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Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - March 2023
By The Boutique Search Firm
Friday, 17th March 2023
 

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: March 2023

­­North America

  • Kai Fischer has been appointed as General Manager at B Resort & Spa in Orlando. He will be responsible for guaranteeing an outstanding guest experience.
  • Nour Laasri named Area General Manager at Marriott Marquis Houston. He will serve as an active member of the Houston community and will help the hotel team foster deeper relationships with local officials and businesses in the area.
  • Missy Auge joins Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection in Sante Fe as Wine Director. She will oversee the wine operations for the 100-room resort, which serves as a luxurious and soulful retreat steeped in New Mexico's heritage.
  • Mar Monte Hotel appoints Patricia Kimball-Guterres as Director of Sales & Marketing. She brings 20 years of experience to her new role as Director of Sales & Marketing, including opening and rebranding numerous properties in Central, Northern California and Hawaii.
  • Taylor Miller has been appointed as General Manager at Del Mar Beach Hotel in San Diego. She will oversee all operations for the 46-room California coastal hotel and its three residences.
  • Danielle Shear named Director of Operations at Mar Monte Hotel. She had led teams at hotels across the country, where she consistently met and exceeded goals in the areas of guest service and experience, as well as community engagement.
  • Saleh Akley joins The Hamilton Curio Collection by Hilton in Alpharetta as Director of Sales & Marketing. He will oversee all sales and marketing initiatives for the hotel and its on-site indoor and outdoor restaurant, Carrie's Conservatory.
  • Jerry Gore named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Cloud5 Communications. He has an impressive career spanning more than 20 years where, he specialized in telecommunications architecture and integration, as well as software development and support services.
  • Anika Glenn has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Atlanta. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the hospitality industry specializing in new hotel openings, luxury-boutique and lifestyle properties.
  • Ellen Davis joined U.S. Travel Association (USTA) as Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and Industry Engagement. She will be responsible for driving industry engagement, developing and executing a plan to generate the resources necessary to support U.S.
  • Preeya Patel has been appointed as Vice President, People at Sojern. She will lead the global people function including talent acquisition and development, people strategy and operations, rewards and recognition, and overall workplace experience.
  • Stephen Fitzgerald named Vice President, Hotels at Sojern. He will lead the hotel vertical of Sojern's business in America and Latin America.
  • Kevin Shah joined Residence Inn Long Island East End as General Manager. He brings 20-years of tremendous experience and knowledge to the position.
  • Mark Libunao has been appointed as Executive Chef at CanoeHouse, at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection in Waimea. He is already an integral part of the Mauna Lani team having worked on CanoeHouse's reopening as Sous Chef.
  • John Kudla named General Manager at Residence Inn by Marriott Clayton, Mo. He will manage all aspects of the hotel's daily operations, which includes overseeing the property's strategic business development while simultaneously delivering the ultimate guest experience.
  • Leslie Havens joins Residence Inn by Marriott Clayton, Mo as Director of Sales & Marketing. She is responsible for leading the hotel's sales team and targeting regional business opportunities to ensure continuous market growth.
  • Jenn Thompson has been promoted as Vice President of Business Development at Hotel Equities Group, LLC. She brings a depth of knowledge and understanding of the firm's expertise and significant value-add generated for hotel owners.
  • Katherine Lugar has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Hilton. She will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, and serve as a member of the executive committee.
  • Andrea Melotti named Executive Vice President of Operations at Graduate Hotels. He spent several years growing through the management ranks of some of Europe's most luxurious establishments.
  • Susan Furbay has been appointed as Senior Vice President at HVS Executive Search Americas. She will play an instrumental role in expanding our hotel sector client base utilizing her strong relationships.
