SEPTEMBER 2012 HEADS above the Rest®

September 10, 2012
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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

SEPTEMBER 2012

 

THE AMERICAS

Hubert Joly who had been the Chief Executive Officer for Carlson Hotels since 2008 and had previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel from 2004 to 2008, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer by Best Buy.

 

Trudy Rautio takes over from Joly as President and Chief Executive Officer for Carlson Hotels. She has been with the company for over fifteen years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.

 

The Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Bill Walshe Chief Executive Officer taking over from Nick Clayton, who has joined Jumeirah. Walshe is the former Chief Executive Officer at the Doyle Collection and Chief Marketing Officer for the Jumeirah Group.

 

MGM Resorts has promoted Anton Nikodemus to President and Chief Operating Officer of Casino Marketing. He joined MGM Resorts in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for MGM Grand. He was most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for Monte Carlo. He is the former Resort Manager for the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

 

Charbay Winery and Distillery in St. Helena has appointed Charles Henning Managing Director. He most recently spent seven years as Managing Director of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Henning is also a former Managing Director of the Sonoma Mission Inn.

 

Charlie Hines has been named Managing Director for the newly rebranded Loews Hollywood Hotel. He is the former Managing Director at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Hines also served as pre-opening General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

 

Heather Steenge-Hart has been named General Manager for the St. Regis Aspen. Since 2009 she had been overseeing both the W Chicago Lakeshore and W Chicago City Center.

 

Clifford Atkinson has moved over as General Manager to the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas taking over from Rajesh Jhingon who left in the spring. Atkinson was most recently overseeing the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco. He is the former General Manager for the Chambers in Minneapolis and New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel.

 

John Volponi takes over from Peter Bowling as Capella Pedregal’s new General Manager. He was most recently serving Capella Hotels and Resorts as Corporate Vice President of Room Operations. He is the former General Manager of the (former) Capella Telluride.

Norbert Relecker has been named General Manager of the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe. He is the former General Manager of the Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz and the Highlands Inn in Carmel.
Carlos Salazar has been named General Manager of the Bimini Bay Resort & Marina. He was previously with Z Ocean Hotel in Miami Beach as General Manager. Salazar is a former Managing Director of Jumby Bay on Antigua, Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage for the Carlyle New York and Director of Food and Beverage at the former Kahala Mandarin Oriental.
Jerry Jacobson has joined the Hob Knob Inn on Martha’s Vineyard as General Manager. The Cornell graduate was most recently in Natchez, overseeing Monmouth Plantation. He is the former General Manager of the Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club in Maine.

 

The Melia Atlanta has named Otto Svensson General Manager. He spent the past six years with Horst Schulze’s West Paces Hotel Group, following eighteen years with Ritz-Carlton.

 

Craig Waterman is now in Wyoming as General Manager of the Snow King Resort. He recently served as Managing Director at the Hotel Sè San Diego. He is the former General Manager at the Watercolor Inn & Resort.

 

Morty Valldejuli has joined the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa in Las Vegas as General Manager. For the past two years, he had held a post of Area Managing Director and General Manager for the Pyramid Hotel Group.

 

Joie de Vivre Hotels has named Don Jacinto General Manager at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. He was most recently with King & Grove Hotels and is a former General Manager for the Hollywood Roosevelt and the Mondrian.

 

Jorge Gutierrez has been named General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose in Costa Rica. He most recently served as Hotel Manager for the Hilton Mexico City Reforma.
Betsy Wirth has been named General Manager of the Bohemian Hotel Celebration. She was most recently Area Director of Marriott International based in Atlanta.

 

Bruce Siegel has been appointed General Manager for Sundy House in Florida. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove and Regional Director of Operations for the Obadan Hotels.

 

Axel Gasser takes over from Bruce Siegel as General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa. He is the former Regional Director for
Jordache Hotels.

 

Scott McClinton has been named General Manager for the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. He has been with Marriott for over 24 years, most recently overseeing the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport.

