OCTOBER 2020 – HEADS above the Rest®

October 6, 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

Loews Hotels has named Alex Tisch President. He was most recently the Chief Commercial & Development Officer / Executive Vice President of the company. Tisch is the former President of Loews Corporation.

Pradeep Raman has moved up to the Baccarat Hotel New York as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Hotel Manager of the Peninsula New York. Raman is the former Executive Assistant Manager Food & Beverage of the Montage Beverly Hills. At Baccarat, Raman takes over from Hermann Elger, who is getting into the digital healthcare space.

The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans has appointed Mali Carow General Manager. She has been with the company for over 20 years, most recently as Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. Carow is the former Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Amman.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California has named Robert Livingston Senior Vice President of Tribal Development and General Manager. Livingston is the former Senior Vice President, General Manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Andrew Flack Chief Commercial Officer. He most recently served as Vice President Marketing and eCommerce with Hilton.

The HALL Arts Hotel in Dallas has named Ginger Martin as General Manager. She was most recently the General Manager of Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh and the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol.

Younes Atallah has joined the Loews Santa Monica Beach as General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Fairmont Scottsdale.

The Tru by Hilton Spokane Valley has named Stacie Harper opening General Manager. She was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RimRock Consulting.

American Hotel Income Properties named Jonathan Korol Chief Executive Officer. Korol came to the role from SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, where he had been President since February 2017.

Gregor Resch is Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Fairmont Banff Springs. He was most recently the General Manager of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Caesars Entertainment has appointed Jacqueline Grace Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort. Grace was previously Vice President and Assistant General Manager at Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Baltimore property.

George Vlachopoulos has joined the Auberge Malliouhana Anguilla. He was most recently the General Manager of sister property the Santorini Grace.

Kevin Briggs has been named General Manager of the The Glenmark Glendale. He was most recently the General Manager at The Grafton on Sunset.

Lydia Nzayo has been promoted to General Manager of Singita Volcanoes National Park. She had previously been serving as Executive Assistant Manager.

Joanna Roterberg has joined Cobblers Cove Hotel Barbados as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Colony Club Hotel and The House, both also in Barbados.

Jill Nghiem has been promoted to General Manager at the Tucson Marriott University Park. She was most recently serving as the Assistant General Manager/Food and Beverage Director.

Brett Traussi has joined Lee & Associates NYC. He had previously served 21 years as Chief Operating Officer of Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group.

Debra Shinn has been named General Manager of the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. For seven years, she had served as General Manager of the Villas at Seven Canyons.

John Drugan is now in Colorado at the Eddy Taproom & Hotel as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club in Virginia Beach. Drugan is the former Director of Resort Operations at the Madeline Hotel and Residences and Director of Food and Beverage of the Ponte Vedra Beach Resort.

Brent Martin has been named Chief Operating Officer at Northview Hotels & Resorts. He is the former Area Vice President at Hersha Hospitality.

The Peachtree Hotel Group has promoted Patrick Short to President of Peachtree Hospitality Management. Since 2018, he has been serving the company as Corporate Vice President of Operations.

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel has named Skip Harless General Manager. Most recently, Harless led the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace as General Manager.

Wyndham Destinations has created Panorama and named Olivier Chavy President. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and had previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilson Associates.

Cornell graduate Christian Hempell has joined The Sonder Group as Market Leader – RGM South Region. He had previously been with InterContinental Hotels Group for 16 years, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty and Partnerships.

Olivier Lordonnois is the founder of Equanimity LLC. He was most recently with Spring Place as Chief Executive Officer. Lordonnois is the former General Manager of The Mark New York and the Hotel de La Trémoille in Paris.

David Lurie has been named General Manager of the Carmel Mission Inn. He is the former Director of Operations of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark.

Ian Taylor has been promoted to Hotel Manager with his move to the Fairmont Royal York. He was most recently serving as Director of Operations of the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Taylor is the former Director of Operations of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

David Duran has joined The Pendry San Diego as Director of Operations. He was most recently the Vice President of Food and Beverage of the Viejas Casino & Resort. Duran had previously overseen food and beverage for the Bellagio and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Eric Jenkins has moved to the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa as Director of Operations. He is the former Hotel Manager and Director of Food and Beverage of the Loews Coronado.

