OCTOBER 2014 – HEADS above the Rest®

October 3, 2014
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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 2014

 

THE AMERICAS

Cornell graduate Mark Birtha 
has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager at the Hard Rock Casino Northfield Park. He is the former Vice President and General Manager for Station Casinos Las Vegas. Birtha also served as Vice President of Development – Las Vegas – for Marriott International, following a five-year stint at the Venetian.

Milton Sgarbi is now in Miami as General Manager of the St. Regis Bal Harbour, taking over from Marco Selva, who has launched his own business. Sgarbi was most recently overseeing the St. Regis Princeville Resort. He is the former General Manager at the St. Regis Bora Bora and the Hotel Romazzino in Sardinia.

In New York, long-time Morgans Hotel Group General Manager Vicky Stewart, who had been running the Royalton for the past three years, has jumped ship to  take over as General Manager of the Viceroy New York, from Gerald Denneny. Stewart was the General Manager of Morgan’s St. Martin’s Lane in London prior to taking over the Royalton.

Stan Kantowski has joined the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs as General Manager. For the past seven years, he had been the General Manager at the Miramonte Resort in Palm Desert. Kantowski is the former General Manager at the Resort at Squaw Creek, the Magnolia and Sunriver Resort.

Marco Franck has been promoted at Amanresorts to the role of Regional Director-The Americas, adding to his current duties as General Manager of Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos. Franck is a former Resident Manager for the Constance Ephelia and the Athenaeum InterContinental.

Don Thrasher has been appointed President of Park Holdings, at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Circus Circus Las Vegas.

Eric Fitzgerald has been named General Manager at Circus Circus Las Vegas. He is the former Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at the Excalibur and the Luxor.

Ann Hoff has been promoted General Manager at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She was previously the Vice President of Operations at New York-New York.

Nancy Peel has been named General Manager at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center. Most recently, she was the Hotel Manager at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Michael Weber has been appointed General Manager for La Concha Key West in Florida. He was most recently with the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Weber had previously overseen the Radisson Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort and Il Lugano Luxury Suite Hotel.

The Playa Largo Resort & Spa has appointed Shakir Hussain General Manager. The Cornell graduate was most recently with the Cheeca Lodge & Spa as Director of Food and Beverage.

Carl Hendriks has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, expected to open in November. He was most recently with the Apple Leisure Group and had previously served as General Manager at numerous Sandals Resorts throughout the Caribbean.

Sanjay Bedi has been named Regional Vice President of Operations at the Real Hospitality Group in New York. He has been with the company since 2013 as a Regional Director of Operations.

Brian Hughes has been appointed General Manager at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. Since 2008, he had served as General Manager at the Omni San Diego. The Cornell graduate is the former General Manager of the Sunriver Resort and the Argent Hotel in San Francisco.

Carlisle Bay in Antigua has appointed Lyle Pauls General Manager. He was most recently with The Landings on St. Lucia as General Manager.

Thierry Grodet has joined the Sheraton Read House Hotel in Chattanooga as General Manager. He was most recently in Nashville as Hotel Manager for the Sheraton Music City Hotel. He is the former Executive Chef at the Westin Peachtree Plaza and Executive Sous Chef for the Westin Diplomat Hollywood Resort & Spa.

Dennis Jung has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. He has been with the company since 2010, most recently as Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow.

Steve Magnuson has been appointed Vice President and Managing Director at the Pocono Mountains Resort, slated to open in June 2015. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Operations for Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Maarten Drenth has been appointed General Manager at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. He is the former General Manager of the InterContinental São Paolo and the Crowne Plaza Bratislava. Drenth was most recently the General Manager of the InterContinental Buenos Aires.

Stephen Cullen has been appointed General Manager at the Copley Square Hotel in Boston. He had previously been with the Arklow Bay Hotel in Country Wicklow.

Alice Bouman has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Atlanta. She was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele. Bouman is the former Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons St. Louis and the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Philippe Larrieu has been appointed Hotel Manager at Turnberry Isle Miami. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Houston and Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Langkawi.

