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Friday, 30 October 2015
Global Update: Who's Where and Doing What - September 2015.
By The Boutique Search Firm
Saturday,

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 2015.

THE AMERICAS

Eric Danziger has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Trump Hotel Collection. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Hampshire Hotels Management. Danziger is a former President and Chief Executive Officer ofStarwood Hotels & Resorts, President and Chief Operating Officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wyndham Hotel Group.

Luc Delafosse is now in Beverly Hills as pre-opening General Manager at the Waldorf Astoria. He was most recently the General Manager of Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon. Delafosse is the former General Manager of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab and the RitzLondon.

Tom Segesta has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons Houston. He was most recently the General Manager at the (former Four Seasons) Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Segesta was previously the General Manager at the Four Seasons Austin.

Michel Goget is now at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago as General Manager, taking over from Tom Segesta. Goget was previously with Ritz-Carlton for 15 years, most recently as General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sanya for seven years. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is now operated by Denver-based Sage Hospitality.

The Mani Brothers Real Estate Group has named Gregory Day President of Hospitality and General Manager of the MalibuBeach Inn. Day is the former General Manager of Shutters on the Beach.

Marco Perry has been appointed Managing Director at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. He was most recently at theRiviera Palm Springs as General Manager.

Jason Dibler has been named opening General Manager for the Ace New Orleans. He was most recently overseeing the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and is the former General Manager for the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

Steven Janicek has been named General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. He was most recently the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Denver. Janicek had previously spent three years as General Manager of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.

Steve Hurst has been appointed General Manager at Portland’s Heathman Hotel. He is the former Resort Manager at Sunriver Resort and spent the last six years as Assistant General Manager at the Allison Inn & Spa.

Ramon Serrano is now in San Francisco as General Manager of the Hotel Griffon and the Inn at Union Square, taking over from Norbert Mede. Serrano was most recently overseeing Dunton Hot Springs and is the former General Manager of theHotel Les Mars in Healdsburg.

Norbert Mede takes over from Ramon Serrano as General Manager at Dunton Hot Springs. Coincidentally, he was most recently overseeing the Inn at Union Square and the Hotel Griffon.

William Margaritis has joined Hilton Worldwide as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Margaritis had previously served for 15 years as senior vice president of Global Communications and Investor Relations at FedEx.

Francois-Olivier Luiggi has moved over to the Pierre, a Taj Hotel, as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Langham New York. Luiggi is the former Hotel Manager at the Mark and Executive Assistant Manager at theCarlyle.

Richard Bussière is now in New York at the Langham as General Manager, taking over from Francois-Olivier Luiggi. He was most recently the Managing Director at the Langham Boston. Bussière is the former opening General Manager of the Westin Chongqing Liberation Center and had previously spent 33 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Sarka Takovich has been appointed General Manager at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington. She was most recently the Director of Operations at the 21c Louisville and had previously spent seven years at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa as Director of Operations.

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square has appointed Steven Cowan General Manager. Most recently, Cowan served as General Manager of the Washington Hilton.

Tracy Marks has joined the Washington Hilton as General Manager, taking over from Steven Cowan. Marks was most recently overseeing the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers in Oregon.

Eric Walters has been appointed General Manager at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, taking over from Tracy Marks. Walters was most recently the General Manager of the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Paul Peralta has been appointed General Manager at the Westin Portland. He was most recently the Hotel Manager for theSheraton Boston Hotel. Peralta is the former Director of Operations at the Westin Bellevue.

Kurt Englund is now in Palm Springs as General Manager of the Arrive Hotel due to open in late November. He is the former General Manager of the Bohemian Kessler Collection in Celebration, the Bohemian Hotel Riverfront in Savannah and theBristol Buenaventura. He had previously spent 18 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Marc Bauer has been appointed General Manager at One Ocean Resort & Spa in Florida. He was most recently the Complex General Manager in Knoxville for the Tennessean. Bauer is the former General Manager at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee.

Jerry Barnes has been appointed General Manager at Pheasant Run Resort. He is the former General Manager of the Lake Eve Resort in Orlando.

Sase Gjorsovski has been named General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. He was most recently overseeing the Turnberry Ocean Colony. He is the former General Manager of Acqualina.

Tim Terceira has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. The Cornell graduate was most recently the opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Toronto and Residences.

Mark Yanke has been named General Manager of the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, slated to open in October. He was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Redstone Companies Hospitality in Houston, the owners/operators of theHoustonian.

Joel Freyberg has joined the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel as Managing Director. He is the former General Manager at theChatwal New York.

