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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
August  2004
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The Americas
At Méridien, the role of Regional Managing Director of the Americas, until recently held by Karyn Marasco, has been replaced by two new Area General Managers. John Strozdas has been named Area General Manager for Le Méridien Beverly Hills with area responsibility for Cancun, Chicago, Minneapolis, Palm Springs and New York. Strozdas, a former Vice President Operations for Mandarin-Oriental, is also a former General Manager of the Westwood Marquis (now the W Los Angeles). Strozdas replaces Lisa Impagliazzo who moved to Toronto to take over the role of Area General Manager for Le Royal Méridien King Edward Hotel, overseeing Montreal, Miami, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Brazil and Guyana. In Toronto, she replaces Tony Cousens who has left the company.

Nan Palmer succeeds Alan Leibman as Chief Operating Officer at the Atlantis Paradise Island with Kerzner International. She joined the Atlantis in 2000 and was previously the Senior Vice President of Process Re-Engineering. Her experience includes significant management positions within ITT Sheraton Hotels, including oversight throughout North America and management of the Phoenician Resort.

Michael Mecca will serve as President of the Planet Hollywood Casino at the bankrupt Aladdin in Las Vegas. Mecca is a Las Vegas fixture, with substantial casino experience gleaned with Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and most recently as Manager of the Green Valley Ranch.

Michael Smith has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. He comes from the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill where he served as General Manager for the past three years.

Ulrich Samietz has been transferred as General Manager of the Hyatt Westlake from the Park Hyatt Los Angeles where he worked in the same capacity. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Samietz ran the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn. Sara Kearney came from Hyatt headquarters in Chicago to replace Samietz in Century City.

Frank Garahan, most recently the General Manager of Marriott's Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, has been appointed General Manager of the Doral Golf Resort in Miami, now managed by Marriott. The resort was acquired earlier this year by CNL Hotels and Resorts from KSL Recreation Corporation.

Axel Suray has been appointed General Manager of the Madison in Washington, DC. He was previously with Interstate, in charge of the Wyndham and Crowne Plaza hotels in San Jose. Prior to that, Surray was the Vice President, Resort Operations at Colonial Willamsburg and the General Manager at the Williamsburg Inn. At the Madison, Suray replaces Steven Bello.

Steven Bello has joined Washington DC’s RB Associates as President of their Classic Collection. The collection includes such hotels as the Henley Park, Lombardy, Morrison Clark House, Washington Plaza and the State Plaza. Bello previously performed the sucessful re-opening of the Madison, a DC landmark.

Daniel Bergmann joins The Muse New York as General Manager, replacing Mark Briskin. Bergmann was previously the General Manager at the Hotel Dylan and spent many years with Starwood at their W brand hotels in New York.

Brett Schoenfield has been named President of the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. Schoenfield, who was promoted from his position as the Homestead’s Executive Vice President, will replace current President Gary Rosenberg.  Prior to joining the Homestead, Schoenfield served as Rooms Division Manager at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio and the Hyatt Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico.

David Curell has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco slated to open in the spring of 2005. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Hotel Opus in Vancouver for four years and spent thirteen years at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, ending his tenure as the hotel’s Director of Operations.

Jean-Pierre Alotte has been appointed General Manager of Kimpton’s Villa Provence in San Francisco. He was previously at the helm of the Hotel Madison in Memphis and also worked in the same capacity at Pala Mesa Resort in Southern California. Alotte's previous experience also includes six years with Marcus Hotels and Resorts as General Manager of Miramonte and Assistant General Manager at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin.

Daniel Amato has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Washington. Amato has worked for Hyatt in various positions for 28 years and was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas.

Bridget Bilinski is the first female General Manager of the Anaheim Marriott and Area General Manager for Marriott in North Orange County. Bilinski began her career with Marriott in 1979 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.

