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Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - September 2022
By The Boutique Search Firm
Thursday, 29th September 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: September 2022

­­North America

  • Kathleen Barone joined Crescent Hotels & Resorts as Vice President of Global Sales. She brings more than 25 years of hotel sales and revenue management experience to the company and its portfolio of over 100 hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada.
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is delighted to announce the appointment of Ritchard Cariaga as Executive Chef. He will be responsible for overseeing the menus and staff for all food and beverage programming.
  • Otis Dickerson named Executive Chef at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. In this role, he will oversee the culinary operations of the hotel including banquets and catering.
  • The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley is pleased to announce Molly Gallagher as Spa Manager at Spa Anjali. She has been a part of the Spa Anjali team since 2009, starting as a Massage Therapist.
  • Hotel Del Coronado, a part of Curio Collection by Hilton announced the appointment of Danielle Boyles as Commercial Director. She will maintain strategic commercial leadership of various hotel teams including sales and marketing.
  • Hilton appoints Sean McCarron as General Manager. He is a hospitality veteran with more than 25 years of experience who began his career in food and beverage.
  • Jill Yurko has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Hilton. He has spent the last 15 years holding the position of senior sales manager.
  • Stonebridge Cos. Welcomes Steve Kakaty as Chief Investment Officer. With more than 16 years of experience he will spearhead Stonebridge’s platform.
  • Caribe Royale Orlando appoints Phil Klinkenberg as Hotel Manager. In this role, he will directly oversee food & beverage and room division operations. He has over 30 years of hospitality experience holding different roles.
  • Epicurean Hotel announced Jon Atanacio as Executive Chef. He will direct daily culinary operations of the hotel.
  • Kristin Assad has been appointed as Vice President, General Manager at Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection hotel. She is a well-respected leader with more than two decades of luxury hospitality experience.
  • Ryan Thomas takes up the position of Assistant General Manager at Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection hotel. He has a background that spans from brand strategy to operations.
  • Elga Sickler has been appointed as Vice President of People and culture at Hotel Drover. With more than 20 years of experience building and developing successful teams, she brings a sense of comfort and inclusivity to the new Fort Worth stunner.
  • Hotel Drover announced the appointment of Alexie Estrada as Director of Resort Marketing. She brings more than 10 years of luxury marketing and social media experience to her role at Hotel Drover.
  • Leah Meyer appointed as Pastry Chef at Kimpton Cottonwood. She will oversee all pastry operations at the newly reinvented historic property, leading a team in designing dessert offerings.
  • Mondrian South Beach is delighted to announce Anthony Rico as General Manager. He has proudly held a variety of executive level positions across multiple luxury properties.
  • Liza Stone joined Virgin Hotels as General Counsel. She brings to Virgin Hotels over 25 years of legal experience in domestic and cross-border hospitality transactions.
  • Jodi Forslund has been appointed as Corporate Director of Sales at Virgin Hotels. She will be responsible for leveraging revenue opportunities and analyzing current financial initiatives.
  • Joe Lupo has been named as President at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. He will take over the role once the Nevada Gaming Commission licensing process has concluded.
  • Anthony Faranca has been promoted to President at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. He is a seasoned casino executive with extensive experience managing large gaming properties.
  • Gary Barr has been appointed as Director of Revenue Management at JW Marriott Nashville. He brings with him over 15 years of luxury hospitality experience.
  • JW Marriott Nashville appointed Jennifer Horstman as the new Director of People & Culture. He joined the hotel with more than 15 years in human resources roles.
  • JW Marriott Nashville is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Mitchum as Director of Food & Beverage. He is a certified sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
  • Bobby Barnes has been promoted as Resort Manager at Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort. He has spent more than 11 years at Innisbrook as director of golf and head golf professional.
  • Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort appointed Andrew Corry as Director of Golf. He will be responsible for directing and leading golf operations for the resort's 72 holes of golf.
  • Vanessa Williams has been appointed as General Manager at Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg & Golf Club. She is a South African native who brings thirty years of experience in luxury hotels.
  • Benchmark, Pyramid Luxury & Lifestyle named Sam Johnson as Vice President, Operations. He will support the Seattle and Portland, WA markets as they grow their portfolio in each region.