Brett Orlando has been promoted to Regional Vice President with Commune Hotels & Resorts. He was most recently the Area Managing Director for Thompson Miami Beach. Orlando was previously Regional Director of Operations for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and General Manager at the EPIC Hotel in Miami.

The Waterstone Resort & Marina has appointed Roseann Grippo as General Manager. Grippo most recently served as Senior Director of Beverage Operations for Royal Caribbean‘s Quantam of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. She is the former General Manager of the Villa Casa Casaurina, the Kahala Hotel & Resort and the Sheraton Waikiki Resort.

Pablo Migoya has been named General Manager at the newly opened Hotel Hugo SoHo. He had previously spent 12 years with Thompson Hotels in Regional Director of Sales and General Manager roles.

Sam Kapadia has joined the Doubletree Suites at the Houston Galleria as General Manager. He is the former General Manager for the Warwick New York, the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel and the Radisson Lexington Hotels.

Scott Blakeslee has been named General Manager at Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, expected to open early 2016. He was most recently with IHG’s Evans Hotels as Brand General Manager and Area/Corporate Chief Wellness Officer. Blakeslee is the former General Manager of the InterContinental Dallas and the Palms Place Hotel & Spa.

The Stanton South Beach has appointed Mike Manzari General Manager. He is the former General Manager for both theWestin and Le Méridien in Philadelphia and General Manager for the Marriott at Centerpoint.

Sean Burpee has joined the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant in Vermont as General Manager. He was most recently the Director of Operations for Twin Farms.

Laurence Dubey has moved over to the Nobu Eden Roc Resort as General Manager. She was most recently overseeing theViceroy Miami.

Bradley Weissman has joined PHR as Executive Vice President Hotel Operations. He is a former Director of Hotel Operations for Caesars Entertainment and Cooper Hotels.

The Loews New Orleans has named Mohan Koka General Manager. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Loews Atlanta.

Eduardo Cruz del Rio has been named Vice President Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Wyndham Hotel Group. He is the former Managing Director for the Brick Hotel Buenos Aires and the Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro.

Martin Wormull has been appointed General Manager at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale, slated to open early 2016. He was most recently the Senior Director, Luxury Brand Performance Management ­ Americas, for Hilton Worldwide. Wormull is the former General Manager of the Conrad Miami.

Royston Brady has joined the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston as General Manager. He was most recently overseeing the Empyrean Club at the Hilton Virginia Beach.

Greg Miller has been named Vice President and Managing Director at the Camby (the former Ritz-Carlton Phoenix). He is the former Vice President and Managing Director at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa.

Laura Schofield has moved as General Manager to the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center. She was most recently in the same position at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. Schofield is the former Complex Hotel Manager overseeing the Westin Grandand the Westin Embassy Row.

Manuel Martinez has been named General Manager at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. taking over from Laura Schofield. Martinez was most recently the Hotel Manager for the St. Regis New York.

Breandan Gallagher has been named General Manager at the Iroquois in New York. He was most recently the Director of Operations and Interim General Manager for the W Hoboken. Gallagher had previously been with the St. Regis New York for 15 years, most recently as Director of Rooms.

Julian Moore has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, expected to open in late 2016. He was most recently the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

Nicholas Barger has been appointed General Manager at the Essex in Vermont. He is the former General Manager at theZermatt Resort and the Homestead Resort.

Richard Stettner has been named Managing Director of Limelight Hotels. He was most recently serving as General Manager for the Limelight Hotel in Aspen.

Ronen Aviram has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Swissôtel Chicago. He had been the Director of Operations at theFairmont Dallas for the past four years. He was previously the Director of Rooms at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Director of Operations at the Hotel Valley Ho. Ronen also spent several years with Four Seasons in California earlier in his career.

Andy Kalikas has been promoted to Hotel Manager and joined the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. He was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain as Director of Food and Beverage. Kalikas is the former Director of Food and Beverage at theRitz-Carlton Powerscourt.

Simon Sorpresi has been promoted to Hotel Manager at Shutters on the Beach. He had been the Director of Operations for the resort for the past two years and Director of Food and Beverage at sister property Casa del Mar prior to that.

Fabrizio Calvo Poli has been named Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. He is the former Rooms Executive at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

Darren Pound has been appointed Director of Operations at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix. He was most recently at the LoewsCoronado as Hotel Manager.

Dean Griffin has been named Hotel Manager at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, taking over from Darren Pound. Griffin was most recently with the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe as Director of Operations.

Kris Anderson has been named Director of Operations for the Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center. Anderson was most recently the Director of Rooms at the St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Katy Powers has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Wigwam. She had been serving the resort as Director of Food and Beverage since 2013.