Dianna Balabon has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing in charge of the America and Europe markets for Peninsula. She joined the group in 1998 as Director of Marketing for the Peninsula New York and was then appointed Regional Director of Sales America and Europe in June 2003. Prior to this, she was the Director of Sales for North America for the Leading Hotels of the World and worked as an Associate Director of Sales for the Sterling Hotel Group.

Tricia Rosentreter has joined Peninsula as Regional Director of Communications earlier this year, overseeing the communications functions of the group’s three US properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills. Prior to joining the Peninsula, Rosentreter worked at Weber Shandwick Worldwide in New York, managing accounts including Singapore Airlines and Canada Tourism. Prior to that, she was employed with Murphy O'Brien Public Relations, representing a roster of high-end clients including Pebble Beach Resorts, La Quinta Resort & Club, Bernardus Lodge and Auberge Resorts.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has tapped Richard Curtis to be Vice-President of Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Curtis brings over fifteen years of International brand and marketing communications experience to the luxury group having previously held international director-level marketing positions for both Hilton and Marriott. 

Replacing Luis Leon as Director of Finance at the St. Regis Monarch Beach is Arthur Luis, who joins from the Boulders.

Jeff Doane has been promoted within Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, California. Doane joined Fairmont in 1994 and briefly left Fairmont to join Four Seasons San Francisco as the pre-opening Director of Sales & Marketing. He re-joined Fairmont in December 2001 as Director, Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Julie Brandon has been promoted as Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Hotels of Boston. She most recently served as Regional Director of Business Travel Sales for Hilton and Doubletree hotels of Boston.

Fredric Nicholson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Adolphus in Dallas. Nicholson joins the Adolphus from the Westin Seattle where he was the Director of Group Sales.

Shelley Meszoly has been appointed Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Fairmont Hotels Bermuda and will be in charge of the Fairmont Southampton and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Meszoly was most recently the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Rehanna Palumbo will be replacing Mszoly as the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Palumbo began her career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Bermuda in 1999 as Leisure Sales Manager and was promoted to Corporate Sales Manager in January 2003.

Opening in January 2005, the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel announces David Griffin as Director of Sales and Marketing. Griffin was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Kristin Tennant has been named Western Regional Key Account Director by Intercontinental. She was previously with Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as Director of West Coast and UK Sales. Tennant also spent time with Orient-Express’ Bora Bora Lagoon Resort as its Los Angeles-based Director of Sales and Marketing.

Donald Bowman has been appointed Resort Manager at the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental. He most recently served as Director of Rooms at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco.

Roger Paull has been appointed Hotel Manager at the W Times Square Hotel, New York. Paull joined the hotel as Director of Operations in May 2003.

Robert Leck is the new Director of Operations at Le Méridien Beverly Hills. He came from the Wyndham Palm Springs where he was primarily in charge of food and beverage operations.

Pascal Forotti has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta scheduled to open in November. He transfers from the Willard Intercontinental Washington where he worked in the same capacity for the past two years.

Amar Hilal has been appointed Vice President of Food and Beverage at the One and Only Ocean Club Resort in the Bahamas. He transfers from the One and Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius where he had been the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage for two years. Prior to that, he worked in a Director of Food and Beverage capacity at the Lanesborough in London and with Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.

Wolfi Malik has joined the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa as its Director of Food and Beverage Operations. Malik was previously at the National Hotel in Miami in a similar position. He was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Doha and at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm-El-Sheik.

Brooke Gardner has rejoined the Four Seasons Beverly Hills as Director of Food and Beverage. Gardner has been with Four Seasons over fourteen years including their properties in Atlanta and Dallas. His first stint at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills took place nine years ago. Gardner takes over for Ekreem Tercanoglu who is being transferred to the Four Seasons Cairo.

Anthony Freda has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Atlanta where he is replacing Brooke Gardner. Freda was previously with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group for five years in Hawaii, California and Georgia. His last position was that of Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Simon Antoine is the opening Director of Food and Beverage at the Intercontinental Atlanta. Antoine has been with the company since 1997 and was most recently at the Hotel Intercontinental London in the same capacity.