  • Chris Connar Joined LodgIQ as Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for driving strategic new business to support the company's strategy.
  • Rob Miller named Corporate Director of Finance at Pacifica Hotels. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience with brands including Hilton, Marriott International, IHG, and more.
  • Pacifica Hotels appoints Alan Qaulkenbush as Regional Director of Revenue Management. He has more than 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry; 10 of those specifically focused on revenue management.
  • Joe Montgomery has been appointed as Executive Chef at Oceanpoint Ranch in Cambria. He has also served in various culinary roles at The Vault Uptown, University of Houston, Taher, Inc., The RK Group, Sage Catering, and the Ritz Carlton.
  • Cody Asselin has been promoted as General Manager at La Jolla Cove Hotel. His resume includes hospitality positions including General Manager at Hotel Hermosa and the Assistant General Manager at Blue Sea Beach Hotel.
  • Jamaica Bay Inn Marina Del Rey, Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Marina del Rey promotes Paulyne Tran as General Manager. Her resume includes experience at The Ranch at Laguna Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill.
  • Ronnie Claveran named Director of Food & Beverage at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Her professional experience includes positions held at Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and FCH Enterprise.
  • Rob Ferguson appointed as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at TradeWinds Island Resorts. He will develop, drive, and lead new business opportunities for the popular beachfront landmark.
  • Rodger Powell has been appointed as Representative of Global Board of Directors at IHG Owners Association. He has 40 years of experience as an owner, operator and executive-level manager of a diverse range of hospitality and tourism businesses.
  • Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel appoints Konstantine Drosos as General Manager. He led renovations, oversaw day-to-day operations, and was awarded the Market Share Award of Excellence for 2021.
  • Tim Wyman named Vice President of Development at Virgin Hotels Collection in Miami. He will identify new business, including management and investment opportunities, for Virgin Hotels Collection.
  • Jim Lyons has been promoted as Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. He will oversee all of the hotel's food and beverage programming including menu creation and execution.
  • Craig Barnett has been appointed as General Manager at Springhill Suites By Marriott Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront. He will operate the hotel on behalf of ownership, Key International.
  • Philipp Martens joins Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta as Director of Restaurants, Bars & Events. He will manage the hotel's food and beverage division including Spaceman, the rooftop bar and lounge, and Three Arches, the hotel's signature dining experience.
  • Sergii Chepko named Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta. He will manage the hotel's food and beverage division including Spaceman, the rooftop bar and lounge, and Three Arches, the hotel's signature dining experience.
  • Victor Palma has been appointed as Executive Chef at Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort in Kailua-Kona. He will aim to express the destination's food heritage in an authentic way while incorporating his unique approach to dining.
  • Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort in Kailua-Kona appoints Dan Daughtry as Director of Food & Beverage. He will work to curate and oversee a multi-talented food and beverage team that showcases the natural bounty of the Kohala Coast.
  • Carl Jefferys has been appointed as Director of Partner Sales, APAC at Nomadix, Inc. He will provide expanded leadership and regional focus to continue building on the company's growth and momentum in APAC through strategic alignment with partners.
  • Tomas Diaz named Executive Chef at Embassy Suites by Hilton. He will oversee all culinary operations at two of the hotel's restaurants, The Overlook, Nashville's highest rooftop bar, and Harmony, Embassy's complimentary made-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception.
  • Kendall Clancy joined Cabot Cape Breton in Inverness as General Manager. She will be responsible for overseeing management and operations of the premier Canadian golf destination.
