SEPTEMBER 2013 HEADS above the Rest®

September 2, 2013
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HEADS above the Rest® 

by Benoit Gateau-Cumin

The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm, a worldwide retained recruiting firm specializing in hospitality management.

 

Global Update: Who’s where and doing what

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

THE AMERICAS

At the much publicized Morgans Hotel Group, Chief Executive Officer Michael Gross has resigned. 34-year-old Chairman Jason Kalisman has taken over as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Major investor Ron Burkle is pushing for a sale of the company.

Benchmark Hospitality has named Todd Felsen Vice President of Operations. He is the former General Manager of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and Managing Director at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa.

Cheraz Ecker has been named General Manager of the Loews Madison Hotel. She was most recently the Director of Rooms Division for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Ecker was previously the Director of Operations for the Venetian Las Vegas Resort Hotel Casino and opened the Palazzo Hotel Resort. She is the former General Manager for the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

Kathryn Day has joined PUBLIC Chicago as General Manager, taking over from Philip Dailey. She is the former Assistant General Manager for the Elysean and took on the role of Hotel Manager after it transitioned to the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. She is the former Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Greg Cook has joined the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Miami’s Eden Roc Hotel (no longer operated by Renaissance/Marriott). He is the former Vice President of Hotels for Key International.

Jim Mauer has been appointed General Manager at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, taking over from Greg Cook. Mauer was most recently overseeing the Bonaventure Resort & Spa.

Steve Shern has been named General Manager of the soon-to-open Thompson Chicago. Since 2006, he had served as General Manager at Hotel 71 in downtown Chicago. He is the former Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Geoffrey Campbell has joined the Resort at Paws Up in Montana as Resort Manager, taking over from Tim Johnson now at the Sorrel River Ranch. Campbell was most recently the Executive Housekeeper at Amangiri. He is the former Director of Operations for the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson and served as Corporate Director of Rooms for the Greenleaf Hospitality Group.

Roseann Grippo has been appointed General Manager at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. She was most recently the General Manager at the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu. Grippo is the former Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Regional Director of Food and Beverage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Ed Baten takes over from Glenn Sampert as General Manager at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in the Bahamas. Baten was most recently overseeing the W Washington, D.C. and is the former General Manager at the W New York and W Chicago.

Oliver Servat steps in for Batenas General Manager at the W Washington, D.C. Servat was most recently General Manager of the W Paris-Opéra. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager at Le Méridien Montparnasse.

Hersha Hospitality Trust has named Sandra Cardona Vice President of Development and Capital Planning. She has been with the company for eleven years, most recently as Senior Director of Development and Capital Planning.

Lorenzo Chan has been named General Manager of the Royal Hideaway Playacar in Riviera Maya. He was most recently the General Manager at the Occidental Allegro Playacar. Chan is the former Executive Assistant Manager of the Occidental Grand Xcaret.

Gary Thomas is the new Managing Director for the Line Hotel in Los Angeles. He was most recently the General Manager at the Mondrian Soho for Morgans Hotel Group. He is the former General Manager of the Royalton.

Hay Creek Hotels has promoted George Soderberg to Vice President of Operations. He joined the company in 2009 as Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously spent 22 in years in various sales and managerial roles with Omni Hotels.

Stefan Huber has been named General Manager for the InterContinental Dallas. He is the former General Manager at the Inn and Spa at Loretto and Director of Operations at the Fairmont Dallas.

Ken Daugherty has been appointed General Manager at the Skamania Lodge in Washington. He is the former General Manager of the Zermatt Resort & Spa.

Sara Sullivan has been appointed Vice President, Owner Advisory Group, for Benchmark Hospitality. She was most recently serving as Vice President of Real Estate Investment, Asset Management and Vice President Corporate Finance for Sage Hospitality in Denver.

Steven Ellingsen has moved over as General Manager to the Mile North Hotel in Chicago. He was most recently with Club Quarters as Chicago Hotel Director. He is the former General Manager at the Dupont Hotel and the Yorktown Hotel.

