Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - November 2021
By The Boutique Search Firm
Tuesday, 30th November 2021

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: November 2021

​North America:

  • Highgate, a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company, announced the appointment of industry pioneer, Arash Azarbarzin, as Chief Executive Officer. He was formerly with SH Hotels and Resorts.
  • Jon Gersonde has been appointed General Manager of 1 Hotels property in Hanalei Hawaii. He previously has had success with Oil Nut Bay and Christophe Harbour in the Caribbean.
  • Ashbourne Farms has announced Ellie Talley as their Sales and Event Coordinator. She was previously with Blackberry Farms.
  • Ryan Morris,has been appointed the Vice President of sales in the Americas region by Group360. He will now report directly to Kemp Gallineau, president and chief executive officer. Before he joined Group360, Morris held leadership and sales positions at Gaylord Hotels in Orlando, FL and Dallas, TX, where he led sales teams, drove hotel bookings, and increased property revenue.
  • Jeff Gillick has been appointed the Director of Sales & Marketing at Holston House, Nashville. Gillick brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to the leadership team and will also play a vital role in opening Holston House's highly anticipated rooftop boozy tea service, set to launch in late 2021.
  • Holston House appointed Colby Mitchell as the Director of Food & Beverage. In this role, Mitchell leads the culinary team to create memorable and innovative culinary experiences for the hotel's guests and Nashville locals. With over 13 years of culinary experience, Mitchell brings an international perspective to his position at Holston House.
  • Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco appoints Chef Kevin Tanaka as the new Executive Chef. A native of Waimanalao, Hawaii, Chef Tanaka brings more than 15 years of experience to the property. Overseeing the Hotel's dining outlet MKT Restaurant and Bar, in-room dining, and catering, Tanaka will lead the culinary team to ensure each outlet and each event is carefully executed and uniquely considered.
  • Matthew Barber appointed Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta. In his new role, Barber will guide the experiential vision of the AAA Five-Diamond property through his direction and oversight of all Hotel, Spa, Food & Beverage and Security departments.
  • Loretta Holleyhas been appointed Assistant Director, Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hotel,Atlanta. With a keen eye for detail and personalized service, Holley brings a distinguished perspective to the holistic dining experience in her new role.
  • Demian Kojro has been promoted to Rooms Division Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta. Kojro is now responsible for much of the first impressions and curated guest connections at the Hotel.
  • Dream Hotel Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Mensi as General Manager of Unscripted Durham. Mensi is responsible for the management of the boutique hotel and its three on-site food and beverage outlets, as well as executive oversight, recruitment and development of staff, annual hotel budgets and assuring guest satisfaction.
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Fidel to Managing Director. With nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Fidel will oversee all aspects of the beloved seaside resort, including the world-class food and beverage program headlined by acclaimed signature restaurant Caruso's and the Forbes Five-star Sense, A Rosewood Spa.
  • Cristina Scott will now head the Financial Services unit of CWT. Based in Southlake, Texas, Cristina will report to Nick Vournakis, Head of the CWT Global Customer Group. Prior to her appointment, Cristina was Vice President of Global Operations at CWT Meetings & Events, the award-winning global corporate meetings & events management service.
  • Javier Tafoya has been appointed the General Manager of the Springhill Suites Denver at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Tafoya brings over 15 years of hospitality experience to his new role as General Manager having previously served as the General Manager for the Fairfield Inn and Suites Cheyenne.
  • Davidson Hospitality Group announces the promotion of Thom Geshay to Chief Executive Officer and President. Geshay succeeds John Belden, Davidson's longest-serving CEO, who will remain actively engaged as Executive Chairman, as well as a member of Davidson's Board of Directors.
  • Randy Lee steps in as the new Vice President of Investments of the Peachtree Hotel Group, LLC in Atlanta. Lee's responsibilities will include managing the company's dispositions and supporting real estate investment executions.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto introduces Patrick Pollak as General Manager as he ushers the Hotel into its exciting new chapter. Pollak joins the brand's global flagship property from Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou and brings impressive 25-year tenure with Four Seasons.