 

The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi has appointed Jeff Segan Vice President of Hotel Operations. He is the former General Manager of the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa, the Marriott Bay Point Golf Resort and Spa, as well as the Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach.
Joel Darr has been appointed General Manager for the Columbia Marriott Downtown. He was most recently the opening General Manager at the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. He is the former General Manager of the Marriott Fort Lauderdale North, and the Marriott Palm Beach Gardens.

 

Karl Kruger has been appointed General Manager of the Fairmont Newport Beach. He is the former Managing Director for the Riviera Palm Springs and the Edgewater/Hotel Deca in Seattle.

 

The Inn at Pocono Manor has promoted Lisa Green to General Manager. She had joined the resort in 2007 as Director of Sales and Marketing and since 2011 had been serving as Acting General Manager.
The Mirbeau Inn and Spa has promoted Matthew Dower to General Manager. He joined the resort in 2007 as Rooms Division Manager and was later promoted to Resort Manager and Spa Director.

 

The Marriott Austin South has named Andrew Zinni General Manager. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

 

Chicago’s Millennium Knickerbocker has named James Gould General Manager. He is the former Regional Vice President of Operations for Portfolio Hotels & Resorts.

 

Ed Blair has been named General Manager for the Embassy Suites Denver – Downtown/Convention Center. He was most recently serving as General Manager of the Oxford Hotel, also in Denver.

 

Joseph Kelley has been named General Manager for the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah. The Cornell graduate is the former General Manager at the Landings St. Lucia and the Osprey at Beaver Creek.

 

Matthew Blackmore is now the Hotel Manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. He was most recently on Maui as Director of Operations at the Fairmont Kea Lani.

 

Luca Rutigliano has been promoted to Resort Manager at CordeValle. He was most recently serving the resort as Executive Chef after joining in 2006 as Head Chef.

 

Joaquin Escudero has returned as Resident Manager to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru. He had previously served the hotel as Front Desk Manager before taken on his most recent role as Resident Manager at El MaPi.

 

Julia Nietes-Quinan has been named Director of Operations for the Castle Hill Inn and Resort in Rhode Island. She had previously served as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Boston.

 

John Loyacano has been named Director of Operations for the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport in Connecticut. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Hilton Hartford.

 

Aquiles Pinzon has moved over as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms, at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

 

Sage Hospitality has named Kevin McKee Division Vice President of Finance for its Premier & Lifestyle Division. He was most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance & Accounting for the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

 

Wayne Carney has been appointed Vice President of Financial Services for HHM, formerly known as Hersha Hospitality Management. He was previously the Vice President of property finance at Dolce Hotels and Resorts.

 

James Escarzega has joined Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Hospitality Group as Senior Director based in San Francisco. The Cornell graduate was previously Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Realty Investments.

 

The Waterford Hotel Group has appointed Christopher Flagg Director of Development. The Cornell graduate had previously served as Managing Director of Definitive Consulting Group, and Vice President of Development for HEI Hotels & Resorts.

 

Dustin Resnick has been named Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development for HHM. The Cornell graduate was previously serving as Vice President of Investment Sales at MK Hotels.

 

Christopher Ivy has joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts as Executive Vice President, Development and Acquisitions. He was most recently with Hyatt Hotels as Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Development.

 

Freddie Khoo has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Four Seasons Houston. He held a similar post at the Four Seasons Seychelles.

 

Brian Sherwood is now in Asheville, overseeing food and beverage for the Inn on Biltmore Estate. He was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa.

 

Wayne Murphy has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the Taj Boston. For the past two years, he had served as Executive Director of Rooms at the Providence Marriott Downtown. He had previously served in food and beverage management roles for the Boston Copley Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.

 

James Proctor has moved up the California Coast to the Montage Beverly Hills as Dining Director. He was most recently the Assistant Dining Director at the Montage Laguna Beach.

 

François Latapie has been named Director of Operations for Le Cirque International. He is a former Partner at Jean Denoyer’s La Goulue and Owner of Lyon.

 

Olivier Zardoni has joined the Sugar Factory in Las Vegas as Executive Head of Operations. He was most recently serving as Director of Restaurants Operation at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. He is the former General Manager for Switch at the Wynn Encore and Aquavit in New York.