  • Graeme Benn has been appointed as Dual General Manager at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection. He responsible for overseeing both luxury properties.
  • The Josie Hotel, Autograph Collection welcomes Takashi Harada as Executive Chef. He oversees culinary for banquets and events as well as in-room dining at the hotel.
  • Kit Pappas named Vice President of Asset Performance – East at KSL Resorts. He is charged with overseeing operations of KSL Resort's East Coast portfolio.
  • The iconic Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara recently appointed Richard Woodrow Cox as General Manager of the hotel. He has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Rhonda Khabir has been promoted as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aqua – Aston Hospitality. Her responsibilities include business and market expansion, strategic direction for promotion and advertising, sales success, customer satisfaction, and leadership.
  • Anthony Geary has been appointed as Sommelier at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. He leads the Hotel's wine program and is responsible for achieving its many accolades.
  • Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis welcomes Alisha Blackwell – Calvert as Sommelier of the hotel. Her experience includes working alongside now Master Sommelier Andrey Ivanov at Reeds American Table in St. Louis.
  • David Phil Villacis joined Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis as Sommelier. He brings an extensive background both in wine and food service as well as in viticulture.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale has appointed Jira Baird as Pastry Chef of the luxury property. She plays an essential role in the overall culinary operations for resort.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale has appointed Paula DaSilva to Director of Culinary and Beverage of the property. She is a rising star and later as an executive chef and one of the areas foremost talents in the realm of soulful, farm fresh cuisine.
  • Randy Romero has been appointed as General Manager at Sable at Navy Pier Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in Chicago market.
  • Donna Cooper joined Spire Hospitality as the new Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy. In her new role, she will focus on optimizing revenue across the organization.
  • Spire Hospitality is delighted to announce Matthew Schupbach as Vice President of Accounting. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Phillip McNeill, Jr. named Executive Chairman at McNeill Hotel Company. In that role, he will oversee the Board and provide strategic direction to the company.
  • McNeill Investment Group in Germantown has appointed Chris Ropko as Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer. He takes the responsibility of growth and strategic oversight of the company restructured organization.
  • Four Season Hotel Toronto announced the appointment of Kristi Grotsch as Director of Food and Beverage. She has more than 12 years of experience in hotel operations and highly motivated hospitality professional.
  • Angelica Sanz Rincón has been added as new member of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto as Director of Rooms. She has vast knowledge and history in servicing hotels with 12 years of experience.
  • Birch Street Systems in Las Vegas announces the addition of Aaron smith as Account Executive. Smith brings with him experience in the hospitality industry focused on enterprise software.
  • Media & Analytics at Tambourine in Fort Lauderdale is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Christina Davis to Vice President. She oversees all of Tambourine's performance media products for Tambourine's portfolio of independent and branded hotels and resorts.
  • Dennis Wilson has been appointed as General Manager at Grand View Lodge Spa and Golf Resort in Nisswa. Wilson joins Grand View Lodge with over a decade of hospitality management experience.
  • NoMo SoHo in New York is pleased to announce Patrick Lacassagne as the hotel's new General Manager. He will oversee the property strategic planning, food and beverage initiatives and daily operations to further elevate the guest experience.
  • Naomi Thompson has been appointed as director of guest experience of Four seasons hotel Minneapolis. Since joining the team, she has curated customized itineraries for hotel guests and created new platform to show the local talents and entertained community members and visitors.
  • The Chatwal Lodge in Bethel, New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Dewar as General Manager. He has 15 years of luxury hospitality experience.
  • Patrick J. LeBeau named executive chef at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. He is so passionate of cooking and bringing his extensive breadth of knowledge and experience into the kitchen
  • Strategic Partnerships at M3 in Lawrenceville has promoted Shane Middleton as manager. He brought that experience to M3 to build out M3's consulting arm under M3's Professional Services team in upcoming days.
  • Noha Abdalla has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Choice Hotels International, Inc. She will be a champion for the guest experience, leading the company's marketing, advertising, communications, and brand-building functions.
  • Loews Coral Gables has appointed Ricardo Jarquin as Executive Chef. He will spearhead all culinary aspects of the new 242-room hotel.
