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Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - Jan 2014.
The Boutique Search Firm
Monday, 10th February 2014
 

Global update of who is moving where and from where - keep track of old colleagues and friends or find lost ones, brought to you by The Boutique Search Firm.

Featuring: January 2014.

THE AMERICAS

Long time Four Seasons man, Craig Reid has joined Auberge Resorts as President and Chief Executive Officer. Reid had been with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for over 30 years, most recently as President of Hotel Operations, Americas.

David Berg has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Carlson. He was most recently with Z Wireless as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Customer Service Officer. Berg is the former President of Outback Steakhouse and Chief Operating Officer of GNC. He had previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Best Buy.

Thomas Meding has been promoted to Area Vice President at sbe Florida. He was most recently the Area General Manager and the former General Manager of the SLS at Beverly Hills. He is the former General Manager of the Parker Palm Springs. 

Tulio Hochkoeppler has rejoined the Four Seasons Buenos Aires to take on the role of General Manager. The Cornell graduate had previously served the resort as Director of Rooms before taking on management roles with the Four Seasons Carmelo, the Four Seasons Miami and the Four Seasons San Francisco. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the Maldives while also co-managing the boat Four Seasons Explorer. His successor in the Maldives is Randy Shimabuku, another Cornell graduate.

George Sotelo has been named General Manager of the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico. Sotelo was most recently Managing Director for the Trump Hotel Miami and previously spent ten years with One&Only Palmilla. At Dorado, Sotelo takes over from Alejandro Helbling, who has accepted the position of General Manager at the Capella Singapore.

The Hotel Astor in South Beach has appointed Eli Kostbar General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager for the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Ann Peterson has been appointed President and General Manager at the New Yorker Hotel. She is the former General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, the Crowne Plaza White Plains and the Omni Shoreham.

Steven Kaiser has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Meadowlands in New Jersey. The CIA graduate is the former General Manager of the Hilton BWI Airport.

Daniel Zwim has been named General Manager of the soon-to-open Westin Wilmington. He is the former Rooms Division Manager of the Westin William Penn Hotel and Director of Operations at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Wise has been appointed General Manager at J House Greenwich. For the past five years, he had served as President of Highfield Hospitality

Sam Kapadia has joined Warner Hospitality as General Manager of The William. He was recently the General Manager at the Warwick New York. He is the former General Manager at the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center and the Metropolitan Hotel in New York.

Kai Fischer has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Westchester. Fischer most recently was multi-property Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He is the former General Manager of the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center and the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana

Michael Schmid is now General Manager at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo, and Director of Operations for the Andaz Liverpool Street London

Hans Ritten has been appointed General Manager at the Silversmith Hotel & Suites in Chicago. He had previously managed the One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach.

Rim Hospitality has named Lisa Kershner Area General Manager overseeing the Oakland Convention Center, the Oakland Marriott City Center, and the Courtyard Oakland Downtown. She was most recently managing the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. She is the former General Manager of the Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel.

Steve Contes has been appointed General Manager at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina in Fort Myers Beach. Most recently he served as General Manager of the Verve-Crowne Plaza Boston/Natick.

Michael Pye has been named General Manager at the Fairmont Vancouver. He was most recently the General Manager at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

Bill Bunce has been named General Manager at the W New York Union Square. He was most recently the General Manager for the W Boston Hotel & Residences.

Gurkirat Singh takes over from Bunce as General Manager at the W Boston. Singh was most recently overseeing the Sheraton Needham.

Terry Lewis moves again in Times Square this time as General Manager at the Sheraton New York Times Square. She was most recently General Manager of the Westin New York Times Square and had previously managed the W Times Square.

Glenda Maldonado has joined the James in New York as General Manager. She is the former General Manager of the Shoreham Hotel and the Affinia Gardens Hotel.

Alex Spektor has been named General Manager of the Affinia Manhattan Hotel. He is the former General Manager of the Affinia Dumont Hotel and the Affinia Gardens Hotel.

Steve Sasso takes over from Alex Spektor as General Manager of the Affinia Dumont Hotel. He was most recently overseeing the Affinia Gardens Hotel.