  • David O'Donoghue, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Hospitality at Cabot. In this role, O'Donoghue will work closely with Cabot CEO and Co-founder Ben Cowan-Dewar to lead the growth of Cabot's expanding portfolio of world-class destination golf resorts' hospitality and club operations.
  • Chris Ferrier, has been appointed Executive Chef of Lansdowne Resort located in Leesburg, Virginia. Ferrier is an accomplished food and beverage hospitality executive with a successful history of leading profitable Food & Beverage operations. Ferrier's background includes experience in high-volume kitchens and 4-star resorts, banquets and fine dining.
  • Banyan Cay Resort and Golf, announces the appointment of David Kohlasch as General Manager. Kohlasch will lead the project toward its planned 2022 opening. A seasoned hotelier with more than two decades of experience in independent and branded hospitality operations, Kohlasch joins Banyan Cay as General Manager of both the resort and golf club.
  • Tom Barber has been appointed Managing Director at Mission Hill Hospitality, Denver. A highly accomplished C level executive with a career that has focused on finance, operations, strategy, sales, mergers and acquisitions; Barber brings decades of deep hospitality experience to Mission Hill.
  • The Asbury Collection has announced the appointment of Ferran Sanfelimon as Managing Director. Drawing upon more than 14 years of leadership experience, Sanfelimon will now oversee all operations ofAsbury Ocean Club, The Asbury Hotel and Asbury Lanes in the heart of Asbury Park, New Jersey.
  • Gordon Kelly has been appointed Bar Manager at St. Regis, Atlanta. In the heart of Buckhead, where luminaries meet, Kelley will also lead the efforts of continuing to exceed guests' expectations by elevating the wine and spirit offerings through innovative programming and specialized menus.
  • Juniper Downs has been appointed Global Head ofCommunity Policy and Partnerships, where she will oversee the team responsible for the rules that govern behavior on the Airbnb platform. Juniper will be entrusted with building and strengthening both these community policies and the global Community Policy team as Airbnb prepares to catalyze the travel revolution.
  • BWH Hotel Group announced today that Lawrence M. Cuculic has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the company's Board of Directors. Cuculic has been serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the company for 12 years and will assume his new role as President and CEO on December 1, 2021.
  • Nelson A. Sanchez has been appointed executive sous chef at The Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Sanchez brings more than a decade of culinary experience to the hotel's diverse outlets, including Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen and Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar, a hotspot for sunset revelers to enjoy craft cocktails and local brews.
  • Stacey Kokosinski has been appointed director of sales and marketing at ADERO Scottsdale, an Autograph collection hotel. Kokosinski brings more than 25 years of experience and oversees all aspects of sales and marketing strategies and revenue management for the 177-room property, which is the region's only Dark Sky Zone resort.
  • Noelle Nashville today announced the appointment of Executive Chef Diego Fernandez to its culinary leadership team. Bringing nearly two decades of culinary experience to his role, Fernandez is responsible for the concepting and execution for dining menus at the storied property's various food and beverage outlets as well as catering for meetings, groups and events and in-room dining.
  • David Fricaud has been appointed Executive Chef at Malibu Beach Inn, Carbon Beach Club. Fricaud will drive the hotel's culinary operations for CBC, in-room dining, banquet operations, as well as CBC's curbside offerings.
  • Colleen Huther has been appointed General Manager at Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver. Formerly the general manager of luxury Forbes-rated Belmond El Encanto, Huther is welcomed to her role as general manager of Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver following several executive hotel positions from coast to coast.
  • Kimberley de Tessan has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Centric DowntownDenver. She leads a thriving sales team and creates a culture that fosters honest connections, a winning spirit, and a core value of fun.
  • The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Kadel as the resort's General Manager. A long-time member of the Marriott International family, Kadel brings more than 24 years of industry experience and leadership to this role.
  • Luke Bauknecht has been appointed Assistant General Manager at Residence Inn Tampa Wesley Chapel.His management career also includes time most recently as assistant general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Clearwater, Florida, where he directed daily operations and achieved all revenue goals to maximize the profitability of the hotel.