Judy McDonagh has been named Director of Finance and Accounting of the Montage Healdsburg. She was most recently the Director of Finance of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

Sebastian Dumonet has joined Virgin Hotels as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently with VOS Hospitality as Vice President of Food and Beverage. Dumonet is the former Director of Restaurants and Director of Food and Beverage at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Raphael Piveteau has joined the Montage Healdsburg as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Director Food and Beverage at the Baccarat Hotel New York. Piveteau is the former Assistant Director Food and Beverage of the Shangri-La Manila and the Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Paul Resch has joined the Grand Hyatt Nashville as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Grand Hyatt San Diego and the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Francis Lake has been appointed Vice President of Food and Beverage of the Camelback Resort. He was most recently in a similar role at the Diplomat Beach Resort.

Dan Myers is now in Florida as Director of Food and Beverage of the  Polo Club at Boca Raton. He was most recently in the same position at the Beverly Wilshire and had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons Jackson Hole.

Michael Hammes has joined Boyne Resorts as Director of Food and Beverage/Base Operations at the Summit at Snoqualmie. He was most recently with Levy Restaurants as Vice President of Hospitality Strategy at Mammoth Resort. Hammes is the former Director of Hospitality of the Wintergreen Resort and Director of Food and Beverage of the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.                          

Yannick Augy has joined the Virgin Hotel Dallas as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Learning & Development and Restaurant Operations US and Director of Restaurant Projects US for the Hakkasan Group.

The Grand Hyatt Nashville has named Paul Resch Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role at the Grand Hyatt San Diego.

InterContinental Hotel Group has named David Oppenheim Senior Vice President, Analytics & Insights. Oppenheim was most recently with Alaska Airlines as Vice President of Sales and Distribution.

Meyer Jabara Hotels has appointed Richard Sprecher Vice President of Development. Sprecher was previously with Aimbridge Hospitality as Vice President of Business Development for 11 years. Prior to that, he was Director of Franchise Sales for Choice Hotels International.

The Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Bill Hall and Jason Yarbrough Senior Vice Presidents of Development for the Americas. Hall was most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations at Red Roof. Yarbrough was previously Regional Vice President of Franchise Development at Red Roof.

Marcia Lowther has returned to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences New Orleans. She had previously served as Director of Sales of the Four Seasons Miami before taking on her most recent role as Senior Vice President, Sales for Brightline Trains.

Jesse Suglia has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. He is the former Head of Groups & Meetings for InterContinental Hotels Group and Director of Sales and Marketing of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

Jeff Ouradnik has been named Director of Sales of the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs (formerly the Riviera Palm Springs). He was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, opening early 2021, appointed Angela Lustig Director of Sales. Lustig formerly was Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.

Hawks Cay Resort has named Anna Lawrence Director of Sales. She was most recently with Ocean Properties as Regional Director of Group Sales.

Jennifer Alexy has joined Aegis Living as Senior Vice President of Sales. She was most recently with the Auberge Resorts Collection as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino has named Amy Riley Director of Group Sales. She was most recently with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority as Senior Director of Business Development. Riley is the former Director of Sales for both Caesars Palace and Mandalay Bay.

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort has appointed Shannon Spivey National Sales Manager. Most recently, she worked as the National Sales Manager for Ventana Big Sur.

Jennifer Chiesa has joined Montage Healdsburg as the Director of Public Relations. She was most recently the Director of Public Relations of Meadowood Napa Valley, where she worked for more than ten years. Chiesa formerly held public relations positions with the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay and Singapore Airlines.

Jim Guttau has been named Corporate Director of Communications for the Enchantment Group – Hotels, Resorts and Spas. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Chicago as Senior Director of Public Relations and Communications after serving in the same role for the Four Seasons Denver.

Jason Niederkorn has been promoted to Group Executive Chef at PRG Hospitality Group. He was most recently serving as Executive Chef at PRG Hospitality Group’s Sands Hotel of Indian Wells.

The Lotte Hotel Seattle has appointed Alexander La Motte Executive Chef. Previously, La Motte was Executive Chef of the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons Westlake Village, and the Four Seasons San Francisco.

Todd Ruiz has joined the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef of the Omni New York and the Omni Amelia Island.