Rajesh Radke has been promoted to Hotel Manager and moved to the St. Regis Deer Valley. For the past two years, he had served as Director of Food and Beverage for the St. Regis Aspen.

Tiago Sarmento has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. He was most recently serving the resort as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Andres Sanhueza has been named Hotel Manager and Director of Operations at the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa on Easter Island. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Stanford Santiago.

Gabrielle Testa has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Pearl in Florida. She was most recently the General Manager at the Southwood Golf Club and the Southwood House & Cottages. Testa is the former Director of Lodging and Guest Experience at the WaterColor Inn and Resort and Lodging Operations Manager for the Ocean Reef Club.

Dean Griffin has taken on the new role of Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. For the past three years, he had served the resort as Executive Assistant Manager. Griffin is the former Director of Rooms for the InterContinental Montelucia and Director of Housekeeping for the Arizona Biltmore.

Rubin Sabater has been appointed Director of Operations at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. He had previously held leadership roles with the Mandarin Oriental Miami as well as the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Tower.

Whitney Thier has been named Executive VP, General Counsel at Baha Mar in Nassau, taking over from Uri Clinton who has relocated to Las Vegas. Thier had previously served as Executive Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, at CG Technologies and General Counsel of Fontainebleau Resorts.

Greg Dowell has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Summit Hotel Properties succeeding Paul Ruiz, who has served as interim Chief Financial Officer since May. Most recently, Dowell held the position of Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at American Campus Communities.

Noble House Hotels & Resorts has promoted Patricia Handjaja to Chief Financial Officer. She has been with the company since 2001, most recently as Vice President of Finance, Accounting and Tax.

Keith Kriner has been appointed Director of Finance at the Conrad New York. He is the former Director of Finance for the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas.

David Quinn has joined the Plaza in New York as Director of Finance, replacing Danny Corral who is now Vice President Finance for Faena in Miami. Quinn was most recently in the same position at the W South Beach. He is the former Director of Finance for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and the Setai Miami.

Thomas Bertrand has joined the Ivy Baltimore as Controller. He is the former Controller for the Beach Resort Monterey and Bernardus Lodge.

David Batson has been named Controller for the Stonewall Resort in West Virginia. He was previously the Vice President of Finance for Sugarloaf Mountain Corp.

Michael Nishi has joined Wetzel’s Pretzels as Franchise Chief Financial Officer. He is the former Chief Financial Officer for the Innovative Dining Group.

Diane Fox has been appointed Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Ultima Hospitality in Chicago. She was previously leading Clarion Partners’ hospitality asset management division.

Kim Lueck has been promoted to Chief Information Officer at the Marcus Corporation. She will be adding to her current duties as Vice President of Technology for Marcus Theatres, a role she has held since 2008.

Joseph Polito is now in Las Vegas with MGM Hakkasan Hospitality as Vice President of Food and Beverage and Entertainment. He was most recently with Dusit International Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok as Group Director, Global Food and Beverage Operations. Polito is the former Vice President, Restaurants Bars and Events, with Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts.

Mark Kozak has joined Delta Air Lines as Regional Operations Manager-Sky Clubs in Atlanta. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at PUBLIC Chicago. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Mondrian West Hollywood.

Mustafa Suer has been appointed Corporate Manager, Food and Beverage – The Americas, for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Baku.

Rich Poskanzer is now in Southern California at the Four Seasons Westlake Village as Director of Food and Beverage. For the past two years, he was in the same post with the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. The Cornell graduate is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Palo Alto and Food and Beverage Manager at the former Four Seasons Aviara.

Nathaniel Brethold has joined the Loews Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe and had previously served in similar posts with the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Naples.

Olivier Lau has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the JW Marriott LA LIVE/The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Jiaqi Tang has been named Director of Food and Beverage for Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. She was most recently the Director of Outlets at the Peninsula Chicago.

Greg Thomas has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. For the past two years, he had served as General Manager for Chaya Brasserie, Beverly Hills. He is the former General Manager for BoHo Restaurant, Café del Rey and Gonpachi.

The Plantation on Crystal River has appointed Bill Strickland Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for sister property the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.

