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Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - April 2022
By The Boutique Search Firm
Wednesday, 20th April 2022
 

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: April 2022

­­NORTH AMERICA:

  • Carl Hubbard has been appointed as General Manager at The Wayfarer DTLA in Los Angeles. He will lead and oversee all departments within the hotel including the property's restaurants.
  • Waldorf Astoria Park City has appointed Ryan Burnham as the new Executive Chef. He joined the team in early February and brings more than 25 years of culinary experience, from executive chef positions to hotel leadership roles.
  • The Jekyll Island Club Resort is proud to welcome Steve Grainger as Director of Finance. He brings more than 20 years of success in planning and executing strategic financial and operational initiatives.
  • Alex Kassatly has been appointed as General Manager at Auberge Saint-Antoine. He is a veteran hotelier serving as a General Manager for over 20 years.
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced the appointment of Markus Lindner as General Manager. He has spent most of his career with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
  • John Scanlon has been appointed as General Manager at The Beverly Hills Hotel. He has achieved the highest levels of guest and employee engagement through his reputation for building trust and loyalty.
  • Maya Latinovic has been appointed as Vice President of Global Sales at Virgin Hotels. She has more than 20 years of hospitality sales experience with a worldwide clientele.
  • Peter D’Elia takes up the role as Global Director of Business Travel and Entertainment Sales at Virgin Hotels. He will be responsible for revenue generation in the portfolios for the business travel and entertainment sectors.
  • Alyssa Maselli joins the Virgin Hotels team as Global Director of Group Sales. She brings with her over 15 years of hospitality sales experience.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is thrilled to announce Sanjay Rawat as the chef de cuisine of a new, chef-driven culinary program dedicated to Indian weddings. Guests can expect multiple menu choices with varied color and rich flavor.
  • Davide Barnes has been appointed as Director of Operations at Destination Residences. He is responsible for the successful daily operations of the guest experience.
  • Max Beach Resort is pleased to announce Laura Radford as its new Director of Sales & Marketing. She also brings an impressive resume to the table with an exceptional career in sales and account management.
  • Michael Berk has been promoted as General Manager at Hyatt Centric Downtown. He remained successful after a move to the greater Minneapolis area as Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Hotel Bloomington where he secured capital funds to ensure an improved guest experience.
  • Brian Ciemnicki has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Centric Downtown. He landed after 25+ years of successful sales and marketing experience in several Midwest markets.
  • Kimberly Midkiff has been appointed as Franchise Development and Assurance & Marketing Program Director at Hospitality International Inc. She'll also be delivering ongoing sales and marketing support and training to franchisees in that area.
  • JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is pleased to announce the appointment of Alberto Taboada as the Executive Chef of the property. He has a wealth of knowledge regarding Orlando's locale.
  • Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has appointed Wendle Lesher to the role of Hotel Manager. He will lead the team overseeing all hotel operations at the resort.
  • Greg Zabinski was promoted to Executive Vice President, Capital Markets for Peachtree Hotel Group LLC. He began his career as an investment banker with New York-based Citigroup.
  • Vivian Clarke has been promoted as Senior Vice President, people & Culture at Peachtree Hotel Group, LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree from Georgia State University.
  • Steve MacKenzie was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations for Peachtree Hospitality Management. He will continue his responsibilities of the financial performance.
  • Sheila Buciuman has been appointed as Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. She began her career as a diamond receptionist at the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria, acting as a front office associate.
  • Hilton Anatole announced the appointment of Bruce Roy as the new General Manager. He will oversee all aspects of the iconic 1,606 room property located just north of downtown Dallas.
  • Derek Flint has been appointed as Market General Manager at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne and The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove. With 35 years of luxury hospitality experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to this new role.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove are proud to announce the promotion of Tatiana Lora to Area Director of Marketing. She will be continuing her 12-year tenure with the hotels.
  • Skip Harless has been promoted as Managing Director at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. He previously served as general manager of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
  • Kimpton Sylvan Hotel is proud to announce the appointment of Tenille Perry as Director of Sales & Marketing. She is the leader of the segmented sales efforts for The Sylvan.
  • Bertrand Mangeot has been appointed as General Manager at Kimpton Sylvon Hotel. He oversees all departments and operations the property, bringing with him a strong work ethic and passion for hospitality.
  • Hotel Windrow has announced the appointment of Gemma Fortier as General Manager. She will oversee the daily operations of the hotel, community support, and partnerships.
