OCTOBER 2013 HEADS above the Rest®

October 7, 2013
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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

OCTOBER 2013

 

THE AMERICAS

Katie Taylor is the first woman to hold the Chairman position with the Royal Bank of Canada, replacing David O’Brien. She spent the past two decades with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as Chief Executive Officer.

Paul Pusateri has been named Chief Operating Officer of Baha Mar in the Bahamas and will serve as General Manager of the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel. The CIA graduate was previously the Chief Operating Officer at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and President of the Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place. He is the former Senior Vice President of the Venetian and the Palazzo resorts.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has named Joseph Khairallah Chief Operating Officer. He had previously been with Hyatt for 30 years, most recently as s Vice President of Rooms, Spa and Security.

Jeff Peterson has been named Vice President of Operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. He previously spent 18 years at Hyatt Hotels, before taking on his most recent post with Ticketmaster Resale as Chief Financial Officer.

Michael Hoffmann has been appointed Vice President, Brand Performance Luxury for Hilton Worldwide. As such, he will be in charge of the Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands. A Lausanne graduate, Hoffmann was most recently the Managing Director of the Boulders. He is a former General Manager of London’s Claridge’s and spent nine years with Peninsula Hotels in New York, Hong Kong and Carmel.

Craig Reaume has been appointed General Manager of the Fairmont Battery Wharf Boston. He was most recently the General Manager of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Royal York, and the General Manager for the Delta Toronto Airport West.

Sal Abaunza has been named Area General Manager, Beverly Hills with Viceroy Hotels. He will now be overseeing his current hotel, the L’Ermitage, and the Avalon.

John Trudeau has joined Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort as General Manager. He had previously served as Hotel Manager and Director of Operations for Noble House‘s Riviera Resort in Palm Springs.

Foster Burnett has been appointed Area Director of Operations for the Valencia Group. He was most recently the Area Managing Director for the Pyramid Hotel Group. Burnett is the former General Manager of the Hilton Times Square in Manhattan.

Robert Fagen has been named General Manager of the Eilan Hotel, Resort and Spa in San Antonio. He is the former General Manager of the Wyndham Hotel Riverwalk Downtown.

Jerome Luciani has been named General Manager of the Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City, scheduled to open in early 2014. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the General Manager at the Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center.  He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the former Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort.

Bill Ninivaggi has been named General Manager at the Denver Marriott City Center. He was most recently in the same position for the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. He is the former Director of Human Resources at the Princeton Marriott, Resident Manager at Marriott’s Seaview Resort and Hotel Manager at the former World Trade Center Hotel.

Maria Contreras has joined Soho Beach House in Miami as General Manager, taking over from Laurent Fraticelli who moves with Soho House to Director of Development for Latin America. Contreras was most recently in Barcelona as General Manager for the Hotel Murmuri. She is the former General Manager at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island and the Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood.

Wayne West has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Newport Hospitality Group. He is the former Chief Operating Officer for Lane Hospitality.

Albert Smith has joined the SLS Las Vegas as Vice President of Hotel Operations. He was most recently the Regional Director of Operations, Southern California, with Kimpton Hotels. He is the former General Manager of the Hotel Palomar and the Chamberlain.

Paul Sacco has joined the Procaccianti Group as Chief Development Officer. He was most recently with the Pyramid Hotel Group as Senior Vice President Acquisitions and Development. Sacco is the former Senior Vice President of Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Scott Edward Blakeslee has been promoted to Area General Manager, Pre-Opening Operations/Strategy, EVEN Hotels with InterContinental Hotels. For the past three years, he had been the General Manager for the InterContinental Dallas.

Don Fraser has been appointed General Manager of the Park Central Hotel New York. He was most recently the General Manager of the Paramount and is the former General Manager of the Royal Palm in Miami Beach.

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Oliver Bonke Chief Commercial Officer – The Americas. For the past 24 years, he had been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Grace Hotels has named Stuart Barwise Regional General Manager and General Manager of the Mayflower Grace, formally the Mayflower Inn. He takes over the position held since 1992 (handling the opening of the Mayflower Inn) by John Trevenen. Barwise was most recently with sister group, US Hotels as Director, Hotel Operations. He is the former General Manager at the White Barn Inn & Spa and Embassy Suites Portland.

Tony Dunn has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. He was most recently in Toronto at the Sheraton Centre Hotel as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Sheraton Gateway Toronto Hotel and the Westin Edmonton.