  • Taryn Sousa has been appointed Sales Executive at Residence Inn Tampa Wesley Chapel. An accomplished sales professional more than 15 years of experience, Taryn Sousa began her career as sales specialist with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, before being promoted to account manager of global group sales.
  • Alvaro Fraile has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Azul Hospitality group in San Diego. Fraile will report directly to Azul President and CEO Rick Mansur. Fraile joins Azul from Marriott International, where he most recently served as Vice President of Franchise Operations.
  • Craig Waterman has been appointed General Manager at BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham. In his new role, Waterman is responsible for day-to-day hotel operations, ensuring guest satisfaction, and helping in the development of creative programming and the rebuilding of group business.
  • Slava Borisov has been appointed Lead Mixologist at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. While still living in Siberia, Borisov won several bartending competitions, a trajectory that inspired him to further pursue his newfound passion and become a leading professional in the industry.
  • Sheraton Dallas welcomes Jennifer Caldwell as the new Director of Group Sales. Caldwell began her career with Marriott 21 years ago and joins Sheraton Dallas from her previous position as Associate Director of Sales at Marriott Rivercenter& Riverwalk, where she led key members of the sales team and managed the Texas citywide market.
  • Jimmy Teixeira has been appointed Director of Sales at Hotel Forty Five in Macon. In this role, Teixeira will oversee all sales efforts for the 11-story hotel, the first in Macon's Historic Central Business District and the city's first member of the Marriott Tribute Portfolio.
  • Sean Foley has been appointed Executive Chef at Union Station Nashville Yards for overseeing the hotel's growing portfolio of restaurant andcatering services. Chef Foley will lead the menu development and operations of The Union Station NashvilleYard's casual, fine dining, event catering, and room service menus.
  • Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa has appointed Michael Palmer as General Leader. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Palmer brings a plethora of local connections and a unique insight from his tenure as General Manager of Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley that will be valuable in carrying out the SPOKEN experience for guests and team members at Flamingo Resort.
  • Jeffrey Morris has been appointed Director of Operations at Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa. Originally from California, Jeff was most recently at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and is eager to return to his home state and be part of the Flamingo team.
  • Laurie Wong Ihara has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki and Coconut Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu. She will be integral to leading the hotels' marketing initiatives, business development, and growing partnerships within the community and affiliate hospitality businesses to two properties, both centrally located in the heart of Waikiki.
  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa welcomes Shana Ominsky as the new Spa Director for Trellis Spa and Solaya Spa and Salon. Ominsky brings more than 20 years of luxury spa experience to the role, including key positions at several of the most renowned five-star resorts in the country.
  • Brendalee Vialpando has been appointed Executive Chef at Timber Cove Resort in Jenner. As executive chef she will lead the Coast Kitchen team in expanding the restaurant's menu offerings with a greater focus on seafood and vegetable-forward dishes and collaborating with local fisherman, farmers and ranchers.
  • Shutters on the Beach announced the appointment of Sean Michael Runyon as Executive Chef of 1 Pico. With over a decade of culinary expertise from Michelin- starred restaurants and Forbes Five-Star Hotels, Runyon will bring seasonally inspired and innovative dishes that celebrate California's farmers, ranchers and fishermen.
  • Ty Breland has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Marriott International, Inc. in Bethesda. In this role, he has executive oversight for talent management, including leadership development, organizational capability and change management.
  • Len Wolin has been appointed Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. In this new role, Wolin will use his three decades of experience to oversee Sonesta’s managed portfolio, which accounts for nearly 300 hotels worldwide.
  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square announced Marcelo Salinas as Executive Chef of the largest hotel in San Francisco and in Hilton Hotels & Resorts' west coast portfolio. Salinas will oversee culinary operations for the property's 130,000 square feet of meeting space as well as its five food and beverage outlets.
  • Josh Kutcher has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at The Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina. In his role with The Sanctuary Beach Resort, Kutcher manages food and beverage operations for Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette, the resort's signature dining experience, as well as in-room dining and events.