 

Doug Rausenbergertakes over from Zardoni as Director of Restaurants Operation at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. He had previously served in operations posts for Citrus, Mundo Management Group and the Patina Group.

 

At the W South Beach Miami, Christian Lupu is the new Director of Engineering. He is the former Director of Engineering at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.

 

Jill Tan-Gunter has been named Vice President, Human Capital and Development for Pan Pacific Hotels. She is the former
Vice President, Human Resources, for Marco Polo Hotels, and Area Director of Human Resources, Asia Pacific at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

 

Angela Rodden has been named Director of Human Resources for the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe. She was most recently in the same post for the Santa Ana Star Casino.

 

Carlson has appointed Mary Plunkett Vice President, Global Talent Management and Development. She was most recently in a similar role with Heineken.

 

Loews Hotels & Resorts has appointed Elizabeth Harlow Vice President-Marketing. Harlow was most recently the Senior Director of Brand Marketing for The Leading Hotels of the World. London and Switzerland-educated Harlow is also a former Director of Brand Management for Starwood.

 

Angélica Lenox has moved to the St. Regis Bal Harbour as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently in a similar role for the St. Regis Bahia Beach. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach. At Bal Harbour, she replaces Brian Dye, who left in July.

 

Dee Doak has joined the Loews Hollywood as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently in the same position at the Sofitel Los Angeles. Doak had previously overseen sales and marketing for the Millenium Biltmore and the Beverly Hilton.

 

Bill Hanley takes over from Dee Doak as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sofitel Los Angeles. Previously, Hanley was the Associate Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square. Prior to joining Sofitel, he served as National Sales Manager of Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples and held management positions at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort.

 

Diane Yost returns to Miami as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Viceroy Anguilla. She was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. She had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. She is the former Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Miami, the Four Seasons Sydney and the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

 

Cynthia Boyett has joined the Morgans Hotel Group in Miami as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas as Director of Business Development. She had previously served in sales and marketing posts with the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

 

Carol Bullock has been named Corporate Vice President of Sales for Sonesta. She was most recently the Vice President Sales – North America with Dolce Hotels & Resorts.

 

The Viceroy Snowmass has named John Quigley Director of Sales and Marketing. Quigley had spent more than 20 years in a similar role at the Silvertree Hotel, Wildwood Lodge and Snowmass Conference Center.

 

Troy Wood has returned to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in New Mexico to take on the post of Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously served the resort as Director of Catering and Convention Services before moving to the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

 

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago has named Ihsan Gursoy Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past seven years, he had been the Director of Sales at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. He is the former Director of Sales of the Fairmont Washington, D.C. and Director of Group Sales at the Swissôtel Chicago.

 

Bermuda’s Rosewood Tucker’s Point has named Domingo Velasco Area Director of Marketing. He was most recently in the same position at Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay.

 

The Corinthia Hotel London has named Raffaella Manetti Head of Sales, US West Coast. She had previously served in sales roles for Terranea, Sofitel and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

 

Kathryn Carlton has been named Director of Group Sales for the Montage Beverly Hills. She was most recently the Director of National Sales at the Hotel del Coronado. Carlton is the former Senior Sales Manager for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

 

Megan Conlin has been named National Sales Manager for the Montage Beverly Hills. She had previously served in posts with the Four Seasons Palo Alto and the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara.

 

Wolfgang Jilka has joined Pebble Beach Resorts as National Sales Manager. He was most recently serving as Director of Sales at Meadowood. He had previously served in sales positions for the Four Seasons Westlake Village and the Four Seasons San Francisco.

 

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley has named Craig Tonks National Sales Manager. He is the former National Sales Manager for Silverado Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa and the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

 

L’Auberge Del Mar has named Sandra Rankin National Sales Manager. She had previously served as Senior Sales Manager for the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego.

 

Robin Kreitner has been appointed Senior Catering Sales Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation. She is the former Senior Catering Sales Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

 

Anwar Musa has been appointed Director of Revenue Management for the Westin Westminster. Musa most recently served as Director of Revenue Management at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter in Atlanta.