Jeffery Burrell has returned to the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek to take on the post of General Manager. He had previously assisted with the opening of the resort in 2008 as its Director of Operations. He was most recently the General Manager at the Mountain Lake Lodge.

Martin van der Laan has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. He was most recently overseeing the Skirvin Hilton. He is the former General Manager of the Platinum Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas and the Xona Resort Suites in Scottsdale.

Tom Smith has been named Area Vice President and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Orlando, the former Peabody Orlando. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Operations with Hyatt based in Chicago.

Brian Comes has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Comes has been with Hyatt for 25 years, most recently as General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

John Douponce has returned to West Hollywood as General Manager for the Chamberlain West Hollywood. He had previously overseen Le Parc Suites Hotel in West Hollywood before taking on his most recent post as General Manager at the Plantation Hale Suites in Hawaii.

Jean-Christophe Gras has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square. He was most recently at the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile where he served as General Manager for the past twelve years.

Stephanie Segoura takes over from Jean-Christophe Gras as General Manager of the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile. Segoura was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Sofitel London St. James after joining the hotel in 2003 as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Greg Leonard has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. He was most recently with the Grand Hyatt Denver as General Manager and had previously overseen the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech.

Mark Stiebling takes over from Greg Leonard at the Grand Hyatt Denver as General Manager. Stiebling was most recently overseeing the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa.

Scott Allen takes over from Mark Stiebling as General Manager of the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

Peter Roth has joined the Park Hyatt Chicago as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Grand Hyatt Santiago.

Flor van der Vaart is the new General Manager for the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando. Van der Vaart was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Curaçao.

The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has named Doug Sears General Manager, taking over from Allan Farwell who is now on Maui. Sears had been serving as General Manager for the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa since 2004.

Mike Kass has been promoted at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain to Hotel Manager. He joined the resort in 2011 as Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously overseen sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa.

Morgan Plant is now with KSL Resorts as Vice President of Food and Beverage. She was most recently in the same role with Joie de Vivre Hospitality after serving the company for three years as Senior Regional Food and Beverage Operations. Plant is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Vitale and General Manager at Mistral Restaurant.

Ian Grant has been named Regional Food and Beverage Director, New England, for Grace Hotels. He was most recently serving at the sister group, US Hotels as Director, Food and Beverage Operations.

Turnberry Isle Miami has appointed Nestor Marchand Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach as Director of Food and Beverage.

Christopher Pageaud has been named Food and Beverage Director for the Fairmont San Jose. He has been with Fairmont for over ten years serving in food and beverage posts with the Fairmont San Francisco and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

The Chateau on the Lake Resort in Branson has named Jeffery VanCamp Assistant General Manager/Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Senior Director of Catering with Missouri State University and is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, the Renaissance St. Louis and the Westin St. Louis.

Concord Hospitality has promoted Dean Wendel to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage at Concord’s Renaissance Raleigh Hotel.

Hakan Kocak has been named Director of Food and Beverage at El Encanto in Santa Barbara. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Angeleno and the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort.

James Rodgers has been appointed Director of Engineering for the Park Hyatt New York. He was most recently in a similar role for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Denise Valdez has been appointed Area Director of Human Resources, Miami, for SBE Entertainment. She is the former Director of Human Resources with Hakkasan USA. She had previously served in similar roles at Eventi and the Millenium Hilton, both in New York City.

Jackie Nixon has returned to human resources and joined the Regency New York as Director of Human Resources. She was most recently with the Setai Fifth Avenue as Hotel Manager after joining the property in 2010 as Director of Human Resources. Nixon had previously served in the same post at the Mark.

Allison Tourville is now in Los Angeles overseeing human resources at Chateau Marmont. She was most recently in the same position in New York for Soho House. She is the former Human Resources Director at the Hotel Gansevoort.

Jesse Herrera has joined Grand Pacific Resorts in Carlsbad as Corporate Director of People and Culture. He was most recently in Napa at the Silverado Resort and Spa as Director of Human Resources. Herrera is the former Area Director of Human Resources for Sage Hospitality and Complex Director of Human Resources with Starwood Hotels & Resorts – Waikiki.

Louise Vongerichten has joined New York-based Chefs Club by Food & Wine as Business Development Manager. She was previously with Starwood in the United Arab Emirates, following two years as food and beverage manager at the Mercer.

Palace Resorts has promoted Sandor Winkler to Chief Development Officer. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the company.

