of Food and Beverage. She was most recently with the Rosewood Miramar Beach in the same role. Proud is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Fairmont Grand del Mar and the Raffles Beijing.

Romain Taverne has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at Jean-Georges Management. He was most recently serving as Senior Director. Taverne has previously served as Director of Restaurants and General Manager of Mercer Kitchen.

Christian Schmidt has been named Director of Culinary at Northwell Health in Manhasset. He was most recently with Seniority, Inc. as Vice President of Culinary Service and Hospitality. Schmidt is the former Executive Chef of the  Mirage Las Vegas and Terranea Resort.

Romain Gissot has been named Director of Food and Beverage of the Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Rosewood Hong Kong and the Rosewood Phnom Penh.

Isabelle Larocque has been appointed Vice President of Design & Project Management at the Credible Group. She was most recently with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Global Director, Product Development & Design.

Enrique Vela has joined Olson Kundig Design in Seattle as Director of Interiors. He was previously with Rottet Studio in Los Angeles. Vela is also a former Director of Design, Associate Principal, at Wilson Associates Los Angeles.

Hilton Hotels has appointed Matthew Schuyler to the newly-created role of Chief Administrative Officer. He was most recently serving the company as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Hilton Hotels has promoted Laura Fuentes to Chief Human Resources Officer, taking over from Matthew Schuyler. Fuentes was most recently serving as Chief Talent Officer.

Michael O’Brien has been named Vice President Human Resources at Raines Hospitality. He previously spent 16 years with Caesars Entertainment, most recently as Senior Vice President/Vice President – Corporate Human Resources Services.

Elana Siegel has joined Caruso as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. She is the former Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, of Princess Cruises and Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources at Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Anita Kwok has joined the Rosewood Miramar as Director of Talent and Culture. The Cornell graduate was most recently the Director of Human Resources at Terranea Resort. Kwok is the former Director of Human Resources at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

Vanessa Jimenez has joined the Ojai Valley Inn as Assistant Director of Human Resources. She has been with the resort for over 7 years, most recently as the Human Resources Manager.

Jason Gold has joined Highgate Hotels as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He was most recently in the same role at Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts promoted Caroline Klein to Chief Communications Officer. She will also serve as Chief Communications Officer of Preferred’s sister division, PHG Consulting. Klein was most recently Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations.

Sharon Telesca Feurer has been named Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing, Hospitality Division, at the CIM Group. She is the former Regional Director of Marketing for Peninsula Hotels, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Trump SoHo Hotel and the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Jed Arrogante is now with Maritz Global Events as an Event Strategist. He was most recently overseeing Business Development at the Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point. Arrogante has held sales position at La Costa Resort, the US Grant, The Claremont and The Leading Hotels of the World

Frank Cavella has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Montage Big Sky, slated to open November 2021. He had previously spent 14 years as Director, Sales & Marketing of the Naples Grande Beach Resort before moving most recently into the same role at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Jonathan Mattis has joined the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo as the Director of Marketing and Sales. He was most recently in similar role with the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Libby Nations has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Estancia Del Norte. She was most recently in the same role at the St. Anthony Hotel. Nations is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Sunriver Resort and the Barton Creek Resort & Spa.

Shirley Dunn Hanks has been named Chief Marketing Officer at Ketsali Hospitality. She is the former Area Director of Leisure Sales for Esperanza and the Chileno Bay Resort for Auberge Resorts.

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino has appointed Denise Florio Director of Sales, Marketing and Events. She was most recently the Corporate Director of Learning & Development at Hyatt Hotels. Florio is the former Director of Sales, Events and Marketing of the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Ed DiLuca has been named Corporate Food and Beverage Director at Karisma Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently the General Manager of the Banyan Tree Phuket. DiLuca is the former Area General Manager with Meliá Hotels International overseeing the Paradisus and ME Cabo.

Stacey Washburn has joined the Cambria Hotel Sonoma Wine Country as Director of Sales and Marketing. She is the former Sales Manager for Marriott International and Oxford Inns, Suites & Hotels.

Nancy MacDonald has returned as Director of Group Sales to the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. She had previously served in the same position at the resort before taking on her most recent role as Director of Sales and Events of the Miraval Austin.

Martha Sullivan Coker has been named Director of Sales at Family Choice Senior Living in Anaheim. She was most recently a Recruiter with Travel Staff.