Heinrich von Puschendorf has joined the Grand Del Mar in San Diego as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Operations at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

Laine Blaker has been named Director of Food and Beverage at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. He was most recently serving as Corporate Food and Beverage Operations Director for eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors. Blaker had previously overseen food and beverage for the Viceroy Anguilla, the Boca Raton Resort and Club and the Tides Hotel in South Beach.

Andy Preslar has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Florida. He joined the resort in 2011 as Director of Rooms.

Leanne Kamekona is now in San Francisco as Vice President of Food and Beverage at The Bay Clubs. She was most recently with the St. Regis Princeville as Director of Food and Beverage and Executive Chef.

John Josberger has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Hotel Operations at the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview.

Rick Remington has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Pheasant Run Resort & Spa in Chicago. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

The St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino has appointed Joseph Niemeier Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Brad Beakley has been appointed Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He most recently served as Vice President of Pricing and Revenue Management Solutions at the Sabre Corporation.

Paul McElroy has been appointed Vice President of Construction at Highgate Hotels. He is the former Vice President of Development at Trinity Investments and Vice President of Design and Construction for Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts.

Jarek Krolak has been named Chief Engineer for Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. He was most recently with Soho House Chicago as Facility Manager.

Sheri Line has been named Vice President Human Resources for Tier Reit. She was most recently the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. Line is the former Director of Human Resources for Harrah’s Entertainment and Vice President of Human Resources Operations with Wyndham International.

Patrick Athy has been named Director of Human Resources at the St. Regis New York. He was most recently serving as Director of Human Resources for the Sheraton Parsippany. Athy is the former Director of Human Resources at the W New York.

The Marcus Corporation has appointed Rachel McKinney as Vice President of Human Resources. She is the former Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, for School Specialty.

Tracy Curry has been appointed Vice President, Human Resources, at the Lemonade Restaurant Group. She was most recently the Senior Director of Human Resources for Hilton Worldwide.

Elizabeth Jacobs has been named Director of Human Resources at the Beverly Garland in Los Angeles. She was most recently with the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows as Assistant Director of Human Resources.

Lilian Tomovich has been appointed Chief Experience Officer at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. Since 2005 she had been with MasterCard International, most recently as Senior Vice President, US Consumer Marketing.

Catterina Calderon has been named Director of Human Resources for the Naples Bay Resort. She is the former Vice President of Human Resources at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Nadine Smith has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. She had previously served in human resources posts with the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, the St. Regis Fort Lauderdale, the Sheraton Bal Harbour and the W South Beach.

Marriott International has expanded the role of Toni Stoeckl to Vice President of Lifestyle Brands. He was most recently serving as Vice President for the Renaissance Hotels brand.

Matthew Watts has been named Director of Music and Marketing for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. He was most recently leading the Artist Management Department at Advanced Alternative Media in New York.

Benchmark Hospitality has named Paul Bashaw Corporate Director of Global Sales. He was most recently Director of Sales for the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. He is the former National Sales Manager at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Palace Resorts has promoted Alan Doyle to Vice President of Global Sales, Meetings and Incentives. He was most recently serving the company as Corporate Director of Sales. He is the former International Group Sales Manager for the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún.

Shane Keener has been appointed Vice President of Marketing at Sage Hospitality. He was most recently the Vice President of Strategy at YO!DOG Marketing.

Jeff Johnson has been named Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the Broadmoor. He is the former Vice President, Marketing for Montage Hotels & Resorts, Destination Hotels & Resorts and the Luxury Collection.

Elizabeth Harlow has joined the Bellagio in Las Vegas as Vice President of Marketing. She was most recently in New York with Loews Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President Marketing. Harlow is the former Senior Director of Brand Marketing at The Leading Hotels of the World.

Jill Harlow has been appointed Director of Marketing at Miraval Resort & Spa. She was most recently the Director of Marketing for RED Development.

Matthew Yoakum has joined the Redbury Hollywood as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with the Hotel Palomar – Westwood as Associate Director of Sales.

Elena Peroulakis has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. She was most recently overseeing the sales and marketing team at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.

Daniel Ben-Efraim has joined the London New York as Director of Sales and Marketing. He has previously served as Associate Director of Sales at the London West Hollywood.