Juan Carlos Seminario has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with Palace Resorts. He was most recently the Vice President of Sales for Canada, Europe and Asia.

Sonesta Hotels has named Jon Elliott Senior Global Account Director. He was most recently with Accenture as Business, Global Category Manager – Lodging. He was previously with Travelocity as Senior Director of Sales and Consulting.

Aman Resorts has appointed Darlene Adams Director of Sales North America, Caribbean. Adams had previously served 17 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows and is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Rebecca Huetter has been named Vice President Sales for Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar.She was most recently with the Langham Huntington Pasadena as Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Thompson Beverly Hills, and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at Andre Balazs Properties. At Shutters & Casa Del Mar, she takes over for Scott Evans.

Michelle Loane moves as Director of Sales and Marketing to the Four Seasons San Francisco.  She most recently served in the same role at the nearby Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

The Las Vegas Sands has named David Horton Chief Marketing Officer. He had joined Hilton Hotels almost fifteen years ago and for the past four years, has been responsible for the Hilton brand as the Global Head, Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

Brad Mettler has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Grand Hyatt New York. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.

Deborah Vallorano has been appointed Manager, Global Sales in North America at Pan Pacific Hotels Group in New York. She had spent the past six years as National Sales Manager for Destinations Hotels and Resorts.

Scott Gubrud has returned to Vail and joined the Four Seasons Vail as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously with the Vail Cascade Resort as Director of Sales and Marketing before joining the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in the same capacity.

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort has appointed George Allen to Director of Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa and Grand Pacific Palisades Resort.

Dawn Parisi has been named Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Caribbean and will oversee sales and marketing for the Westin St. John. She is the former Complex Director of Sales at the W Hotels of New York City.

Nate Hardesty has joined the Hyatt Regency Orlando as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Aaron Bastable has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing to the Westin Chicago North Shore. He was most recently in the same position for the Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites. Bastable is the former Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Douglas Carrillo has been appointed Vice President Sales and Marketing with Virgin Hotels. He was most recently the Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing with Goldman Properties in Miami. Carrillo is the former Regional Director Sales and Marketing with Morgans Hotel Group.

Seamus Gallagher has been named Director of Sales for the Miami Beach EDITION. He is the former Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. He had previously served in sales positions for the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt.

The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has promoted Sonia Hammrich to Director of Sales. David Toler moves up to take over Hammrich’s former post as Assistant Director of Sales.

Brian Plott has moved to the Four Seasons Orlando as Director of Sales. He was most recently the Director-Resort Group Sales for the Universal Orlando.

Justin Ely has been named Director, Group Sales at the Fairmont Newport Beach. He is the former National Sales Manager for Caesars Entertainment in Chicago.

John Annicchiarico has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Villas of Grand Cypress. He was most recently the Director of Marketing for the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Sage Hospitality has promoted Joe Miller to Corporate Director of Sales for the Select Service Division in the Southern region. He had previously served as General Manager and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Ascent Hospitality before taking on his most recent position at the Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta Perimeter Center.

Melanie Koscelnak has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Eilan Hotel, Resort and Spa. She had previously served in sales and marketing posts with the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago and the Renaissance Pittsburgh.

Katie Davis is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook Center. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Place and the HYATT House Chicago Naperville/ Warrenville. Davis is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and the Hyatt on Printers Row.

Shannon Munley-Foster has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Radisson Blu Warwick Philadelphia. She was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing at both the Radisson Phoenix-Chandler and Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport.

Marcella Zuniga has moved to the Dorchester Collection as Regional Sales Director – Group Sales. She was most recently the Director of Group Sales, the Americas, for the Maybourne Hotel Group.

Frances Maxwell has been named Director of National Accounts, Midwest, for Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Maxwell is the former Director of Corporate, Group and Incentive Sales, The Americas, at Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces.

Michael Oakes has joined the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Palm Beach as Director of Group Sales. For the past ten years, he had been with Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, most recently as Senior Sales Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. He had previously served in sales positions with the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia and the Ritz-Carlton Boston.

Rochelle Wilson has been appointed Director of Entertainment and Travel Agency Sales at the JW Marriott Essex House New York. She was most recently a Senior Sales Manager at the Andaz 5th Avenue.

Teresa Jackson has been appointed Senior Sales Manager Midwest Region at the Westin Westminster. She most recently served as Senior Sales Manager at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown.

Gina Barnes has been appointed Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Westin Westminster. She was most recently the Director of Catering at the Inverness Hotel.