 

Ron Siegel has been named Executive Chef at Michael Mina Restaurant in San Francisco. For the past eight years, he had been at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He had previously worked with Mina at the former Aqua and Charles Nob Hill.

 

Carlos Hannon has been appointed Executive Chef at Rosewood Little Dix Bay. He was most recently the opening Executive Chef for Rosewood San Miguel. He is the former Executive Sous Chef for Rosewood Mayakoba.

Victor Palma takes over from Hannon as Executive Chef at Rosewood San Miguel. This is a promotion from his most recent post as Executive Sous Chef for Las Ventanas al Paraíso.

 

Claudio Melis has been promoted and transferred as Executive Chef to Rosewood’s Jumby Bay. He is a former Chef de Cuisine for Al Faisaliah.

 

Peter Birk has been named Executive Chef at BOKA in the Hotel 1000 in Seattle. He was previously overseeing Harborside, also in Seattle.

 

Guido Brambilla has been appointed Executive Chef at Rosewood’s Tucker’s Point. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Elbow Beach Hotel Bermuda.

 

Jesse Souza has been appointed Executive Chef for the Riviera Palm Springs Resort. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach and had previously served Noble House Hotels & Resorts working at the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys.

 

Hans Rouillard has been named Executive Chef of the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. He is a former Executive Chef at Walt Disney World Orlando and Director of Culinary Operations for Disney Regional Entertainment.

 

Carmen Rodriguez has been appointed Executive Chef at La Posada de Santa Fe in New Mexico. Rodriguez was most recently at the Bishop’s Lodge as Executive Chef and previously served in culinary positions for Las Campanas, Allred’s in Telluride and Pranzo Italian Grill in Santa Fe.

 

Maxime Ollivier has taken on the role of Associate Pastry/Chocolate Chef at JHouse Hotel in Connecticut. Ollivier is a former Pastry Chef at Ladurée Paris.

 

Brian McDonough has been appointed Restaurant and Wine Manager for the Tides Inn on the Chesapeake Bay. For the past two years, he had served as Director of Outlets at the Omni Richmond Hotel after holding the post of Outlets Manager at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel.

 

Ryan Adams has joined the St. Regis Monarch Beach as Director of Rooms. He was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach as Executive Assistant Manager. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Denver.

 

L’Auberge Del Mar has named Misty Stewart SpaDirector. She was most recently the Spa Manager at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and previously served as Spa Operations Manager at the Golden Door Spa at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah.

 

 

EUROPE

 

Allan Federer has moved to the Ritz-Carlton Moscow as General Manager, taking over from Sandeep Walia, who becomes Vice President, Europe for Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari and Edition Hotels, based in Frankfurt. Federer was most recently overseeing the Ritz-Carlton Dubai Beach. He is the former General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt and the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.

 

Loic Launay is now in Beaulieu-sur-Mer as General Manager for La Réserve. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. He is the former General Manager for Joël Robuchon at the Mansion in the MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo in the Hotel Métropole.

 

Blanche van Berckel has been named General Manager of the Hotel Amigo in Brussels, taking over from Jacques Vitu who recently left the company. She was previously with the Fairquest Group as a Director.

 

John Hanna is the new General Manager at the Ellenborough Park Cheltenham Spa. He was most recently the General Manager at London’s Draycott Hotel.

 

Melissa Stoman takes over from John Hanna as General Manager of the Draycott Hotel. This is a promotion for Stoman who served for the past four years as Deputy General Manager for the hotel.

 

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Rose Kutzli Vice President, Branding. Most recently, she served as Director of Marketing for Hotel Missoni in Brussels.

 

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has named Tilman Fuchs Director of Brand Marketing. He is the former Creative Director Brand Marketing for Interbrand in Munich and Zurich.

 

The Gstaad Palace has appointed Melanie Ehlert Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently with the Morgans Hotel Group in London as Regional Director of Sales, Business Travel.