  • Mark Scheller has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Viceroy Snowmass. He will oversee the sales and marketing operations of the hotel, upholding and furthering Viceroy Snowmass' commitment to providing the highest standard of mountain luxury.
  • Cindy Murphy named Regional Vice President of Operations at HEI Hotels & Resorts. She is an AHLEI Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and is certified in hotel real estate investments and asset management by Cornell University.
  • Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta appoints Kyra Oliver as Director of Marketing. She will oversee and manage all aspects of hotel brand awareness, programming and sales.
  • Joshua Jolicoeur has been appointed as Director of Guest Services at Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta. He will provide oversight to the hotel's Guest Services.
  • Tina Walters has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Ameswell Hotel in Mountain View. He was entering his 27th year in hotels, with 10-years of pre-opening / opening / launching hotels.
  • Roxanne Khairzada named Spa Director at Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. She oversees performance of spa personnel, ensures the spa's goals are met, maintains financial records, and aims to adhere to regulations regarding spa cleanliness, accessibility and safety.
  • Maria Bea Sajon joins Virtuoso as General Manager, Latin America & The Caribbean. She will be responsible for driving Virtuoso's development in her respective markets.
  • Virtuoso is pleased to announce Javier Arredondo as Vice President, Sustainability. He will be collaborating with Virtuoso's senior leadership and internal teams to develop and implement programmes and services specifically addressing sustainability.
  • Hanna Hinz joined Virtuoso as General Manager, Continental Europe. She will be responsible for driving Virtuoso's development in her respective markets.
  • Troy Flanagan has been promoted as Executive Vice President, External Government Affairs & Industry Relations at American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). He will serve as the strategic leader of AHLA's integrated outreach to public officials.
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association promotes Chirag Shah as Executive Vice President of Federal and Political Affairs & Counsel. He will lead the strategic outreach, engagement, and alignment of AHLA's lobbying activities, advocacy priorities, and political affairs.
  • Jordi Vallès Blistin has been appointed as General Manager at Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection in Austin. He will oversee all operations for the destination's celebrated modern retreat.
  • Remigio Sabado named General Manager at Maui Kaanapali Villas in Lahaina. He will manage teams from housekeeping and maintenance to revenue management, as well as foster guest relations.
  • Craig Dryhurst has been promoted Food and Beverage Director at EDGE Restaurant & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Denver. He will be responsible for overseeing the food and beverage operations, while ensuring that each dining experience is unforgettable.
  • Wyndham Destinations – Asia welcomes Marta Grutka as Director of PR & Communications. She will oversee all internal and external corporate communications and public relations.
  • Kenan Cokelez named Executive Chef at Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa in Frisco. He oversees performance of kitchen staff, controlling and directing the food preparation process, and developing menus.
  • Harris Sakalis joined Fairmont Vancouver Airport in Richmond as Executive Chef. He will lead the culinary operation including the hotel's award-winning Globe@YVR Restaurant and Jetside Lounge.
  • Mike Alaridi has been appointed as Executive Chef at Virgin Hotels Chicago. He will oversee the entire culinary operation from Miss Ricky's to Cerise.
  • Saba Landmann named Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Portfolio PR at Marriott International, Inc. She will be responsible for leading communications for the company's portfolio of thirty diverse and experiential hotel brands.
  • Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach welcomes Seth McDaniels as General Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the resort, enhancing the brand, managing staff, and ensuring a quality guest experience.
  • Sanjay Raman joins TripAdvisor as Chief Product Officer. He will drive innovation, development and iterative improvements within Tripadvisor's suite of products and services focused on serving travelers, diners, partners, restaurants and advertisers.
  • Kristen Dalton has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at TripAdvisor. She responsible for strategy development and operational planning and execution.