  • Chris Watts has been appointed Executive Chef at The Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina. Watts is responsible for overseeing menu development and execution at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette.
  • Timber Cove Resort in Jenner is pleased to announce its new Managing Director Jason Reiplinger. As the newly appointed managing director, Reiplinger will oversee all aspects of the property, providing leadership and strategic direction for the resort, food and beverage, guest services, operations and asset management.
  • Davidson Hospitality Group has appointed Rick Colangelo to head its lifestyle operating vertical, Pivot, which encompasses independent and soft brand properties in 15 states throughout the U.S. As Executive Vice President, Colangelo is responsible for driving the overall success and bottom-line results for the premier hospitality management company's lifestyle and luxury operating division.
  • Remington Hotels is proud to announce the appointment of Stephanie Bauer as Divisional Vice President of Operations at the leading third-party management company. Bauer brings experience working in a multi-unit capacity with independent and major brands including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG.
  • Remington Hotels is proud to announce the appointment of Eve Moore as Divisional Vice President of Operations at the leading third-party management company. Eve Moore comes to Remington Hotels from Legacy Ventures Hospitality where she worked for nine years as Vice President of Hotel Operations.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Denver announces that Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst will be leading the talented culinary team of EDGE Restaurant and EDGE Bar. Chef Dryhurst brings a wealth of experience, innovation and natural energy to the exceptionally well recognized steakhouse and bar located in the heart of downtown Denver.
  • Kenneth Arneson has been appointed Executive Chef at ADERO Scottsdale, an Autograph Collection Hotel. He brings more than 20 years of culinary experience in high-volume restaurants and hotels to ADERO Scottsdale's elevated food and beverage outlets.
  • Mariano Ceballos has been promoted Creative Director at Tambourine in Fort Lauderdale. In the role, he will be responsible for all aspects of creative across the company's portfolio of travel and hospitality clients. Prior to joining Tambourine, Ceballos worked for agencies, studios, and private clients in Argentina, Mexico, England, France, Spain, Greece, Kuwait, Canada and the U.S.
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, has appointed Eric Smith to the position of Spa Director. A nearly two-decade veteran of the luxury spa industry, Smith brings a refreshed and globalised vision to the role, set to further solidify the award-winning reputation of The Spa, a Forbes Five Star Spa.
  • The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has appointed Kip Reuman for the position of Destination Sales Executive which completes the resort's sales team. His energy and enthusiasm make him a natural fit for his new role as Destination Sales Executive for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
  • Kellie Ann Cahill, CMP has been named Complex Commercial Director at Conrad New York Midtown. Cahill, a certified meetings professional, will lead the commercial sales, events, revenue, and marketing teams at the luxury hotel.
  • Manny Nieves has been appointed Corporate Beverage Manager at the Pacifica Hotel. With more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nieves brings a new and creative flavor to Pacifica Hotels' growing number of restaurants and bars.
  • Airbnb has announced the hire of Megan Cacace as its new Director of Anti-Discrimination Policy & Equity Programs, where she will oversee the team responsible for driving research, supporting the development of inclusive products and driving policies that fight bias and discrimination on Airbnb's platform. Megan's hire signifies the company's continuing investment into anti-discrimination work and policies.
  • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Charly Houegban to Executive Chef. In his new role, Chef Houegban will spearhead all culinary aspects of the beloved Nashville enclave. Chef Houegban was inducted into La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs USA.
  • Carrie Van Nest has been appointed Director of Business Development at Midas Hospitality, LLC in St. Louis. Van Nest's efforts will work in parallel to sister companies Midas Construction and Midas Capital.
  • Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida, welcomes Haytham Said as Hotel Manager. Said joins the team from Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, where he held the position of Hotel Manager.
  • Scott White has been appointed Director of Sales at Teneo Hospitality Group in Washington. Mr. White brings over 30 years of experience to his new role. Mr. White will support the company's strategic efforts to serve the vital association and corporate meetings market in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • VacationRenter announced today that Heath Hammett will lead the company as its CEO. Under Hammett, an innovator in travel metasearch, VacationRenter will further expand its international footprint while continuing to provide travelers with a personalized search experience and the best rental options.
