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Who's Where and Doing What - September 2023
By The Boutique Search Firm
Wednesday, 25th October 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.Global Update:

Featuring: September 2023

­­North America

  • Jorge Dionicio has been appointed as Executive Sushi Chef at Saishin, at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC in New York. The skyhigh sushi experience offers a luxe omakase service as well as a la carte nigiri and sashimi at their 66-seat restaurant.
  • Bobbie Peppers has been appointed as General Manager at The Memphian in Memphis. She brings nearly two decades of hospitality experience to The Memphian.
  • Mariano Padilla has been appointed as Sommelier at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. He was certified as a Sommelier in 2015, and in 2022 he earned the Level 3 Advanced Sommelier Award in wines.
  • Cliff Atkinson has been appointed as President at Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas. A veteran of the hospitality industry with nearly 30 years of experience, he will bring a fresh leadership perspective to the property, positioning it for exciting growth and continued success.
  • Michelle Steffens has been appointed as Vice President of Operations at Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President of Operations at Aimbridge Hospitality.
  • Catherine Powell named as Board Director at Airbnb, Inc. She spent over 15 years at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as the President of Disney Parks Western Region.
  • Rich Serino named as Board Director at Airbnb, Inc. He has extensive leadership in emergency management, emergency medical and homeland security at local, state, federal, and international levels.
  • Matt Korsos has been appointed as General Manager at Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton. Korsos. He brings over 20 years of hospitality leadership experience to his position.
  • Matthew Rolston has been appointed as Assistant Lodge Manager at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge in Vancouver Island. He is excited to continue his career in the hospitality management industry, assisting the lodge in maintaining its stellar customer service.
  • Austin Luckett has been appointed as General Manager at MOLLIE Aspen. In his new role, he oversees all aspects of the hotel from operational leadership and talent acquisition to the core development of MOLLIE's culture and training programs.
  • Andrea Grigg has been appointed as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Hotels Asset Management at CBRE Hotels. She will focus on bringing cross-border hospitality solutions and ownership representation to global hotel investors.
  • George Terpilowski has been appointed as General Manager at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. He will play a significant role in the hotel's continued success, overseeing all aspects of the 422-room property.
  • Elvira Skomorowska has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Union Station Nashville Yards, Autograph Collection. She will spearhead sales and marketing operations for the property's 125 guest suites, meeting rooms, on-site restaurant and lobby bar.
  • Neville Erasmus has been appointed as General Manager at Delta by Marriott Virginia Beach Waterfront. He was also general manager of Atlanta's acclaimed Château Elan Winery & Resort, where he oversaw a $25 million comprehensive renovation.
  • Andrea Paulino has been appointed as Chef de Cuisine at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. In this position, she will provide culinary direction for the property's talented chefs, updating seasonal happy hour menus, and ensuring the quality and consistency of culinary items.
  • Christina Chan has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding China) at Marriott International, Inc. In her new elevated role, she will oversee Finance Operations, Asset Management, Compliance and Owner Relations.
  • Andrew Newmark has been appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding China) at Marriott International, Inc. He will lead the company's Human Resources function in the region.
  • John Toomey has been appointed as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding China) at Marriott International, Inc. Across his 27-year career with Marriott, he has held a strong track record for driving performance and collaboration.
  • Oriol Montal has been appointed as Managing Director, Luxury, Asia Pacific (excluding China) at Marriott International, Inc. He brings over 25 years of experience in the industry to his role.
  • Marlowe Joseph Lawenko has been promoted to Executive Chef at Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort in Lanai City. The adults-only wellness retreat is nestled among the pine-covered mountains of the Hawaiian island.
  • Peter Delia has been appointed as Director of Corporate & Entertainment Sales at Virgin Hotels. He brings over a decade of sales experience from esteemed hospitality brands such as Marriott Luxury and The Ritz-Carlton.
  • Julia Grishkova has been appointed as Director of Group Sales at Virgin Hotels. She will leverage her global experience selling luxury for brands such as Four Seasons, Armani and St. Regis to lead group sales strategies.
  • Maya Latinovic has been appointed as Vice President of Global Sales at Virgin Hotels. She has been a driving force for the brand since she was appointed Vice President of Global Sales of Virgin Hotels in January 2022.
  • Peter Strebel has been appointed as President for the Americas at RateGain in Dallas. Named as a Top CEO on Glassdoor, he was responsible for guiding the company through the pandemic crisis.
  • Taylor McInerney has been appointed as General Manager at AC Hotel New Orleans French Quarter. In this position, he will efficiently manage and oversee day-to-day hotel operations, driving optimal performance and continuous improvement.