Jorgelina Masso has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Vines Resort & Spa in Argentina. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.

Jamie Bruce has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing at the Trump National Doral. Bruce is the former Senior Vice President Strategic Initiatives at Kerzner International and Vice President Sales and Marketing for Coral Hospitality.

Meg Fasy has been appointed Vice President of Sales at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She had most recently served as Vice President of Industry Relations at PSAV.

Marc Foster has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Silversmith Hotel & Suites in Chicago. He was most recently overseeing sales for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Chicago.

Scott Sutliff has joined the Morgans Hotel Group as Director of Sales at the Clift in San Francisco. He had previously served in regional group sales posts with Warwick International Hotels and the Pan Pacific Hotel Group.

Ruth Leis has been appointed Director of Sales at the Hilton Anatole. She was most recently with the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as Executive Director of Sales.

Jeanne Delgado has joined the St. Regis New York as Director of International Sales. She was most recently with the Mark Hotel as an International Sales Manager. Delgado had previously served as a Sales Manager at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Marcia Lowther has been named Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. She was most recently an Account Director at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Lowther had previously served in sales positions with the Four Seasons Washington, D.C., Acqualina and the Mandarin Oriental Miami.

Kelly Blecke has been appointed Senior Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic Corporate & Association Markets, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. She was most recently with Marriott as an Association Global Account Executive.

Tiffany McCormick has been named National Account Manager for the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, based in Chicago. She was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. as Senior Sales Manager. McCormick had previously served as Group Sales Manager for the Four Seasons Vail and the Four Seasons Denver, after serving in the same position for seven years at the Four Seasons Chicago and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Marvin Andrade has been appointed Senior Sales Manager at the Windsor Court in New Orleans. He is the former Director of Sales for Accent on Arrangements and previously served eight years as Sales Manager for the Hotel Monteleone.

Olivia Prescott-Brassie has been named Senior Sales Manager for the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, slated to open in early 2015. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Catering for the Viceroy Palm Springs. Prescott-Brassie had previously served in catering posts at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Palmer House Hilton.

Yael Rosenwald has been promoted to Senior Sales Manager for the InterContinental San Francisco and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. She joined the hotels in 2011 as a Sales Manager and is the former Conference Concierge at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Estrella Navarro has been appointed Sales Manager at the InterContinental San Francisco and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, taking over from Yael Rosenwald. Navarro was most recently in various positions with the InterContinental Madrid.

Patricia Bradley has been appointed National Sales Manager at the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort in the Bahamas. Most recently, she served as National Sales Manager for Curacao’s Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. She had previously served in sales positions with RockResorts, Regent and Allied Hospitality Marketing.

Christine Holmberg has been named Sales Manager at Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek. She was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch as Group Sales Manager.

Toby Lent has joined the Peninsula Beverly Hills as Director of Catering. He was most recently with the St. Regis Princeville as Director of Catering and Event Management. Lent had served in similar posts with Shutters on the Beach and the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club.

Michael Howe is now in Chicago as Director of Catering and Convention Services for the Westin Michigan Avenue. He was most recently serving as Director of Catering Sales, Convention Services and Banquets for the MODERN Honolulu. He is the former Director of Catering Sales and Convention Services for the Royal Hawaiian.

James Wark has been appointed Director of Catering and Events at the Thompson Miami Beach. He was most recently with Gilt City.

Amanda Reinke has been named Catering Sales Manager at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. She was most recently a Senior Events and Catering Manager for the Setai Miami.

Monica Xuereb has been promoted Chief Revenue Officer at Loews Hotels & Resorts. She joined Loews in 2013 as Vice President of Revenue Management. She is the former Vice President of Revenue Management, International for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Kevin Kim is now in Beverly Hills as Director of Revenue for the Beverly Wilshire. He was most recently the Director of Revenue Management at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Hector Diaz has been appointed Director of Revenue Management at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He was most recently in a similar position for the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut-Grove. He is the former Director of Revenue Management for the Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.

Wilfried Bergerhausen has moved to Le Cirque at the Bellagio Las Vegas as Executive Chef. He was most recently at Michael Mina as Executive Sous Chef. He is the former Sous Chef at JoëlRobuchon in the MGM Grand.