 

Paul Stradner has been named Executive Chef for Brenners Park Hotel in Baden Baden, taking over from Andreas Krolik. He had previously served in the kitchen at L’Arnsbourg in Baerenthal, France.

 

Marcus Lindner has been appointed Executive Chef for the Alpina Gstaad. Most recently, Lindner was the Executive Chef at the two-Michelin-starred Mesa in Zurich. He is the former Executive Chef at the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol in Telfs, the Hotel Hermitage Zurich and the Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad.

 

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

 

Hilton Worldwide has named Bruce McKenzie Senior Vice President Operations – Greater China and Mongolia, based in Shanghai. Since 2009, he had served as Chief Operating Officer Australasia at InterContinental Hotels Group after serving five years for the company as Senior Vice President Operations – Greater China. He had previously served in corporate posts for Mirvac and Choice Hotels.

 

Bruno Huber has been promoted to Vice President Operations – Asia, based in Bangkok with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. He has been with the company since 2003, most recently as General Manager at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Regional Manager – Jordan.

 

Ulrich Krauer has been named General Manager of Halekulani. He was most recently with Somerset Grace Bay and had previously served as General Manager of Kona Village. Krauer is also a former General Manager of the St. Regis Monarch Beach and Managing Director of the Sonoma Mission Inn.

 

Mark Sterner has been appointed General Manager at the Viceroy Resort Maldives. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Carlyle in New York. He is the former Resort Manager at Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay.

The Fairmont Beijing has appointed Michael Ganster General Manager. He was most recently holding the position of General Manager at the dusitD2 baraquda pattaya.

 

Jan Marshall has been appointed President and General Manager of the Nikko Osaka. He is the former General Manager of the Nikko Jakarta and has spent over ten years with the group in Sydney, Bali, Manila, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Christophe Chabaud has been promoted to Resort Manager and joined the Four Seasons Bora Bora. His last posts were as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh and the Four Seasons Hualalai.

 

Paul Jones has been appointed General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Taipei. Since 2008, he has been General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

 

Christian Hassing takes over from Paul Jones as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and takes on the post of Area Vice President, Operations. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.
Anthony Costa succeeds Christian Hassing as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. He was most recently the General Manager of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

 

Greg Liddell succeeds Anthony Costa as General Manager of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Liddell was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai.

Andrew Abram will succeed Greg Liddell as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai. Abram was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta.

 

Mark Bradford takes over from Andrew Abram as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. A Lausanne graduate, he was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

 

Edouard Grosmangin has joined the Six Senses Con Dao Island as General Manager. He was most recently serving as Resort Manager in the Seychelles for the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa. Grosmangin is the former Executive Assistant Manager – Food and Beverage at the Palace The Old Town in Dubai and the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa.

 

Kevin Furrer has been named General Manager of the Swissôtel Resort Phuket. The Lausanne graduate has been with the company since 2004, most recently as Acting General Manager at the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka, and Director of Operations at the Swissôtel Berlin.

 

Richard Mau is the new General Manager of the JSL Jakarta, slated to open January 2013. He had previously opened the Papandayan Hotel as General Manager.

 

Markus Krebs is now in Bangkok as Resident Manager of the Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa. He is the former Director of Food and Beverageat the Fairmont Orchid, the former Raffles L’Ermitage, the InterContinental Los Angeles and Shutters on the Beach.

 

The Plaza Athénée Bangkok has named Gilles Evrard Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Deputy General Manager of the Sheraton Sharm Hotel, Resort, Villa & Spa in Egypt.

 

The Regent Beijing has named Karim Von Alvensleben Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms. He is the former Director of Rooms for the Mazagan Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Casablanca.

 

The Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake has named Michael Tan Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Singapore.

 

Olivier Bonard has joined the Wynn Macau as Director of Food and Beverage. The Lausanne graduate is the former General Manager at the First Hotel Grims Grenka and the First Hotel Millennium.

 

Matthew Siegel has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Venice Hotel Shenzhen. He is the former Resident Manager at the Imperial Springs International Summit Hotel in Guangzhou and Director of Food and Beverage at the Marco Polo Hotel Shenzhen.