  • Chris Moore has been appointed as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage at LBA Hospitality. She previously served as the Executive Chef at the restaurants at the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Becky Casey has been appointed as Vice President Sales North America at The Londoner and Edwardian Hotels London. Her wealth of experience brings a deep understanding of the current customer requirements and trends within the North American market.
  • Manuel Deisen has been appointed as General Manager at W Nashville. He began his Marriott journey as an Executive Steward at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland.
  • Robert Friedl has been appointed as General Manager at Montage Kapalua Bay in Lahaina. He is responsible for all the daily operations of the luxury beachfront resort.
  • Derek Wood has been appointed as Director of Sales at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street. He brings with him a treasure trove of experience in the hospitality world, having worked his sales magic with several Marriott-branded hotels.
  • Erica Tortora has been promoted to Director of Marketing at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street. She joined Marriott International in 2021 as a Communications Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.
  • Brittany Erigo has been promoted to Director of Catering at JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street. She will now spearhead both properties' catering services and programs, from planning to execution.
  • Nicolas Houlbert has been appointed as Executive Chef at Copper Grouse Restaurant & Bar at Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester. He is excited to source product from local farms and markets in an effort to create menus that balance familiar ingredients.
  • Sergio Bocci has been appointed as General Manager at Hilton Anaheim. He previously worked for the Hilton Anaheim from 2012-2015 as Hotel Manager and boasts 38 years of experience working for Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
  • Michael Boulanger has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at Novotel Miami Brickell. With a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Boulanger will leverage his deep insights and innovative approach to enhance Novotel Miami Brickell's profile.
  • Tiffany Cooper has been appointed as Chief Development Officer – Americas & Caribbean at Aimbridge Hospitality. She will lead the deal team and implement plans that support the company's strategic vision.
  • Niall Kelly has been appointed as Head of Development – EMEA at Aimbridge Hospitality. He brings more than 25 years of significant deal-making experience with over 220 hotel transactions.
  • Joshua Gentry has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington Hamburg. He brings over 15 years of hospitality experience to his new role.
  • Bob Jensch has been appointed as Managing Director at Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the resort's operations.
  • Guy Hutchinson has been appointed as President, Middle East & Africa at Hilton in Dubai. The role puts him in charge of 285 hotels in the region, either open or in the pipeline, and a combined workforce of over 29,000 people.
  • Kenia Zavala has been appointed as Director of Spa at SpaTerre at Kona Kai San Diego. She specializes in growth and operational strategy while simultaneously ensuring ongoing treatment innovation and an outstanding guest experience.
  • Jason Ballard has been promoted to Head of Operations, Hyatt Studios at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He was instrumental in establishing and nurturing Hyatt's Franchise & Owner Relations Group (FORG).
  • Casi Johnson has been promoted to President at M3. She has consistently led her teams to maintain M3's cutting-edge position in the hospitality software technology landscape.
  • Allen Read has been promoted to CEO at M3. With a robust background spanning over a decade in hotel operations and his engineering education, his insights have been instrumental in shaping M3's path to success.
  • Aimee King has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. She brings extensive knowledge in the San Francisco Bay Area's hospitality sector and a proven track record of spearheading impactful marketing campaigns.
  • Timothy Caspare has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection in Newport. He has held head chef positions throughout New York and California.
  • Devin Mahoney has been appointed as General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. He is celebrated for creating experience-driven environments, an outstanding guest and teammate experience.
  • Steve Pastor has been appointed as General Manager at Great Wolf Lodge Northern California in Manteca. He previously managed the Radisson Mall of America Hotel Waterpark.
  • Blue Mountain Resort has named William McPartland as Food and Beverage Director. With over 25 years of diverse restaurant experience, he oversees operations, menu development and implementation at the resort’s Slopeside Pub & Grill.
  • Gaetano Petruzzella has been appointed as Multi-Property General Manager at Rabat Marriott Hotel and at Fés Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace, Morocco. In this role, he will be essential in overseeing the operation and the development of the new services.
  • Marc Johnson has been appointed as Analyst at Colliers Hospitality Practice in New York. He is an experienced real estate professional across a variety of industry verticals including valuation of institutional real estate and asset management of a portfolio of world class hotels.
  • Michelle Mathews has been appointed as Executive Chef at Canopy by Hilton San Francisco SoMa. She will develop tasting menus at the hotel's lobby bar, The Social; and oversee operations of Bean Bar.