Edward Goff moves to the corporate office at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts as Regional Director of Revenue Management. Goff has been with Hyatt for eight years in several Revenue Management roles. Prior to Hyatt, he held revenue and operations positions at Millennium, Four Seasons and Westin.

After an incredible 26 years at the New York Palace, Executive Chef John Staiano has moved on. He is now the Corporate Chef for Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

Kevin Hickey is leaving Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts after 18 years to partner with Rockit Ranch to revamp Dragon Ranch on North Clark Street in Chicago, and open his own concept next spring in Bridgeport, named Duck Inn. Hickey was most recently the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Chicago after spending two years in the same role at sister property, the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. He had previously served as Executive Chef with the Four Seasons Atlanta, and as Executive Sous Chef with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Jean-Francois Fortin has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Sous Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Fairmont Algonquin.

Leonardo Mariotti is now at Atlantis in the Bahamas as General Manager at Olives by Todd English. For the past seven years, he had been with China Grill Management, most recently overseeing Mix Restaurant and Lounge in Las Vegas.

Hilton Worldwide has promoted Ryan Crabbe to Senior Director, Global Spa. He was most recently serving Hilton as Senior Director, Spa Operations and Development. He is the former Director, Spa Operations at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

Connie Song is now in Santa Monica overseeing rooms operations at Casa del Mar. She was most recently with the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York as Director of Front of the House Operations. She had previously overseen housekeeping operations for the Plaza and is the former Front Office Manager at the Banyan Tree Seoul and the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta.

 

EUROPE

Jennifer Fox has been appointed to the newly created role of President, International at FRHI, the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to be based in Zurich. She will maintain her position as President, Fairmont Brand. Fox is the former Chief Operating Officer – Europe for InterContinental Hotels Group and had previously served as Managing Director of the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Sam Ioannidis has been promoted to General Manager and joined the Four Seasons Baku. For the past three years, he had served as Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons New York.

Patrick Nayrolles has joined Domaine de Manville aux Baux de Provence as General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat. He had previously served as Deputy Manager for the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo and is the former Resident Manager at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice.

Guy Lindt has joined Grand Hotel Des Bains in Switzerland as General Manager. For the past seven years, he had been the General Manager for the Country Club Geneva. He is the former General Manager at the Eurotel Riviera in Montreux.

Christophe Le Chatton has joined the Langdon Hall Country House & Spa as General Manager. He was most recently with the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai as Hotel Manager. Le Chatton is the former Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Director of Operations of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec. Earlier in his career, he spent six years as Director of Food and Beverage at the Waldorf Astoria.

Michael Bonsor has been appointed Hotel Manager at the soon-to-open Rosewood London. He was most recently serving as Hotel Operations Manager at Claridge’s.

Gisela Munchgesang has joined the Hilton Berlin as General Manager. She was most recently in the same position for the Hilton Frankfurt.

Markus Lueck has joined the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna as General Manager, taking over from Hans Olbertz who is retiring. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Ghana. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin and the Resident Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Hotel des Bains and the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.

Stijn Oyen is the new General Manager for the Maria Christina in San Sebastian. He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Sheraton Krakow Hotel. Oyen is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Sheraton Stockholm.

Ulrich Schwer has been appointed General Manager at the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten in Stuttgart. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt. Schwer is the former Director of Rooms of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Plaza in New York.

The W St. Petersburg has named Mario Habicher General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Westin Grand Munich. He is the former Director Food and Beverage of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, and the Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial District.

Eric Favre has been named Managing Director at the Alpina Gstaad, replacing Niklaus Leuenberger. He was most recently the General Manager at the Djibouti Palace Kempinski and the former Managing Director at Le Mirador Kempinski.

Thomas Stene has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Oslo. He was most recently in the same position for the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey. He is the former General Manager at the Park Inn Prague, and the Radisson SAS Don Hotel in Russia.

Jurgen Ammerstorfer has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Shangri-La at the Shard in London. He is the former General Manager at the Trafalgar Hotel.

Jean-Marie Le Gall is now in Barcelona at the Majestic Hotel and Spa as Hotel Manager. He has joined former Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris colleague Pascal Billard where he served for two years as Director of Sales and Marketing. Le Gall had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Hotel Royal Monceau and Le Grand Hotel InterContinental.

Sven Doliwa has been appointed Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA at Worldhotels in Frankfurt. Doliwa was most recently Vice President Commercial at Grand City Hotels.