Cheeca Lodge & Spa has appointed Alex Beaumont and Patrick Cleary Executive Chefs. Beaumont was most recently Executive Chef of the Casa Marina & Beach Resort Waldorf Astoria. Cleary was most recently with the Hilton Denver City Center as Executive Chef.

Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites, opening in November, has named Kevin Dubel Executive Chef and Director of Outlets. Most recently, Dubel was Chef de Cuisine at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach.

Olga Crowley is now in Napa Valley as Director of Banquets of the Montage Healdsburg. She had previously overseen banquets at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has appointed Colin Burke General Manager of Knife & Spoon. Burke was most recently the General Manager of Jojo in New York City.

Peter Pagano has been appointed Director of Rooms of the Montage Healdsburg. Most recently, he was the Director of Rooms at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

 

EUROPE

Marcus Bernhardt has been named Chief Executive Officer of Steigenberger Hotels/Deutsche Hospitality, taking over from Matthias Heck, who led the company on an interim basis as CEO and CFO. Bernhardt was most recently with Europcar Mobility Group as Chief Commercial Officer.

Fifteen-year Four Seasons veteran Adrian Messerli has been named Regional Vice President and General Manager of the newly opened Four Seasons Madrid.  The Lausanne graduate is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons Seychelles and the Four Seasons Shanghai.

Garrett Power has joined the InterContinental Hotel Dublin as Hotel Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast. Power is the former Director of Sales and Hotel Manager of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

Lisa Steele replaces Garrett Power as General Manager of the Culloden Estate & Spa. Steele was most recently the opening General Manager of the AC Hotel Belfast. She is the former General Manager of the Malmaison Belfast and the Hotel du Vin Edinburgh.

Simon Mahon has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hotel in York, following the departure of Philip Bolson earlier this year. Mahon was most recently with Edyn as Director of Operations. He is the former General Manager of the Lancaster Bangkok.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts has appointed Jean-Charles Denis Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently with InterContinental Hotels Group as Vice President Commercial Europe, after serving as Vice President Finance.

Jari Nielsen has been named Director of Operations – Denmark & International Business Development for KR Hospitality Services. Nielsen was most recently serving as the Resident Manager of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

Olga Zielinski is the new General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Lörrach. She was most recently the Hotel Director at The Yard in Berlin.

Richard Engelmayer has joined the Steigenberger Köln, taking over from Peter Mikkelsen.  Engelmayer was most recently the General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin.

Danny Vorwerk has joined the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin as General Manager, taking over from Richard Engelmayer. Vorwerk was most recently Operations Manager of the Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam.

Daniel Smith has joined Soho Farmhouse as Head of Operations. He was most recently with Caprice Holdings as Operations Director.

Nicolas Socquet has created NS Consulting after serving as General Manager for four years at Villa La Coste. He is the former Deputy General Manager of the Hotel de Paris and Director of Operations at La Tarte Tropezienne. He performed the opening of Maison Boulud inBeijing.

Steigenberger Hotels/Deutsche Hospitality has named Ulrich Johannwille Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources, taking over for Matthias Heck, who led the company on an interim basis as CEO and CFO. Since 2006, Johannwille has held numerous senior roles at Condor Flugdienst, including 10 years as Chief Financial Officer.

Jean Philippe Hubau has been named Chief Operating Officer of Compagnie de Vichy. He was most recently the General Manager of the SO/ Paseo del Prado in Cuba and the former General Manager of the Hilton Strasbourg.

The NH Hotel Group has promoted Luis Jurado to Chief Financial Officer, taking over from Beatriz Puente Ferreras. Since 2016 he had served as the Senior Vice President of Treasury & Financing.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has promoted Brenda Collin to Senior Vice President of Europe. She has been with the company since 2013 most recently as Managing Director of the U.K., Ireland, the Nordics, and The Netherlands.

The Oetker Collection has named Simon Neggers Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications, based in Paris. He was most recently serving as Global Vice President of Communications and Portfolio Marketing for the Luxury Brands Group at Marriott International, based in New York.

Carrie Mitchell has rejoined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as Senior Director of Communications, Four Seasons Hotels UK Collection, overseeing the Four Seasons London at Park Lane, the Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square, and the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Mitchell had previously served as Director of Public Relations and Communications at the Beverly Wilshire before moving over to similar roles at BBH USA and The Sonder Group.

Calum Donoghue has been promoted to Director of Public Relations for the Dorchester Collection overseeing The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane, and Coworth Park. He was most recently serving as Communications Manager.