  • Ryan Bunker has been appointed as General Manager at Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa. Prior to his new role at the Frisco resort, he was General Manager at The Highland Dallas.
  • Andre Priemer has been appointed as Managing Director at Everline Resort & Spa in Olympic Valley. He will oversee the daily operations of the resort, including the on-site spa, meeting space, championship golf course, and multiple on-site restaurants.
  • Jim Anhut has been appointed as Interim President and Chief Development Officer at WaterWalk. He brings more than 35 years of extensive industry experience.
  • Max Spangler has been appointed as Vice President of Technology at Charlestowne Hotels. He has overseen the strategic growth of the company's evolving tech stack and road map, developing and deploying new software and systems.
  • Heather Willett has been appointed as Assistant General Manager at The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett. She will oversee day-to-day operations of The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett, ensuring the hotel staff creates guest experiences that exceed expectations.
  • Julie Bilecky named as Director of Catering at The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett. She will direct the catering sales department while guiding the team in providing the highest level of service.
  • Christopher Walling has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and MD at Innisbrook in Tampa. He has worked with the Salamander Collection since 2022.
  • Stefen Shatto has been appointed as Executive Chef at Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection in Santa Cruz. He was instrumental in the Roman-style Italian trattoria’s early and continued success.
  • Daniel Padberg has been appointed as Director of Food and Beverage at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. He brings over 13 years of effective culinary leadership experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
  • Ted Knighton has been appointed as Managing Director at Thompson Houston. He will lead the hotel operations of Thompson Houston, introducing Thompson Hotels to a dynamic new market in Texas.
  • Gary W. Byrd has been appointed as General Manager at Hotel Forty-Five in Macon. He will oversee all aspects of operations at Hotel Forty-Five while planning, directing, and executing robust food and beverage and hotel management strategies.
  • Natalie Serse has been appointed as General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter. She joins Homewood Suites New Orleans French Quarter from Bridge Hotel Group.
  • Lisa Hudson has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Thompson Houston. She is a highly experienced leader in the hospitality space, with a proven record for driving sales and increasing revenues.
  • Vi Nguyen has been appointed as Campus Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Citrine, Palo Alto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and AC Hotel by Marriott Palo Alto. The destination is managed by California-based Evolution Hospitality.
  • Rohit Radhakrishnan named as General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Asheville Downtown. He will lead the team in all aspects of hotel operations and guest experience.
  • Niek Mestdagh has been appointed as General Manager at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. He brings more than two decades of industry expertise and has successfully led teams at premier hotels and resorts.
  • Scott Steffek has been appointed as Director of Vibe at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley. He previously spent 13 years at the Viceroy Snowmass, where he served as Bell Captain.
  • Pascal Dupuis has been appointed as General Manager at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village. He attended the Hotel & Management School in Nice where he obtained his Brevet Technician Hotelier, a national diploma of higher education in France.
  • Chinmai Sharma named as Global Head - Lodging, Ground & Sea at Sabre Corporation in Southlake. Before joining Sabre, he served as President-Americas for RateGain.
  • Jeff Down named as Head of Sales, EMEA at Stayntouch. His experience includes senior sales roles at IRECKONU, Cendyn, Nor1, and TIG Global.
  • Markos Chaidemenos has been appointed as 2023 Hotelier of the Year at Virtuoso. He began working in the family business as a front desk clerk at 16, stepped in to take over in 2010 at the tender age of 22, after graduating from Swiss Hotel Management School.
  • Joel Eugene has been appointed as Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. In this role, he will oversee all menu creation and execution for the hotel's award-winning food and beverage outlets Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar.
  • Jolyon Bulley has been appointed as Executive Committee Member at American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). He is responsible for the management, growth and profitability of the Americas region.
  • Dominic Dragisich has been promoted to Executive VP, Operations and Chief Global Brand Officer at Choice Hotels International, Inc. He will oversee all of Choice's brand segments, brand development, segment services, and corporate development.
  • Scott Oaksmith has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Choice Hotels International, Inc. In this role, he will lead Choice's overall financial strategy and corporate growth initiatives.
  • Raul Ramirez has been promoted to Chief Segment and International Operations Officer at Choice Hotels International, Inc. He has led the integration of the Radisson Americas brands and WoodSpring Suites.
  • Anna Scozzafava has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Technology at Choice Hotels International, Inc. She has been with the company since 2012 and drove the growth and expansion helping to establish the company as a clear leader.