Phil Keb has been named Executive Vice President Development with Commune Hotels & Resorts. He was previously with Kiawah Partners as Executive Vice President, Resort Development. He had previously served in VP roles with the Capella Hotel Group and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has named Thomas Ruhs General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Lake Lawn Resort in Wisconsin. He is the former General Manager for the Hotel Orrington.

André Zotoff has been appointed Vice President and General Manager at the Hotel del Coronado, taking over from Todd Shallan who is now in London with KSL. Zotoff was most recently the General Manager at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. He is the former General Manager at the Fairmont Chicago.

Terry Donahue has been appointed General Manager at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace. He was most recently overseeing the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel.

Michael Jokovich is replacing David Nadelman (now on Oahu) as General Manager of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. Jokovich leaves Hawaii where he had been overseeing the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

The Golden Door has named Kathy Van Ness as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. She is the former President of Diane Von Furstenberg.

Sammy Ghachem is the new General Manager at Le Sereno in St. Barths succeeding to Christian Langlade who moved to Morocco. He was previously the New York based Managing Director of FROSCH, a travel company. Ghachem also served several years for both Air France and KLM.

Jean-Louis Magron has been appointed General Manager of the Cabo Azul Resort & Spa. He is the former opening General Manager of the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa.

Daniel Entenberg has been appointed General Manager of the Gramercy Park Hotel, taking over from Jakob Hansen. Entenberg was most recently with the W New York Times Square as Director of Operations. He is the former Executive Director of Hotel Operations at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Kevin Kelly has joined Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort as Chief Executive Officer. He is the former President and Chief Branding Officer at Canyon Ranch.

Awet Sium has moved to the Four Seasons Boston as Hotel Manager, taking over from Michel Volk who is now in Bora Bora. Sium was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons St. Louis. He is the former General Manager of the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa and previously served as Assistant General Manager for the Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C. and the Hotel Monaco Baltimore.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park has names Erden Kendigelen Hotel Manager. He is the former Executive Director at the Bellagio Hotel & Resort Las Vegas.

The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel has promoted Eric Opron to Hotel Manager. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort.

Derek Damon is now in New York at the Loews Regency as Director of Operations. He was most recently with the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver as Food and Beverage Director. Damon is the former Food and Beverage Director at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel.

Sherry Abedi is the new Director of Operations at the Lansdowne Resort. She had previously overseen food and beverage at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. and Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. She followed her Madison General Manager James Horsman to Landsdowne.

Shand Luce has been named Director of Operations for the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. He was previously the General Manager of the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Florida. Luce is the former Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove and the Westin Fort Lauderdale.

Carrie McIntyre has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Interstate Hotels & Resorts. She was most recently serving the company as Executive Vice President and Treasurer.

Oscar Henquet is now overseeing Rudd Winery in St. Helena. He was most recently serving as General Manager at Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn. He is the former General Manager at New York’s Monkey Bar and Rouge Tomate.

Le Méridien Chicago has named Simon Fricker General Manager. He was most recently with the Mandarin Oriental Miami as Director of Food and Beverage and at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas in the same capacity. Fricker is also a former Hotel Manager at the Gramercy Park Hotel.

Owen Deignan has joined PUBLIC Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the General Manager at Jean Georges Steakhouse and Fleur by Hubert Keller.

Raj Mohan has joined the Ritz-Carlton Aruba as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently in a similar role in Jamaica at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall. Mohan is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa and the Beijing Marriott Northeast.

Sean Hubbard has moved to the Fairmont San Francisco as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same post for the Claremont Resort & Spa. Hubbard is the former Director of Operations/Resident Manager at Shutters on the Beach and had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Orchid.

Carlo De Leon has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Terranea Resort.

Justin Wyborn has been named Vice President Food and Beverage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. He was most recently overseeing West Coast operations for Nobu restaurants.

Patrick Chiappetta has been promoted Corporate Director of Restaurants and Bars at Denihan Hospitality Group. He has been with the group since 2010, most recently as Director of Operations for Art and Soul.

Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Gary Harnist Vice President of Construction and Design. He was previously Senior Vice President, Construction and Design, for Gatehouse Capital of Dallas and Senior Director Construction Management for General Growth Properties.

Robert Rooker has joined the Luxe City Center as Chief Engineer. He has most recently been with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills as Assistant Director of Engineering.