  • Rodolfo Carlos has been appointed Associate Vice President of Feasibility and Investment Analysis at Hotel Equities Group. Carlos previously spent twelve years at Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG).
  • Peter Laack has been appointed Vice President of Finance at Hotel Equities in Atlanta. Laack brings to his role nearly twenty-two years of experience in numerous facets of the real estate sector within the hotel industry.
  • Auberge Resorts Collection in New York has appointed Evan Altman as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. With more than 25 years of experience, Altman will lead global sales and marketing, revenue management and digital marketing across all regions.
  • TPG Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned hospitality expert Nicholas Squire as General Manager of all-season resort Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire. In his new role, Squire will oversee all resort operations at Mill Falls at the Lake.
  • The Balfour Hotel has appointed Steven Acosta as Executive Chef. In this role, Acosta is responsible for managing the hotel's food and beverage team, implementing new menus at the hotel's three-meal restaurant and providing exceptional culinary experience.
  • Scott Kazunaga has been appointed Director of Engineering at Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu. Scott Kazunag handles all matters related to the repair and maintenance operation of the physical plant and engineering facilities within the hotel.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu has appointed Susie Quitevis Fujikawa as Director of Sales and Marketing. She is responsible for the development and implementation of internal and external sales and marketing strategy and related plans to maximize the hotel's revenue market share and optimize profitability for all source markets.
  • Mark Aftanski has been appointed Vice President of Operations at Commonwealth Hotels LLC. He will oversee a group of diverse assets, providing leadership to achieve hotel performance, guest satisfaction, associate engagement, and owners' investment goals.
  • Salamander Hotels & Resorts has appointed Robert McGrattan as the new Executive Chef of Hotel Bennett in Charleson, SC. The North Carolina native returns to the Carolinas with a focus on continuing to elevate the dining experience at Gabrielle, the hotel's signature restaurant.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City welcomes Donna Ward to the role of Vice President of Sales overseeing the resort's hotel sales operations including meetings and conventions. Prior to joining Hard Rock Atlantic City Ward spent more than 35 years in sales roles throughout Atlantic City.
  • John Abou-Ghannam has been appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate IT Ops & Business Intelligence at Island Hospitality Management LLC in West Palm Beach. John is responsible for building a responsive business intelligence team that consistently delivers results through aligning technology initiatives with business goals.
  • The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is pleased to announce the appointment of David Jurcak as the hotel's new President of Operations. In his role, Jurcak will oversee the operating strategies, standards, practices, and procedures of Grand Hotel.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago announces the promotion of Tristan Baker to Executive Chef. Tristan not only leads culinary for Banquets, but he also plays an active management role with In-Room Dining for the Hotel and the kitchen of Adorn.
  • Justin Yu has been appointed the Director of Food and Beverage at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Before joining Four Seasons Hotel Chicago in October 2021, Justin was critical in the opening of Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley.
  • Patrick Broderick has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Revenue Management by the Davidson Hospitality Group. In his new role, Broderick will be tasked with leading all aspects of sales and revenue generation for the Davidson Resorts operating vertical within Davidson Hospitality Group.
  • Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection, has appointed Marlon Rambaran as Executive Chef. Rambaran brings more than 20 years of culinary experience at some of the nation's top kitchens to his new role.
  • David Rosenberg has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations at Hotel Equities Group,LLC in Alpharetta. In his new role, he will continue to support HE's deployment of analytic driven performance dashboards, leading HE's M&A integrations and directly leading a large portion of HE's growing hotel portfolio.
  • Peter Tziahana has been named Senior Vice President of Operations at Hotel Equities Group,LLC in Alpharetta. He comes to Hotel Equities most recently from Davidson Hospitality Group where he served as Regional Vice President for the group's lifestyle division, Pivot Hotels.
  • Amanda Reed has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Thompson Central Park New York. Reed will oversee growth initiatives and innovative campaigns for Thompson Central Park New York, expanding the hotel's clientele, leading multi-faceted marketing programs and executing cutting-edge events.