Kimberly Hoppe has been appointed Director of Catering & Conference Services at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. She rejoins Ritz-Carlton after nine years and has served in various Catering and Conference Service Director positions at the Intercontinental Chicago and Four Seasons Hotels in Chicago, Texas and Washington, DC.

Fabrice Rossman has been promoted to the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui. He was previously the Executive Chef at the property. He is taking over from Tim Gustie who has been transferred to the Regent Beverly Wilshire in a similar post. Rossman had joined the Four Seasons Maui in July of last year from the Four Seasons Vancouver and has been with the company since 1997. Prior to Four Seasons, Rossman held several positions in five star hotel properties and Michelin two-star restaurants in Vienna, Austria and Cannes.

Neal Herman has been appointed Director of Reservations and Revenue Management at the new Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. Herman was previously the Reservations Manager at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Parita Burmee is joining the Palace Hotel San Francisco as its Front Office Manager. She was recently at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa as an Assistant Front Office Manager.

Kevin Hickey makes the move from the Four Seasons Atlanta to the landmark Ritz-Carlton Chicago as Executive Chef. Hickey replaces George Bumbaris who is leaving to open his own restaurant with Sarah Stegner, former Chef de Cuisine at the hotel. The hotel is also losing its long-time Executive Pastry Chef and Culinary Olympics winner En-Ming Hsu. As for Stegner, she had joined the hotel twenty years ago as an apprentice.

Yann Giacomini is back with Méridien Hotels and Resorts as Executive Chef of Le Méridien Cancun. Giacomini is re-joining the group after a two-year stint at the Sofitel Minneapolis as Executive Chef. He was with Méridien for twenty-two years prior to that and worked all around the world with the group including Indonesia, New Caledonia and Egypt. In Cancun, he takes over from Pascal Legrain.

Michel Gehrig has been appointed Executive Chef of Rosewood’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos. He comes to Las Ventanas from the Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains, in St. Moritz, where he had been the Executive Chef for two years.  Previously, he was the Executive Chef at a string of Hilton International properties including the Trafalgar in London, the Cardiff Hilton, the Belfast Hilton, and the Durban Hilton.

Philip Baker has been appointed Executive Chef of 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo. He was previously the Chef de Cuisine at Club XIX at Pebble Beach Lodge and also worked in the same capacity at Pacific's Edge at the Highlands Inn.

Georges Masraff is the opening Chef at Fizz, the long awaited boîte of Jean Denoyer and Jean-Francois Marchand. Located on New York’ East 56th Street, the chic late night venue has been decorated by hot French designer Jacques Garcia. Masraff, who once was the Executive Chef of Warner LeRoy’s Tavern on the Green, also used to operate the Quai des Ormes in Paris.

David Féau has been named Executive Chef at Orsay in New York. He was previously the Executive Chef and General Manager at the legendary French restaurant Lutéce, which closed down last February. Previous experience includes several Michelin-starred restaurants and several years working under Three-Michelin-Starred Chef Guy Savoy in Paris.

Morgen Jacobson has been appointed Executive Chef at Moose's Restaurant in San Francisco where he is taking over from Jeffrey Amber. Latest in a long line of Chefs which has included Brian Whitmer, Fabrice Canelle, Marc Valiani and Jason Miller, Jacobson was previously the Executive Chef of Lockkeepers & Park City Diner in Cleveland. He also was the Chef proprietor of Quince in New York for two years.

Barry Wine, former Chef and Co-founder (with ex-wife Susan Wine) of the much-missed Quilted Giraffe in New York, will be the Consulting Chef for the much-awaited Ono, slated to open within the Hotel Gansevoort in New York. The venue will be operated by Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management.

Jason Harrison has been appointed Executive Chef in charge of Banquets at the Bellagio. He was previously at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis as its Executive Sous Chef and at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as its Banquet Chef.