  • Amanda Hawkins-Vogel has been promoted as Chief Operating Officer at Twenty Four Seven Hotels. She will provide strategic guidance to all departments supporting the daily operations and help navigate the company through the ever-changing hospitality industry.
  • Andrew Wilson has been appointed as Director of Food and Beverage and Inn Operations at Suncadia Resort, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel. He brings more than two decades of culinary leadership experience and intimate knowledge of the community and property to his role.
  • Robert M. La Forgia joined LivAway Suites Ownership Group and Board as Member. He has 40 years experience in hospitality and real estate industries.
  • Darby Gyscek named Director of Sales & Marketing at Kimpton The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville. She brings 25 years of hospitality sales experience to The Forum's sales team.
  • Kimpton The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville is pleased to announce Ricky de Jesus as Director of Catering. He has 15 years of hospitality experience with a focus in boutique hotel management.
  • Kevin Carey has been promoted as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at American Hotel & Lodging Association. He is responsible for leading AHLA's membership, strategic partnerships and business development, and conferences and events.
  • Chris Nassetta named National Chair at U.S. Travel Association (USTA). He will lead the association's executive board and board of delegates, and work closely with U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman.
  • Daniel Garcia has been appointed as Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a leader of the culinary team.
  • Scott Cochran joins Le Meridien | Element Salt Lake City Downtown as Complex General Manager. He has strong background in luxury and lifestyle hotel operations, including with companies such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Two Roads Hospitality and W Hotels.
  • Le Meridien | Element Salt Lake City Downtown welcomes Kitty Chau as Complex Director of Sales & Marketing. She has worked in various sales positions at several Hilton hotels, including in Denver, Colorado; Albany, New York; Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Christian Arriaga has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Elms Hotel & Spa - Destination by Hyatt. He will lead the historic property's signature Three Owls restaurant, curating specialty menus and overseeing banquet events, The Tavern, Cafe Soterian.
  • Marriott announced the appointment of Drew Pinto as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue & Technology Officer. He will lead sales, revenue management, distribution channels, digital, and information technology.
  • Peggy Fang Roe has been promoted as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Marriott International. She will be responsible for developing and executing the company's global consumer strategy.
  • Marriott International announced the promotion of Tina Edmundson as President, Luxury. She brings with her over 25 years of experience.
  • Leeny Oberg takes up the role as Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Development at Marriott International, Inc. She will lead the company's Global Development organization.
  • Christopher Zindash has been appointed as Chapter President as HSMAI Washington DC chapter. He formerly was director of sales for TravelClick in Washington.
  • JW Marriott Dallas Arts District welcomes Jonah Friedmann as its Executive Chef. He is a Chicago-born chef with a passion for seasonality and locality, using inspiration from travels.
  • Lotte Hotel Seattle is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Ring as Director of Sales & Marketing. In this role, he will lead the business development and execution of the hotel's sales initiatives.
  • Scott Snofsky has been appointed as General Manager at Great Wolf Resorts. He brings over a decade of experience managing hotels from Austin to Arizona.
  • JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District named Simon Pettigrew as Managing Director. He brings over 35 years of luxury hospitality experience in twelve national and international locations.
  • Angel Redono Tena has been appointed as Vice President of Business Development at Staypineapple Hotels Inc. He brings over 20 years of experience in sourcing, underwriting, negotiating and creating hotel concepts.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is proud to announce the appointment of Olivier Lau to the role of General Manager. He brings a plethora of knowledge to his new title.