Sezin Kutlu has been named Area Director of Revenue Strategy overseeing the Estate Yountville, the Hotel Villagio, and the Vintage House. Kutlu is the former Director of Revenue of Terranea Resort, the Montage Laguna Beach, and the Langham Pasadena.

The Montage Healdsburg has named Jaron Dubinsky Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Montage Los Cabos.

Bruno Lopez is now in Santa Barbara as Executive Chef at the Belmond El Encanto. He was most recently the Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto. Lopez has previously served as Executive Chef for the French Consulate in Beverly Hills, the Hotel Bel-Air, the Beverly Wilshire and the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.

Joshua Nudd has joined the Abaco Club on Winding Bay as Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Restaurants & Bars and Executive Chef of the Temple House Chengdu.

Truman Jones has joined The Tides Inn as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Truman is the former Executive Chef of the Lake Placid Lodge and the Ventana Inn and Spa.

Douglas Rodriguez has been named Executive Chef of the Hotel Haya as set to open in September in Tampa. He was previously overseeing the kitchen at Philadelphia’s Alma de Cuba.

Amber Lancaster is the new Executive Chef of the recently reopened The MC Hotel in Montclair, New Jersey. She was most recently the Executive Chef of Soho House Chicago.

Jason Pringle has been named Chef de Cuisine of Hazel Hill restaurant in the soon-to-open Montage Healdsburg. He was most recently the Chef De Cuisine at Selby’s in Redwood City and the former Chef de Cuisine at Navio at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Alexander Cornu has been appointed General Manager of Hazel Hill in the Montage Healdsburg. He was most recently the Director of Outlets of the InterContinental San Francisco.

The Montage Healdsburg has named Petra Polakovicova Beverage Manager. She is the former Beverage Director/Sommelier at EPIC Steak in San Francisco.

Christopher Banks has been promoted at the Peninsula Chicago to Director of Housekeeping. He joined the hotel in 2016 as Housekeeping Manager before moving in 2017 into his most recent position as Assistant Director of Housekeeping.

 

EUROPE

Marcus Bernhardt has been named Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Hospitality. He is the former Senior Vice President Operations at Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts.

Ulrich Johannwille take over from Matthias Heck as Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Hospitality. Johnnwille is the former Chief Financial Officer of Condor Flugdienst GmbH.

Greg Liddell has been named General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid and Area Vice President, Operations. He was most recently in the same role at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

Richard Raab has returned to the Four Seasons Lion Palace Hotel St. Petersburg taking on the role of General Manager. He had previously served as Hotel Manager for the hotel before moving into such roles as Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and, most recently, General Manager of the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay.

Pierre-Louis Renou has joined the Monte-Carlo Fairmont as General Manager and will oversee Portugal, Spain, Italy for Accor. He is the former General Manager of the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, the Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square and Hotel Manager of the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Thorsten Dressler has been named General Manager of the Ritter von Kempski Südharz. He is the former General Manager of the Kempinski Shenzhen and the Kempinski Beijing Lufthansa Center.

Kamil Madej has returned to Prague to oversee the Castle Lindner. He had previously served as General Manager of Prague’s Hotel Don Giovanni before moving into the role of General Manager of the Dorint Airport Hotel Zurich.

Edwin Kramer was recently appointed General Manager of the Nobu Ibiza Bay. He was previously the General Manager of the Barcelona EDITION and Hotel Manager of the London EDITION.

Marcel Henneke is now overseeing the Golf Resort Achental. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Steigenberger Golf & Spa Resort Camp de Mar.

Jay Jhingran is now in Vienna as General Manager of Das Triest Hotel. He was most recently overseeing the Continent Hotel, Bangkok and is the former Vice President Operations for Compass Hospitality.

Julien Mathon has been named Area General Manager overseeing Domaine de Capelongue, Le Moulin de Lourmarin, and Le Galinier. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hôtel Alpaga.

Sascha Wagner is General Manager of the IntercityHotel Wiesbaden in Germany. Wagner was previously Director of Processes and Systems with Deutsche Hospitality.

Peter Martin is the new General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Bad Neuenahr in Germany. He was most recently the General Manager of the Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz.

Thomas Swieca has been named General Manager of the Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz, taking over for Peter Martin. He is a former Cluster General Manager at the Radisson Hotel Group in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Leading Hotels of the World  has appointed Dean Bannon Managing Director – Europe, based in London.   Bannon was most recently the Commercial Director of the Grand Hôtel Stockholm. He is the former Director of Sales Sweden for First Hotels. 