  • Pendry Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the appointment and promotion of David Duran as General Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing all daily operations of the award-winning 317-room hotel property.
  • Drew Berry joined The Portofino Hotel & Marina as General Manager. In his new role, his responsibilities include guest services and relations.
  • The Ritz-Carlton is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Rojas as Director of Sales & Marketing. She will be responsible for the 193-guestroom hotel overlooking historic Boston Common.
  • Lori Strasberg has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Effective immediately, she leads the brand's global marketing strategy, leveraging the collective talent and regional expertise.
  • Main Street Hospitality is pleased to welcome Joe Crimmins as Vice President Of Operations. He brings over 30 years of sales, operating and development experience to Main Street Hospitality, acquired in service to Hilton, Intercontinental, Doral and Destination Hotels.
  • Andres Gutierrez joined Main Street Hospitality as Area Director of Revenue Management. He leads the execution and measurement of strategies and tactics designed to maximize revenue.
  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is thrilled to announce the appointment of Eric Duchene to Executive Chef of the 453-room resort. He began his culinary career with Marriott
  • Samantha Barnett has been appointed as Director Of Sales & Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton. She brings over 15 years of experience in the luxury hospitality.
  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa announced John Fraser as Senior Sous Chef. He found his culinary passion at a very young age.
  • Brian Hutchison has been appointed as General Manager at Half Moon Bay Lodge. He has extensive experience working in the hospitality and restaurant industries for nearly 25 years.
  • Inn at the Pier appoints Todd Liphardt as General Manager of the property. He has spent more than 20 years working in the hospitality world.
  • Andrew Harris has been promoted as General Manager at Marina del Rey Hotel. Prior to his new role, he was General Manager at The Belamar Tapestry Collection by Hilton.
  • Ashley Vincent has been promoted to General Manager at Seacliff Inn. She has over a decade of broad range industry experience in the hospitality world working in a variety of positions.
  • Seacliff Inn Aptos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton announced the appointment of Cassie Olsen as Director Of Sales. Her resume included experience as Director of Sales and Marketing at Seascape Beach Resort.
  • Rodolfo Salazar has been appointed as General Manager at The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. He brings with him 16 years of hospitality experience and seven years of working with the Hilton brand.
  • Optii Solutions Inc appointed Anthony Santa Maria as Product Manager. He will be joining the product team to help continue to grow Optii Service, Chat, and Preventative Maintenance.
  • Rosewood Hotel Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Girona as Director of Global Sales. He will be responsible for managing the group's leisure travel advisors in Florida and the Southeast United States.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is announcing the appointment of New Senior Spa Director Carlos Calvo Rodríguez. He has a history of personalizing spa and wellness journey from beginning to end
  • The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Spencer Brook man as the new Director of Golf. He joins The King and Prince Beach & Golf course, with leadership skills and love for the game.
  • Brandon Youmans has appointed as new Golf Professional for The King and Prince Golf Course, Home of the Hampton Club. He has more than two decades of experience in golf club, as golf professional he brings a true passion for playing and coaching golf.
  • Twenty-Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach was happy to announce Gabriel Coy has joined the company as vice-president and general counsel. In his role coy will provide counsel, leadership and guidance on all legal issues within hotel operations.
  • Carl Barnes has been named as the new general manager at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown. He has more than 22 years of industry experience, in his new role he oversees all hotel operations, administration and revenue management.
  • Hawai'i Vacations condos at outrigger Hospitality Group in Honolulu has appointed Carly Clement as VP Operations. She will concentrate and implement business strategies, for effective collaborations she focused on retain existing owners and attract new owners and interact with boards of director.
  • Cynde Vannatta has been appointed as General Manager at Royal Sea Cliff by Outrigger in Kailua-kona. She will ensure operations at Royal Sea Cliff and maintains maximum profitability, customer satisfaction levels, product quality, service standards.
  • Matthew Raines has been promoted to Supervisor of Customer Projects – Accounting Core at M3. He has been leading the projects team for over a year and a half and will continue to improve customer success.
  • The Art Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton announced Alison Mitchell as the new General Manager. She brings a decade of experience managing restaurants and hotels from New York to Colorado.