Europe

  • James Hodgetts has been appointed as Partner - Occupier Strategy & Solutions, Middle East and Africa at Knight Frank MENA. He joins Knight Frank, reinforcing the firm's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to clients in the region.
  • Niall Dunne has been promoted to General Manager at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny. Within his career he has overseen and been part of over 2000 weddings in the Newpark Hotel.
  • Mark Flynn has been appointed as General Manager at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny. He has a broad range of work experience in hospitality having worked in various roles.
  • Jean Hélière has been appointed as Cluster General Manager at InterContinental Porto - Palácio das Cardosas. He worked several years in Italy for companies like Hilton, Marriot, and Radisson before joining IHG.
  • Diana Vieweg has been appointed as Director of Human Resources at MEININGER Hotels. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a Bachelor's in International Business in 2011.
  • Grégory Rabuel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Groupe Barrière. He is tasked with spearheading Groupe Barrière towards growth, development and diversification in its activity, both in France and worldwide.
  • Colette Sullivan joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as Global Brand Manager. She is Fairmont's global brand manager, working from the Dubai office which was set up when Mark Willis became the brand's CEO earlier this year.
  • Roland Hamberger has been appointed as Managing Director at Rosewood Vienna. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts portfolio and the brand's first in the German-speaking market.
  • Marcello Ventisei has been appointed as General Manager at Voco Grand Central Glasgow. He will supervise 233 guest rooms, the hotel's restaurant, its Champagne bar, and several meeting and event venues.
  • Stefan Soennichsen has been appointed as Managing Director and Regional VP Operations at The Langham London. His leadership of this esteemed London establishment is anticipated given his extensive familiarity with the city.
  • Mahmoud El Keiy has been appointed as General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Baku. His journey in the hospitality industry has been one marked by passion and a profound understanding of the significance of guest satisfaction.
  • Clare Goss has been appointed as Director of Global Sales Area-UK & Ireland at ONYX Hospitality Group in London. Her expertise has been honed through impactful positions with tour operators and airlines.
  • Sophie Perret has been promoted to Managing Director, London Office at HVS in London. She joined HVS Madrid in 2003 and relocated to London three years later.
  • Konstantin Grimm has been appointed as General Manager at voco St. David's Cardiff. He boasts an impressive background in hospitality management throughout Europe.
  • Daniel Cross has been appointed as General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo. He comes with a rich background in hotel management, making him a perfect fit for this role.
  • Daniel O’Connor has been promoted to General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork. He previously held the role of Deputy General Manager at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa.
  • Jaime Faus has been appointed as General Manager at Pullman Montparnasse in Paris. At the beginning of 2023, after 23 years of collaboration, he left the Accor group.
  • Gilda Perez-Alvarado named as Group Chief Strategy Officer at Accor. She started her career at PwC before joining JLL in 2004.
  • Jörg Arnold has been appointed as General Manager and Cluster Director at The Chedi Andermatt. He will continue to grow the hotels and develop them into a prime alpine destination.
  • Annie Cowell has been appointed as Guest Experience Specialist at Point A Hotels. She brings over a decade of customer-focused experience to the role.
  • Raoul de Souza has been appointed as General Manager at The Hilton London Bankside. His journey with Hilton London Bankside started in May 2015.
  • Natasha Hargan has been appointed as General Manager at Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch. She has an impressive 15 years' experience in hospitality.
  • Katherine Gordon has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer at The Doyle Collection. Luxury and lifestyle hospitality is very much within her DNA, having spent the past six and a half years with COMO.
  • Anna Abbott has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer at The Doyle Collection. She brings a wealth of expertise in building desirable brands, digital transformation, creative campaigns and end-to-end customer experience to grow businesses.