Christian Klaus has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Four Seasons San Francisco. The Lausanne graduate was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Beirut. He had previously served in food and beverage roles at the Four Seasons Berlin and the Four Seasons Chicago.

Rolf Lippuner has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Washington, D.C. He was most recently serving the hotel as Director of Rooms. He was previously the Director of Housekeeping at the former Four Seasons Aviara before moving to the Four Seasons Nevis as Director of Residences.

The Four Seasons Costa Rica has promoted Helen Cooper to Director of Residences. For the past five years, she had served the resort as Director of Rooms.

At Warwick International, Jerome Strack has been promoted from Regional Manager, Food and Beverage Development, to Regional Director of Operations - North America. Prior to joining Warwick, Strack had been the General Manager of the Wine Country Inn in Palisade, Colorado.

Anthony Hartwell has been promoted at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey to Director of Hotel Operations. He joined the hotel last February as Director of Food and Beverage. Hartwell is the former Director of Hotel Operations for the Newport Beach Bayview Marriott.

Janelle Eng is now in Bend, Oregon as Director of Operations for Pronghorn. She was most recently at Solage Calistoga in the same role. She is the former Director of Operations for Encantado Resort in Santa Fe, a former Auberge Resort, now a Four Seasons.

Craig Martin has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Westin St. Francis. He was most recently the General Manager of the Aloft Tucson University.

Michael Sullivan has joined the Impulsive Group as Executive Vice President. He is the former Vice President Strategic Planning at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Sullivan had previously served as Managing Director, Head of Hospitality for Gemini Real Estate Advisors in New York.

LaSalle Hotel Properties has promoted Ian Gaum to Chief Investment Officer. Gaum joined the company in 1998 as Vice President of Asset Management before taking on his most recent position as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions.

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson has been named Chief Financial Officer at InterContinental Hotels Group, taking over from Tom Singer. Edgecliffe-Johnson, who joined IHG in 2004, was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of the groups Europe and Asia, Middle East & Africa regions.

Wade Hashimoto has moved down the coast to join the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Division. For the past three years, he had been in the same position for the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. He is the former Assistant Director of Rooms for the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Maui.

Annette Whittley has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage and joined the Four Seasons Vail, taking over from Angelica Palladino who recently joined the Four Seasons Hualalai. Whittley is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Four Seasons Lana'i. She had previously served in food and beverage posts with the Four Seasons Palm Beach, the Four Seasons Westlake Village and the Four Seasons Houston.

The Four Seasons Washington, D.C. has promoted Kathleen O'Connor to Director of Food and Beverage. She joined the hotel last year as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. She had previously served in food and beverage posts with the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Four Seasons Whistler, the Four Seasons Santa Barbara and the Four Seasons Maui

Luke Mathot has joined the Mansion on Turtle Creek as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the SLS Hotel South Beach. He is a former Restaurant Manager at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Dewiet Miller has been promoted to Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Denver. For the last three years, Miller served as Director of Food and Beverage for the hotel.

Diego Anea has joined the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in Miami at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa in a similar position.

Nestor Marchand has been named Director of Food and Beverage at Turnberry Isle Resort and Spa. He was most recently in the same position in Miami at the Palms Hotel.

Lynn Griffiths has been named Regional Director, People Services with Commune Hotels and Resorts in New York. She is the former Area Director of People and Culture with Kimpton Hotels and Director of Human Resources with the New York Palace.

Sage Hospitality has named Lisa Donovan Chief People Officer. She is the former Group Vice President of National Training and Development for Archstone.

Petrinka Kortmann has been named Director of Human Resources at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao. She is the former Regional Director of Human Resources EMEA for Teleplan International

Ron Emler transfers as Director of Human Resources from the Four Seasons Lana'i to the future Four Seasons Orlando. His successor in Lana'i is Cecilia "Cecil" Moore, who comes from the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Christopher Hamaway has been promoted to Brand Director for Montage Hotels and Resorts. For the past three years, he had been with the Montage Deer Valley Resort as Director of Sales and Marketing. He had previously spent ten years in sales and marketing positions for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has appointed Aaron Glick Vice President of Global Brand Management. He has been with Starwood Hotels & Resorts for six years, most recently as Director of Starwood Preferred Guest Strategy and Analytics in Asia Pacific based in Shanghai. He had previously spent seven years in strategy and business development at the Walt Disney Company.