Europe

  • Ed Kerr has been appointed as Country Manager at RoomRaccoon. He will focus on strengthening RoomRaccoon's sales development and provide a direct service to independent hoteliers, B&Bs and apartment owners in the UK and Ireland.
  • Pia Nielsen joins Best Western Plus Airport Hotel Copenhagen as General Manager. She brings with her an extensive resume with 20+ years of experience from the hotel industry.
  • Marco Carandino named Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Prague. He brings over a decade of experience and an undeniable passion for sweet Italian flavours to Four Seasons Hotel Prague.
  • IntercityHotel Lübeck, Germany welcomed Burkhard Kohlhoff as General Manager. He gained numerous experiences at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Dorint Hotels.
  • IntercityHotel Karlsruhe appoints Nikolaus Kunz as General Manager. His further career stations in the 4- and 5-star segment in Lucerne, in Frankfurt-City and Gstaad, he became General Manager of IntercityHotel Erfurt.
  • Michael Nöske has been appointed as General Manager at IntercityHotel Hamburg Dammtor-Messe. He got to know the hotel industry as a receptionist and shift manager at Holiday Inn Frankfurt.
  • Oliver Schoppmann joins IntercityHotel Vienna as General Manager. A well-deserved step and success story after already holding the position as Deputy Director within the hotel over the last one and a half years.
  • Roland Fasel named Chief Operating Officer at Maybourne Hotel Group. He will be responsible for the commercial success and quality of the current portfolio of hotels, building on their reputation for unrivalled service and personalised guest experiences.
  • Maison Albar Hotels – L’Imperator in Nimes welcomed Jérôme Montanteme as General Manager. He takes up residence in Nîmes after having worked in some of the most beautiful 5-star hotels on the Côte-d'Azur.
  • Accor appoints Scott Boyes as Senior Vice President Hotel Operations. He is responsible for hotels under management agreements in the newly designated Pacific North region, which includes New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Northern Territory.
  • Danesh Bamji has been appointed as Vice President Franchise at Accor, Pacific. He will be responsible for leveraging Accor's brand, marketing, sales, customer engagement, digital and loyalty strategies.
  • Peter Martin joins MAXX Hotel Sanssouci Potsdam as General Manager. He gained his first hotel experience at Hotel Schweizerhof Berlin starting as a commis in service and moving up to Head Waiter.
  • Thomas Wilken has been appointed as General Manager at Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems. After his experience as Sous de Chef, Assistant F&B Manager and Chef de Cuisine, he held a variety of management positions.
  • Accor welcomes Philippe Bijaoui as SVP Development, Europe & North Africa. He will support Accor's ambition to remain the fastest growing hotel group across all segments in Europe & North Africa and continue the expansion of its brands in the region.
  • Nihat Ercan named CEO Hotels & Hospitality Group at JLL Asia Pacific. He will also join the firm's global Hotels & Hospitality Group leadership team and further integrate the Asia Pacific business into JLL's unmatched international hotel investment and advisory platform.
  • Eva Mount has been appointed as General Manager at The BoTree in London. She will oversee the launch of the hotel on Marylebone Lane this summer.
  • Ayo Akinsete joined Birch as Managing Director. He has spent the last 14 years overseeing the openings and operations of numerous properties for top global hospitality brands.
  • Pere Taberner has been appointed as President at Hostelco in Barcelona. He is the world leader in the manufacture and sale of equipment for the foodservice sector.
  • Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Millennium Hotels & Resorts, MEA. He will reinforce Millennium as a regional specialist in the hospitality industry.
  • Villa d’Este Hotels appoints Maria Gasparella as Director of Sales & Marketing. She oversees Villa d'Este Hotels' entire sales and marketing teams, implement strategic planning and launch new products and services whilst maintaining the highest level of guest experience.
  • Villa La Massa in Florence is pleased to announce Elisa Peroli as General Manager. Her key focus will be on expanding the hotel's culinary and events program.
  • Gavin Taylor joins Clermont Hotel Group as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will oversee the group's growth strategy, with plans for further investment across the portfolio in the coming months, following an initial £18m refurbishment of the Clermont properties.
  • Le Bristol Paris' team is pleased to announce the appointment of Baptiste Gillet-Delrieu to the role of Wine Director for the hotel. He began his career as Commis Sommelier at Epicure in 2012.
  • Kashif Yamin has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Data & Strategy at Alliants. He is a leader with a deep knowledge of data driven decision making.