Cheryl Franz has been appointed Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development, at Denihan Hospitality. She is the former Director of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness at Broadridge Financial Solutions.

The Lansdowne Resort has named Krista Reiss Area Director of Human Resources. She was most recently overseeing human resources at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. She had previously served in similar roles for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and MGM Resorts.

Heather Lang has transferred to the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills as Assistant Director of Human Resources. She was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Maricela Aguilar-Ochoa has moved to the Downtown Grand Las Vegas as Assistant Director of Human Resources. She was most recently a Human Resources Manager for the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Edward French has been named Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He was most recently serving the company as Senior Vice President, Marketing Platforms. He had previously served in various roles with American Airlines and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Lisa Potts has been named Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Trump Hotel Collection. She was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Scott Gubrud has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Vail. Since 2005, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. Gubrud is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Vail Cascade and Beaver Run Resort.

Maria Hirt has been named Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Austin, taking over from Peggy Thompson who is now in Toronto. Hirt was most recently the Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i. She is the former Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

Norma Textor-Wong has been named Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Hualalai. She is the former Director of Sales for the Four Seasons Vancouver.

Jared McLachlan takes over for Eric Opron as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel. McLachlan had previously served the hotel as Director of Sales.

Dina Giardina has joined Virgin Hotels as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Park Hyatt Chicago.

Vanessa Claspill has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the W Austin. She was most recently the Complex Director of Sales and Marketing for the W New Orleans and the W French Quarter. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the W Dallas Victory.

Martha Sullivan has joined LWH Hotels as Director, Global Travel Industry Sales. She is a former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. She had previously served in sales and marketing roles with Shutters on the Beach and Hilton French Polynesia.

Serena Dadon has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Crowne Plaza Zurich (formerly the InterContinental Zurich) and the Area Director of Sales Switzerland for IHG.

Ernie Arias has been named Area Director of Sales and Marketing of the Park Hyatt New York, slated to open in 2014. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Park Hyatt Chicago and the Park Hyatt Washington.

Mark Adams has been appointed Director of Sales at Terranea. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales at the Anaheim Marriott.

The Paramount Hotel Group has named Karen Thomson Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketingfor the Crowne Plaza Times Square – Manhattan.

Phillip Pena has joined the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as Director of Corporate Sales – The Americas. He was most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Travel Department, with Citigroup. He is the former Account Director, Corporate and Travel Industry Sales at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

The Atlantis, Paradise Island has named John Washko Vice President of Group Marketing and Sales. Most recently he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Elite Meetings International.  He is the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Broadmoor. At the Atlantis, Washko takes over from Gus Tejeda.

Susan Weigel has been appointed Vice President, Revenue Management, at Denihan Hospitality. She was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Vice President of Channel Intelligence.

Jerry Jensen has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson.

The Park Hyatt Washington has named Mark Guthrie Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past five years, he was the Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. His past sales experience includes stints with De Vere, the Waldorf Hilton, the Trafalgar and the Langham Hilton.

The Ritz-Carlton Denver has named Betsy Olwine Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously spent 20 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, most recently as Corporate Director of Sales Training Operations.

The InterContinental Los Angeles has promoted Jake Megrikian to Director of Sales and Marketing. He joined the hotel in 2011 as a Senior Sales Manager.

Joe Monserrate has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. He was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – Southern California – for OLS Hotels & Resorts. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Montrose in West Hollywood.

Patrick Connors has joined the Riviera Palm Springs as Director of Sales and Marketing. He most recently held the post of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

The Radisson Blu Chicago has named Gordon Taylor Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same role for the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has named Kathleen Reidenbach to Senior Vice President of Marketing. She joined the company in 2002 and was most recently Vice President, Revenue Management and Distribution.

Christine Lawson moves up to Senior Vice President of Sales and Catering at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. She has been with the company since 1991 most recently as Vice President, Sales.

The W Fort Lauderdale has appointed Cesar Wurm Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio as Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously served in the same role for the W Atlanta Downtown and is the former Director of Sales for the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa has appointed Michael Pramshafer as Resort Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Executive Director of Sales at the Stratosphere Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas.