The Ritz-Carlton Westchester has named Dana Cooper Director of Sales and Marketing. She has been with the company for over eleven years, serving as a Senior Sales Manager in the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Cooper is the former Director of Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Dallas and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Jeffrey Guillory has returned to California to take over as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth. He was most recently serving as interim Director of Sales for the Delano Marrakech after serving two years overseeing sales and marketing for the W Hollywood. Guillory had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing with the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, the InterContinental Miami, the Stanford Court in San Francisco and the Swissôtel Chicago.          

John Rovie has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Broadmoor, taking over from Dennis Lesko. Rovie moves up from his current role as the resort Director of Sales. He is the former Director of Sales for the Arizona Biltmore and Director of Group Sales for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Pepper Dombroski replaces Rovie as Director of Sales at the Broadmoor. Since 2005, she had served as Director of Sales at the Grand Wailea. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole.

Maureen Holden has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. For the past two years, she had been at the Santa Claran Hotel Casino in Santa Fe as Executive Director of Marketing.

Tina Walters has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Aloft Cupertino. She was most recently the Director of Group Sales at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale.

Michael Katigbak has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Capella Washington, D.C. He was most recently serving as Associate Director of Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.

Jeff Livingston has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz. He was previously Director of Sales for L'Auberge Del Mar.

Jamie Jordan has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Most recently, Jordan served as Director of Group Sales at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

Jeffrey Baldasarre has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for CLC World Resorts and Hotels. He was previously the re-opening Director of Sales and Marketing for the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Florida.

Cornell graduate Annette Zeller has returned to the Beverly Wilshire to take on the post of Associate Director of Catering. She had previously served the hotel for three years as a Catering Manager before joining the Beverly Hilton in 2004. Zeller had previously served in catering roles with the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Georg Paulussen has been appointed Executive Chef at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He is the former Executive Chef at the Venetian and Trump Las Vegas and had served as Vice President of Culinary and Stewarding at Atlantis Luxury Resort, Hotel & Casino in the Bahamas.

Michael Morrison has returned to Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone's Ame (located inside the St. Regis San Francisco) to take on the role of Executive Chef. He had previously served as the restaurant Executive Sous Chef before leaving in 2007 to lead Loretta Keller's group of restaurants - the Moss Room and Coco 500 - as Executive Chef.

Chang Sivilay has been appointed Executive Chef at the Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. He moves from his most recent role as Executive Chef at the nearby Mondrian Hotel. He is the former Executive Chef at the Resort at Pelican Hill and the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Stephen Toevs has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba. He is the former Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Charles Wilson has moved over as Executive Chef to the Downtown Grand Las Vegas. He was most recently in the same role with Caesars Palace.

René Bajeux has been appointed Executive Chef at JW Marriott New Orleans. He was most recently Executive Chef at the Renaissance Arts Hotel overseeing his namesake restaurant, René Bistrot.

Laurent Elmerich is now in Orange County as Chef de Cuisine at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. He was most recently in a similar position at Church & State Bistro in Downtown Los Angeles. He is a former Sous Chef with the Patina Restaurant Group, and (the former) Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.

The Biltmore Hotel has named Gregory Pugin Chef de Cuisine of Palme d'Or. Pugin was most recently the Executive Chef at Le Cirque Las Vegas. He had previously spent six years with Joël Robuchon including a two-year stint as the Executive Sous Chef at L'Atelier Joël Robuchon in New York City. He is the former Executive Chef of Veritas in New York.

Travis Watson has been promoted to Chef de Cuisine of Oak Grill at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He was most recently serving the resort as Executive Sous Chef.