Jamie Shears has been appointed Executive Chef of 45 Park Lane. He takes over from David McIntyre who departed last month after holding the position since the hotel opened in 2011. Shears was most recently Head Chef at Fortnum & Mason‘s 45 Jermyn Street.

Olivier Dewatre has joined the Chateau De Crans as Wine Ambassador. He is the former Regional Director of Sales Southern Europe for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Anthony Tyler has moved to the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager and Area Vice President, Operations, at the Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou. Tyler is the former Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Pudong and General Manager of the Four Seasons Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

The Rosewood Hotel Group has appointed Hoss Vetry Regional Vice President and Managing Director of the Rosewood Hong Kong. Vetry had been with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for more than 25 years, most recently as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai.

Hāna-Maui has appointed Jon Benson General Manager. Most recently, Benson served as Area General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

The Santiburi Koh Samui has appointed Alexandre Frenkel General Manager. The Lausanne graduate was most recently the General Manager of the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok. Frenkel is the former General Manager of the Amari Boulevard Bangkok (now the  Boulevard Hotel Bangkok).

Dennis Gordienko has joined the Avani Doc Let Resort in Vietnam as General Manager. He had previously served as General Manager at the Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul. 

Beatrice Ellis has joined the Avani Hai Phong Harbour View Hotel as General Manager. Ellis was promoted from her previous role as Resort Manager of the Anantara Hoi An Resort. 

Michael Robinson has joined FCC Angkor by Avani in Siem Reap. Robinson was most recently at the Caravelle Saigon as General Manager.

The Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort has named Yogeswaran Veerasamy General Manager. He is the former General Manager of the M Social Hotel Singapore

BK Kwon has joined the Avani Central Busan in South Korea as General Manager. He was most recently the Executive Director for Haevichi Hotel & Resort.

Cristiano Rinaldi has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Capella Hotel Group. He was most recently the Cluster General Manager overseeing the pre-opening for The Bangkok Edition, as well as the Tokyo Edition Ginza and the Tokyo Edition Toranomon.

Brice Pean takes over from Christian Wiendieck as General Manager of the Kempinski Fuzhou. Pean is the former Managing Director of the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center and General Manager of the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing & Yanqi Lake.

Charlotte Morin has joined Patina Hotels & Resorts as Corporate Director of Marketing and Communication. She was most recently in the same role for Capella Hotels and Resorts. 

Robert Marusi has joined the Turtle Bay Resort as Chief Commercial Officer. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Resort at Pelican Hill and previously in the same role at the Hamilton Princess, Bermuda.

Matai Gilroy has been named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Niyama Private Islands. Gilroy is the former Director of Sales and Marketing of the W Retreat Koh Samui and the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Richard Bias has been named Executive Chef of the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. He was most recently in the same role at Amankora.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Renan Astolpho has been promoted to Hotel Manager with his move to the Four Seasons Dubai. For the past two years, he had been with the Four Seasons  Jumeirah Beach as Director of Food and Beverage. Astolpho is the former Director of Food and Beverage of the Ritz-Carlton Osaka.

Ersev Demiroz has been promoted at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum to General Manager. He joined the hotel in 2017 as Hotel Manager. Demiroz is the former Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St Petersburg and the Four Seasons Jakarta.

Roman Goetsch has returned to Mauritius joining the One&Only Mauritius as General Manager. He was previously the General Manager of the Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa before moving into his most recent role as General Manager of the Hotel Bristol Warsaw.

Rob van der Velden is the General Manager of Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Van der Velden was previously the opening General Manager of the Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene and General Manager of the Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Nigeria. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Le Meridien Dahab Resort.

Victor Betro has joined the Kempinski Aqaba Red Sea as General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai and Executive Assistant Manager Food & Beverage of the Kempinski Hotel Muscat.

Peter Katusak-Huzsvar has joined the W Hotel Dubai The Palm as General Manager. He was most recently at SO/ VIENNA as General Manager and had previously served as General Manager of the W Dubai – Al Habtoor City.

Georges Farhat has been named General Manager of the Avani View Dubai Hotel & Suites, opening later this year. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Crown Plaza Dubai Marina.

The Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa has appointed Arthur Timlin Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently responsible for F&B operations at the Conrad Dubai.

 

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