Matt Boland has joined the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa as Director of Marketing. He was most recently the Marketing Director of Legacy Properties and had previously been based in New York with HBO for twelve years.

Jairo Torres has joined the ME By Melia in Cabo San Lucas as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same role at Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach. Torres is the former Director of Sales at the Courtyard Marriott Century City and the Clarion Hotel LAX.

Amanda Wessel has returned to the St. Regis Monarch Beach, taking on the post of Account Director. She was previously serving as Director of Leisure Sales for the resort before moving to national sales for Destination Hotels & Resorts in Denver.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has appointed Chris Budd as Director of Sales. Most recently, Budd was Senior National Sales Manager at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. He had previously served in sales positions for the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, the Westin Tabor Center and the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.

Danielle Daley has been promoted to Director of Sales for the Mandarin Oriental New York. She joined the hotel in 2007 and was most recently serving as Associate Director of Sales.

Jane DeLeon-Mato has joined the Line Hotel as Account Director. She was most recently a Senior Sales Manager at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and is the former Senior Sales Manager at the Westin Pasadena.

Jared Mintz has been promoted to Associate Director of Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. He joined the hotel in 2010 as Senior Sales Manager. He was previously in sales with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Silversea Cruises has appointed Dave Socha and Bob Tolster as Area Sales Directors. Socha was most recently with Windstar Cruises as Western Regional Sales Manager and Tolster comes from Royal Caribbean where he was Business Development Manager.

Marce Olson has been named Sales Manager, West Coast Region for Halekulaniand the Waikiki Parc Hotel. For the past six years, she had been the Director of Sales at Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar. Olson had previously served in sales positions for the Beverly Wilshire, Le Parker Meridien and the Essex House.

The Grand Wailea has named Diana Kamper Director of National Accounts, based in Arizona. She was most recently the President of Signature Sites & Incentives.

Christelle Fourcade has joined SBE Entertainment in Miami as Area Director of Sales SLS/Raleigh and Redbury. Fourcade is the former Director of Sales at the Thompson Ocean Drive. She had previously served in sales roles for the Hotel Nikko San Francisco and the Clift.

Meliá Hotels has named Darius Deavours Director of Group Sales. For the past five years, he had been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Group Sales Manager.

Ceara Sadler has been named Director of Travel Industry Sales at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. Sadler was most recently a Senior Sales Manager for the Andaz West Hollywood.

Sandy Rankin has moved over as National Sales Manager to the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. She was most recently in the same post at L’Auberge Del Mar.

Jennifer Chapman takes over from Rankin as National Sales Manager at L’Auberge Del Mar. Chapman was most recently a Group Sales Manager at the Omni Interlocken Resort.

Candice Chin has been named Senior Sales Manager at InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco. She is the former Group Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Brittany Bussell has been named Director of Catering at PUBLIC Chicago. She was most recently the Catering Sales Manager at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

Tory Martindale has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler. He joined the resort in 2010 as Executive Sous Chef. He had previously served in culinary positions with the Four Seasons Dublin, the Four Seasons Nevis and the Four Seasons Santa Barbara The Biltmore.

The Andaz 5th Avenue has appointed Chad Minton Executive Chef. He was most recently in a similar role with the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. He is the former Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

Romuald Jung has joined Michel Richard as Chef de Cuisine at the new Villard in the New York Palace. Jung was most recently serving as Corporate Chef for Bagatelle.

Bernard Ibarra is now in Palos Verdes as Executive Chef at Terranea Resort. He was most recently in Las Vegas as Executive Chef at City Center. He is the former Executive Chef at the Mirage in Las Vegas, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, and the Four Seasons Singapore.

Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, who own the Sant Ambroeus restaurants, will now run the food service at the Loews Regency Hotel. Dan Silverman has been named Executive Chef. Silverman was most recently at the Standard Grill.

Kai Lermen has moved to Miami as Director of Culinary at the Saxony/Faena District. For the past five years, he had been at the Peninsula Chicago as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.

Emmanuel Guémon has been named Executive Chef at Sandy Lane on Barbados replacing Jonathan Wright now at Raffles Singapore. Guémon was most recently the Executive Chef at the Leela Kempinski Gurgaon and is the former Executive Chef of the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort.