Asia

  • Patrick Finn has been appointed as Vice President Development for Southeast Asia and Korea at IHG Hotels & Resorts in Singapore. He will spearhead strategic growth initiatives and oversee the expansion of the group's brands in the region.
  • Courtney Hall named Sales Manager at RMS - Parks & Campgrounds Australia and New Zealand. Her extensive knowledge and understanding over the years, combined with the latest advances within RMS, is the perfect balance -both new and long-term parks win.
  • ROOMDEX appoints Stuart Dale as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. He will be responsible for leading the ROOMDEX team in maximizing growth and expanding reach across all regions.
  • Ferdinand Wortelboer joined COMO Hotels and Resorts as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He is poised to lead all aspects of management and hotel operations as Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts.
  • Makoto Yamashita has been appointed as General Manager Area General Manager of Kyoto, Japan at ASAI Kyoto Shijo. He has more than three decades of marketing and operational experience.
  • Chutima Fuangkham Kennedy has been promoted Vice President of Marketing at Onyx Hospitality Group. She was responsible for building the group's digital marketing team and successfully delivering double-digit ROI throughout her career.
  • Onyx Hospitality Group promotes Hazel Chua as Senior Director Operations Support. She has over 20 years of experience in sales and hotel operations.
  • Hathairat Naenkwaen has been promoted as Senior Director, Sales & Distribution at Onyx Hospitality Group. She will lead, whilst driving the strategic revenue performance across distribution as well as sales and key accounts including leisure, MICE and corporate markets.
  • Siriyupa Prakobthong has been appointed as Director, Sales – Leisure at Onyx Hospitality Group. She is responsible for Boosting the leisure sales function at Onyx is in recognition of the importance of traditional sales channels.
  • Nattaporn Ratanasingha named Director, Business Development & Strategy at Onyx Hospitality Group. She first joined the Onyx development team as Development Manager and continued to grow until reaching her incumbent position, as a Director of Development.
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket names Chandrashekar Joshi as General Manager. He joins Hyatt with 21 years of experience working for top luxury international hotel brands.
  • Heinrich Morio has been appointed as General Manager at Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Al Ruwais. He will be responsible for overseeing all areas of operations, sales, commercials and marketing.
  • Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas in Ko Yao Yai welcomes Lionel Ferrari as General Manager. He will oversee all operations for the new exclusive property that will appeal to travellers looking for a lesser-known, unusual destination and transformative experiences.
  • Radu Cernia has been appointed as General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton. He brings a wealth of international experience to the luxury hotel, which is slated to open in the prefectural capital of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan in late spring of this year.
  • Jeremie de Fombelle named Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at The Lux Collective. He has two decades of leadership and operational experience in luxury hospitality management.
  • Projjwal Ghosh joins Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Gate as Director of Sales & Marketing. He will be responsible for leading strategic sales, marketing and business operations and overlook all aspects of the sales and marketing department.
  • Jacob Paul has been appointed as Human Resource Manager at Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Gate. He brings 12 years of experience across brands like Accor hotels, Carlson Rezidor group of Hotels and has been associated with other IHG Hotels in India.
  • Ayushi Bhardwaj joins Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Gate as Marketing & Communications Manager. She is responsible for elevating and maintaining the hotel's brand positioning, creating marketing campaigns.
  • Adrian Chua named General Manager at Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah. He has 30 years of international experience in the hospitality industry and F&B, Adrian has a wealth of knowledge that he intends to share with the sassy 4-star property.
  • John Parker has been appointed as General Manager at Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club. He will focus on positioning Avani Chaweng Samui Hotel & Beach Club as Koh Samui's leading lifestyle resort, as well as elevating SEEN Beach Club Samui's visibility.