Sylvain Marrari has joined the Chefs Club in Aspen as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in the same position at the Setai Miami Beach. He is the former Assistant Pastry Chef at La Chévre d'Or and Executive Pastry Chef for the Chateau Eza.

Calvin Yeap as returned as Executive Pastry Chef to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. He was previously in the same role before moving to his most recent post as Pastry Chef at El Encanto in Santa Barbara.

Kay Brickley has been named Assistant Pastry Chef at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. She is the former Pastry Chef at the Waldorf-Astoria Boulder Resort.

Marcus Cascio has joined Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air as General Manager, taking over from Adam Crocini. He is the former Director of Operations at the Lombardy Restaurant Group and had previously served as General Manager of Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck in Dallas and General Manager of Restaurants at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Michael Pechlof has been promoted to Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and joined the Four Seasons Houston. He was most recently a Food and Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons St. Louis.

Thomas Gutmann has been appointed Director of Restaurants at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage at the Brown Palace in Denver.

Stacy Bowers has joined Soho House West Hollywood as General Manager. For the past eight years, she had been with Tom Colicchio's Restaurant Group, most recently overseeing Craft Los Angeles. Bowers had started with Colicchio at Craft in the W Dallas before moving to New York to join CraftBar.

Paolo Novello has been named Director of Operations in Washington, D.C. at Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola Mare. He was most recently in a similar position at Lincoln in New York with Jonathan Benno. He had previously served with Benno at Per Se where he was the General Manager for seven years.

Luis Gallotti takes over from Helen Cooper at the Four Seasons Costa Rica as Director of Rooms. Gallotti joined the resort last year as Assistant Director of Rooms and had been the acting Director of Rooms for much of the past year, covering Cooper's maternity leave. He had previously served in various rooms and front office positions with the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and the Ritz-Carlton Santiago.

Janelle David has been promoted to Director of Rooms and moving over to the Four Seasons Seattle. She takes over from Ricardo Guerzoni who is moving to the soon-to-open Four Seasons Orlando. David was most recently serving as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Siamak Nassirpour has been appointed Director of Rooms at the InterContinental San Francisco. He was most recently in the same position for the past two years with the Four Seasons New York. Nassirpour is the former Director of Rooms and Revenue Management at the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles, and Director of Rooms at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

EUROPE

Aiden McAuley has been promoted to Senior Vice President-Operations Europe, based in Zurich, for Fairmont Holdings. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Fairmont Singapore and the Swissôtel The Stamford Singapore in addition to holding the title of Regional Vice President-Asia/Pacific of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.

Lynn Brutman has been promoted to General Manager and taking over from Michael Purtill at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf. Brutman was most recently serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Toronto where she had the unique role of closing one Toronto hotel, then opening the new property in Yorkville.

Maurizio D'Este has been appointed Vice President and Area Manager at the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome and the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice. Since 2009, he has served as Vice President of Sales and Revenue for Baglioni Hotels. He is the former General Manager for the Bauer and the San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort.

Emmanuel Richardet has joined the Westin Paris – Vendôme as General Manager. For the past four years, he had served as General Manager of the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa. Richardet is the former General Manager at Le Méridien Dona Filipa in Portugal.

Guillaume Marly has joined André Balazs Hotels in London as Managing Director for their upcoming hotel at the old fire station on Marylebone Place. For the past two years, he had been the Hotel Manager at the Ritz London. Marly is also the former Hotel Manager at the Connaught and had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at Claridge's and the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

Duarte Bon de Sousa has been named General Manager of L'Apogée Courchevel in France. He is the former General of the Choupana Hills Resort & Spa in Portugal. De Sousa also served with Four Seasons at the Ritz in Lisbon and the George Cinq in Paris.

The Hilton London Kensington has named Linda Griffin General Manager. She was most recently serving as General Manager with the Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest. Griffin had served in various roles with the Hilton Park Istanbul and the Hilton Athens.

Alison Palin has been appointed General Manager at the Waldorf Hilton London. She was most recently overseeing the Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Anthony Lee has been appointed General Manager of the Café Royal Hotel in London, taking over from Louis Sailer. Lee was most recently the General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel.