  • Jason Cure is appointed as General Manager at AC Hotel by Marriott Bozeman Downtown. He has more than 22 years of experience in hotel operations, having served as the General Manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
  • Michael Codianne has been appointed as Director of Operations at Max Beach Resort. He has spent nearly three decades in the hospitality industry at fine-dining establishments and four-star properties.
  • Vesta Hospitality has hired Philip D’Amico as the company’s Vice President of Sales. He will strategize with the hotel teams.
  • Karin Kopano has been named Managing Director of the highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel. He will bring her extensive expertise and unmatched passion for new property launches to the monumental project.
  • The Marcus Corporation announced the promotion of Steve Martin to Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, he will lead the corporate human resources function and become a member of the company's executive management committee.
  • Julian Tucker has been appointed as General Manager at Andaz West Hollywood. He is a 25-year Hyatt career veteran with extensive experience in the hospitality world.
  • Terrance Frederick is appointed as Director of Sales, Events, and Marketing at Andaz West Hollywood. He began his hospitality career in 2007 in operations with independent hotel brands.
  • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced that Bryan Easter has been named as Vice President of Development Planning. He will be responsible for helping drive Kimpton's growth by executing against the company's global development plans.
  • Michael Mitchell joined M3 as Vice President of IT and Security. He comes to M3 with over 20 years in information technology.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples welcomed Mark Ferland as Area General Manager. He will lead the 'Evolution of an Icon,' a full transformation of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
  • InterContinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf announces the appointment of Chris Lee as General Manager of the hotel. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the luxury waterfront property.
  • Frank Arena has been appointed as the General Manager of The Springhill Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Midtown. He brings over 15 years of hospitality experience to his new role.
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler welcomes Estreya Gosalbez as the new General Manager. She began her career as Concierge at the Resort's Private Residences.
  • Sonesta International Hotels Corporation announced that John Murray has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. He currently serves on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Development Council.
  • Will Garson has been promoted as Vice President of Acquisitions at Sandpiper Lodging Trust. In his new role, he will be assuming increasing responsibility in SLT's acquisition's efforts.
  • Patrick Howley has recently been selected as Director of Industry and Alumni Relations for the Penn State School Hospitality Management. He will develop strategic partnerships and initiatives between the school and businesses in the hospitality industry.
  • Drew Allison has been appointed as EVP at Island Hospitality Management LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration and Management from California State University, Chico.
  • Commonwealth Hotels announced that Max Schultz has been appointed as the Dual General Manager of the Hyatt House and the Hyatt Place Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville. He brings over 15 years of hospitality experience.
  • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the appointment of Sandra Estornell as Managing Director of Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort. She brings extensive experience in the luxury hospitality space to her new role.
  • Mathew Woolf has been appointed as Executive Chef at White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection. He will oversee all the culinary operations and programming at White Barn Inn.
  • Ambassador Chicago, a JDV by Hyatt Hotel has appointed Tony Ovalle as Sales Manager. He will oversee all things social from weddings, special events, associations, and sports.
  • John Marques has been promoted to EVP Operations at Island Hospitality Management LLC. He is a 30-plus-year hospitality veteran, joined Island Hospitality as regional director of operations in 2006.
  • Arlene Isaacs – Lowe has been appointed as Board Director at Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. She expects to continue in this role until her planned retirement from Moody's in June 2022.
  • The executive team at Hyatt Centric Las Olas is pleased to welcome Peter Waxon as Group Sales Manager. In his new role, he will coordinate the daily operations of the group sales program with a focus on building relationships.
  • Ben Risseeuw has been appointed as General Manager at Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. Before joining White Lodging, he served in various leader roles at Aparium Hotel Group and Marriott International.
  • The Westin Milwaukee has appointed Kyle Highberg as General Manager. Prior to this role, he served in General Manager roles with First Hospitality and Crestline Hotels & Resorts.
  • Sadie Kealey named as Market Director of Sales and Marketing at The Marriott, Westin, and Springhill Suites Milwaukee Downtown. The hotels include a combined room count of 580 and available meeting space of more than 20,000 square feet.
  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach announced the appointment of Edward Braunlich as General Manager. He brings an impressive 25-year tenure with Hyatt.
  • Gordon Fischmann has been appointed as Director of Food and Beverage at Marriott Irvine Spectrum. He brings nearly two decades of global culinary experience to his executive position.
  • Indy Adenaw appointed as Managing Director at KAYAK Hotels. He brings more than 15 years of experience having influenced some of the most respected global hotel brands.
  • YOTEL has appointed Matt Sommers as General Manager. With more than a decade of experience at luxury and top-rated hotels across the US, Sommers will oversee operations of the 377-room hotel.