Kelly Hightower has joined restaurateur Michael Cox as Executive Chef at the soon-to-open OSO Food & Wine in North Dallas. He had previously held chef positions at Aquaknox, the Mansion on Turtle Creek and was the Owner/Chef at Kavala in Oak Cliff.

The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has appointed Jason Prendergast Executive Chef. The CIA graduate was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at Fig at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.

Kevin Delonay has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Beaver Creek Westin Riverfront. He joined the resort in 2005 and was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef.

Matias Martinez has joined the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Jumeirah Emirates Towers as Complex Executive Chef. He had previously been with the Banyan Tree Macau as Executive Chef.

The Fairmont San Jose has promoted Anthony Hsia to Executive Chef. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Sous Chef.

Meredith Manee has joined the Hotel del Coronado as Restaurant Chef for 1500 Ocean. She had previously served in chef positions for the Four Seasons Denver, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Houston.

Jenae Christiansen has been named Executive Chef for the Gilchrist Club in Florida. She had previously served in chef positions at the Flat Iron Grill and the Woodmark Hotel, both in Washington.

Erik Johnson has been named Executive Chef at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, taking over from Antonio Campolio. Johnson joined the hotel in 2009 as Sous Chef before being promoted to his most recently position of Executive Sous Chef.

Darius Somary has joined the Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek as Executive Chef. He had recently shuttered his catering company, SpringLoaf.

Roy Hendrickson has been named Executive Chef at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina in San Diego. He was most recently at Zimzala at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

James Samson has been appointed Executive Chef at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. He is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Daniel Goldich is now in Pennsylvania as Executive Chef for the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the JW Marriott Miami. Goldich is the former Executive Chef at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza and Sous Chef with the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

Mark Quitney has joined the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef of the JW Marriott Washington, D.C.

Steven Rojas has joined Seagrape at the Thompson Miami as Chef de Cuisine. He is the former Executive Chef at George’s Kitchen in Miami. He had previously held chef positions at Chez Papa Resto in San Francisco and the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.

Sylvain Ruffenach has been named Executive Chef at Le Shambala Luxury Lodge in Saint Martin, French West Indies. He is the former Executive Chef at Bistro Versailles in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino has appointed Diego Lemasson Food and Beverage Operations Manager. He was most recently at the Marriott Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Michael Cartwright has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. He was most recently the Director of Banquet Operations at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Admir Ibisevic has moved to the Peninsula Chicago as Restaurant Manager for the Lobby Restaurant. He was most recently at the James Hotel in Chicago as the Restaurant Manager for David Burke’s Primehouse.

Jerry McInerney is now in Santa Rosa as General Manager at Flipside Steakhouse. For the past two years, he had been overseeing Farmshop in Larkspur.

Scott Wall has been named Rooms Division Manager at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. He was most recently the Director of Guest Experience at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Wall is the former Front Office Manager at L’Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa.

Ronnie Amick has been named Spa Director for the Ritz-Carlton Westchester. Amick is the former Assistant Director of Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

Ellen McGinnis has returned as Spa Director to the Omni Grove Park Inn. She had previously served in the position in 2011 before moving over as Spa Director to sister property the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.

 

EUROPE

The Reignwood Group has appointed Grace Leo Vice President of Reignwood Investments UK. Leo, a Cornell graduate, is the founder of GLA Hotels. Reignwood recently acquired 10 Trinity Square in London and will develop it into a 98-room Four Seasons.

Andrew Foulkes has been appointed General Manager at the Abbey Hotel in Bath. He had previously served in management posts at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Gidleigh Park in Devon.

Jordi Tarrida has been appointed General Manager of the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, taking over from Fernando Gibaja. Since 2011, he had been serving as General Manager at the Turnberry Resort in Scotland.

Benedikt Jaschke has moved to the Hotel Baglioni in Rome as Hotel Manager. He was most recently serving as Resident Manager at the nearby Hotel Hassler. Jaschke is the former General Manager at the Schlosshotel Lerbach in Germany.