  • Corey Rhodes joined Enseo as Chief Executive Officer. He will lead Enseo through organic and inorganic growth following a 2021 investment from H.I.G. Capital.
  • YOTEL Washington DC has appointed Fathi Sarsouri as Director of Food and Beverage. He will oversee operations of the 377-room hotel’s award-winning Art and Soul restaurant.
  • The Forester Hotel is pleased to announce Dino Simoncelli as General Manager of the property. His roles including his most recent position as the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Standard Club of Chicago.
  • Rachel Thompson has been appointed as Catering Sales & Event Manager at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley. The hotel offers 230 guest residences, each featuring a custom kitchen, five-piece bathroom, gas fireplace and Westin Heavenly Bed.
  • Alex Hernandez appointed as Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. He has spent 11 years as the director of events for Meadowood Spa and Resort in Napa Valley.
  • Mimo Restaurant and Bar, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville welcomes Molly Allen as Restaurant General Manager. She began her hospitality career with Four Seasons in Hawaii.
  • Michael Geffin has been appointed as Bar Manager at Four Seasons and Private Residences Nashville. As Bar Manager, he drives the beverage program of Four Seasons Hotel Nashville across all outlets.
  • Zachary Bryant has been appointed as Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville. He is responsible for the entire pastry department and team.
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville is pleased to welcome David Gutierriez as Sous Chef. He has more than 15 years of experience working in five-star resorts.
  • David McManus named General Manager at Grayson Hotel. He brings a strong dedication to team-culture and a holistic leadership approach.
  • Nadeem Siddiqui has been appointed as General Manager at The Gwen. He will drive forward the luxury hotel's mission of delivering unparalleled guest experiences.
  • Debra Osborne has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Kimpton Canary Hotel. She brings with her over 30 years of industry experience.
  • Aloft Chicago Mag Mile has appointed Tyler Hutton as General Manager. He brings eight years of Marriott brand knowledge to the property.
  • Lacey Matsumoto has been appointed as Spa Director at Four Seasons Resort Lanai. She brings more than 15 years’ experience in the spa industry.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District appoints Michael J Deutsch as General Manager. He will oversee all operations at the property including the property's guest rooms, three food and beverage outlets and meeting spaces.
  • Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort is proud to welcome Austin Watkins as Director of Sales & Marketing. He brings with him over two decades of experience.
  • Commonwealth Hotels announced that Jamie Baker has been appointed as the General Manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South. She brings over 10 years of hospitality experience to her role.
  • Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is pleased to announce that Estérel has reopened with Executive Chef Fernando Bedolla. He introduces a new menu that is a true love letter to Los Angeles' diverse cultures, tastes and influences.
  • James Karabelas appointed as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Highgate Hotels, Hawaii. He as more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, he will lead High gate’s sales and marketing team across its 10 properties and expanding portfolio in Hawaii.
  • Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC and The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood announce the appointment of Konstantine Kabilafkas as general manager. He oversees operations of the 220-room luxury lifestyle property, including onsite amenities like its food & beverage outlets, including the Social-centric restaurant and bar.
  • Christopher Jordan appointed as Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. He will oversee the guest experience of Louisiana's only AAA Five Diamond hotel with a leadership style that plays up the heart without losing critical attention to detail.
  • Hard Rock International announced the appointment Patricia Lerner as Account Director, Global Business Transient Sales. Lerner will be responsible for creating partnerships with corporations to drive business transient preferred chain wide agreements, while collaborating with Hard Rock's urban hotels to drive revenue.
  • Nusrat Mirza welcomed as the General Manager at J W Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. Nusrat Mirza will oversee all operations and be responsible for the hotel's overall performance.
  • The Plaza in New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Luigi Romaniello as Managing Director. He as 30 years of industry experience and oversee all aspects of the luxury hotel including daily operations, guest experiences and continued growth strategies.
  • A Sage Hospitality Group company happily announced Robert Butler as Executive Vice President. In his new role, Butler will have total oversight of Sage's Upscale and Premier Collections, which encompass more than 40 soft-branded, branded full service and branded upscale hotels in 14 states.
  • Partha Das appointed as Key Account Management, at Hotelogix, Thailand. The company aims to leverage Nik's expertise to consolidate its position while serving its existing hotel groups in the Southeast Asian country.