  • Marcus Hanna named Vice President Operations at Pacific, Sofitel, MGallery and Emblem. He has over 18 years of experience with Accor, out of which twelve of those years were spent in luxury hotels.
  • Meliá Chiang Mai welcomes Marc Selinger as General Manager. He has taken charge of the 260-key hotel that opened in April last year in the heart of Chiang Mai city in Thailand's mountainous north.
  • Pornchanok Thongrungrot has been promoted as Corporate Public Relations Director at Centara Hotels & Resorts. She has supported several major PR campaigns and marketing initiatives, including the launch of Centara Reserve.
  • Emma Hynes joined IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific as Director of Operations. She has 15 year's of leadership experience across large hotel estates.
  • Joel Gordon has been appointed as Director of Operations, Franchised at IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific. He is an experienced operator whose career in hotels spans over 20 years.
  • James Young joined IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific as Director of Operations, Luxury & Lifestyle. He oversees the Luxury & Lifestyle estate which includes the InterContinental, Kimpton, and Vignette brands across Australasia and the Pacific.
  • Sam Swaffield named Director of Performance at IHG Hotels & Resorts JAPAC. He will act as a conduit between IHG and the DOPs, paving the way for their success by setting the strategy for performance that will be adopted and embedded across the estate.
  • Cameron Burke joined IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific as Director, Development. He was responsible for delivering non-organic cross-border portfolio growth through M&A, direct capital allocations and strategic partnerships.
  • Malcolm Zancanaro has been appointed as Director, New Hotels at IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific. He has more than 30 years' experience in the hotel industry.
  • Isabella Ledden named Corporate Counsel at IHG Hotels & Resorts Australasia & Pacific. She will be reporting to Breanne Stratford, Head of Legal – JAPAC.
  • Ashok Nair has been appointed as Director of Rooms and Residences at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. He has more than a decade of expertise in creating personalized itineraries.
  • Franck Droin named General Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Macau. He will oversee day-to-day hotel operations, leading the team in delivering operational excellence and innovative guest experiences.
  • Crystalbrook Collection is pleased to announce Carl Taranto as Area General Manager. He has more than 20 years' of hospitality experience.
  • Crystalbrook Kingsley in Newcastle welcomes Josquin Crepelliere as General Manager. He has over 13 years' experience working internationally in the hospitality industry, spanning from Gambia to Fiji.
  • Emma Alcorn has been appointed as General Manager at Crystalbrook Byron in Byron Bay. She brings a deep understanding of the luxury and boutique market to this much-loved resort.
  • Fanny Guibouret joins Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto as General Manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in luxury hospitality.
  • Matthew Bennink named Executive Chef at Shangri-La Singapore. He oversees the daily kitchen operations and culinary management across the hotel's 11 dining concepts including its One-Michelin starred Shang Palace, banquet catering functions.
  • Seema Nandwani joined Sofitel Mumbai BKC as Marketing & Communications Manager. She will leverage her extensive experience to create solid Communications strategies for the hotel.
  • Shashank Pathak has been appointed as Rooms Division Manager at Fairfield by Marriot Mumbai International Airport. He will be taking care of overall Rooms division Operations and Revenue.
  • Emma Soutter joins TFE Hotels, NSW and ACT as Regional General Manager. She has broad experience in owner engagement and is passionate about enhancing and creating memorable guest services.
  • TFE Hotels, QLD, New Zealand, WA & NT welcomes Warwick Kahl as Regional General Manager. He has decades of experience in managing economy and luxury hotel properties both domestically and internationally.
  • Constance Chang has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at W Maldives. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion and will lead the sales and marketing team at the resort.
  • Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Yibing Mao as President, Greater China. Her journey started with Marriott since 1996.