  • Thompson Central Park New York announced the appointment of Matt Slippoy as General Manager. Slippoy will oversee strategic direction across operations while guiding the hotel's grand opening and development.
  • Carlo Vermeeren has been appointed General Manager at Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Vermeeren will oversee operations of the 12-story, 333-room hotel that serves as the anchor of the Capitol District, the city's dining and entertainment district.
  • Mitch Austin has been appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, overseeing all food and beverage outlets, including Culina Ristorante, Windows Lounge, Cabana Restaurant, In-Room Dining and Banquets.
  • Alan Rae has been made the General Manager at Hotel Colee, Atlanta Buckhead, Autograph Collection. With over twenty-five years of hospitality experience managing top southern hotels, Rae is well positioned to lead the team at Hotel Colee to even greater heights.
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Washington announced the appointment of Scott Lane as General Manager. With a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry, Lane will have the opportunity to showcase years of leadership and hospitality management, ensuring an unforgettable guest experience.
  • The Resorts Collection in Los Cabos, Mexico, announced the appointment of Lauren CarrMorado to the position of Senior Area Director of Sales & Marketing. CarrMoradospent six years as Director of Sales and Marketing at Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos and five years with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in leadership positions in Washington, D.C., and Newport Beach, California.


  • Steigenberger Airport hotel Frankfurt, Germany, has appointed Peter B. Mikkelsen as General Manager. Mr. Mikkelsen replaces Stefan Frank, who moved to Corporate Office as Senior Director Operations for both Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and Jaz in the City. This switch formed part of Deutsche Hospitality's strategic realignment.
  • Steigenberger Hotel & Spa, Krems, Austria, has appointed Peter Martin as General Manager. Peter Martin now takes up the reins in Krems on a provisional basis. He will relinquish his position as General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Bad Neuenahr, which is closed until further notice for renovation and refurbishment following last summer's floods.
  • Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt in Berlin has appointed Daniel Hunger-Milkowitschas General Manager. Daniel Hunger also originally trained as a hotel specialist before going on to qualify as a Hotel Business Economist. As well as taking him to Berlin and Krems, his career has included stints at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, the Steigenberger Herrenhof Vienna, and the Hotel Palace Prague.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Moscow has appointed Reto Moser as General Manager. Continuing a career spanning almost two decades, several continents and many countries, the Swiss native moves to the Russian capital from Cairo where Moser spent four years as Hotel Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.
  • Hôtel Lutetia in Paris, is pleased to announce Jean-Pierre Trevisan has been named General Manager. Prior to that, Jean-Pierre was at The Ritz Paris, where he spent more than seven years as Hotel Director and notably played a key role in project management during the successful renovation of the property between July 2012 and June 2016. He had joined The Ritz in 2006 as F&B Director.
  • EasyHotel Plc in London has named Karim Malakas its new CEO. Mr. Malak will leave the Adagio apart hotel group, where he had been General Manager for five years, to join EasyHotel. In addition to working at Accenture and Boston Consulting Group during his consulting career, he also founded Mereo, a revenue management and pricing consulting firm.
  • RAIZUP in Berlin has appointed SaschaDaligas Ambassador. SaschaDalig has been at home in the hotel industry for over 25 years. Beginning with a classic apprenticeship, the trained hotel specialist has sought the way into strategic management through various positions with chains and individual hotels.
  • Citadines Islington London has appointed Samuel Ballard as Residence Manager. Samuel Ballard has been appointed Residence Manager of Citadines Islington London, part of The Ascott Limited (Ascott) and the newest addition to the Citadines Apart'hotel portfolio in London. Samuel will oversee the 108-apartment serviced residence located in London's exciting new Islington Square neighborhood.
  • Intercontinental & Holiday Inn Express Malta in St. Julian's announced the appointment of Carlos Malliaroudakis as Cluster General Manager. Carlos, a Greek national born in Lebanon, started his hospitality journey back in 1988 in Athens, Greece. He brings an international hospitality experience of 33 years, mainly in luxury properties where he spent 20 years with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), and more than 13 years with hotel companies such as Accor, Rotana and other privately owned hotels.