Chris Jung has been appointed General Manager at the Conrad London St. James. He was most recently overseeing both the InterContinental Doha The City and the InterContinental Residence Suites Doha The City. Jung is the former General Manager of the InterContinental Taba Heights Resort and the InterContinental Berlin.

Chris Eigelaar has been appointed Resident Manager at QHotelsThe Midland in Manchester. He had previously served as Director of Operations at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester.

Leonard Cernko is now in Russia as Executive Assistant Manager for the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.

Nicolas Grounin has joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in London as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with D&D London as Senior General Manager. Grounin is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Bulgari Hotel London and General Manager of Mix Las Vegas.

Martin Kandrac has been appointed Vice President, Real Estate & Development, at FRHI Hotels & Resorts in Zurich. The Cornell graduate was most recently Managing Director, Real Estate, in the London office of Mount Kellett Capital Management. He had previously spent twelve years with Blackstone Real Estate as head of European Hotels.

Carlos Cordoba is now in Tenerife as Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Abama. He is the former Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Miami.


ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Timur Senturk has been appointed Vice President, Operations, ASEAN at Pan Pacific Hotels Group in Singapore. He had previously served with Interstate China Hotels & Resorts as Managing Director.

Erik Anderouard has been appointed Senior Vice President, Operations at Pan Pacific Hotels Group in Singapore. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Hotel Operations at United Capital.

Martin Leclerc has been appointed General Manager at the St. Regis Tianjin Hotel. He had previously served as General Manager of the Fairmont Nanjing, the Fairmont Empress, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Mark Swinton is now in Bali as Regional Director for Indonesia and General Manager for Amanusa. He was most recently overseeing Amanjiwo as General Manager. Swinton had previously been with the Aman at the Summer Palace as General Manager and Amankora as Resident Manager.

Marija Tjie has been appointed General Manager at Kuta Playa Hotel and Villas in Bali. She is the former General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Bali and the Harris Riverview Kuta.

Maximilian Pleyer has been appointed General Manager at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai. He is the former General Manager of the Hilton Zhengzhou.

Alvaro Rautenberg has been named pre-opening General Manager in Nanjing at the Grand Mansion. He is the former General Manager at the Westin Wuhan, the Westin Fuzhou Minjiang and the Kempinski Suzhou.

Alain Bachmann has moved to the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Chedi Andermatt.

Giulio D’Alberto has taken charge of the Chedi Sakala in Bali. He has previously served as Director of Finance at the former Chedi Milan.

Graham Hewitt has moved as General Manager to the Fairmont Nanjing. He was most recently in the same role for the Sheraton Nanjing Hotel & Tower.

Craig Powell has been appointed General Manager at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa, replacing Michael Monks. Powell is the former General Manager of the Traders Hotel in Yangon and the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa.

Emil Leung has been appointed Area General Manager at China World Hotels in Beijing. He is the former General Manager of the Futian Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen and the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taiwan.

Bernard Rodrigues has been appointed General Manager of the New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel. He was most recently overseeing the Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hong Kong.

Vincent Lelay has been named Cluster General Manager for the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa and the Sofitel So Singapore. He was previously the Project Liaison Manager at the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa (to be rebranded as a Sofitel in 2015).

Carlos Monterde has been named General Manager at the Fairmont Jakarta. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Singapore.

Jesper Vilsoe has been promoted to General Manager at the Swissôtel Kunshan in China. He was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Assistant Manager.

Martin Wuethrich has been appointed General Manager at Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Bangalore at Brigade Gateway.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia has appointed spouse team Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser as General Manager and Culinary Director, respectively. They were most recently managing Myanmar’s Le Planteur Restaurant.

Patrick Beck has been appointed General Manager at the Kartika Plaza Hotel in Bali. He had previously been with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Associate Hotel Director and General Manager at the Pyramisa Blue Lagoon Resort.

Scott Murray has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Singapore replacing Carlos Monterde. Murray is the former Hotel Manager for the One&Only Royal Mirage and General Manager for Hayman Island.

Imran Sultan has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Oberoi Lombok. He was most recently on the Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser as Boat Manager.