­­South America

  • Rene Camelo has been appointed as Executive Chef at Kempinski Hotel Cancún. He will be overseeing all the culinary experiences throughout the property, or better said, his home away from home.
  • Kristofer Bremström named Director of Food & Beverage at Aruba Marriott Complex. He oversees the business and operating budget plans to ensure optimum guest satisfaction, menu development, sales potential, and work hand in hand with complex executive chef.
  • Olivier Dewatre has been appointed as Director General at Chocolate Alleno & Rivoire. Alléno & Rivoire is the alliance of two skills inspired by cooking and pastry, to create a unique collection.
  • Jacco van Teeffelen joined Fairmont Mayakoba as General Manager. He will work strategically to continue optimizing the new elements of the recently renovated property and positioning this prized resort among the elite of Caribbean luxury destinations.
  • Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection in Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S welcomes Juan Pablo Loza as Director of Culinary Experiences. He oversees the resort's various other dining venues YAYA, TnT, and El Molino Coffee Shop.

Carribean

  • Greg Best has been appointed as Executive Chef at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection. He will oversee operations and menu development at the resort's various food and beverage outlets.
  • Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve welcomes Mafalda Tavares as Hotel Manager. She will handle the day-to-day of the award-winning property, and focus on maximizing revenues, and strengthening the extraordinary services.
  • Carol Baker-Robinson named Director of Finance at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection. She will oversee strategic planning, ROI analysis, budgeting, profit maximization and more.
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection appoints Hailee Concepción as Senior Assistant Director of Finance & Accounting. He will handle day-to-day operations of the accounting department.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Saint Amand as the property's new Director of Spa & Retail. His hospitality industry career spans more than 20 years.

­­Middle East

  • Eric Masalawala has been appointed as Operations Manager at Premier Inn Dubai Dragon Mart Hotel. The majority of his 15-year career has been spent across the emirates.
  • Jean-Paul Dantil named General Manager at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in Abu Dhabi. He is tasked with levelling up the customer service of the resort and leading all day-to-day operations.
  • Jean Pittion has been promoted Director of Operations at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. He will be responsible for driving revenues in each hotel department, while also boosting guest satisfaction.
  • Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers promotes Carmine Pecoraro as Director of Food & Beverage. He is now in charge of opening new outlets, organising and training, and managing all 13 restaurants and their staff.
  • Joe Sanchez has been appointed as Executive Chef at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. He leads more than 120 chefs in his new post.
  • Giampaolo Scarfi named Director of Restaurants and Bars at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown. He will focus on building strong relationships and acquiring new clientele to increase footfall in the property.
  • NH Collection Oasis Doha Hotel appoints Daniel Mendez as General Manager. He contributes to maintain their market leader status.
  • Marco Kuefner has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab in Dubai. He will Oversee 386 rooms and suites, four penthouses and 83 luxury hotel apartment suites, set amid private gardens in Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab in Dubai.
  • Sandy Hartak has been promoted as Director of Front Office at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR. He will lead the entire department, namely heading up customer service and guest satisfaction functions.
  • Célia Stoecklin has been appointed as Executive Chef at Fi’lia at SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences. She was the Caterer award-winner, has left Jumeirah Group to become the new face of Fi'lia and its executive chef.
  • Idin Asmitha joins Media Rotana in Dubai as Executive Chef. He will oversee the hotel's day-to-day kitchen operations to deliver high-quality food and culinary experiences to guests at the all-day dining restaurant Channels.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is pleased to announce Thomas Altieri-Leca as Food & Beverage Director. He has broadened his experience internationally when he joined the team at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi.
  • Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai welcomes Riya Sapare as Marketing & Communications Manager. She will be in charge of the day-to-day of the department, expected to create new marketing strategies and ensure the hotel does well in its comp-set.
  • Marilu Olvera has been appointed as Resort Manager at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort By Anantara. She will oversee and guide the operations and guest experience of the resort's 140 rooms, 14 suites, and 53 pool villas, alongside its F&B outlets and desert activities.
  • Sofija Misljenovic named Director of Wellbeing at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Dibba. She oversees the holistic wellness offerings at the eco-friendly resort in Oman's Musandam peninsula.
  • Irfan Showcketh has been promoted as Director of Operations at Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai. He will oversee and manage all aspects of the resort's operations, including personnel, processes, technology, and customer service.
  • Fujairah Rotana Resort promotes Dhiraj Kumar as Director of Food & Beverage. He will be responsible for all food and beverage operations at the hotel.
  • Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras al Khaimah is pleased to announce Giacomo Puntel as Hotel Manager. Now in Ras Al Khaimah, it marks a return for Puntel to Rixos, having served as director of F&B in Dubai between 2015 and 2015.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Amman welcomes Hasan Barakat as Director of Sales & Marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in luxury hospitality.

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  • Luciano Scelza Appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of Porto Holidays Hospitality Management Company. She is in charge of all Porto Hotels and Resorts in Egypt, and the development of the brand.

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