Brenda Collin has been promoted to Senior Vice President Europe at Preferred Hotels and Resorts. She was most recently serving as Managing Director – UK, Ireland, Nordics, and the Netherlands.

Patrick Jorio has been named pre-opening Director of Engineering of the San Domenico Palace, a Four Seasons Hotel in Taormina. He was most recently the Corporate Director of Engineering & Maintenance for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. Jorio is the former Director of Engineering of the ANdAZ Mayakoba.

Ian Coogan takes over from Daniel Humm as Executive Chef of the London NoMad. Coogan was previously Executive Chef in New York at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina.

Emil O¨rn Valgarðsson is head chef at Rangá Restaurant in the Hotel Ranga in Hella, Iceland. He is the former Private Chef for the Finnish, French and Norwegian embassies in Reykjavik.

Sébastien Weber has been promoted to Food and Beverage Outlet Manager at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. He was most recently serving the hotel as Restaurant Manager at Grazing by Mark Greenaway.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The Capella Hotel Group has appointed Vishal Daga Vice President of Business Development. Daga was most recently with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where he recently served as Senior Director of Development. Prior to this, he spent almost a decade with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Peter Wynne has been named Senior Vice President of Artyzen Hospitality Group. He was most recently Area Vice President Hotel Operations – APAC – for Hard Rock International. Wynne is the former Area General Manager – Beijing for Swire Hotels and Area General Manager – Cambodia at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International.

Kelly Hoen has joined Here and Now Consulting as Senior Vice President. She was most recently serving as Area General Manager at the Outrigger Hospitality Group. Hoen is the former General Manager of the Modern Honolulu and the Royal Hawaiian.

Alex Porteous is now at the Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur as General Manager. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Kyoto.

Takuya Kishi takes over for Alex Porteous as General Manager of the Four Seasons Kyoto. Kishi was most recently the General Manager of the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi.

Charles Fisher takes over from Takuya Kishi as General Manager of the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi. Fisher is the former Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Orlando and the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i.

Jérome Liénart has been named pre-opening General Manager of the Hilton Tahiti, slated to open early 2021. He is the former General Manager of the Marriott Dhaka and the Le Meridien Bora Bora.

Robert Dallimore has joined the Grand Hyatt Jakarta as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Dallimore is the former Hotel Manager of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen and the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.

Olivier Lenoir takes over from Robert Dallimore as General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Lenoir was most recently in the same role at the Andaz Singapore. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Grand Hyatt Singapore and Executive Assistant Manager – Food and Beverage of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen.

Herman Kemp has joined the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh slated to open in 2021, as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Kemp is the former General Manager of the Aryaduta Medan in North Sumatra, and The Edge Bali.

Thomas Hain has been named General Manager of the Amari Vogue Krabi. He was most recently the Cluster General Manager of the Amari Koh Samui and the OZO Chaweng Koh Samui.

Richard Margo has moved to the Ozo Phuket as General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Amari Phuket.

Sébastien Berson has joined the SAS Tahiti as Human Resources Director. Berson was most recently in the same role at the Le Méridien Tahiti.

Richard Polhemus has moved to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai as Executive Chef. Polhemus has been with the company for over 15 years, previously serving as Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef of the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Harun Dursun has been named General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul. He was most recently overseeing the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.

Ersev Demiroz has been promoted to General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, taking over from Harun Dursun.  Demiro¨z was most recently serving as Hotel Manager.

Marcel Thoma has joined the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech as General Manager. He is the former Dual Property General Manager overseeing The Upper House and Pacific Place Apartments in Hong Kong.

Julien Gonzalvez is now the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi and Emirates Residences Pear.

TJ Joulak has been named General Manager of the Shangri-La Istanbul, taking over from Reto Klauser. Joulak was most recently the General Manager of the Shangri-La Doha.

Kirti Anchan has been appointed General Manager of the Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain. He has been with the company for 16 years, most recently as Hotel Manager of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Thomas Schmelter has been named Area General Manager of the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. He was most recently serving as Senior Director of Operation SEA for the company.

Nigel Pace has been appointed Head of Hospitality at Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa. For the past six years, he had been running The Stack in Cape Town. Pace is the former General Manager of the Niyama Private Islands Maldives, the Lebombo & Sweni Lodges in Singita Kruger National Park, and Cape Grace.

Ahmed Atef is now at the Four Seasons Tunis as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past six years, he had served in the same role at the Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano.

 

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