Michael Regan has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Outrigger Enterprises Group in Honolulu. He was most recently the Hold Separate Manager at the Lumière Place Casino and Hotel in St. Louis.

Adrian Hardwick-Jones has been appointed Regional Director, Design and Engineering, South West Asia, for InterContinental Hotels. He was previously with Emaar MGF as Chief of Design.

Thomas Gebler has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage, at the InterContinental Singapore. He was most recently with the Rosewood Abu Dhabi as Director of Food and Beverage.

Marc Matar has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna Resort & Spa. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Westin Nusa Dua Bali. Matar had previously served in food and beverage posts at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme and the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Patrick Duff has joined the W Taipei as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Director of Operations at the Swissôtel Bangkok at Nai Lert Park. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Dubai and Executive Chef with the Fairmont Beijing.

Daniel Marino has been named Executive Assistant Manager – Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Guilin Hotel in China. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort.

Christina Maffei has moved to Honolulu’s Hale Koa Hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. She was most recently in a similar role at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Stefanie Pagela has joined the St. Regis Princeville Resort as Director of Human Resources. She had previously served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Phoenician and the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

Jan Jansen has been named Director Business Development at the Hilton Sydney. Jansen had previously served in similar posts with the Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao and the Hilton Singapore.

Jeff Yamaguchi has been named Vice President – Sales and Marketing at Kukui’ula on Kaua’i. He is the former Vice President – Residential Sales and Marketing, at the Dorado Beach Resort and Club, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Cheryl Ong Su Lyn has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Raffles Singapore. She was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of Marketing Communications with the St. Regis Singapore.

Anthony Slewka-Armfelt has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel Legend Métropole Hanoi. He had previously served in various regional sales posts for Sofitel.

Julie White has been appointed Director of Key Accounts for New Zealand for InterContinental Hotels Group, based at the InterContinental Wellington. She was previously in sales with Tandem Travel and the Rydges Wellington.

Didi Chan has been appointed Director of Revenue Management at the Langham Hong Kong. She is the former Director of Revenue at the Langham Place Mongkok.

Lauren Brown has been appointed Regional Director of Public Relations-The Pacific for the Langham Sydney. She was most recently serving as Director of Creative and Strategy at DG Global.

Sandro Gamba has been appointed Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong. Gamba is the former Executive Chef for the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, the Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Genève and Corporate Chef for the Sofitel Group.

Charles-Benoit Lacour has been named Culinary Director at Le Dôme de Cristal in Hong Kong. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at Guy Savoy at Marina Bay Sands and Chef de Partie at Guy Savoy Paris.

Guillaume Comparat has joined the InterContinental Qingdao as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Crowne Plaza Xi’an and the Galaxy Macau.

John Slaughter has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains in Australia. He was most recently Executive Chef at the Marriot Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel.

Frédéric Chabbert has joined the Restaurant Mano in Hong Kong as Chef and Partner. For the past ten years, he had been with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as Chef de Cuisine for Petrus in the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong and at Lafite in the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.

Thibaut Pouplard has been appointed Executive Chef for the Shangri-La Boracay in the Philippines. He was most recently with the Fairmont Dubai as Senior Executive Sous Chef.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Jumeirah has named Stephan Schupbach Regional Vice President – Operations. He was most recently the General Manager of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Davide Bertilaccio has been named Area General Manager at FRHI Hotels & Resorts, based at the Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi. He is the former General Manager at the MövenpickHotel Gammarth, Tunisia and the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa.

Jason Harding has been named Area Director and General Manager at the Taj Downtown Dubai. He was most recently overseeing the Armani Hotel Dubai. He is the former General Manager at The Palace – The Old Town.

Edwin Wijkhuys has been named Complex General Manager of the Sheraton Sharjah Resort, the Four Points Sharjah and the Aloft Sharjah, all opening in 2015 and 2016. He was most recently the General Manager for the Sheraton Jeddah and Area Manager, Starwood Jeddah.

Francois Waller has moved to the Sheraton Jeddah as General Manager, taking over from Edwin Wijkhuys. Waller was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Deira. He was previously the opening General Manager of the Sheraton Aleppo in Syria.