  • Dina Fenili Niekamp has been appointed as Director of Sales, Marketing and Brand at Miraval Resorts. She is responsible for driving consumer awareness, with a focus on the global expansion.
  • Laura Simmons has been promoted as Vice President of Corporate HR at Remington Hotel Corp. She has over 25 years of comprehensive HR generalist experience.
  • Remington Hotel Corp promoted Keith Oltchick as Executive Vice President of Business Development. He will focus on the acquisition and development of properties all over the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  • Robert King has been promoted as Chief Accounting Officer at Remington Hotel Corp. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of hotel and corporate accounting.
  • Remington Hotel Corp. promoted Zach Cunningham as Vice President of Analytics. He will oversee the expansion of the business analytics team as the company continues to grow its third-party managed portfolio.
  • Keith Steigerwald named Director of Food and Beverage at Sheraton Denver Downtown. He is responsible for delivering a Colorado-focused food and beverage experience to hotel guests.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley announces Andrew Whiteside as Executive Chef. Prior to joining he was the Executive Sous Chef at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
  • Lisa Quatrano has been promoted as Manager of Customer Success at M3. Lisa has been at M3 for a little over ten years.
  • Jason Hsiang has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Development, Americas at Ennismore. He will be responsible in overseeing the growth and development of all brands throughout the region.
  • Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has appointed Ryan Fox as its new Executive Chef. He will oversee the day-to-day culinary operations at the resort's award-winning restaurant.
  • Christopher T Wood named Artist-in-Residence at The Pfisher Hotel in Milwaukee. He creates drawings consisting of powdered graphite and exquisite shading that form distinct creations.
  • Julienne Smith has been appointed as Chief Development Officer at IHG Hotels & Resorts Americas. She has 20 years of development experience.
  • Practice Hospitality recently announced the hiring of Violaine Diogene as the Director of Sales & Marketing at boutique Buckhead destination at Hotel Coole. She will spearhead the development and execution of strategic sales and marketing initiatives.
  • Jesse Demmers has been promoted as Executive Chef at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. He takes over the new position after joining Marriott Harbor Beach in 2019 as Executive Sous Chef.
  • 3030 Ocean at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbour Beach Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Damoriae Graham as Senior Sous Chef and Executive Chef. In his new role, he will wear two hats.
  • THesis Hotel Miami is pleased to announce the appointment of Marijana Simmons as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. She joins with more than 15 years of notable experience in hospitality sales, hotel management, and real estate.
  • Gary Koester has been appointed as Executive Vice President at Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels. His initial focus will include leading a $30 million renovation.
  • McNeill Hotel Company announced that it has hired Lindsey Chang to serve as the company's Vice President of Acquisitions and Capital Markets. She will be leading the company's acquisition efforts and working to raise both debt and equity capital.
  • Michelle McKinney Frymire has been appointed as Board Member at The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. She will provide the Secretary with advice and counsel on issues.
  • Commonwealth Hotels announced that Andy Holloway has been appointed the General Manager of the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson. He brings over 16 years of hospitality experience to his new role.
  • Abhishek Pillai has been appointed as Pastry Chef at The St. Regis Atlanta. He will focus his talents on plated desserts, afternoon tea, personalized amenities and creating innovative parties.
  • W South Beach welcomes Isabel Gracia as its Director of Sales & Marketing. She will lead sales initiatives and targeted audience engagement developed through creative marketing campaigns.
  • Eric Guerrero named Partner at HVS Americas. HVS is the largest consulting firm dedicated exclusively to the hospitality industry, with over 35 offices in the United States.
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler announces Sajish Kumar as the property's new Executive Chef. He is thrilled to be bringing one-of-a-kind culinary events and offerings to the Resort.
  • Amanda Hawkins – Vogel has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Operations at Twenty-Four Seven Hotels. She will rely on her extensive operations acumen and proven track record of profit maximization to strategically lead all operations.
  • Monica Barter has been appointed as Corporate Director of Wellness at Capella Hotel Group. She will elevate award-winning wellness concepts with new transformational experiences.
  • The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has appointed Von Fabella as Director of Sales & Marketing. His previous experience includes work with 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and The Kinzie Hotel.
  • Kirby Kiner joins The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton as General Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing the property's daily operations, personnel, business development and guest relations.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle announces Brian Doherty as Executive Chef. He will lead food and beverage operations, from catering to in-room dining at the 147 guest rooms and suites.
  • Commonwealth Hotels announced that Erika Wilson has been appointed the General Manager of The Candlewood Suites Indianapolis South. She brings over 10 years of hospitality experience to her new role.
  • Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has appointed Rick Berninger as Vice President of Human Resources. He will be responsible for overseeing the resort's human resources initiatives.
  • Hilton Cleveland Downtown announced Tammy LeBlanc as its General Manager. She will oversee all aspects of the hotel, including hotel management, guest experience and day-to-day operations of the property.
  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Chris Schaefer as Vice President of Food and Beverage. In his new role, he will oversee catering, banquets, and more than 40 signature restaurants, bars, and lounges.
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando appointed Zury Cohen as its new General Manager. He will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of the hotel operations.
  • BWH Hotel Group announced that it has promoted Ron Pohl to serve as the company’s President of International Operations and President of World Hotels. He will be responsible for further strengthening the organization’s presence around the world.
  • Kimpton River Place Hotel welcomes Laura Maldonado to her role as General Manager. She fell in love with the art of service provided by the industry and the overall guest experience.
  • Hilton Cleveland Downtown announced Tammy LeBlanc has been appointed General Manager of the award-winning 600-room hotel. She will oversee all aspects of the hotel, including hotel management, guest experience and day-to-day operations of the property.
  • Lili Tomovich has been appointed as Board Director at WaterWalk. She is an accomplished and transformational marketing leader known for building industry-leading brands.
  • WaterWalk has appointed David Grissen as its Board Director. He is an accomplished hospitality veteran who previously acted as group president for Marriott International, Inc.
  • Jim Anhut joined WaterWalk as Board Director who brings extensive extended stay experience. He's led teams across some of the world's prominent hospitality and restaurant companies.
  • Casey Harrison has been appointed as Product Owner of Insight and Integrations at M3. He will be responsible for managing M3's Insight/Integrations platform.
  • Danielle McNair named Director of Sales & Marketing at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. She has lived in the Vail Valley for 20+ years.
  • Catherine Dierolf joined The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa as Leisure Sales Manager. She previously spent 6+ years working for Vail Resorts, starting as a Certified Snowboard Instructor before becoming a Leisure Hospitality Sales Coordinator.
  • Ralph Grippo has been named as President at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry.
  • Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Johnson as General Manager. He will oversee the management and operation of the 530-room desert escape.
  • Robert Megargle has been appointed as Managing Director at The Charleston Place. He will continue to lead the hotel's next chapter and its forthcoming $100+ million transformation.
  • Kimpton Pittman Hotel is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Hanvey as the hotel's new Director of Sales and Marketing. She has more than a decade of hospitality experience.
  • Jordan Nye has been appointed as General Manager at Kimpton Schofield Hotel. He brings with him more than 15 years of hotel experience to the position.
  • Commonwealth Hotels announced Cody Drexler has been appointed as General Manager of the Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport. He brings over 5 years of restaurant and hospitality experience to his new role.
  • Starwood Capital Group announced that Rob Tanenbaum has joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of North American Hotel Asset Management. He will focus on enhancing asset values and maximizing performance.
  • Hannah Miles has been appointed as Assistant General Manager at The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. She will be responsible for overseeing the property's daily operations.
  • Ziya Turgut joined Hyatt Place New York Chelsea as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage. He will helm operations of The Terrace, a year-round outdoor venue set to open this summer.
  • The Lodge at Bodega Bay is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Murray, CHA, as the new Managing Director. She will oversee the management and operation of the 83-room ocean-view resort nestled on the rugged yet serene Sonoma Coast.
  • Hillsboro Beach Resort announces the appointment of Ann Durso to General Manager. In this role, she oversees full operations of the 72-room boutique property.
  • Sharon Cohen has been appointed as Chief Talent and Culture Officer at Cabot. She will oversee the integration of global brand initiatives into the company's culture and operations.
  • Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, has added industry veteran Edd Karlan as Vice President of Sales & Services. He collaborates closely with ownership and management to maximize revenue.
  • Chase Heu has been appointed as Area Director of Food & Beverage at Highgate Hawaii. He has over 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach has appointed Alexandre Petard as Executive Chef. He will oversee culinary operations, development and programming for 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.
  • Stefania Ymay has been appointed as Regional Director, Mexico at Preferred Hotel Group. She will continue to manage a portfolio of valuable hotel accounts as part of her elevated role

South America:

  • Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya has appointed Christopher Shiel as Director of Sales and Marketing. He will be responsible for the sales strategies and initiatives for the resort.
  • Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is delighted to announce the appointment of Thomas Jecklin as General Manager. He brings with him over three decades of hospitality experience to the role.
  • Velas Resorts has promoted Roció Cervantes to Director of Sales of Grand Velas Los Cabos and Mar del Cabo. She brings with her more than 10 years of sales experience.