Asia

  • Xavier Pougnard has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Shangri-La Singapore. He has left an indelible mark during his tenure with this flagship property from 2014 to 2019.
  • Marcel Holman has moved to Pan Pacific Hotels Groups' head office in Singapore to focus fulltime on his region (Oceania, Japan, China and Indonesia) after successfully opening the new flagship, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore.
  • Ravi Dhankhar has been appointed as General Manager at Ramada by Wyndham Jaipur North. He will be responsible for overseeing the hotel's staff and operations, sales, marketing, client relationship management, corporate liaisoning, P&L, financial targets, cost management and EBIDTA.
  • Pannarat Tantrativud has been appointed as Assistant Vice President - CRM & Customer Service at Centara Hotels & Resorts. She will be responsible for leading Centara's CRM and loyalty strategies.
  • Chuang Ting Ya has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. Her passion for excellence led her to the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, where she assumed a number of leadership roles.
  • Amro Ali has been appointed as Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. He brings more than 15 years' experience in luxury hotel management to his new role.
  • Dalpat Singh has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. He brings with him an impressive track record of leadership and accomplishments within the Food and Beverage industry.
  • Andrew Hartley has been appointed as Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing at Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Phnom Penh. He brings more than 20 years of experience in luxury hotels around the world.
  • Jason Burnett has been appointed as General Manager at InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. He has worked as a General Manager & Regional General Manager across diverse IHG brands and markets.
  • Joerg Zobel has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rosewood Hotel Group. He will head Rosewood Hotel Group's global operations across the group's four brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
  • Judy Koh has been promoted to Hotel Manager at InterContinental Singapore. She successfully led her team through the task of re-opening the hotel post-COVID-19 and the resumption of travel into Singapore.
  • Fai Abdullah has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at InterContinental Singapore. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and commitment to excellence, and a creative approach to sales strategies.
  • Mavis Ko has been appointed as Director of Communications at The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel. Prior to joining The Murray, she was the Director of Marketing Communications at the Shangri-La Group.
  • Sirorat Limraksasin (Pink) has been appointed as Social Master at Absolute Hotel Services (AHS). With an illustrious career spanning over seven years in the digital mark eting realm, she brings a wealth of experience to her role.
  • Sita Selanont (Khaotu) has been appointed as Group Training Manager at Absolute Hotel Services (AHS). In this key role, she will spearhead developing, implementing, and overseeing comprehensive training programs across AHS's diverse portfolio of properties.
  • Scott Eger has been appointed as General Manager at Sofitel Adelaide. He brings more than 20 years of experience to this general management role.
  • Sai Siddarth has been appointed as Marketing Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort & Convention Center. In his new role, he will be responsible for elevating and galvanizing the hotel's brand positioning.
  • Steven Stefaniuk has been appointed as General Manager at Fairmont Maldives in Sirru Fen Fushi. He brings his experiences from Canada, Bermuda, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Fairmont.
  • Katerina Dixon has been appointed as Area Vice President of Marketing F&B and Corporate Communications at Shangri-La Group. She will lead the group's entire F&B marketing and communications strategy.
  • Christian Ruge has been appointed as General Manager at Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. His impressive 25-year journey in hospitality management has seen him hold important positions in key locations worldwide.
  • Jirarat Ninpadub has been appointed as General Manager at Le Méridien Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort. This chic new seafront retreat is set to open its doors in September 2023, nestled directly on Phuket's sunset coast.
  • Ingrid Chen named as Vice President of Brand Strategy and Marketing at Rosewood Hotel Group. She brings a wealth of experience in brand management for renowned luxury brand.
  • Franck Rodriguez has been appointed as Area General Manager at Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co. in Phu Loc. He will helm operations at the opulent Banyan Tree Lang Co, which boasts all-pool villas, and the five-star, family-centric Angsana Lang Co.
  • Amit Gera has been appointed as General Manager at Novotel Chennai Chamiers Road. He brings 23 Years of Experience in all facets of management, including Five Diamond Stars awarded Deluxe Hotels.
  • Dave Wilson has been appointed as Food & Beverage Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong, an IHG Hotel. His hospitality career began early at the age of 16, evolving from luggage delivery to pre-opening management roles.
  • Migo Razon has been appointed as Executive Chef at Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong, an IHG Hotel. He has enjoyed roles at Double Tree by Hilton Melbourne, and most recently at Sheraton Melbourne Hotel.
  • Stacey Cameron has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong, an IHG Hotel. Her career includes managing operations at Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove and orchestrating unforgettable events in Tropical North Queensland.
  • Soumitra Pahari joined International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) as Director of Hospitality and Executive Education. His illustrious career spans decades, marked by his exceptional contributions to the field.
  • Hakan Ozel has been promoted to Area General Manager, Operations at Shangri-La Middle East, Europe, India and Americas (MEIA). He has been general manager of Shangri-La Dubai since 2016.