Josh Thomsen has been appointed Corporate Executive Chef at Balboa in Las Vegas, scheduled to open later this year in the Caesar's Palace Forum Shops. Thomsen was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and also worked in Las Vegas before at Kerry at the Hard Rock and Nob Hill Restaurant at the MGM Grand as Executive Sous Chef. As the Corporate Executive Chef for Balboa, he will also be in charge of culinary standards in the company’s other restaurants in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Marc Dobbels has been appointed Executive Chef at the Fiesta Americana Cancun. He was previously in St. Martin where he opened a cooking school. Prior experience includes a short stint in at the Moana Beach Parkroyal in French Polynesia and at the Hostellerie du Vallon de Valrugues in the South of France.

John Coletta is joining forces with Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo and Larry Shane as Executive Chef / Partner of the upcoming Quartino in Chicago. Coletta's prior experience includes five years with Caliterra as Corporate Chef and Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Singapore.

Brian Schoenbeck has been appointed Pastry Chef at the Peninsula Chicago. He was previously at the Greenbrier and worked in Chicago before at Naha, at the Park Hyatt and at Charlie Trotter's.

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Europe
At Méridien Hotels and Resorts, Malcolm Ross will be leaving his position of Regional Managing Director Northern and Central Europe. Karyn Marasco takes over his responsibility as Regional Managing Director for UK and Europe.

Derek Picot has been appointed as the Regional General Manager of the Carlton Tower, owned and operated by Jumeirah International. In addition, Picot will also oversee the Carlton Tower’s sister property, the Lowndes, as well as Monte’s Sloane Street. Picot joined the Carlton Tower from Le Méridien London where he held the position of General Manager.

Jane Renton has been appointed General Manager of London’s boutique Lowndes. She served for the past seven years as the General Manager of the Draycott House Apartment Hotel in Chelsea. Renton also spent ten years in multiple operational positions at London’s Dorchester.

Nathalie Seiler has been named General Manager of the SAS Radisson in Paris after two years as Executive Manager at the Concorde Louvre Hotel.

Denys Courtier has been appointed General Manager at the Lancaster in Paris. He was previously the Hotel Manager of the Park Hyatt Vendôme. Courtier also served as the Executive Assistant Manager at the Park Hyatt Villa Magna in Madrid.

Matthew Dixon has joined the Grove, London’s Country Estate in Hertfordshire, as General Manager. He had been the General Manager of Brown’s since 2003 when Rocco Forte Hotels acquired the property from Raffles International. Before that, Dixon was the General Manager of the Hotel de Russie in Rome for three years.

Jean-Pierre Marcadier has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Paris Roissy. He previously held the same position at the Hyatt Regency Casablanca for three years and at the Grand Hyatt Muscat in Oman. Prior to joining Hyatt, Marcadier was the General Manager of the Hotel Movenpick Jolie Ville in Egypt.

Peter Laigaard Jensen has joined the Britannia Hotel in Esbjerg, Denmark as its General Manager. Most recently he was the Director of Services at Thule Air Base, US Air Force in the Northern Part of Greenland.

Jacques Charles has rejoined Pierre et Vacances in Paris. He was previously with Méridien Hotels for over thirteen years, most recently as the General Manager of the Hotel Méridien Nice for the past three years.

Pascal Leprou has been named General Manager of the Hotel Méridien Nice. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Hotel Colombus for two years and at the Hotel Mirabeau for three years, both in Monte Carlo. Prior to moving to Monaco, Leprou worked with Hyatt International Hotels for six years and held various management positions in their Khazakstan, Paris and Rabat properties.

Charles Bourdin is the new General Manager for Exclusive Hotels. He was previously the General Manager of the Hotels Balzac and de Vigny in Paris. Bourdin also worked in various management positions in such luxury properties such as the Martinez in Cannes, the Lanesborough and the Churchill Intercontinental in London.

Guillaume Bidron has been promoted as Executive Manager of the Hotel de La Paix in Geneva. He was previously the Executive Financial Manager of the Concorde La Fayette in Paris.