  • Hawks Cay Resort has appointed Albert Bilotti as the Food and Beverage Director. He will lead the resort’s food and beverage team.
  • Patrick Cleary has been appointed as Executive Chef at Hawks cay Resort. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience.
  • Red Rock Resorts, Inc. announced the appointment of Scott Kreeger to the position of President. He had been serving the Company in the role of Senior Vice President of Development.
  • Kim Avant has been appointed as General Manager of the historic Grande Colonial hotel. She has full operational and directional responsibilities.
  • Julio Cesar Chavez has been appointed as Head Chef at Viceroy Riviera Maya. The hotel stands out for its unique interpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine and customs.
  • Terrapin Hospitality announced the promotion of Shawn Kvernen as Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s overall growth and oversight of the entire managed portfolio.
  • Mountain Lake Lodge appoints Heidi Stone as President and CEO. She is a talented hotelier whose proven leadership and commitment is reflected through team.
  • Noel Fulton has been named Managing Director for The Hermosa Inn. With more than 30 years of hotel experience, she is an established leader in the hospitality industry.
  • Alejandro Martinez has been named Executive Chef at LON’s at the Hermosa. He has a Master Certificate of Hospitality Management and Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.
  • Robert Woolridge has officially joined the Chateau Elan team as their new General Manager. He has dedicated his entire career to the lodging industry and brings a new level of hospitality excellence and service to the premier destination resort.
  • DiamondRock Hospitality Company announced Thomas Healy as Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities for overseeing asset management and redevelopment projects will be transitioned.
  • Antonio Vera has been appointed as Regional Director, Mexico & Central America at Preferred Hotel Group. He is now responsible for the growth of all brands in the Preferred Hotel Group portfolio across Mexico and Central America.
  • Ricardo Lambertini joins Preferred Hotel Group as Regional Director, Consultant – South America. He has served as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development in South & Central America for Luxe Hotels for 12 years.
  • Vizergy Digital Marketing recently promoted Holly Montroy to the position of Vice President, Human Resources. In her new role, she will be responsible for all elements of human resources for the growing company with a focus on talent acquisition.
  • Valor Hospitality Partners appoints Dwayne Marshall as Chief Development Officer. The new leadership position comes on the heels of significant company growth in recent months, adding six hotels to the brand’s international portfolio in 2022.
  • The Ritz - Carlton, Turks & Caicos is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Mira as General Manager. He brings more than 15 years of experience to this position.
  • Montage Palmetto Bluff is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon McGaunn as General Manager. He will oversee all day-to-day operations of the resort set within the 20,000-acre development of Palmetto Bluff.

Middle East:

  • Conrad Dubai has appointed Michael Schmitt as General Manager. He joins from Waldorf Astoria Chengdu in China.
  • Ephraim varel has been promoted as Director of Operations at Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience.
  • Pushpendra Sah has been promoted as Director of Sales at Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai who possess more than 15 years of experience in hospitality sales.
  • Grand Hyatt Dubai has promoted Nour Zayati as Associate Director of Sales. He started with the hotel in 2015 as a corporate leadership trainee.
  • Burhani has been promoted to Associate Director of Sales at Grand Hyatt. He joined in 2011 as a commis chef, shifting to events after almost four years as an events sale’s coordinator.
  • Arun Reddy is appointed as Executive Housekeeper at Rixos Bab Al Bahr. The vast resort has 14 restaurants and a number of entertainment spaces and pools.
  • The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa has a new Hotel Manager, Ksenia Novikova. She joins the golf course property in her first hotel manager position.
  • Park Hyatt Doha has appointed Deep Sindhi as Director of Sales & Marketing. He steps into the role, bringing with him extensive knowledge of luxury hospitality.
  • The Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar has a new General Manager, Roger Saad. He steps into the role, bringing with him a combined decade of experience with various Hyatt flags.
  • Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the appointment of Joseph Chalfoun as Area Restaurants & Bars Director. He will lead the company-wide Food and Beverage Transformation.
  • Gregoire Berger has been appointed as Executive Chef at Ossiano. He has already made waves on the global culinary stage with his unconventional dishes.
  • Mohamed Mehina has been appointed as Executive Chef at Hyatt Place, Riyadh Al Sulaimania. He has the expertise to deliver a luxury experience in all food and beverage departments of the hotel.
  • Maher Abou Nasr has been appointed as Vice President of Operations at IHG Hotels & Resorts. He will be responsible for the performance of all IHG's Saudi hotels and also be expected to build stronger relationships with owners.