Ashraf Siessy takes over from Francois Waller as General Manager of the Sheraton Deira. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Doha.

Pascal Eggerstedt has been named General Manager at the InterContinental Doha The City. He was most recently the General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain.

Fernando Gibaja is heading to Dubai as General Manager of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, taking over from Stephan Schupbach. Gibaja was most recently the opening General Manager of the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca.

Klaus Niefer has been appointed Complex General Manager at the recently rebranded Westin Bahrain City Centre and Le MéridienBahrain City Centre. Since 2010, he had served as General Manager at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. He is the former Deputy General Manager at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi.

Stefan Fuchs has been promoted at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers to General Manager. He was most recently serving the hotel as Hotel Manager. Fuchs had previously overseen food and beverage for the Emirates Palace Hotel and the Madinat Jumeirah.

Thomas Guss has been appointed General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi, taking over from Arbind Shrestha. Guss was most recently overseeing the Shangri-La Xian in China.

Masami Egami has been appointed General Manager at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort. He was most recently overseeing the Kempinski Aqaba Red Sea. Egami is the former Hotel Manager for the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea.

Oliver Martin has been appointed General Manager at the Kempinski Aqaba Red Sea, replacing Masami Egami. Martin had previously served as Regional General Manager, overseeing the Claridges New Delhi, the Claridges Surajkund, the Claridges Nhaba Mussoorie and the Atrium Hotel.

Sébastien Mariette has been promoted General Manager at the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea. He was most recently in China, overseeing the Kempinski Wuxi and the Kempinski Yixing.

Axel Jarosch has been appointed General Manager of the Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach. He was most recently the General Manager at the Six Senses Resort Zighy Bay.

Paul Van Frank has returned to Mauritius as General Manager of the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa. He had previously served as General Manager of the Shanti Maurice, before moving to the Seychelles to take on the post of Managing Director at Frégate Island Private. He is the former General Manager at Ananda in the Himalayas.

Mark Sterner has been named Hotel Manager for the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. He was most recently with the Viceroy Maldives as General Manager. Sterner is the former Hotel Manager for the Carlyle and Resort Manager with the Rosewood Little Dix Bay.

Annie Monnier has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Since 2012, she had served as Director of Rooms. She is the former Director of Rooms for the Rosewood Mayakoba.

Kudzayi Nheweyembwa has been appointed Director of Operations at the Hilton Durban. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at the Hilton Sandton.

Afif Salibi has returned to the Raffles Dubai to take on the post of Director of Operations. He had previously served the hotel as Front Office Manager before moving to the Raffles Le Royal Phnom Penh in Cambodia as Director of Rooms. He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Macdonald in Edmonton.

George Ojeil has been named Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Jordan. He had previously served in similar posts with the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea and Le Royal Hotel.

Haytham Aziz has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Ajman Palace & Resort in Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Guest Services at the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.

Houssam Mansour has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Towers Rotana in Dubai. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach.

The Jumeirah Group has appointed Matt Balcik Vice President Operations, Brand Development. He was most recently the General Manager of the W Hotel Istanbul. He had previously served as General Manager of the Westin Virgin Islands and the Westin Aruba. He is the former Global Brand Advocate and Corporate Director of Operations for Renaissance Hotels.

Sandra Farrero has been appointed Director of Marketing and Communications at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa. Farrero is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I.

Louana Moulaeb has been appointed Director of Marketing and Communications at the Park Rotana and the Park Arjaan Abu Dhabi. She had held similar posts with the Centro Barsha, Dubai and the Centro Capital Centre Hotel.

Xavier Halbi has been promoted to Director of Strategy at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Reservations at the Hyatt Global Contact Center – Dubai.

Saleem Al Naber has joined the Corp Amman Hotel, Jordan, as Food and Beverage Manager. Prior to this appointment, he was in food and beverage at the Sheraton Amman.

 

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


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One Comment

  1. Trisha Wilson October 6, 2014 7:26 am

    Benoit , thank you for keeping me in the loop . I find it so interesting how many of these people that i know .. i do hope that all is well with you ..
    Best Trisha Wilson

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