Adam Sydenham has joined the Four Seasons Moscow as Director of Rooms. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Rooms for the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Sydenham had previously overseen Rooms Division for the opening of Coworth Park with the Dorchester Collection and had served as Front Office Manager with the Four Seasons Seychelles.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The CBRE Group has appointed Arthur Buser Executive Managing Director, based in Singapore. The Cornell graduate is the former Chief Executive Officer and President of Sunstone Hotel Investors following eleven years in a variety of senior roles at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.

Nick Downing has been appointed Vice President of Per AQUUM Retreats, based in Bangkok. He had previously served as pre-opening Director of Operations for the company followed by General Manager of Huvafen Fushi, Maldives.

Ruud van Dijk has moved on to the Four Seasons Sydney as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Hangzhou. Van Dijk originally joined the company as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons New York in 1998.

Peter Draminsky takes over from Ruud van Dijk as General Manager at the Four Seasons Hangzhou. Draminsky was most recently the Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons Hong Kong.

Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry has been named pre-opening General Manager for the Andaz Tokyo. He was most recently overseeing the Andaz Liverpool Street in London.

Lars van der Most has been appointed General Manager at Le MéridienYixing in China. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager of the Westin Bund Center Shanghai.

Michael Vorterleitner has been named pre-opening General Manager for the Wanda Realm Weifang slated to open in 2014. He was most recently the General Manager at the Ramada Khao Lak Resort. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa.

Ian Alexandre is now overseeing the Mulia Resort in Bali. He is the former General Manager of the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney and Vice President Pacific for Sofitel. He had previously managed the Sofitel Wanda Beijing, the Four Seasons Shanghai, and the Regent Kuala Lumpur.

The Four Seasons Langkawi has promoted Sean Mosher to Resort Manager. He joined the resort in 2012 as Director of Rooms. and held similar positions at the Four Seasons Toronto and the Four Seasons Hampshire.

Martin Wuethrich has been appointed General Manager of the soon to open Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa. He has been with Starwood for over 13 years and has most recently been the General Manager of the Sheraton Bangalore at Brigade Gateway.

Franz Richter has been named General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai. He is the former General Manager at the Ritz-CarltonTianjin and the Ritz-Carlton Seoul.

Claude Bulté has been named General Manager at the Radisson Blu Beijing. He was most recently overseeing the Radisson Blu Istanbul.

Robert Lohrmann has been appointed General Manager at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. He is the former General Manager at the Renaissance Zhongshan Park Hotel in Shanghai.

Mark Irwin has been named General Manager of the Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island. He was most recently the Resident Manager at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Hong Kong. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at the Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay and the InterContinental Pudong Shanghai.

Philippe Frugère has been named General Manager of the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives. He was most recently overseeing the Al Nahda Resort & Spa. Frugère is the former General Manager at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Deputy General Manager for the Sugar Beach Resort in Mauritius.

Mehdi Othmani has been named General Manager of the Hilton Hurghada Plaza. He is the former General Manager of the MövenpickResort El-Quseir and the Mövenpick Resort Taba.

Outrigger has named Craig Wienckowski Corporate Director of Finance. He was formerly a Director with Ishin Hotels Group in Tokyo. He had served in similar posts with Goldman Sachs in Tokyo and the Archon Group Korea.

Michiel de Kleer has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager for the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers.

Nicolas Kurban has been named Vice President Food and Beverage Asia Pacific at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts based in Singapore. He was most recently the Executive Vice President of Food and Beverage for the Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. He is the former Vice President of Food and Beverage and Retail at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, the Director of Fine Dining Restaurants with Wynn Las Vegas, and the Director of Restaurant Operations with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.

Reto Moser has transferred as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons Koh Samui. He was most recently in the same position for the Four Seasons Bangkok. Moser had previously served in food and beverage management posts at the Peninsula Chicago and the former Four Seasons Terre Blanche.

Matthieu Bertho has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and moved to the Four Seasons Shanghai. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Andaz Shanghai.

Moky Lam has joined the Dalian Wanda Group as Chief Food and Beverage Director. Lam is the former Director, Chinese Food & Beverage Operations, with InterContinental Hotels Group. He had previously overseen food and beverage for the Peninsula Shanghai, the Peninsula Bangkok and the Peninsula Hong Kong.

Mark Liversidge has been appointed Chief Marketer – Asia Pacific – at Hilton Worldwide, based in Singapore. He was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at CSL Limited, based in Hong Kong.