  • Karim Abdelhamid is the new Vice President of hotel operations for The First Group. It is his first VP role after several years in general manager positions.
  • Marriott International has appointed Andreas Wissdorf as the new Multi-Property General Manager. He also brings a wealth of experience in having served at different levels of the Marriott organization.
  • Marina Krasnobrizhaya has been appointed as General Manager at The St. Regis Riyadh. She brings almost 17 years of international experience in the hotel industry.
  • Fairmont Dubai has appointed Nawaf Hassan as Director of Operations. He steps into the luxury hotel group with 20 years of experience behind him.
  • Christy Xavier has been appointed as Chef de Cuisine at Radisson Blu Hotel. He will oversee junior kitchen team members and ensure the standards are adhered to in food preparation at Certo.
  • Andrea Orru named as General Manager at Al Baleed Resort Salalah. He has been part of the team at Minor Hotels, Anantara's parent company, since 2013.
  • Maren Kuehl named as General Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. He has been a member of the Anantara family since 2014.
  • Anu Van Der Sande has been appointed Director of Marketing & Communications at Grand Millennium Hotel Business Bay. She joins the team from Media One Hotel in Dubai where she was head of marketing and communications.
  • Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights has appointed Nikhil Satwani as EAM Sales & Marketing. In his new role, he will head up sales, marketing, revenue, and events teams, aligning all their activities.
  • Fairmont The Palm Dubai has announced Dinesh Pitigalage as Director of Food & Beverage. He leads a team of more than 140 people across six restaurants and two bars.
  • Ranjit Phillipose has been appointed as Area Director, Middle East and General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai. He has been with the group for close to three decades.
  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai has appointed Greg Kocsis as Hotel Manager. He brings with him international experience in the luxury market.
  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa named Dorsai Khaghani as Director of Sales & Marketing. With over 15 years of experience, she has led several successful launches of some of Dubai's biggest and most successful hotel brands.
  • Lionel Dousse has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai. He is bringing 14 years of experience to this role.
  • Sonu Koithara takes up the role as Executive Chef at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. He has been an integral part the culinary teams for several hotels in India and recently in Dubai.
  • Dr. Arun Aravind has been appointed as Director of Spa at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai. He joins the team with over 22 years of experience and brings in-depth knowledge of the practice of Ayurveda to the hotel's spa.
  • Grand Millennium Business Bay has announced the appointment of Anne Liyanage as its Commercial Director. She will lead the hotel's commercial team and strategies within.
  • Martijn Zengerink has been promoted to Hotel Manager at Crowne Plaza Dubai Jumeirah. He helped to increase the hotel's ADR by AED60 year-on-year through new revenue strategies.
  • Akshay Virkud has been appointed as Executive Housekeeper at Rixos Doha Qetaifan Island North. He was at the Alwadi hotel for over five years as its executive housekeeper
  • Etienne Els is appointed as the Director of Food and Beverage by JW Marriott. He is praised for his skills in revenue management and brand strengthening.
  • Sajan Pallipurath has been promoted as Director of Rooms at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel. He has been with Marriott for over a decade.
  • JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel has promoted Valerie Wade as Multi – Property Director of Sales and Marketing. She brings with her extensive knowledge in the hospitality industry.
  • Fadi Ammache has been appointed as General Manager at Grand Millennium Al Wahda. He joins the 840-key hotel with 25 years of hospitality experience behind him.
  • Barlas Gorgulu has been appointed Executive Chef of Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel. He will lead the hotel's entire culinary operations, including its six dining outlets
  • Barcelo Hotel Group has appointed Asier Baquero as the General Manager of Occidental Sharjah Grand Hotel. He has years of experience in Barcelo, though this is his first post in the Middle East.
  • Conrad O’Riordan has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. He will develop and implement a range of new F&B strategies at the five-star desert escape.
  • Ali Manzoor named Head of Hotels & Tourism at CBRE MENA. He will lead the hotels and tourism team to advise investors, developers and operators on their hospitality development projects.
  • CBRE MENA named Ben Parkins as its Associate Director of Hotels & Tourism. He will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise, leading market research and financial analysis.
  • Anas Abdallah has been appointed as General Manager at Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania. He has been part of the Hyatt family for over 16 years.
  • Paramount Hotel has brought Andrew Vieria as its new Director of Food & Beverage. He will head up eight F&B outlets, focusing on further establishing the property as a premium F&B destination.
  • Amman Rotana hotel in Jordan has named Denis Vecchiato as its Executive Chef. He brings more than four decades of culinary experience to the plate.