Jens Marten Schwass is now at the Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Kempinski Nile Hotel.

Markus Lueck has moved over as General Manager to the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna. He was most recently with the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City as General Manager.

The Kameha Grand Bonn has named Elmar Schmitz Managing Director, taking over from Kurt Wagner. Schmitz is a former General Manager of the Grand Elysée Hamburg.

Arnaud Esnault is the Hotel Manager at La Réserve Genève. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Mauritius Balaclava Fort.

Roy Buitenkamp has joined the Ritz Paris as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Riyadh at Kingdom Centre after serving in the same role with the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. Buitenkamp is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Nanjing and the St. Regis New York.

Gareth Quin has been appointed Director of Sales at Hilton London Metropole. He is the former Director of Sales for the Hilton London Wembley and the Park Inn Heathrow.

Kate Northrop has been named Director of Events at the Mondrian London at Sea Containers. She had previously served as Event Producer for the Katie Piper Foundation and for Jamie Oliver and the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

Hans Zahner is the new Chef for La Cuisine in the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. He was most recently a Sous Chef at the Four Seasons George V.

Mansour Memarian has been appointed Executive Chef at the Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Shangri-La Abu Dhabi and is a former Chef de Cuisine at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Florent Margaillan has joined L'Apogée Courchevel as Pastry Chef. Margaillan was previously the Pastry Chef at the Domaine de Terre Blanche (formerly the Four Seasons Terre Blanche).

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Bernold Schroeder has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Pan Pacific Hotels Group, replacing Patrick Imbardelli who has resigned. Schroeder was most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Jin Jiang International Hotel Management. He is the former Managing Director Hotel Operations for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.

Wayne Buckingham has been named Senior Vice President-Asia, based in Singapore for Fairmont Holdings. He is the former Executive Vice President at Thai Charoen Corp TCC Land Leisure.

Anne-Marie Houston has been named Corporate Director of Operations with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. She was most recently overseeing Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf, in addition to the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Leo Liu to the newly created role of Managing Director for China, based in Shanghai. Previously, Liu was Vice President, Development Strategy, with Costa Crociere and served with Accor as Managing Director in China.

Mountain China Resorts has appointed Gang Han Chief Executive Officer. He was previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer.

Yang Shi takes over from Han as Chief Financial Officer at Mountain China Resorts. Shi had been a Manager of Asset Management Division of China Chengxin Investment Company for over 14 years.

Randy Shimabuku transfers as General Manager from the Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence to the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huura. Prior to Cairo, Shimabuku, a Cornell graduate, was the General Manager of the Regent Kuala Lumpur (a Four Seasons hotel). He also was the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Bangkok and the (former) Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

Tom Meyer takes over from Aiden McAuley as Managing Director of the Fairmont Singapore and the Swissôtel The Stamford Singapore. Meyer is the former Complex Managing Director for the Raffles Makati, the Raffles Residences and Fairmont Makati.

The Regent Bali has named Jamal Hussain Assistant Vice President and General Manager. For the past six years, he had been with Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts after serving eight years as General Manager for the Hard Rock Hotel Bali.

Gregor Wateler has been appointed General Manager at the Kerry Hotel Pudong in Shanghai. He was most recently overseeing the Shangri-La Ningbo.

Richard H'ng takes over for Gregor Wateler as General Manager of the Shangri-La Ningbo. H'ng was most recently the General Manager of the Eaton Luxe Xinqiao, Shanghai.

Peter Schuler has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok. He is the former General Manager of the Radisson SAS Martinez Hotel Beirut, the Radisson SAS Hotel Astana and the Park Plaza Beijing West.

Mark Meaney has been named General Manager of the Conrad Centennial Singapore. Since 2010, he had been with the Conrad Tokyo, most recently as Director of Operations. He is the former Resident Manager of the Mount Juliet Conrad in Kilkenny, Ireland.

The Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa has appointed Hartmut Schaller General Manager. He was most recently General Manager of the Sofitel Shenyang Lido, overlooking the re-branding of the former Sheraton Shenyang.