South America:

  • Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Diana De Rojas as General Manager of the Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela hotel. She is the first woman in Costa Rica to simultaneously hold the position of General Manager of two hotels.
  • Wind Creek Hospitality has announced the appointment of Janien Huistra as Director of Sales & Marketing of their Caribbean resort portfolio. She as 25 years of hospitality industry experience. She will lead both teams to drive revenue while preparing and executing innovative sales and marketing strategies.
  • Apple Leisure group in Mexico city welcoming Sergio Rascón as Vice President of Development. In His role he will be focused on delivering unmatched hospitality expertise to hotel owners looking to invest in new assets or boost existing hotel property performance across Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe.
  • Marcela Steffens has been appointed General Manager at Marriott Barranquilla Hotel. Steffens has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she has leadership positions which enriched her as an integral professional in the hospitality industry.
  • Hilton Monterrey announces the appointment of Pierre O. Kranzle as General Manager. He is a hospitality veteran with over 25 years of experience.

Middle East:

  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island has appointed Do Van Quy as Chef De Cuisine for Jing Asia. He will lead cooking classes for authentic hand-pulled noodles as well as hosting his own pop-up every Sunday.
  • Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown has brought in Cecilia Natalia as the new Marketing and PR Manager. She is an experienced marketer and PR professional, having worked with a number of high-profile global brands.
  • Derek Sands has been appointed as Executive Vice President at Wynn Design & Development. He steps into the role in the northern emirate and has already moved to the UAE.
  • Torno Subito at W Dubai – The Palm welcomes the new Chef de Cuisine, Alessio Pirozzi. He comes to Dubai with plenty of experience in top kitchens.
  • Sushanth Nambiar has been named the new General Manager for Novotel Muscat Airport hotel in Oman. He will leverage more than two decades of experience to oversee day-to-day operations.
  • The Grand Hyatt Muscat has appointed Joerg Wickihalder as General Manager. As General Manger he handles the day-to-day operations of 278 hotel keys and eight dining outlets.
  • Franco Canzano has been appointed as Executive Chef at Melia Deset Plam in Dubai. He is expertise in Mediterranean cuisine and Italian, his focus will be on the elevation of the resorts Rare restaurant, and also oversee culinary operations.
  • Marco Acquaroli has joined Atlantis The Palm Dubai as Executive Sous Chef. He has more than 10 years of experience, in his new role he will be focused on culinary operations, concept development, logistics and menu creations for all the mentioned restaurants.
  • Guyana Mariott Hotel Geargetown happily announced Chandra swamy as Executive Chef. With his 26 years of experience in culinary industry, he will oversee all culinary operations for the hotel's corporate and social catering services.
  • Sidi Fikri has been appointed as Executive Assistant Manager at Al Raha Beach Hotel. He moved to the property from Rotana, where he was also an executive assistant manager.
  • Kim Thuy Trang has been appointed as Marketing & Communications Manager at Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel. He joins the five-star hotel in her first role outside of her native Vietnam.
  • Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence Doha is delighted to welcome Chef Salih Aydin, as the new Turkish Specialty Chef to its new Icono View Restaurant. He has more than 20 years of experience working in four five-star hotels, and healthcare industry with good nutritional and well-balanced cuisines.
  • Soner Kaymaz was announced as assistant Chef at Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence Doha. He started his career in 2008, with 14 years of experience working in renowned restaurants and hotel restaurants.
  • NH Dubai the Palm has named its general manager as Manish Jha. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience; He spent working across the minor hotels stable.
  • Al-Amoud starts this month as director of HR at St. Regis Riyadh. He as more than decade of experience, he joined Marriott in 2015 as HR supervisor and later promoted as assistant HR Manager, and now he was appointed as HR director of the hotel.
  • Nicolas Talon has been appointed executive director of F&B at Atlantis Dubai. He has 20 years of experience across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Jan Tibaldi has been appointed Cluster General Manager at One & Only One Za’abeel Resort and Private Homes. He brings with him over 33 years of hospitality experience.
  • Tamer Refaat has been promoted to position of director of sales and marketing for Shangri-La and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri. He will now be managing the overall sales and marketing strategy and its execution.
  • Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection has appointed Amit Baswas as new Director of Sales and Marketing. He will play a key role in developing sales and marketing strategies across all segments to drive growth and commercial productivity.
  • Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites is pleased to welcome Elena Mogonova as Director of Sales. She has over 12 years of sales experience across the UAE and Russia.
  • Amrita Kaul has been appointed as Human Resources Manager at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. She has been working on her transition into a new department.
  • Abhishek Naidu has been appointed as Head Chef at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. He has been a key player in launching new menus and promotions, managing costs and implementing HACCP guidelines.
  • Assila, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Jeddah has brought Nader Ibrahim as the new General Manager. He steps into the role, already implementing his plans to elevate not only the hotel service, but its working environment as well.
  • Mohammed Al-Khatib has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha. He has been part of the Rixos brand for more than four years.
  • Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha welcomes Rosette Fares as Director of Marketing & Communications. She brings with her over 14 years of experience.
  • Mehdi Bouhaddioui joined Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha as Sales Director. He started out in Paris at the Renaissance Paris Vendome.
  • Erik Clavel appointed as Food & Beverage Director at Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha. Before that, he was in charge of F&B at the eco-chic Azulik retreat hotel.
  • Rixous Gulf Hotel Doha is pleased to welcome Semih Sefa Ceribasi as Director of Entertainment. He previously worked at Rixos The Palm Dubai, on Palm Jumeirah.
  • Savio J A De Gouveia has been appointed as Front Office Manager at Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha. He has extensive experience in the hospitality field.
  • Sreenivasan Mohan takes up the role as Director of Engineering at Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha. He is a qualified marine engineer with 28 years of experience in hotel engineering operations.
  • Emanuele Saracino has been appointed as Executive Chef at Jumeriah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. He leads all these venues, along with banquets, the club lounge, room service and outside catering.
  • Daniele Milliani has been appointed as Executive Sous Chef at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. Prior to that, he was with Four Seasons in the Maldives as executive sous chef.
  • Ufuk Celik joined Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa as Executive Pastry Chef. He has worked previously with Rotana in Amman in the same capacity.
  • Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa has appointed Yesim Insel as Director of Food & Beverage. She was the regional catering lead - Middle East for Four Seasons.
  • Radisson Hotel Group has named Rushali Mahesh as Staff Accomodation Manager. She will drive positive change and enhance staff accommodations for her two Dubai properties.
  • Lara Haddad has been appointed as Director of Sales at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi. She brings with her over 15 years of hospitality experience.
  • Sandra Lakic joined Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi as Spa Manager. She brings with her over 10 years of hospitality experience.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi welcomes Caroline Pouzin as Front Office Manager. She hospitality history began in France in the eastern city of Besançon.