­­South America

  • Caroline Bolduc-Barletta has been appointed as General Manager at Aloft San Pedro Sula. She began her professional career studying pedagogy at the Centro Universitario del Norte in San Pedro Sula, influenced by a work experience recently graduated from high school.
  • Richard Raab has been appointed as General Manager at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol. Most recently he was the General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
  • Ceìsar Moreno has been appointed as General Manager at Andaz Mayakoba in Riveria Maya. He will manage every aspect of the resort, from larger-scale initiatives to day-to-day operations.
  • Joseph Murphy has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba in Palm Beach. He held various positions in different kitchens throughout England and Australia.
  • Oscar Gonzalez has been appointed as General Manager at W Punta de Mita in Riviera Nayarit. He began his career in his hometown of Mexico City at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

­­Carribean

  • Ernesto Luna has been appointed as General Manager at InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort & Spa in Portsmouth. He brings a wealth of experience and dynamic leadership to the resort.
  • Hemal Jain has been appointed as General Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Canouan in Canouan Island. He will oversee day-to-day hotel operations, leading the team in delivering operational excellence and innovative guest programs.
  • Imre Maraczi has been appointed as Area Director of Food and Beverage at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. He will be responsible for overseeing all dining outlets within the hotel.
  • Diannethea Bain has been appointed as General Manager at Mount Cinnamon Grenada. In this new role, her aim is to extensively develop the talent of the hotel's team members.