  • Amish Ali has been promoted by Radisson Hotel Group as Operations Manager. He has been with Radisson for more than a decade, joining in 2010.
  • Senol Sarisen has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Rixos Bab Al Bahr. He will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the resort, while also actively working with consulates to recruit new graduates.
  • Rixos Bab Al Bahr announces Ruslan Sultanov as Director of Sales. He will be responsible for driving profits of the resort.
  • Resat Dalay has been appointed as Director of Engineering at Rixos Bab Al Bahr. He has nearly four decades of experience as an engineer in numerous sectors.
  • Ipek Dem has been appointed as Assistant Director of Sales for MICE at Rixos Bab Al Bahr. She will be working closely with RAKTDA to achieve the property's revenue goals and assist with their vision for the emirate.

Europe:

  • Vincent Freulon has been appointed as General Manager at The Retreat at Elcot Park in West Berkshine. The property follows in the successful footsteps of sister property The Mitre in Hampton Court.
  • Charbel Boutros has been appointed as Vice President of Development at IHG Hotels & Resorts MEA. His new role will see him lead and deliver on the strategic growth and distribution of IHG Brands.
  • Kathrine Munch – Tranholm has been appointed Captain at Moxy Copenhagen Sydhavnen. She has also led the opening of Zleep Lyngby.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Prague announces the appointment of Michelin-starred Marco Veneruso as Executive Chef. He arrived in Prague with culinary experience and expertise earned at restaurants across Italy and Asia.
  • Divya Chavan has been appointed as Director of Sales at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. He joins the iconic venue with over 25 years' experience in the hospitality industry having led high performing teams both in the UK and India.
  • Jeremie Dardard has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Magnuson Hotels. Magnuson Hotels is expanding across its brands, including an increased focus on franchising in the USA.
  • Patrick Ghielmetti joined HoCoSo as Head of Cultural Transformation. He brings his expertise in improving bottom-line results and building more cohesive and effective management teams.
  • Alice Stancanelli has been appointed as Pastry Chef at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. She has more than ten years of experience in the patisserie.
  • CWT announced Richard Saunders as Vice President, Global Partners Network. He spent six years with United Airlines, where he managed offline sales and alliance activities.
  • Matthias Welzel has been named as the new General Manager of Hilton Lake Como. She has worked in various luxury hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Les Roches Global Hospitality Education has named Carlos Diez de la Lastra as Chief Executive Officer. He contributes to different expert focus groups.
  • The Hague is delighted to announce the appointment of Roeland Vos as Trustees Board Member. He complements the Board with his extensive experience in the hotel industry and relevant network.
  • Shelley Perkins has been appointed as Senior Vice President for Talent and Culture at Accor Pacific. She previously spent 18 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
  • Arno Schwalie named Chief Executive Officer at Lindner Hotels AG. He held various management positions at Design Hotels AG, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.
  • Heidi Schmidtke has been appointed as Head of Operator Selection at JLL EMEA Hotels & Hospitality. She will lead a dedicated team and establish JLL's EMEA Hotels & Hospitality business line as a first mover in the industry to launch an Operator Selection platform.
  • Wilhelm Bender named as Chairman of Supervisory Board at Deutsche Hospitality. He is since then active in various supervisory boards and company advisory boards.
  • Deutsche Hospitality named Oliver Bonke as Chief Executive Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Bert Fol has been appointed as Regional Director for Africa, focusing on English Speaking Africa at Radisson Hotel Group. He is a hospitality veteran with 30+ years' experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Radisson Hotel Group appointed Sandra Kneubuhler as District Director for South Africa. She started her hospitality career in 2001, holding various positions in Zambia, Switzerland, Thailand, and Qatar before returning to South Africa.

Asia:

  • Thomas Slag has been promoted as President at Wharf Hotels. Wharf Hotels has now built a solid framework for future growth and is poised for expansion.
  • S Hotels and Resorts PCL has announced the appointment of Bart Callens as the new Cluster General Manager of SAii Phi Phi Island Village and SAii Laguna Phuket, its two free-spirited, five-star resorts in southern Thailand.
  • Kempinski Hotel Chengdu is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Shi as Director of S&M. She has evolved in the past years with her extensive experience and outstanding leadership.
  • Sophia Kang has been appointed as Head Bartender at Four Seasons Hotel. She participated in several regional competitions and seminars, as well as numerous guest shifts at renowned bars around the world.
  • Radisson Blu Resort has appointed Pascal Lutchmaya as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. He will lead the commercial team of the upper upscale 5-star resort in its second year of operation.
  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has appointed Evghenia Popazoglo as Director of Operations. Her penchant for travel and luxury hotels has led her to Rangali Island.