German Cabieses has joined the W South Beach as Director of Residential Operations. He had previously served in a similar capacity with the Fontainebleau Miami Beach before taking on his most recent role as Regional Director with the Castle Group.

Linda Chin has been appointed Director of Operations, New York City, at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. She was most recently the General Manager of Ink48. Chin is the former General Manager at the Onyx Hotel in Boston. Both Ink48 and Onyx are Kimpton properties.

Joshua Tenenbaum has joined Gild Hall, A Thompson Hotel, as Director of Finance. He was most recently in a similar role for the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

Paul Lynch has moved to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island as Director of Finance. He was most recently in the same role for theRitz-Carlton Atlanta.

Pille Möll has moved as Financial Controller to Amanera in the Dominican Republic. Möll was most recently in the same post at the Eden Roc at Cap Cana.

Mauricio Pulido has been named Director of Finance at the Thompson Hotel Playa del Carmen. He was previously the Controller at the Viceroy Riviera Maya before taking on his most recent role as Assistant Director of Finance at the Viceroy Anguilla.

Philippe Vonier has moved to The Cape Cabo San Lucas as Director of Finance. He was most recently in the same role atCapella Pedregal. Vonier is the former Regional Financial Controller at Rosewood Mayakoba.

Mitch Allen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Resort at Paws Up. He was most recently with Ever After in Las Vegas.

Michael Edwards is now in Nashville as Director of Finance and Accounting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. He was most recently in a similar role for the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

Shellie Gainer is now with the Esalen Institute as Director of Financial Services. She was most recently with Commune Hotels & Resorts as Director of Finance, Openings and Transitions. Gainer is the former Financial Controller at Belmond’s El Encantoin Santa Barbara.

Benchmark Hospitality has promoted Jacqueline Humes to Regional Director of Finance. She had previously served as Area Director of Finance for the Marenas Resort and ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Miami Beach.

Liz White has moved as Assistant Director of Finance to the Four Seasons Austin. She was most recently in the same post at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. White had previously served in accounting positions with the Four Seasons San Franciscoand the former Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Aaron Darnell has been named Senior Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting for the Marco Island Marriott BeachResort, Golf Club & Spa. He was most recently in the same position for the Ritz-Carlton New York.

Leon Pellicer is now in California as Food Service Manager, Americas, at Google. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Pellicer was previously in a similar role at the St. Regis Princeville.

Luke Mathot has joined Fairmont Resorts & Hotels as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the Americas, based in Dallas. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Matthias Layton is now in Montana with Montage Hotels & Resorts as Director of Food and Beverage at the Moonlight Lodge. He was most recently in the same position for the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Layton is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

Flynt Payne has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Madeline Hotel and Residences. He was the former Director of Food and Beverage during the rebranding at the Montage Kapalua Bay. Payne had previously served as Executive Chef at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe.

Albert Bilotti takes over from Matthias Layton as Director of Food and Beverage at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa.

The Langham Boston has appointed Alexander Valencia Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Rosewood Crescent Court in Dallas.

Steve Serdar is now overseeing food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. He was most recently serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Bruno Roulleux has joined Harwood International in Dallas as Director of Operations. Roulleux was most recently at OceanHouse in Rhode Island as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

Anne-Sophie Litzler has moved as Director of Food and Beverage to the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the nearby Omni Shoreham.

Leonardo Marcos is now in Boston as Director of Food and Beverage for the Battery Wharf Hotel. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He had previously served as Banquet Manager at the Four Seasons San Francisco, the Four Seasons Seattle, and the Four Seasons Hualalai.

James Netzel has been named Director of Food and Beverage for the St. Giles Hotel New York. He is a former Food and Beverage Manager with the Plaza Hotel.

Joey Worley has moved into the role of Director of Food and Beverage at the Windsor Court Hotel. He joined the hotel in 2014 as Director of Catering and Conference Services. Worley is the former Director of Sales and Catering for Keswick Hall at Monticello and Special Events Manager at the Charleston Place Hotel.

Spencer Lane has moved to the JW Marriott Houston as Director of Food and Beverage. For the past four years, he had held the same position for the Hotel Zaza Houston.

Carlo De Leon has been named Director of Food and Beverage at La Cantera Hill Country Resort. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa and the Salamander Resort & Spa.

The Omni La Mansión del Rio and the Mokara Hotel & Spa have appointed Shane Bruns Director of Food and Beverage. Most recently, he served as Food and Beverage Director for the Omni Houston Hotel.

Joe Martin has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. He was most recently in the same position for the Graduate Hotel Tempe.