Masaki Sakamoto has been named Asia Sales and Marketing Representative for the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai. Sakamoto was most recently with Aviareps Marketing Garden as Director of Hawaii Tourism Asia.

The Four Seasons Hong Kong has appointed Fabrice Vulin as Executive Chef for Caprice. Vulin was most recently the Executive Chef for the Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Eze.

Ramon Alvarez Salto has been named Executive Chef at the Leela Kempinski Gurgaon Hotel and Residences, taking over from Emmanuel Guémon who is now at Sandy Lane. Salto was most recently the Executive Chef of the W Doha Hotel & Residences. He is the former Executive Chef of the Hotel Missoni in Kuwait.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Sami Nasser has been appointed Senior Vice President Operations Middle East, Africa and India at Fairmont Raffles Hotel International, based in Dubai. He was most recently the Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa & Indian Ocean for Sofitel.

Syed Shafi has been appointed Vice President Development and Acquisitions India, the Middle East and Africa for the Trump Hotel Collection in Dubai. He is the former Regional Development Director of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals in the Middle East and North Africa.

Greg Allen has been appointed Area Vice President for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain at Rotana. He was most recently the Vice President ­ Rooms, Food and Beverage, Head of Marketing at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.

Christopher Rudolph has been named pre-opening Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Westcliff Johannesburg. The Lausanne graduate and Johannesburg native had spent the past seven years as General Manager for the Grand Hotel du Lac in Switzerland.

Anthony Tyler has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Riyadh. He was most recently in the same position with the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Tyler is the former Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Costa Rica and had previously overseen food and beverage for the Four Seasons Amman and the Four Seasons Maui.

Alessandro Redaelli has been appointed General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah Dubai. He is the former General Manager of the Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski Moscow and the Hotel de la Paix Geneva.

The One&Only Le Saint Géran has appointed Edouard Plaisance Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously with LUX Resorts as Director of Sales and Marketing for Reunion Island and held a similar position for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Crete, Greece and Djerba.

Gilles Longuet has joined the Djibouti Palace Kempinski as General Manager. He was most recently with the Hotel Melia Dubai as opening General Manager. He had previously overseen the Bakua Hotel Martinique.

Frédéric Chrétien has been appointed General Manager at the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, scheduled to reopen in December. He is the former General Manager at The Residence Mauritius.

Jeroen Elmendorp has joined The Palace Downtown Dubai as Hotel Manager. He was previously the opening Executive Assistant Manager of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi.

Ehab Barghouth has joined the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza as General Manager. He joined Hilton Worldwide in 2008 and is the former Regional Director of Revenue for Hilton Worldwide Egypt & Levant.

Mirko Aru has been appointed Hotel Manager at The Address Dubai Marina. He was most recently with the Constance Lemuria Resort Praslin Seychelles as Resident Manager.

Bob Khalifé has been appointed Hospitality Director at SASCO in Riyadh. He was most recently in Muscat as Senior Tourism Development Manager for Omran, the development company of the Ministry of Tourism.

Charles Lasvigne has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and transferred to the Four Seasons Marrakech. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons George V. His wife, Verena, has made the move with him and will run the Spa and carry on as Senior Spa Director for the company.

The Chedi Muscat in Oman has appointed Michiel Lugt Director of Food and Beverage taking over from Christoph Girsch, who has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager. Lugt is the former Director of Food and Beverage at Hotel de L’Europe in Amsterdam.

The Park Rotana Abu Dhabi has recently named Ameya Sapre Director of Food and Beverage. For the past three years, he had been with Harrods Restaurants, UK.

The Rosewood Corniche has appointed Sherif El Mansoury Director of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa Hotel in Marrakesh and Director of Sales at the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay.

Linda Steeger has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich.

The Four Seasons Amman has named Chuck Kazmer Executive Chef, replacing Frank Ruidavet who has joined the St. Regis Bali. Kazmer is the former Executive Sours Chef of the Four Seasons Houston and the Four Seasons Chicago.

The Grand Millennium Dubai has promoted from within, appointing Ayman Valappil Executive Chef. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Sous Chef. William Francisco Xavier Dias takes over the title of Executive Sous Chef from his existing position of Senior Sous Chef while Alaa Al Nachar will now be the Senior Sous Chef moving up from his role as Oriental Chef.

Simon Hague has been named Executive Chef at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. He is the former Executive Chef for the InterContinental Lusaka.

 

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