  • Harkaran Singh has been appointed as General Manager at Hyatt Regency. In his role, he is leading the multi-cultural team of this stunning 263 keys hotel across all disciplines.
  • Hyatt Regency has been appointed Pratiti Rajpal as Director of Operations. She thrives on creating memorable experiences for guests and an amazing work environment for her colleagues.
  • Hyatt Regency announced the appointment of Sujas Nameth as Director of Food & Beverage. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the operations, maximizing the F&B revenues.
  • Sahil Arora joins Hyatt Regency as Executive Chef with 22 years of elevating experience across brands such as Marriott, Hyatt, and Shangri-La hotels in India.
  • Sunishchal Parasnis has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Hyatt Regency. He will be responsible for developing new marketing opportunities and implementing new sales strategies in order to boost rooms & events sales at the hotel.
  • Avijit Ghosh takes up the role of Director of Finance at Hyatt Regency. He brings with him 25 years of enriching experience in challenging finance roles.
  • Hyatt Regency appointed Nikhil Raje as Human Resources Manager. He will be responsible for the recruitment of the team, managing payroll, ensuring ethical business practices, learning & development, and team engagement.
  • Vijayakumar Singh. R has been appointed as Chief Engineer at Hyatt Regency. He brings along 29 years of enriching experience across Taj, Meridian & Hyatt hotels in India, with the Hyatt journey being 20 years and counting.
  • James Thurlby named as President at SKAL Bangkok and set a target to grow the club to be one of the largest clubs in the world.
  • Julian Wipper has been appointed General Manager of New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel. He is a seasoned hotelier with 25 years' luxury hospitality experience across Europe.
  • Fairmont Jaipur announced the appointment of Prisha Lamba as the luxury property's new Director of Marketing and Communications. Prisha is sure to be an asset to the marquee hotel in this role.
  • Christie Haworth has been appointed as Director of Sales at The Langham Gold Coast and Jewel Residences. She will be responsible for leading the hotel sales team across all market segments, domestically and internationally.
  • Victoria Peterson has been appointed as Director of Marketing Communications at The Langham Gold Coast and Jewel Residences. She will be responsible for creating and driving the communication and marketing strategies.
  • Hannah Stephens has been appointed as Senior Sales Manager at The Langham Gold Coast and Jewel Residences. She will manage the luxury leisure market and local MICE (QLD) segment for The Langham Gold Coast and Jewel Residences.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is pleased to announce that Renato De Oliveira has been appointed the new General Manager for the luxury resort. He brings over 17 years of luxury hospitality experience.
  • Chew Siew Moon has been appointed as Sustainability Manager at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. This appointment is an important step to further improve the property's sustainable practices
  • Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou appointed David Macklin as General Manager. He joins the team with a wealth of experience in urban properties.
  • Nattinee McMillan has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at Melia Phuket Mai Khao. She is a talented professional with 15 years of hospitality experience in sales, event management and operational roles.
  • Christophe Adam has been appointed as General Manager at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. He will be responsible for the resort’s overall operations, guest satisfaction, maintaining standards, and ensuring brand initiatives are successfully executed
  • Dusit International, has appointed Nichlas Maratos as Vice President - Commercial, responsible for planning, developing, and implementing global commercial strategies and initiatives. He brings to his role more than 20 years of experience.
  • Franck Kermarrec has been appointed as Chief Commercial officer at Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). He brings to the role extensive hospitality industry experience, having worked in Europe, North America, and Australia.
  • Global Hotel Alliance appointed Nicolas le Roux as Head of Marketing & Digital Strategy. He will be responsible for leading the marketing team.
  • Mani Mohan has been named as Executive Chef at Pilibhit House, IHCL SeleQtions. He brings with him a rich experience of 22 years.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seoul has appointed Marco Erba as the new Head Chef of Boccalino. The Hotel is aiming to enhance its menu quality and expand the usage of premium products, as well as interactions with guests.
  • The Westin Pune Koregaon Park is pleased to announce the appointment of Girdhar Jangid, as Director of Finance. He will be instrumental in the preparation of Capex and operational Budgets with regular forecasting of reports.
  • Simon Song has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage and Culinary Operations at Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin. He began his journey with Four Seasons in 1996 at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
  • Mark Kitchen has been appointed as General Manager at Six Senses Fiji. He brings with him over 30 years of international hospitality experience in private resorts.

Caribbean

  • Jobin Thomas has been appointed as Chef de Cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton. He was exposed to a culture of color and light, numerous flavors, and textures, which instilled his early passion for food.

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