  • GroupeBarrière in Paris has appointed Laurence Barreauas Commercial Director. Laurence Barreau has carried out most of her activity within large French hotel groups, for luxury and premium brand portfolios. From 2009 to 2014, she was Sofitel Europe Sales Director, and then joined the Global Sales team as Business Development Director for Sofitel, MGallery and Pullman, where she implements the strategic commercial decisions and actions of luxury and high-end brands.
  • Cushman & Wakefield in Amsterdam, announced the appointment of Dennis Leib as Head of Hotel Transactions for the Benelux region. Leib was previously Acquisitions Director for Amsterdam-based Sircle Collection (owner of the Sir, Max Brown and Park Central brands), for whom he secured deals for new hotels domestically within Netherlands and in markets as diverse as Barcelona, Vienna, Lisbon, Milan and Ibiza.
  • Kempinski Hotels S.A. in Geneva has appointed IsidoroGerettoas Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Kempinski Supervisory Board has resolved on an early extension of IsidoroGeretto's mandate as Member of the Management Board Kempinski AG and confirmed his role as Chief Financial Officer of the Kempinski Group.
  • Rosewood Vienna, Austria has appointed Alexander Lahmeras Managing Director. Alexander has 20 years of experience working with hotels in operational and pre-opening roles across the globe, having first joined the Rosewood family in 2013 as the hotel manager for Rosewood Beijing. Most recently, he held the Hotel Manager position at Rosewood Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the property's pre-opening development and ongoing operations as related to all guest facing areas including food and beverage outposts, rooms, residences and the property's wellness concept, Asaya.


  • Gurnoor Bindra has been appointed Group Sales Manager for Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Gurnoor Bindra, spending the last two years with Aloft City Centre,Deira, she now finds herself at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai.
  • 25hoursHotel One Central, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, announced the appointment of Aisling Jennings as the new Director of Sales. Jennings is an expert in her field with a history of sales success and ability to develop sales potential within new and existing markets whilst motivating staff and achieving results.
  • Jean-Francois Brun has been appointed as General Manager of 25hours Hotel One Centra, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also lead teams at other properties such as Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort & Premier Residences Emerald Bay, Premier Village Resort Danang, Novotel Danang Premier Han River, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, Fiddler Lake Resort, Chateau Beauvallon, Mont-Tremblant and more.
  • Mads Wolff has been named the new Hotel Manager of 25hours Hotel One Central in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Described by his new hotel as a globetrotter, Wolff has worked across the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
  • 25hours Hotel One Central in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, announced Josh Craddock as assistant Director of Marketing and Communications. Making a name for himself in UK hospitality, Craddock now finds himself in Dubai. Craddock has also worked for Fairmont, Wyndham and Malmaison and holds an honors degree from Oxford Brookes University.
  • Groups360 Brentwood - TN, USA announces the promotion of Ryan Morris to Vice President of Sales in the Americas. Morris joined Groups360 in 2014 and in his new role, will now oversee new and organic sales in North, South, and Central America—fostering stronger relationships within Groups360's growing and expanding audience in the Americas.
  • The Retreat Palm Dubai announces the promotion of Nrupen Pottavatrito Executive Chef. Pottavatri has more than 15 years of culinary experience gained in UAE and India. Before joining The Retreat Palm Dubai, he was the sous chef at Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai. He also previously worked at Filini at Radisson BluYas Island and at Segreto at Madinat Jumeirah.
  • The Retreat Palm Dubai has appointed Mouin Al Najjadas its Sous Chef. Prior to this role at The Retreat Palm Dubai, he was the Arabic chef at Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks and Resorts. He also worked as a chef de partie at Al Iwan Restaurant at Burj Al Arab, and as sous chef at Bonnington Hotel JLT and Tamani Hotel Marina.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Qatar announces the promotion of IkramiBousaadia to Director of Rooms. After a front office agent job in Tunis, Bousaadia joined Ritz-Carlton Doha as front office agent in 2011. Staying at the front office for seven years, he would go on to become Supervisor, Assistant Manager and then Manager of the department.