Andreas Schatzschneider has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. He is the former Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Vienna before his recent brief stint as Executive Sous Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou.

Simon Dolinky has been named Executive Chef at the W San Diego. He was most recently with the Hotel Palomar San Diego as Executive Chef of Saltbox Dining & Drinking. He is the former Executive Chef at BLVD 16 Restaurant & Lounge at the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles and Executive Sous Chef at JSix at the Hotel Solamar San Diego.

Richard Gras has joined the Oak Restaurant in Dallas as Executive Chef. For the past two years, he had been with the St. Regis Bal Harbour as Chef de Cuisine for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J & G Grill. He is the former Chef de Cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Bruno Oakman has been named Executive Chef at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Lunds and Byerly’s Catering.

Mii Amo in Sedona has named Nicole Heaney Chef. She was most recently serving as Sous Chef at the Enchantment Resort.

Alain Derouin has been appointed Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos. He was most recently in a similar post for the Hotel Las Brisas Acapulco.

The Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center has named Kevin Palm Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef at the Sandals Resort, Nassau, and the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel has named Jose Mejia Executive Chef. Most recently, Mejia served as Executive Chef at Villa del Palmar Resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Martin Alcala has been appointed Executive Chef for the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. He was most recently in the same position at the Hyatt Regency Santa Barbara.

Michael Mignano has returned as Executive Pastry Chef to the Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York. When Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts oversaw the hotel, he spent seven years at the Pierre as Executive Pastry Chef before moving to the Four Seasons New York in the same position.

Dieter Xiao has returned to Las Vegas to open Morimoto in the Mirage Hotel. Xiao was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for MGM Vietnam. He had previously served as General Manager for Seablue and Shibuya in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas before moving to Marbella as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Puente Romano.

Renee Kubin has joined Nikita in Malibu as Sommelier. She is the former Sommelier for Restaurant Gary Danko, and the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

Chad Reyes has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Chattanoogan. He joined the hotel in 2001 and has served in various roles and departments, most recently in the Front Office as Front Office Manager.

The Lansdowne Resort has named Beth Brainard Rooms Manager. She was previously in a similar role at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix.

Joan Bowden has been appointed Spa Director at the W Fort Lauderdale. She was most recently in a similar role for the Westin Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale. She is the former Spa Director at the St. Regis Fort Lauderdale and the Atlantic Hotel.

The St. Julien Hotel & Spa has named Tessa Kienow Spa Director. She had previously served in a similar role for the Spa at the Inverness in the Denver Tech Center.

The W San Diego has named Megan Guy W Insider. She was previously a Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Four Seasons Miami and at the Four Seasons Austin.

 

EUROPE

Sébastien Bazin has been appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Accor in Paris, taking over from Yann Caillère who is leaving the company. Bazin was most recently a Principal with Colony Capital, a major investor in Accor.

Stefan Bollhalder will be joining the Shangri-La Paris as General Manager, taking over from Alain Borgers now with Shangri-La in the Philippines. Bollhalder was most recently the General Manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. He is the former General Manager of Shangri-La’s China World Hotel, Beijing.

Frédéric Picard has joined La Réserve Hospitality Collection in Paris as General Manager of their upcoming Avenue Gabriel luxury project. Earlier this year, he had been appointed General Manager at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence with pre-opening responsibilities for L’Apogée. He is the former General Manager at the Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh.

Peter Knoll takes over from Konstantin Zeuke as General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Adriatic in Croatia. Knoll was most recently the General Manager for the Kempinski Hybernska Prague. He is the former Resident Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest.

Friedrich Niemann has joined the Hilton Frankfurt as General Manager. He most recently served a short stint overseeing the Waldorf Astoria Berlin. He is the former General Manager of the Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest, the Hilton Munich City, and the Hilton Sofia.

Gregor Andréewitch takes over for Niemann as General Manager of Waldorf Astoria Berlin. He was most recently overseeing the Conrad Tokyo. He is the former General Manager at the Drake in Chicago.

Tim Flodin is the new General Manager for the Andaz Liverpool Street London. He was most recently serving as General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. He is the former General Manager at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza.