Matthew Stuhl has been named Vice President of Restaurants, Events and Nightlife at Destination Hotels and Resorts. He was most recently the Director of Operations at Flipside Hospitality. Stuhl is the former Regional Director of Food and Beverage Operations for the Kimpton Restaurant Group and Joie De Vivre Hospitality.

Bryan Woolley has been named Director of Times Square Operations with BR Guest Hospitality for Blue Fin and DosCaminos. He is the former General Manager for LDV Hospitality.

Isabel Porzecanski has been named Director of Human Resources at the Mandarin Oriental Miami. She had previously overseen human resources at the Four Seasons Miami before taking on her most recent role as Vice President of People and Culture for 50 Eggs in Miami.

Raul Delgado has been named Director of Human Resources at Del Mar Villas Los Cabos. He had previously served as Director of Human Resources for Maravilla Los Cabos and El Dorado Golf & Beach Club.

Renée Dews Sykes has been named Director of Human Resources at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, now managed by Sage Hospitality. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources for sister property the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago.

Viviana Santisteban has been named Director of Human Resources for Nobu Hospitality. She is the former Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Costa Rica, the Biltmore, and Turnberry Isle Miami.

Laura Martinez has been named Director of Human Resources at Le Petit Ermitage. She was most recently the People Services Director at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

Julia Maldonado-Rodriguez has been appointed Director of Human Resources for the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at the Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando.

Margaret Shutze has joined Trisha Wilson’s new firm wilson RED as Vice President. She formerly spent nine years withWilson Associates as Vice President of Business Development.

Noble House Hotels & Resorts has promoted Sean Mullen to the newly created role of President, Acquisitions. Since 2011, he had served Noble House as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

Hyatt Hotels has named Samie Barr Vice President, Global Brands. For the past 14 years, she had been with Starbucks Coffee Company most recently as Vice President, Category Brand Management. Prior to Starbucks, she held marketing leadership roles at drugstore.com, Nintendo of America and McCann-Erickson Worldwide.

Marriott International has named Tricia Primrose Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer. Primrose joins Marriott from Rational 360 where she has been a Partner since 2013.

Miguel Oliveira has been appointed Vice President Global Digital Commerce and Marketing at the Wyndham Hotel Group. He had previously held various positions at Choice Hotels and Hotels.com.

Michael Law has transferred as opening Director of Marketing to the Four Seasons New York Downtown. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons New York. Law is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Boston.

Paula Dirks takes over from Michael Law as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons New York. For the past three years, she had been with Mont Blanc as Vice President of Marketing. Dirks is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis New York and Director of Group Sales-Hawaii Region, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Mark Aldridge has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Montage Beverly Hills. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for theRitz-Carlton Denver and the Waikiki EDITION (now the Modern) in Honolulu.

David Burt has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He was most recently in the same post at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square. Burt is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at theFairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and Director of Group Sales at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Dianna Balabon has been appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sixty Hotels. She was most recently with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served in Vice President of Sales positions with André Balasz Properties, Trump International Hotels and Peninsula Hotels.

Lisa Bailey has been named Divisional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sage Hospitality. She is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Denver and the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Joe Aguilera has joined the Peninsula Chicago as Regional Director of Marketing, Midwest and Canada. For the past three years, he had been with the Langham Chicago as Director of Sales and Marketing and, most recently, Hotel Manager.

Stephanie Eppler has joined Commune Hotels & Resorts as Global Director of Sales for Alila. She was most recently in the same role with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

Laurie Hobbs has been appointed Vice President Marketing at Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Milwaukee. She was most recently the Director of Marketing for the Blue Harbor Resort, Spa & Conference Center in Sheboygan.

Brad Cirino has joined Commune Hotels & Resorts as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently with theRoyal Palm South Beach (formerly the James Royal Palm) as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has named Christine Cooper Regional Sales Director-Canada Western Mountain Region. She was most recently a Director, Global Accounts for HelmsBriscoe.

Joseph DeMille, Sr. has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Turnberry Isle Miami. He was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.

Ruby Ochoa has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta. She was most recently the Cluster Director of Sales for the JW Marriott Lima and was overseeing the opening of the JW Marriott Hotel El Convento Cusco.

Simon Boden has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Most recently, Boden was the Director of Sales and Revenue at the Fairmont Southampton.

Victoria Dyson has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Since 2008, she has been with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Jami Poe Burpee has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Taconic in Vermont, slated to open in November. She is the former Director of Sales, North America, for TravelClick and Director of National Accounts with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Michael Rayburn has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Suncadia in Washington. He was most recently withSage Hospitality as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown for two years after serving in the same post with the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park.