Humayoon Shaikhzadeh has been appointed General Manager of the Pullman Wuxi New Lake in China. He was most recently the General Manager at the Grand Mercure Shenzhen Oriental Ginza.

John Tolbert has been named Cluster General Manager for the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Principal and Managing Director of Revelation Consultancy. Tolbert is the former President of Sales and Marketing at LXR Luxury Hotels and Resorts and Hotel Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Naples.

Eléonore Petin is now in Jakarta as General Manager of the Hermitage Menteng Hotel. She was most recently the General Manager at Cotton House on Mustique and the former Director of Rooms at the Astor Hotel Tianjin.

Rizwan Shaikh has been appointed General Manager at the Fairmont Jaipur. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Singapore and is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Mumbai.

Ian Ekers has been appointed General Manager at the Sukhothai Bangkok. He was most recently the General Manager at the Sentosa Resort and Spa, and the former General Manager at the PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road.

Alexander Haeusler has been appointed General Manager at the Mövenpick White Sand Beach in Thailand. He is the former General Manager of the Pattaya Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

Roger Habermacher has been appointed General Manager at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali and will continue to oversee the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali. He is the former General Manager of the Park Hyatt Beijing.

Lausanne graduate Franck LaFourcade has returned to his role as General Manager at the Sofitel Legend Métropole Hanoi, taking over from Kai Speth. LaFourcade had previously served in this position from 2000 to 2005 before moving on to the General Manager positions at the Sofitel Shanghai Jing'an Huamin, and, most recently, the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland. As for Speth, he is now the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei.

Adrian Rudin is now General Manager at the NUO Hotel Beijing. He is the former General Manager of Shangri-La's China World Summit Wing Beijing and the Shangri-La & Traders Hotel, Qaryat al Beri Abu Dhabi.

Riaz Mahmood has been appointed General Manager of the Orchard Hotel in Singapore. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Sheraton Dammam Hotel and Towers, Saudi Arabia.

Philip Dewar has been appointed General Manager at the Shangri-La Guangzhou. He was most recently with the Shangri-La Shenzhen as General Manager.

Manuj Bahl has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa in India. He is the former Front Office Manager at the Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Delhi.

Ekrem Tercanoglu has returned to Four Seasons as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i. He had previously served 16 years with the company in food and beverage roles at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the Four Seasons Cairo. Most recently, he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Del Mar.

Angelica Palladino is now in Hawaii as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hualalai. She was most recently in the same position with the Four Seasons Vail. She had previously served in food and beverage positions with the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas and the Four Seasons Berlin.

Jisoo Chon has moved to the Peninsula Shanghai as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. For the past five years, he had been with the Peninsula Chicago, most recently as Director of Food and Beverage.

Adam Beasley has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok. He was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Westin Abu Dhabi.

Adam Crocini is back in Singapore as Director of Food and Beverage at the Marina Bay Sands. This is a return to the hotel after previously serving as General Manager at the restaurant, Cut by Wolfgang Puck. He was most recently overseeing Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air.

Manik Sudarsana has returned to Bali to take over as Director of Food and Beverage at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. He had previously served the resort in the same position when it was known as the Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa. Sudarsana was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta.

At the Four Seasons Lana'i, Cecilia Moore takes over from Ron Emler as Director of Human Resources. Moore originally joined Four Seasons in 1982. She has been the Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Seattle, the Four Seasons Austin, the Four Seasons Dallas and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Ivy Kwan has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing ­ Asia Pacific, at Kerzner. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai.

The Himalayas Hotels & Communities has appointed Sonny Ang Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of the Himalayas Qingdao Hotel. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager–Sales and Marketing for the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai.

Chris Lane has been appointed Director of Sales - Victoria for Pan Pacific Hotels based at the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport. He is the former Senior National Account Manager at the Melbourne Convention Bureau and a Sales Manager with the Constellation Hotel Group.

René Mayer has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Regent Bali. He was most recently serving as Global Director of Sales for parent company, Regent Hotels & Resorts.