Stefan Von Heine has been named General Manager of the newly rebranded Dorint Park Hotel Bremen taking over from Wilhelm Wehrmann who has overseen the hotel for 27 years. Von Heine is the former General Manager at the Dorint Sanssouci Berlin Potsdam, and the Dorint Hotel Park Ambiance Sellin.

Alain Bachmann has been named General Manager of the Chedi Andermatt due to open this winter in Switzerland. He was most recently overseeing the Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad.

Fernando Rojo has moved as General Manager to the Hotel Pushkin in Moscow, slated to open in 2014. He was most recently overseeing Moscow’s Barvikha Hotel and Spa. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel Casa Fuster.

Brian Gleeson has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Beach Resort & Spa in Sochi, Russia, slated to open later this year. Since 2011, he had served as General Manager at the Radisson Blu Tallinn in Estonia. He is the former General Manager at the Radisson Blu Letterkenny in Ireland.

Michael Voigt has been appointed General Manager at the Arch London. He previously served as Hotel Manager for Pennyhill Park and the Four Seasons Hampshire, before taking on his most recent role with the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

Beccy Gunn has been appointed General Manager at the Kensington Hotel in London. She is the former Deputy General Manager of the Bloomsbury Hotel.

Fergus O’Donovan has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Jersey. He was most recently working as Acting General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport. O’Donovan is the former General Manager of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa in Sligo and the Rutland Square Hotel in Nottingham.

Stéfanie Hardy has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton London Islington. For the past five years, she had been the Director of Business Development for the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Lawder Smith has been appointed General Manager at Threadneedles in London. He is the former General Manager at Heythrop Park and the Crowne Plaza Kensington.

Rainer Golke is the new General Manager for the Hotel Bel-Air, Sport & Wellness in Luxemburg. He had previously managed the Best Western Hotel Aquakub, and the (former) Best Western Forum Congress Hotel.

Romain Roulleau has joined Accor as Senior Vice President e-Commerce. He was most recently the Managing Director of L’Officiel des vacances (the Voyage Privé Group).

James Partridge has been appointed Area Director of Sales with the Dorchester Collection. He was most recently serving the company as Director of Group and Event Sales. He is the former General Manager of the Montpellier Chapter Hotel and General Manager at Gordon Ramsay Holdings’ York & Albany. Partridge began his career as House Manager and Private Events Manager at Claridge’s.

Brenda Collin has been appointed Regional Director – UK, Ireland & Nordics at Preferred Hotels. She joins the firm from technology company HotelREZ and has also worked for Utell/Pegasus and Hilton.

Laura Cambiaghi has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Castille, taking over from Facira Mercenier. Cambiaghi was most recently the Regional Director of Sales for the Set Collection. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Lutétia and the Hotel du Louvre.

Laurence Voegelin is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Beaulac Neuchatel in Switzerland. She had spent the past five years with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

Majella Baldacchino has been appointed Director of Sales at Coworth Park. She had previously served in sales positions with the InterContinental London Park Lane, the Conrad London and Jurys Doyle Hotel Group.

Victoria White has been appointed Assistant Director of Sales overseeing the Dorchester, 45 Park Lane and Coworth Park. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Sales for Rocco Forte Hotels at Brown’s. White is a former Sales Manager at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane and the Maybourne Hotel Group.

Jesus Sauri has been appointed Associate Director of Sales at ME London. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Cadogan and Blakes in South Kensington.

Cliveden House has appointed André Garrett Executive Chef. He was most recently serving as Head Chef at Galvin at Windows in London.

Raymond Goertz has been promoted to Director of Rooms at ME London. He joined the hotel in pre-opening as Revenue Manager after serving in a similar post with the Ritz London.

Lionel Vuillemin has moved to the Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva as Food and Beverage Manager. He was most recently in the same role at La Réserve Geneva. He is the former Food and Beverage Manager at La Réserve Ramatuelle.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Vincent Gillet has joined Nissan Premium Luxury Brand Group as its Hong Kong-based Head of Global Marketing. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer at Six Senses Hotels & Spa. His most recent position was that of Senior Vice President – Global Brand Leader for the W and Le Méridien brands at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Harris Chan has moved with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Vice President-Operations Hawaii and French Polynesia, succeeding retiring Keith Vieira. Chan was most recently the Vice President-Operations China and Taiwan.