Chris Cofelice has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.

The Embassy Suites Cincinnati-Northeast has named Michael Robinson Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same role with the Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Hotel & Conference Center in Ohio.

The Radisson JFK Airport has hired Nancy Irwin as Director of Sales and Marketing. She had most recently served as Regional Director of Sales at Rocco Forte Hotels.

Jeff Johnson has returned to HyperDisk Marketing in Irvine taking on the role of Vice President Strategic Marketing. He had previously served the company as Senior Marketing and Brand Strategist before taking on his most recently role as Vice President, Marketing and Sales at the Broadmoor.

Troy Smith has been appointed Director of Sales at Solage Calistoga. Smith most recently served as Area Director of Group Sales at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins and the InterContinental San Francisco.

John Castronovo has been named Director of Sales, Corporate for the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. He was most recently the Director of Corporate and Industry Travel Sales at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. He had served in sales positions with theFairmont Chicago Millennium Park and the former Hotel 71 Chicago.

Sara Black has joined the Rosewood Sand Hill as Senior Sales Manager. She was most recently the Director of Group Sales for the (former) Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

Alison Lester has joined the Montage Beverly Hills as Group Sales and Service Manager. She was previously in Santa Monica with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as Entertainment Corporate Sales Manager.

Jessica Milton has been appointed Regional Director of Public Relations, Florida, at Benchmark Hospitality. She was most recently a Senior Director for Harrison & Shriftman.

Gary Hawkins has been appointed Vice President Revenue Management at Sixty Hotels. For the past six years, Hawkins had been with Standard Hotels and André Balazs Properties as Corporate Director of Revenue Management.

Ken Nason has been appointed to the newly created role of Vice President of Revenue Optimization at Salamander Hotels &Resorts. Nason was most recently with Remington Hotels as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He had previously served in sales and marketing roles for the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the Bal Harbour Resort and the Don Cesar Hotel.

Hiroko McVey has been named Director of Revenue Management at the Four Seasons New York. McVey was most recently in the same position with the Four Seasons Sydney.

Diane Bango has been named Area Director of Revenue and Reservations for Commune Hotels & Resorts. She was most recently with the Royal Palm South Beach as Senior Director of Revenue Management.

Jordan Nimura has joined the Hotel Palomar Phoenix as Director of Catering. She was most recently with the Argonaut Hotelin San Francisco as Director of Catering.

Brady Williams is the new Executive Chef at Canlis in Seattle. He is the former Executive Sous Chef at Roberta’s in Brooklyn.

George Morris has joined the Madeline Hotel and Residences as Executive Chef. He is the former Executive Chef atBeaumont’s Eatery in San Diego, and The Truffle Pig in Steamboat Springs.

Jason Fullilove has joined the newly reopened Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar. Fullilove is the former Executive Chef at LACMA with Patina Restaurant Group.

Jusman So has been named Executive Chef at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos. He was most recently the Executive Chef for the Regent Porto Montenegro. He had previously held chef positions with the Rimba Jimbaran Bali and the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali.

The Playa Largo Resort & Spa has appointed Richard Smith as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role at Cheeca Lodge.

Adonay Tafur has been promoted to Executive Chef at Dutch at the W South Beach. He had joined the resort in 2014 as Sous Chef.

Janine Denetdeel is the new Executive Chef at Talde at the Thompson Miami Beach. She was most recently the Executive Chef for Talde Brooklyn.

Noah Metnick is now in Providence as Executive Chef for the Waterman Grille. The CIA graduate is the former Executive Chef at La Grenouille, New York.

Michael McDonald, for four years the Executive Chef at Chicago’s one sixtyblue and currently Executive Chef at Zed 451, will become Executive Chef and Culinary Director for the Le Méridien Chicago.

Malin Baverstam has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Faena Miami Beach. She was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Thierry Delourneaux is the new Executive Pastry Chef at New York’s Rainbow Room, replacing opening Executive Pastry Chef Christina Kaelberer. Delourneaux worked with Rainbow Room Executive Chef Jonathan Wright at the Fairmont/Raffles Singapore. His résumé also includes stints as Executive Pastry Chef at the Greenbrier, the Grand Del Mar and the Beverly Hilton.

Denis Espina has moved to the Four Seasons Austin as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same post with the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Fadi Takouz has joined the Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Takouz was most recently the Director of Restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Michael Smith has joined the Knickerbocker as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager for the Langham Fifth Avenue.

Florian Nikolaus is now with the Mandarin Oriental New York overseeing Asiate. He had previously held similar roles with theMandarin Oriental Atlanta and the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.