Europe:

  • Oussama El Kadiri has joined Radisson Hotel Group as Development Director for the Middle East. Previously with advisory firm JLL, it marks his first role in a hotel company.
  • Jennifer McCabe has been appointed as General Manager at art’otel London Battersea Power Station. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in premium hotel management.
  • The Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa appointed Jon Nield as General Manager. His career history spans over 20 years within the hospitality industry, having worked predominately within independent hotels overseeing operations and food & beverage departments.
  • Clive McNish takes up the role as General Manager at Chewton Glen. He has a genuine passion for hospitality and thrives on providing exemplary service experience.
  • Guy Heywood has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Janu Hotels. He worked with Habitas from October 2021 to May 2022.
  • Ingrid Moreni has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Montcalm East, Shoreditch London. She started her career at VALTUR hotels in their 4- and 5-star resorts.
  • Silversea Cruises appoints Roberto Verdino as SVP revenue management. He has a track record of leading successful teams throughout Europe and Asia.
  • Ferman Dogan has been appointed as the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum. He has signed many successful projects in the companies he works for.
  • Kempinski Hotels has appointed Lars Pursche as the new General Manager. He brings with him in-depth experience in the global hotel industry.
  • Thomas Harlander named Managing Director and Director Of Project Services at Rosewood Amsterdam. He will take on the responsibilities of director of project services, collaborating closely with the design and project services team.
  • Birchstreet Systems pleased to announce Custodio Barreiros as Director, Business Development and Partnership. In this new role, he will focus on the regions of EMEA and LATAM.
  • Ninnja Bayram has been Promoted Hotel Manager at the Berkelry in London. In her new role will embrace all aspects of the day-to-day running of the hotel including overseeing the recently opened Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley patisserie.
  • Federico Giovine been appointed as Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest. He brings valuable international experience to his new role as Hotel Manager.
  • Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is pleased to announce Karina Ansos as Managing Director. First woman ever to head the historic hotel at the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital as of mid-October.