Major change at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Wailea on Maui, where long-term Managing Director Matt Bailey has left. His successor is Tom Donovan, formerly from the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. A long-time Ritz-Carlton man, Donovan also served as General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Torsten Van Dullemen has been appointed General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Manila. He was most recently the General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai. He is the former Hotel Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok and Resident Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.

Xavi González is the new General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. He had previously served as Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong.

Allan Farwell takes over from Michael Jokovich at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa as General Manager. Most recently, Farwell was the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

David Nadelman is heading to Hawaii as General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

After two years at the helm of the Pu Yu Hotel & Spa in China, Nigel Badminton has become the General Manager of the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei. Badminton’s original exposure to Brunei-owned hotel assets took place during the 10 years he spent with the Dorchester Collection, first as Resident Manager of the Dorchester, then as Hotel Manager at the New York Palace.

Peter Katusak-Huzsvar has been appointed General Manager at the W Guangzhou. He was most recently the General Manager of the W St. Petersburg. He is the former Director of Operations at the W Doha Hotel and Residences and Executive Assistant Manager at Le Méridien Budapest.

Philippe Kronberg has been appointed General Manager at the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane. He was most recently the General Manager at the Hilton Pattaya, Thailand.

Kai Speth has joined the Grand Hyatt Taipei as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Sofitel Métropole in Hanoi. He had previously spent twelve years with Hyatt International, serving as General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Incheon, the Park Hyatt Los Angeles and the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

The JW Marriott, Bengaluru has appointed Parul Thakur General Manager. She was most recently in the same post at the Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad.

Karine Peyras is the new General Manager for the Hilton Moorea. She was most recently in the same position for the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.

Tony Pedroni has been appointed General Manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. He is the former General Manager of the JW Marriott Phuket and the Renaissance Seoul Hotel.

Vijai Singh has been named pre-opening General Manager of the Alila Fort Bishangarh, slated to open in 2014. He was most recently in the Maldives as Resort Manager for LUX Resorts. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Westin Sohna Resort & Spa and General Manager for the Rania Experience, Maldives.

Marco Groten has been appointed General Manager at the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali. He is the former opening General Manager for the Alila Villas Soori.

Patrick Martinez has been appointed General Manager at the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai. He was most recently overseeing the Rotana Hotels Yas Complex in Abu Dhabi. He is the former General Manager of the InterContinental Mauritius and the Marriott Bangkok.

Kurt Macher has joined the Pan Pacific Singapore as Resident Manager. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Peninsula Hong Kong after serving in the same post for the Peninsula New York.

Marc Gussing has joined the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives as Resort Manager. He was most recently a Consultant for Ripple in London.

Viri Kaur has been appointed Director of Operations at the Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore. She is the former Executive Assistant Manager Rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Marco Osterwalder has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Conrad Seoul.

Paul Ng has been named Director of Human Resources for the Langham Hong Kong. He was most recently the Director of Human Resources for the W Hong Kong.

Polly Chen is the new Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Pudong, Shanghai. She was most recently serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Four Seasons Hangzhou. Chen joined the company in 1998 at the Grand Formosa Regent Hotel and has previously served as Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Macau and for both Four Seasons resorts in the Maldives.

Scott Boyer, formerly the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Shanghai-Pudong, has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Maui’s Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea. At the Grand Wailea, he takes the post left vacant in February by Brian Lynx, now the Vice President of Meetings, Conventions & Incentives for the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Thanos Lionsatos has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Dusit Thani Maldives. He previously directed the opening of the Oakwood Residence Hangzhou and served as Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing for Oakwood properties in Japan.

Rory Campbell has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing – Rooms at the Hilton Barcelona. He had previously served in sales and marketing positions with Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, the Eaton Hotel in Hong Kong and with the Duxton Hotel and Rydges Hotel, both in Perth.

Jamie Crisp has been appointed Director of Sales at Centara Maldives based in Bangkok. He is the former Director of Sales for Evason and Six Senses Resorts in Hua Hin.