Mark Hughes has been named Director of Rooms at the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek. He was most recently with theSheraton Denver Downtown as the Director of Housekeeping.

James Palmer has joined NeueHouse Los Angeles as Assistant General Manager. He was most recently the Office Manager for Drouin Law Offices and is the former General Manager at the Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

EUROPE

Philippe Cassis has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Belmond in London. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer at Sun Resorts and previously spent 28 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Vincent Lévy has been appointed Senior Vice President of Operations, Europe, at Highgate Hotels UK in London. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Regional Director of Finance-Africa & Indian Ocean.

Scandic Hotels has appointed Peter Jangbratt as new Country Managing Director for the group’s Swedish operations. He takes over from Martin Creydt who will return to his regular position as Chief Operating Officer at Scandic. Jangbratt was most recently overseeing Scandic’s Swedish hotel operations and serving as Area General Manager Stockholm City.

Sandeep Walia has been promoted to Area Vice President, Europe at Marriott International in Frankfurt. He was most recently Market Vice President for the company and had previously been with the Ritz-Carlton Moscow as General Manager.

Thomas Fischer has been named General Manager at the Corinthia Hotel London. He was most recently the General Manager at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

Jean Pierre Mifsud has been named General Manager at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, taking over from Thomas Fischer. Mifsud was most recently the General Manager of the Marina Hotel in Malta. He is the former Director of Operations at theCorinthia Palace Hotel & Spa and Hotel Manager at the Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay.

Serge Ethuin is now in Monte Carlo as General Manager of the Hotel Metropole, taking over from Pierre Ferchaud, who is retiring. For the past two years, Ethuin was with the Raffles Royal Monceau in Paris as General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Rome Cavalieri and the Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris.

Nathalie Seiler-Hayez is now in Lausanne as General Manager of the Beau Rivage Palace, taking over François Dussart. She was most recently the General Manager at the Connaught in London.

Marc Leveau has been named General Manager Le Domaine des Etangs. He was most recently overseeing the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat (now operated by Four Seasons).

Neil Brailsford has been appointed General Manager at the Pullman Liverpool. He was most recently with the MercureSouthampton Hotel as General Manager.

Andrew McPherson has been appointed General Manager at Lucknam Park in Bath. He is the former General Manager of theHolbeck Ghyll Hotel and Skibo Castle in Scotland.

FRHI Hotels & Resorts have named Michael Moecking Regional Vice President Western Europe and General Manager at theSwissôtel Berlin. He is the former General Manager at the Fairmont Dubai.

Adrian Padina has been named Director of Hotel Operations at La Manga Club. He is the former General Manager of theFairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, the Valbusenda Hotel Resort & Spa and the Hotel Castellar, all in Spain.

Jean-Pierre Soutric was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the George V and its sister properties the Plaza-Athénée andLa Tremoille when all three were part of Forte Exclusive Hotels. He stayed on when the George V reopened as a Four Seasons. Save for a brief interlude for the opening of the Shangri-La Paris (he had followed his Four Seasons General Manager Didier Le Calvez) Soutric stayed with Four Seasons for 17 years, most recently moving from the George V to the recently added Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel. He is now leaving to return to Didier Le Calvez as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Oetker Collection.

Magdalena Eliasz has been appointed Director of Operations at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. She was most recently overseeing rooms operations at the JW Marriott Bodrum.

Monika Moser has been appointed Managing Director at Wilson Associates in Paris. She was previously the Director of Rooms and Spa at the Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris.

Guillaume David Bassier has joined Wilson Associates-Atelier Tristan Auer in Paris as Director of Business Development. He was most recently in the same position for Wilson Associates Singapore.

Marc Foschia has joined Wilson Associates-Atelier Tristan Auer in Paris as Senior Designer. He had previously spent 17 years with Agence Pierre Yves Rochon in Paris, most recently as Design Director.

The Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed David Jenkins Vice President Business Development Russia & CIS, taking over fromArild Hovland who is retiring after 27 years with Rezidor. Jenkins was most recently with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels &Hospitality Group as Executive Vice President Russia & CIS.

Edward Pinchard has been named Vice President, Sales EMEA at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group based in Brussels. He joined the group in 2012 and was the Global Director of Sales for UK and Ireland.

Cristiano Morelli has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Les Hotels Baverez overseeing the Hotel Raphael, theHotel Régina and the Majestic Hotel in Paris. He was most recently overseeing sales and marketing for the Hotel Balzac Parisand Hotel de Vigny.