Courtenay Dundy has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. She was most recently overseeing sales and marketing at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Dundy is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. the Andaz 5th Avenue and the Park Hyatt Saigon.

John Yeadon has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Yeadon has been with Hyatt for eight years, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Katja Graf has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives. Since 2012, she had been the Director of Sales for the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Steven Ang has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager ­ Sales and Marketing, at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok. He was most recently the Director of Business Development at the Hilton Beijing. Ang is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Holiday Inn Silom and National Director of Sales for Hilton Worldwide in Malaysia.

Yvonne Biegel has been named Director of Public Relations at the Grand Wailea. She is the former Regional Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii and at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Andreas Balla has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at the Peninsula Beijing. He had previously spent seven years as Chef de Cuisine at the Wynn Macau.

Singapore's At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy is losing its founder and CEO Christophe Megel after 8 years. He is being replaced by Lawrence McFadden, currently the Vice President of Food and Beverage at Shangri-La Hotels. McFadden is the former Vice President of Food and Beverage at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Wayne Tan has returned to the Four Seasons Hong Kong to take on the post of Director of Rooms. He had previously served the hotel as Assistant Director of Rooms before taking on his most recent role as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Macau.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Guy Hutchinson has joined Rotana Hotel Management in Abu Dhabi as Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently serving as Vice President Operations – India for Hilton Worldwide.

Michael Purtill has been named General Manager for the Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf and the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hampshire.

Karim Fehry Fassy has moved to the Pearl Marrakech as General Manager. Fassy was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the nearby Royal Mansour.

Stewart Selbie has been named General Manager at the St. Regis Saadiyat Resort in Abu Dhabi. He succeeds John Pelling after his death in a tragic car crash last April. Selbie was most recently the Complex General Manager of the Westin Dubai and Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

Tolga Lacin takes over from Selbie with a promotion to Complex General Manager for the Westin Dubai and Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. He was most recently serving as Complex Hotel Manager and Regional Director of Food and Beverage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He is the former Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Westin Shanghai.

Peter Nast steps in to take over from Jens Marten Schwass as General Manager of the Kempinski Nile Hotel. Nast was most recently the General Manager at the G Hotel in Penang.

The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Ghana has named Laurent Ebzant General Manager, taking over from Markus Lueck. Ebzant is the former Hotel Manager of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Paris Madeleine.

Gerhard Hecker has been named General Manager at the Shangri-La Dubai. He was most recently in the same position for the Shangri-La Jakarta.

Hassan Hassanein has been appointed General Manager at the Mövenpick Kuwait. He is the former General Manager of the Mövenpick Madinah and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mövenpick Hotel and Residence Hajar Makkah.

Stephan Vanden Auweele has been appointed General Manager at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Aloft Abu Dhabi.

Markus Iseli has been named General Manager of the Chedi Muscat. He is the former Managing Director of the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa in Milan.

Sathia Naryanan-Kuenzle has been named opening General Manager of the Korek Mountain Resort Villas & Spa in Kurdistan, North Iraq. Kuenzle was previously the General Manager of the Harbour View Hotel, Haiphong and Resident Manager of the Kempinski The Dome Golf & Spa Resort

Rabah Abusbaitan has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. He was most recently with the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as Executive Assistant Manager ­ Food and Beverage.

Alfonso Orona has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Oman. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. He had previously served in food and beverage management positions with the Fairmont Cancun and the Fairmont Acapulco.

Murat Kaplan has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center. Kaplan had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage for the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina and the Hyatt Hotel Baku.

Ahmed Talaat has been appointed Director of Sales Middle East & Africa at the Dusit International in Dubai. He was most recently with the Six Senses Zighy Bay as Assistant Director of Sales.

Shadi Karameh has been appointed Director of Sales at the Grand Millennium Dubai. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Sales at the Raffles Praslin Seychelles based in Dubai.

Yannis Manikis has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hilton İstanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center. He is the former Executive Chef at the Athens Hilton.

Marc Lahoreau is now in Marrakech as Chef de Cuisine at the Royal Mansour. He was previously the Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Terre Blanche and transitioned to the rebranded Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa

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