Asia:

  • JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar is pleased to announce the appointment of Dibyajyoti Majumder as Executive Housekeeper. He comes with over 12 years of extensive experience in the field of housekeeping.
  • Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport is pleased to welcome Javedakhtar Sayyad as the Executive Chef. He has solid experience and passion for curating exquisite meals and crafting remarkable dining experiences.
  • Alila Ubud is delighted to announce the new Executive I Wayan Joni Arthanawa. He brings with him over 26 years of experience in culinary industry.
  • Keith Motsi has been appointed Head Bartender & Beverage Operations at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo. He is set to elevate the beverage scene in Tokyo with extraordinary drinking experiences.
  • Four Seasons Hotels Singapore appointed Shengwen Chua as Director of Marketing. She brings with him an international perspective having worked in destinations such as Beijing, Qingdao and Bangkok.
  • Ravi Mehta has recently been appointment as Front Office Manager for Fairfield by Marriott Mumbai International Airport. His previous assignment was with The Sarovar Group, Mumbai where he was heading Room Operations.
  • Alila Villas Uluwatu is delighted to welcome Adrian Hauenstein to the Alila family as Executive Chef. The 35-year-old chef has worked in executive chef and executive sous chef roles in 5-star Hotels, resorts and restaurants.
  • John Bristowe has been promoted to Director of Operations Australia and New Zealand at Nesuto Apartment Hotels. He has been instrumental in restructuring the group's New Zealand business and developing strategic relationships.
  • Nikita Beresnev has been appointed as Commercial Director Australia and New Zealand at Nesuto Apartment Hotels. He championed Nesuto's rebranding including distribution and digital marketing strategies.
  • Nesuto Apatment Hotels promoted Lee Johnson as Human Resources and Training Manager Australia and New Zealand. He spent his first year with the group working across Australia and New Zealand in leadership positions.
  • Christoph Knichel has been appointed as the new General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou and will take responsibility for all aspects of Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou's operations and management.
  • Raphael Lanfant has been appointed as Global Vice President Channel Sales at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He will be responsible for overseeing the global revenue growth and the effectiveness of the newly formed Global Channel Sales and Distribution organization.
  • Geoffrey Webb has been appointed as VP Global Sales Partners at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He will oversee the five regional sales hubs responsible for driving revenue from the global travel agencies and tour operators.
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has appointed Celine Du as VP Global Industry Partners. She has 25 years of experience in luxury hospitality.
  • Kung Teong Wah has been appointed as General Manager at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. He brings over 30 years of experience in Asia and Singapore’s hospitality scene.
  • Cendyn has appointed Sumit Sethi as Regional Vice President of eCommerce. HE will work with the broader eCommerce leadership team to ensure the scalability and optimal performance.
  • Harvey Thompson joined Eaton HK as Managing Director and General Manager. He brings strong experience in process enhancement to Eaton.
  • Rosewood Hotel Group is delighted to announce the promotion of Hoss Vetry to Vice President of Operations Asia Pacific. He was responsible for managing the ultra-luxury property in addition to overseeing other Group hotels.
  • Hans Martin Gfrei has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Shangri – La Boracay. He brings over 18 years of experience in the hotel industry.
  • The Star Entertainment Group has appointed Anne Ward as the Executive Director. She is an experienced company director with expertise in business management, strategy, governance, risk and finance and broad industry.
  • Jit Bose has been appointed as Director of Global Sales & Development for South Asia at Preferred Hotels & Resorts. He will drive the company's efforts in corporate, MICE, and leisure sales.
  • James Koh joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts as Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Preferred Hotels & Resorts. He brings more than 16 years of progressive hotel industry experience.
  • Metta Boonyaritipong has been appointed as General Manager at Centra-by-Centra Hotel Bangkok Phra Nakhon. He will provide a comfortable base for guests to explore the area's notable landmarks.
  • CBRE Hotels appoints Ritika Diwan as Director. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the hotels sector in India.
  • Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is pleased to announce the appointment of Juan Mercadante as General Manager. The well-traveled Mexican aims to maintain the high-performance capabilities of one of the city's top-ranked luxury hotels.
  • One&Only Reethi Rah has announced the appointment of Andreas Porias as its General Manager. He brings over 20 years of hospitality experience.
  • Angus Pitkethley has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Rosewood Hong Kong. He brings experience in global hotel sales and marketing to his new role.
  • Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini welcomes Saurabh Mishra as the new Crowne Meetings Director. He is an experienced sales leader with a demonstrated history of working in the Hospitality industry.
  • Michael Ganster has been appointed as General Manager of Niccolo Changsha. He will oversee the hotel's business operations, identify future property development and growth opportunities.
  • Karan Kaul has been promoted as Deputy CEO & Head of Business Development at Absolute Hotel Services. He will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the group's business development.
  • Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini is pleased to announce the joining of Kapil Vig as the new General Manager. He brings with him a rich experience of more than 20 years in the Hospitality industry.
  • Dawood Qureshi has been appointed Head of Sales & Marketing at Fairfield By Marriott Mumbai. He is coming with an experience of over 12 years in the hospitality industry.
  • The Kuramathi Island resort in Maldives has appointed Anjali Masih as Director of Human Resources. He has over two decades of experience working in the hospitality experience.
  • Sara Scroglieri appointed as Resident Marine Biologist at Kuramathi Maldives. She will focus on carrying out initiatives that will drive the resort towards a more sustainable path.
  • Peter Wagner joined Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas as Resort Manager. He will be reporting directly to the General Manager and will focus on running the day-to-day operations, upholding service quality and increasing guest satisfaction.
  • Shinta Mani Hotel Group in Siem Reap is pleased to announce Stephanie Andrade as Director of sales. She as 15 years’ experience in global sales and marketing, based in America and Asia, in her new role oversee the new addition to the group.
  • Hyatt Regency by Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the appointment of Kovid Ummat as the Cluster Director of Marketing for two properties —Hyatt Regency Dehradun. With nine years of experience, He will be responsible for generating market specific-content to drive business growth and profitability.
  • Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is delighted to announce the appointment of Marcel Li as Director of Food and Beverage. He as decade of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, he takes care of hotel’s restaurants, bar, and lounge as well as the banquet facilities, as director of food and beverage.
  • Amit Kaushik appointed as Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway. He is a strategic and passionate hotelier and bringing a decade of work experience
  • CBRE Capital Perth Markets team appointed Chloe Mason in the position of Associate Director, she has seven years of experience in the commercial property industry. In her new role, she will focus on social infrastructure assets, service centers, retail and development sites.

Caribbean

  • Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau has appointed as Brett Lindsay as the property’s new Director of Sales and Marketing. The resort is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality.
  • Rosewood Baha Mar has promoted resort manager, Monica Ortiz to Managing Director. Ortiz is the first woman to be named managing director at the ultra-luxury resort as well as among the Baha Mar Resorts' sister properties. She will oversee all aspects of the property including the residences.
  • Amadeo Zarzosa has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Lion Grove. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Altos de Chavon Archaeological Regional Mueseum at Casa De Campo Resort and Villas In La Romana, is pleased to announce the appointment of Margarita González as the new Museum Director. She has developed a 3-year program to position the Museum in the national and global scope.
  • Franck Chantoiseau has been appointed General Manager at Rock House in Providenciales. He will provide day-to-day leadership and oversee operations of the new resort.

Africa

  • Chadi Chemaly has been appointed as General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca. His career and travels saw him advance in management before accepting his first role as General Manager.
  • The Radisson Blu Hotel and Kigali Convention Centre announced the appointment of Rob Kucera, as their new Complex General Manager. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

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

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