 

Brent Lausterer has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for both the Sheraton Kauai Resort and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. He is a former Group Sales Manager for the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and served as Account Director of Group Sales for Starwood Hawaii.

 

June Cappiello has been named Public Relations Manager for both the Sheraton Kauai Resort and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. She is the former Marketing Communications Manager for the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

 

Jean-Francois Pelaez has joined the Fairmont Makati in Manila as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Beirut Hilton, the Semiramis InterContinental and the St. Regis Mexico City.

 

David Chauveau has joined the Peninsula Shanghai as Chef de Cuisine for Sir Elly’s Restaurant. He was most recently with the Landis Taipei Hotel as Executive Chef, Western Kitchen. He had previously served in the kitchen for the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

 

Alex Huels has joined the Shangri-La Bangkok as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving as Restaurant Manager and Hotel Beverage Operations Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

 

Leon Pellicer has joined the St. Regis Princeville as General Manager for Kaua’i Grill by Jean Georges, replacing Ashlee Fairbanks. He was most recently the Director of Outlets at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. He had previously served in food and beverage posts with the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort and the St. Regis Atlanta.
Adam Bardetta is now in Hawaii as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Hualalai. He was most recently in the same position for the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

 

Nicole Miller has joined the St. Regis Princeville as Spa Director. She was most recently the Director of Spa at the St. Regis Bahia Beach. Miller is the former Director of Spa at the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort and the St. Regis Atlanta.

 

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

 

Denis Dernault has been named General Manager for both the Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotels, Sharm El Sheikh. He was most recently the General Manager at the Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa.

Peter Hoesli takes over from Bruno Huber as General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and Regional Manager – Jordan. Since 2006, he had served as General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba.

Henny Schaeffer has been appointed General Manager of the Fairmont Ajman. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Fairmont Dubai.
Alexander Schneider has joined the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi as Hotel Manager. The CIA graduate is the former General Manager at the Park Plaza Bengaluru. He had previously served as both Director of Rooms and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Cologne.

 

Donald Bremner has been named Hotel Manager for the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. He had previously served as Director of Development, and later as Asset Manager for Longwing Asset Management, a subsidiary of the Jumeirah Group. He is also the former Director of Front Office at the (former) Jumeirah Essex House.

 

The Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea has appointed Masami Egami General Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea for two years.

 

Nils Axing has been appointed General Manager at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. He is the former General Manager of the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam.

 

Stefan Dirk Lourens has been appointed Deputy General Manager for the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel and Towers. He is the former Group Operations Manager at the Port Elizabeth Hotel Group and Resident Manager at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel.
David Hussy has been appointed Chief Engineer for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. He was most recently the Director of Engineering at the Grand Millennium Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi.

 

Gert Kopera has been named Senior Vice President Food and Beverage for Jumeirah, based in Dubai. He was most recently with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts as Vice President of Food and Beverage after serving as Director of Operations for the group. His Rosewood career started at the Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo and took him to Saudi Arabia before he became the General Manager of Rosewood’s (former) Dharmawangsa in Jakarta, and Managing Director of Rosewood’s Corniche in Jeddah.

 

The Taj Palace Dubai has appointed Samer Abiad Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for the Traders Hotel Dubai.
Mounir Ramzy has moved to the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti as Director of Human Resources – Trainer. He was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Damascus.

 

Tarek Madanat has been appointed Area Director of Sales and Marketing, overseeing both the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea. For the past three years, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Jordan Hotel.

 

Hanny Wahyuni Gunawan has moved to the Ritz-Carlton Doha as Director of Public Relations. She was most recently overseeing public relations for both the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan and the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place.

 

Maurizio Panicali has been named Executive Chef for the Rosewood Corniche, Jeddah. This is a promotion from his most recent role as Executive Sous Chef at sister property Al Faisaliah in Riyadh.

Wolfgang Eberle has been named opening Executive Chef at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. He was most recently in the same role for the Al Faisaliah in Riyadh.

 

 

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