Catherine Sum has joined the Langham Hong Kong as Director of Sales-MICE. She was most recently the Director of Business Development-Corporate for the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong.

Stella Chan has been named Director of Sales- Leisure at the Langham Hong Kong. She is a former Director of Sales at the Langham Place, Mongkok and the Eaton, Hong Kong.

Raul Levis has joined the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo as Director of Rooms. For the past fifteen years he has been with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons London. He had previously served in various roles with the Four Seasons Buenos Aires and the Four Seasons Miami.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Patrick Robineau has joined WL Hospitality in Dubai as Chief Operating Officer and Partner. He was most recently serving as Vice President of Food and Beverage at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh and the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap.

Robert Todak has moved to Ryiadh to open the Nobu Hotel as General Manager and also serves as Area Director for Nobu Hospitality. He was most recently overseeing Tailored Hospitality International in Miami. He is the former General Manager at the Betsy South Beach, Acqualina and the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

Konstantin Zeuke is now in Dubai as General Manager for the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. He was most recently the General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Adriatic.

Kempinski Hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea and Area Director for Jordan. He was most recently the General Manager of the Kempinski Shanghai.

Jork Bosselaar has been appointed pre-opening General Manager at Alila Jabal Akhdar in Oman. He is the former General Manager of the Alila Manggis and the Alila Ubud.

Jean-Francois Laurent has been appointed General Manager at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai. He is the former General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh and pre-opening General Manager at the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi.

Christian Langlade is the new General Manager at the Selman Palace in Morocco. He is the former General Manager of Le Sereno on St. Barthélémy, following a two-year stint in a similar position for the Hotel Christopher. Langlade also served as Project Director at Sandy Lane and Executive Assistant Manager at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul.

Kym Barter has been named Executive Assistant ManagerFood and Beverage of the Nobu Hotel Riyadh and Vice President of Food and Beverage for Nobu Hospitality. Barter formerly served as the General Manager Premium Restaurant Operations of Crown Melbourne.

Juan Carlos Cardona has been named Director of Food and Beverage at The Address Hotels + Resorts in Dubai. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, and Assistant Director Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Mexico City.

Mark Patten has been promoted at Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai to Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage. He was most recently serving the resort as Vice President, Culinary.

Josephine Raikuna has been named Director of Human Resources at the Palace Downtown Dubai. For the past three years, she had held the same position at the Fairmont Dubai.

Ammar Zakaria has been appointed Director of Human Resources at Royal Rose Hotel in Abu Dhabi. He had previously served in human resources posts with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Iberotel Hotels & Resorts.

Neil Jones has been appointed Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, at Marriott International in Dubai. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Hanbury Manor and the JW Marriott Cairo.

Michael Kappes has been appointed Director of Business Development at the Royal Rose Hotel in Abu Dhabi. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Grand Excelsior Hotel Dubai and Director of Business Development, Sales & Marketing at the Gloria Hotel, Dubai.

The Four Seasons Serengeti has appointed Sean Walwyn Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Africa.

Frederick de Marcy Chelin has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Outrigger Mauritius Resort, slated to open in December. For the last four years, he has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Director of Corporate and Group Sales, responsible for Le MéridienIle Maurice, the Westin Turtle Bay and the St. Regis Mauritius Resort.

Demeiter Vaubell has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Alila Jabal Akhdar. Vaubell had previously served in sales post with Karma Resorts, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, and Anantara Resorts & Spas.

Julia Alvaro has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Dusit Thani Dubai. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Radisson Blu Media City.

Len Tobias has been appointed Director of Sales at Raffles Dubai. She joined the hotel in 2010 as a Senior Sales Manager.

Yasmin Sati has been appointed Director of Public Relations at the Four Seasons Amman. She comes from the PR agency, iRelations.

Yonatan Roshfeld is the new Chef for the Ritz-Cartlon Herzliya slated to open later this year. He was most recently with the Alma Hotel Tel Aviv overseeing the Herbert Samuel restaurant.

Pantelis Korovilas has been promoted to Director of Rooms and transferred to the Four Seasons Beirut. He was most recently serving as Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf London.

 

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