Evelyne Orban has been appointed to the position of Regional Director of Franchising for the French-speaking countries in Europe in addition to her existing role as the group’s Director of Marketing with Golden Tulip Hotels. Orban's previous experience include four years as Director of Sales and Marketing with Hotels Aston and West End in Nice and various sales management positions with Intercontinental in Cannes, Paris and London.

David Collas has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Lancaster in Paris. Collas was previously in Colorado as the Food and Beverage Operations Manager for three years at the Hotel Jerome. Collas also worked at the Four Seasons George V in Paris as an Assistant Food and Beverage Manager and at the Hotel Plaza-Athénée as Chief Steward.

Patricia Criqui, replaced Jennifer Boccara in the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at the Concorde La Fayette. Criqui was formerly the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Royal Monceau (now a Mandarin-Oriental hotel). Boccara is the new General Manager at Hotel de la Paix Genève.

Stéphane Marcet takes over the position of Director of Sales of the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva after two years at Disneyland Paris and two years with Méridien Hotels.

Peter Zampaglione has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Penha Longha Hotel and Golf Resort in Portugal. He was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Asia and the Pacific
Daniel Desbaillets has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Sino Land Company in Singapore. He previously worked in the same capacity with Millennium & Copthorne International Limited Asia Pacific. Desbaillets started his career with Hilton International in the early seventies and in 1979, joined Intercontinental in Africa. He spent over twenty years with the group, prior to leaving in 2003 to launch the Dare to Dream Hotel Group.

Paul Tchen has been appointed Vice President Operations and Support with Peninsula Hotels. He joined the group back in 1992 as Purchasing Manager at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, and in 1993 relocated to Hong Kong as Extension Operations. Over the next few years, Tchen was promoted successively to Regional Operations Development Manager.

Arthur Kiong has been appointed as Vice President, Sales and Marketing Asia for Peninsula and will still maintain his existing position as Director of Marketing for the Peninsula Hong Kong. Before joining the Peninsula Hong Kong in 2002, he was the Area Director of Marketing for six Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Washington DC and Boston. Prior to that, Kiong was the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore.

Sian Griffiths has been named Director of Communications for Peninsula. Originally from England, Griffiths started her career in the tourism and travel industry with French State Railways and Cunard Line before relocating to Hong Kong and joining the Peninsula, where she has held a number of appointments in the sales, marketing and public relations areas.

Anja Luthje has been named Corporate Director of Rooms with Mandarin-Oriental hotels. She joins the company from her previous corporate role as Rooms, Revenue and Channel Distribution Manager for Peninsula.

Cameron Ong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Singapore’s Ascott Group, is taking over from Eugene Lai as Chief Executive Officer. Ong has over twenty five years international experience in hospitality, of which ten years have been with the group.

Dominique Duvivier is the new General Manager of the Hotel Ibis Kemayoran Jakarta. He was most recently the Operations Co-ordinator at the Novotel Bangkok. Duvivier replaces Michel Farines who has been appointed General Manager of the Ibis Slipi. Farines joined Accor in 1997 at the Mercure Crystal Parc and worked in France for five years prior to relocating to Asia in 2002. 

Fumio Kanto has been named General Manager of the Yokohama Novotel. He joins Accor from the Kitano Hotel New York, where he has been based since 2001.  

Rudy Rodas is the new General Manager of the Novotel Oasis Beijing. For the past year, Rodas was Resident Manager of the Novotel Apollo Singapore. 

Martin Jones has been appointed General Manager at the W Seoul Walkerhill, the first W hotel in Asia. Jones was previously the Manager of the Westin Stamford & Westin Plaza Hotels in Singapore and the Area Director of Food and Beverage for Starwood Asia Pacific.

David King, former Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at Begawan Giri Estate Bali has been named Director of Cuisine at the W Seoul.

Merril Yu has been named General Manager at the Grand Palace Xiamen, China's largest hotel with 1517 rooms and Vegas-like facilities, slated to open in 2005. Yu was previously at the Mansion at the MGM Grand and at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as Executive Director of Operations.