Middle East

  • Werner Anzinger has been promoted to Area Vice President of Operations at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Dubai UAE. He has been with the group for over 25 years.
  • Nick Solomon has been appointed as General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Amman. He was the General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island before joining the team in Amman.
  • Delphine Cravotto has been appointed as Hotel Manager at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai. She is now responsible for managing all aspects of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah operations.
  • Sudqi Naddaf has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amman. He brings a wealth of experience with him as he leads the culinary teams working across all of the property's various outlets.
  • Marco Conte has been appointed as Hotel Manager at The Lana, Dubai. Prior to his time at The Principe, he was the EAM at The Westin Palace Milan since 2014.
  • Nina Ptok has been appointed as Director of People & Culture at The Lana, Dubai. Before that, she spent almost five years as director of HR with Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai.
  • Alexandre Hulen has been appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Lana, Dubai. His most recent role before joining The Lana was at Sun Resorts in Maldives and Mauritius, where he held the position of VP of sales and marketing.
  • Nicholas Caupain has been appointed as Director of Food & Beverage at The Lana, Dubai. He has worked in five different countries over the last 15 years.
  • Jakub Adamowicz has been appointed as Director of Engineering at The Lana, Dubai. He held various complex Engineering Leader roles in Marriott Marquis City Center, JW Marriott Marquis City Center, Le Meridien City Center, and others.
  • Carlotta Cavallari has been appointed as Director of Marketing & Communications at The Lana, Dubai. She brings more than 14 years of marketing and PR experience with her, gained across the hospitality.
  • Edoardo Buffin de Chosal has been appointed as Director of Rooms at The Lana, Dubai. Prior to joining Dorchester Collection, he held various roles within rooms division with Baglioni Hotels & Resorts.
  • Oliver Jackson has been appointed as Executive Chef at The Lana, Dubai. He has relocated back to Dubai, after leading the culinary team at The Langham Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Carol Shaw has been appointed as Executive Housekeeper at The Lana, Dubai. Her most recent role before joining the Lana was with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Saudi Arabia.
  • Yana Zapryonova has been appointed as Director of Residences at The Lana, Dubai. She joins The Lana Dubai team from The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, where she held the role of front office manager.
  • Ahmad Yousry El Beheiry has been appointed as Development Director at Aleph Hospitality. He is the latest joiner to Aleph Hospitality's development team to grow the company's hotel portfolio in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Aseel Elagib has been appointed as Social Media Specialist at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Her responsibilities encompass overseeing the entirety of social media accounts, including LinkedIn.
  • Mohamed Wakeb has been promoted to Director of Operations at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi. He has spent a combined 18 years with the brand and has just been promoted from director of sales and marketing.
  • Abdullatif Al Farsi has been promoted to Resident Manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar in Nizwa. He has not only been an integral part of the resort's success but has also become a symbol of Omani hospitality and professionalism.
  • Rizwan Shaikh has been appointed as General Manager at Jabal Omar Jumeirah in Makkah. He will step into this role, transitioning from his previous position at the Fairmont Riyadh.
  • Anna-Marie Dowling has been appointed as General Manager at Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort. Before joining Nofa, she served as the area GM for IHG in Oman for a span of three years.
  • Ravneet Arora has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection. Her most recent role was as the cluster DOSM for Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek.
  • Julien Gonzalvez has been appointed as General Manager at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. His insightful leadership is set to elevate the stature of Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel And Villas, enhancing guest experiences and supervising the entire property's functions.
  • Luba Stepanova has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat. Her rich background also includes nearly twenty years at the erstwhile Ritz-Carlton Moscow.
  • Erkan Karatas has been appointed as General Manager at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat. He moved to the Oman hotel from The St. Regis Istanbul.
  • Ariel Ying-Hsuan Wang has been appointed as Front Desk Manager at Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong, an IHG Hotel. She was born in Taiwan and raised in Brazil.
  • Gustavo Pereira has been appointed as Cluster Director of Market Strategy at Marriott International Inc. in UAE. He has close to 12 years' hospitality experience.
  • Ramsey Saarany has been appointed as General Manager at Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort in Ras al Khaimah. He holds degrees from the University of Surrey, City University London, and Cornell University in New York.
  • Alain Aboukhater has been promoted to Director of Marketing & Communications at Al Bandar Rotana Hotel in Dubai. He has been with the property since January 2019.
  • Shanadi Liyanage has been appointed as Marketing Manager at Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites. She has also been marketing and communications manager for Ennismore's Hyde Hotel Dubai.
  • Eva-Vanessa Frommholz has been promoted to Cluster Commercial Director at Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Hilton Dubai The Walk and Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. She will oversee the sales, marketing, and revenue departments, as well as events.
  • Samer Gerges has been promoted to Multi-Property Director of Sales & Marketing at Marriott Doha cluster. His journey started in Lebanon at the Grand Hotel Kadri – Zahle.
  • Hiba Qalyoubi has been appointed as Director of Marketing and Communications at Marriott Doha cluster. She has collaborated with various hospitality giants, spearheading marketing divisions for establishments in the Gulf area.
  • Shamsa Al-Fahad has been appointed as Director of Talent & Culture at Raffles and Fairmont Doha. The luxe Qatari hotels said that Al Fahad's hire falls in line with its commitment to celebrating local talent.
  • Cora De Conceicao-Stuart has been appointed as General Manager at Th8 Palm Dubai Beach Resort Vignette Collection. Designed by renowned local firm Roar, Th8 Palm is part of Dubai's collection of luxury lifestyle properties.
  • Cedric Darthial has been appointed as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Atlantis The Royal in Dubai. He has been with Atlantis Dubai for almost seven years, joining as its executive chef in 2016.
  • Hamzeh Abu Elfoul has been appointed as Culinary Director at JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. He worked across esteemed destinations including the UAE, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, and beyond.
  • Matt Cooper has been appointed as Cluster General Manager at Staybridge Suites Dubai Financial Centre and the Staybridge Suites Dubai Internet City. He joined the US hotel giant in 2005 in the UK, starting as an account executive.
  • Franco Vella has been appointed as General Manager at InterContinental David Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv-Yafo. His decades of experience as a hotel general manager includes 11 years at InterContinental Hotel Group.

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