  • Oman’s Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Avani Muscat Hotel promoted Marwan Al Zadjalias Cluster Marketing Manager. Marwan Al Zadjali has been promoted to the position of Cluster Marketing Manager at Minor Hotels in Oman. He now handles both Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, as well as Avani Muscat Hotel.
  • Tamer Farouk has been appointed to the General Manager for Hilton Bahrain, an upscale new hotel and residences expected to open in the first quarter of 2022. Farouk is bringing more than 25 years of Hilton experience across Egypt and different GCC countries to this upcoming Hilton hotel. Farouk is also an active part of the community and volunteers for local organization and charities, keeping in line with Hilton's overall service culture and giving back philosophy.
  • Jodie O’Meara has been named Director of Food & Beverage of the Hyde Hotel in Dubai. As director of F&B, she will oversee four dining outlets, including Mediterranean venue Cleo, Japanese restaurant Katsuya, gastropub Hudson Tavern and cafe The Perq.
  • Taha Mohamed has been appointed to the Executive Assistant Manager for W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mohamed was previously at the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel in Japan as Assistant Director of Rooms. Here he handled over 1,000 keys and 250 team members, responsible for the entire rooms division, including front of house, housekeeping, fitness and recreation departments.
  • Days Hotel by Wyndham Deira in Dubai has announced Shayne Monasterioas its new Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing. Monasterio has 15 years of marketing and public relations experience, most recently working as a cluster marketing manager and public relations for six hotels at Yas Island - Yas Plaza Hotels including Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Rotana and Centro.
  • Mary Kiliny has been named Cluster Front Office Manager of Days Hotel by Wyndham Deira in Dubai. Kiliny will lead up the front office team, which also includes the switchboard, guest relations and concierge services. Her professional acumen spans 15 years across the GCC region in markets including Egypt, Qatar and the UAE at notable hotels such as Sheraton Grand, St. Regis Hotel, Fairmont Towers & Heliopolis, among others.
  • Giampaolo Scarfi has been named Director of Food & Beverage of Days Hotel by Wyndham Deira in Dubai. Scarfi, an Italian national, will direct the F&B teams towards strong financial returns in his department. He will also be entrusted with boosting his venues' visibility in the market while keeping costs under control.
  • Juan Marsh has been appointed to the Cluster Training Manager for Days Hotel by Wyndham Deira in Dubai. Prior to joining the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts group, Marsh was a member of the Jumeirah Group in the UAE from 2004 to 2021. His responsibilities included training and coaching individuals, as well as building a skilled, vibrant and agile workforce.
  • Lilian Roger has been appointed to the General Manager for Manager of Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana in Riyadh. Backed by over 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Lilian Roger worked in various international hotel chains across 9 countries and three continents. Lilian Roger has been appointed as the new General Manager of Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana, the five stars hotel located in the heart of Riyadh.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Amman has appointed Spyridon Georgakopoulosas General Manager. Originally hailing from Greece, Georgakopoulos has spent the last 15 years travelling the world thanks to hospitality. Since 2005, he has worked across Greece, Ireland, KSA, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Lebanon and Qatar.
  • Inside Burj Al Arab in Dubai has named Andy Nicholson as its new General Manager and Director of Experience. Andy brings with him an in-depth and well-rounded understanding of the industry, with valuable expertise working across some of the most recognized attractions in the United Kingdom, United States of America, and the Middle East.
  • Hyatt Place Dubai announces the promotion of Bhishmaraj Singh to General Manager of Sales in the Americas. Bhishmaraj brings over 15 years of experience to his new role and will continue to lead the senior management team, ensuring seamless operations are maintained across the four properties: Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga, Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square, Hyatt Place Dubai Wasl District and Hyatt Place Dubai Jumeirah.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait has appointed Thierry Papillier as Executive Chef. Papillier’s arrival supports the Hotel's thoughtful drive to enhance the dining experiences offered across the entire property, setting the stage for exciting new culinary events to come in the months ahead.

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


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