Maria Kuhn has been appointed Corporate Director of Communications for Belmond in London. She was most recently withKempinski, where she spent three years as Vice President of Public Relations.

Sébastien Mathieu has been named Chef de Cuisine for Relais & Chateau’s Guy Lassausaie in Lyon. He was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef at Daniel and is the former Sous Chef at Restaurant Anne Sophie Pic.

The Four Seasons George V has promoted Pierre Kermanach to Director of Rooms. Since 2013, he had been serving as Assistant Director of Rooms.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Rakesh Sarna has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Taj Group of Hotels in Mumbai, taking over from Ray Bickson. Sarna was most recently Group President ­ Americas for Hyatt Hotels and had previously served the company as Chief Operating Officer ­ International.

Chris Bailey has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Centara Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He has been with Centara since 2004, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Christopher Koehler has been named Vice President and Managing Director Operations, China, at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, based in Beijing. Koehler moves up from his current position with the group as Vice President Operations, China, out of Hong Kong.

Simon Rindlisbacher has been appointed General Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 in Bangkok. He was previously the General Manager of the Ramada Hotel and Suites Bangkok, the Hotel Manager at the Rembrandt Hotel & Towers Bangkok and Executive Assistant Manager at the Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa, Bangkok.

AccorHotels has appointed Goran Aleks Vice President Operations, Luxury and Upscale, South China, and as General Manager at the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16. His most recent role was as Area General Manager for the Sofitel Indonesia and General Manager of the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua.


Jeff Perkins has moved as General Manager to the Queen Kapiolani Hotel on Oahu. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Perkins is the former Resort Manager at the Turtle Bay Resort.

Craig Syphers has been appointed General Manager at the Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore. He is the former General Manager of the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport.

Sameer Sud has been named General Manager at the Leela Mumbai. He was previously the Resident Manager at the LeelaPalace Bangalore.

Jimmy Kam has been appointed General Manager at the Swissôtel Foshan. He was most recently at the Wanda Vista Dongguan and the Wanda Realm Guangzhou Zengcheng as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Hyatt Hotels has named Anthony Ha Area Vice President and General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Suzhou. He joined Hyatt in 2011 as opening General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Qingdao.

Richard Langonne has been appointed General Manager at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 and had previously served as Resident Manager at the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G.

Hilton Grant Hastings has been named General Manager for the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. He had previously overseen theConstance Lemuria, the Constance Moofushi Maldives, the Constance Tsarabanjian Madagascar and the Anjajavy Hotel.

Lars Kerfin has been appointed General Manager of the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. He was most recently the General Manager of the Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, Koh Samui.

Philippe Le Bourhis has been appointed General Manager of the Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit (the former Grand Millennium Sukhumvit). He was most recently overseeing the Pullman Jakarta.

Giles Selves has been named General Manager at the Anantara Phuket Villas. He is the former Hotel Manager of the St. Regis Bangkok and General Manager of the Keraton at the Plaza in Jakarta.

Jisoo Chon has been promoted at the Peninsula Shanghai to Resident Manager. Chon was most recently serving the hotel as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. Chon is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Chicago.

Rudolf Gimmi has been named Hotel Manager at the Futian Shangri-La. He was most recently in the same role for theShangri-La Vilingili Resort in the Maldives. Gimmi is the former Hotel Manager and Director of Operations at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.

Fabien Gastinel has joined the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in Dubai as Executive Assistant Manager for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts.

Anthony Darroman has been appointed Executive Director of Food and Beverage at the MGM Macau. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.

Renaud Mahe is now in Queensland as Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage for the Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers.

Orhun Denizoglu has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. He was previously with the JW Marriott Medan as Director of Food and Beverage.

Dario Congera has been named Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Guilin Hotel. Congera was most recently the Director of Culinary and Service at the Vana Belle Resort.

Stéphane Soret has been named Executive Director of Beverage at the MGM Macau and the MGM Cotai opening in 2016. He was most recently the Wine Director at the Raffles Singapore. Soret is the former Head Sommelier at the Imperial New Delhiand the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Morag Ritchie has been appointed Director of International Sales Australasia at Hilton Worldwide based in Sydney. Ritchie was previously with Emirates as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Wolgan Valley Resort.

Shane Douglas has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. He was most recently in the same position for the Langham Sydney. Douglas is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for theInterContinental Melbourne The Rialto and Director of Sales at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Brian Soma has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa.

Elaine Chin has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Taipei Marriott. She was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Luwan.

Kelly Lee has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Sales and Marketing at the Westin Guangzhou. She was most recently in the same position for the St. Regis Tianjing. Lee is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Le MéridienSheshan Shanghai and complex Director of Sales and Marketing of the Four Points by Sheraton Guangzhou and Sheraton Guangzhou Huadu Resort.