Kapil Chopra joins the Trident Hilton Gurgaon in New Delhi as General Manager. Chopra was previously at the Taj Mahal in New Delhi as Executive Assistant Manager.

Vincent Hoogewijs has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Bangkok. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager at the Grand Hyatt Dubai and also worked in the same capacity at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Surabaya, the Palace at the Lost City in South Africa and the Banyan Tree Phuket.

Christo Diamandopoulos has been named General Manager at the Hotel Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta replacing E.J. Mac Ewan III who has been relocated to the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur. Diamandopoulos was most recently the General Manager of Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur for six years.

Karlheinz Ritter has been appointed Executive Chef at the Westin Shanghai. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Méridien Jakarta where David Gauche has replaced him.

Clement Teo has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore. He joined the hotel in May 2002 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage in September 2002.

Genalyn Vega has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Rooms Division at the Mandarin-Oriental Macau. She previously worked in the same capacity at the Mandarin-Oriental Manila.

Shantha De Silva has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Intercontinental Resort Bali. She was previously the Director of Marketing at the hotel.

Markus Schneider has been promoted to Resident Manager at the Mandarin-Oriental Jakarta from Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the property.

Patrick Tan has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel. He was previously the General Manager/Director of Operations at the Hard Rock Café Seoul.

Benedict Li has been appointed as the Financial Controller of the Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong. Li was previously the Financial Controller for Langham Hotels International for six years.

Sherona Shng has been appointed Director of Communications for the Langham Place Hotel as well as the Eaton Hotel. Prior to assuming this position, Shng was Director of Communications of the New World Renaissance Hotel also in Hong Kong.

Edward Kwon has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at the new W Hotel Walkerhill in Seoul. He was previously a Sous Chef Tournant at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and was previously at the Ritz-Carlton Seoul.

Olivier Revy has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the White Sands Resort and Spa in the Maldives. He was previously the Culinary Director at the Pan Pacific Bangkok.

Carol Fajht has joined the Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort as Director of Chi Spa. Fajht was with Starwood's Sheraton Hotel Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok for two years prior to joining and also worked in the Middle East with Le Méridien.

Arlene Finch has joined the Shangri-La Bangkok as the Director of Chi Spa. She joins Shangri-La from Spa of Siam in Bangkok.

Lionel Richard has been appointed Director of Restaurants at the Hotel Imperial in Mumbai. Previous experience includes a stint at La Réserve in Geneva and two years at the Lausanne Palace as Food and Beverage Manager.

Africa and the Middle East
Alan Leibman has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer for Kerzner International’s recently announced destination resort casino development, Mazagan, in Morocco projected to open mid 2007. Leibman originally joined Kerzner in 1995 at Atlantis Paradise Island, becoming its Chief Operating Officer in June 1997. Leibman was previously with Ritz-Carlton, where he most notably served as Director of Operations of the Ritz-Carlton Group, Australia

Laurent Voivenel has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Ryiadh. Voivenel's previous experience includes a short stint as Area Vice President and Director of Operations of Starwood Hotels and Resorts of French Polynesia and General Manager posts at the Grand Hills Village Hotel and Spa in Lebanon and at Le Royal Méridien in Bahrain.

Thomas Guss has been appointed General Manager at the Renaissance Alexandria. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino.

Alban du Temple has been appointed Resident Manager at the Sofitel Dubai. He was previously at the Sofitel Paris Porte de Sèvres for three years.

Mirko Aru has been appointed Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Madinat Jumeirah. Aru was previously a Restaurant and Bar Manager at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Christian Werdenberg has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Hilton Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Hilton Tokyo.

Gary Henden has been appointed Executive Chef at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. He is taking over from Kim Andersen who moved to a Food and Beverage Management position.

Edited by Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy
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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March/April 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ Februrary 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ January 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ December 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ November 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ October 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ September 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2003
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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2002
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