Isabel Feng has been named Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Tianjin. She is the former Director of Sales for Le Méridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort & Spa and the Renaissance Beijing.

David Viviano has been appointed Executive Chef at the Montage Kapalua Bay. Viviano was most recently with the St. Regis Aspen Resort & Spa as Executive Chef.

Michael Clinton has joined the Grand Hyatt Incheon as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Park Hyatt Dubai as Executive Chef.

Alfonso de La Dehesa has been appointed Executive Chef at the Banyan Tree Phuket. He comes from the Banyan Tree Resort Cabo Marqués in Mexico.

Laurent Bernard Merdy has been named Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Bangkok. He is the former Pastry Chef for the Grand Hyatt Macao, the Andaz Shanghai and the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Claus Olsen has been named Cluster Executive Pastry Chef for Avani and Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas in Bangkok. He was most recently the Executive Pastry Chef for the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Vanessa Das-Camacho has joined the Peninsula Hong Kong as Director of Housekeeping. She was most recently in the same role at Raffles Singapore. She had previously served in housekeeping posts for the Four Seasons Jakarta and the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

Moustafa Khalil has joined the Four Seasons Chiang Mai as Director of Rooms. He was most recently with the Swiss Nai LertPark Hotel in Bangkok as Director of Rooms.

Martin Frost, the esteemed Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Shanghai died in August while diving in the Maldives. Prior to Shanghai, he had served as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheik, the Four Seasons Nevis and the Clift San Francisco (a former Four Seasons hotel).

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Luis Pinheiro has been appointed Regional Director for Leeu Collection and as General Manager of Le Quartier Français in South Africa. He had previously held various posts with Aujan Group Holdings, Rani Resorts and Meikles Africa Hotels.

Claudio Melli has been named opening General Manager for the Mondrian Doha. He is the former General Manager at theSalalah Rotana Resort and the InterContinental at Port Ghalib.

Alain Chatel has joined the Savoy Le Grand Hotel in Marrakech as Opening General Manager. He was most recently serving as General Manager for the Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh Naama Bay.

Robert Barker has joined the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate as General Manager. For the past five years, he had been at the Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai as General Manager.

Fabien Chesnais has joined Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai as General Manager, taking over from Robert Barker. Chesnais was most recently the General Manager of the Mövenpick Hotel Doha.

Marcus Dudley has been appointed General Manager of the Mövenpick Hotel Doha, taking over from Fabien Chesnais. Dudley was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. He joined the hotel group in 2011 as Director of Food and Beverage at the Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Nathalie Cockayne has been appointed Hotel Manager at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. She was most recently overseeing operations for Zaya Nurai Island.

Imran Changezi has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. He is the former Hotel Manager at theJumeirah Emirates Towers.

Francesco Pantalone has been named Hotel Manager at the Al Faisaliah Hotel. He was most recently the Hotel Manager atPudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai.

Ton Van Vilsteren has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at the Jumeirah Group in Dubai. He is the former Head of Finance, Asia Pacific for Hilton Worldwide.

Rafael Torres has joined the Armani Dubai as Executive Assistant Manager. He was most recently with the Fairmont Baku as Executive Director of Food and Beverage.

Charles Lasvigne has transferred as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons Seychelles. He was most recently at the Four Seasons Marrakech in the same role.

Gamal El Fakih Rodriguez has taken over food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage for Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico at the El Conquistador and Las Casitas Village.

Daniel Bausa has joined the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same role for the Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas and is the former Executive Chef for the Trump Ocean Club.

Niamh Keohan has been appointed Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. She is the former Director of Marketing and Communications for the Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa and Director of Public Relations/Marketing for IHG’s Abu Dhabi Yas Island.

Onur Kademoğlu has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the historic Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum.

Nadia Beaulieu has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. She was most recently launching Marriott’s Habtoor Grand in Dubai.

Agnes Clarke-Hlavacs has been appointed Manager Revenue Optimization Middle East at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Dubai. She was most recently Cluster Director of Revenue for both the Radisson Royal Hotel in Dubai and the Radisson BluResort Fujairah.

Dirk Haltenhof has been appointed Resort Executive Chef at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Oberoi Dubai.

Michael Kreiling has been appointed Executive Chef at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman. For the past two years, Kreiling has been Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade, after spending three years at the Andaz Liverpool Street as Executive Sous Chef.

Thierry Metée has joined the pre-opening team of the Four Seasons Casablanca as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Beijing. He is the former Executive Pastry Chef for the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai and the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai.

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