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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
September  2004
Heads Above the Rest
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The Americas
Steven Heyer has been appointed to succeed founder Barry Sternlicht as the Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Heyer joins the hotel group from Coca-Cola, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he held the same position at Turner Broadcasting System and was the President of advertising giant Young & Rubicam.

Victoria Dolan bas been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marriott Vacation Club International. She was until recently Senior Vice President of Finance for Marriott's international Lodging Division. Prior to joining Marriott, Dolan spent nine years at the Coca-Cola Company.

Scott Nasser has been appointed Vice President Operations at Fairfield Resorts. Nasser comes from Harrah’s where he was the Director of Hotel Operations. He previously had a career with Ritz-Carlton, which culminated with the position of General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

Stephen Darling, a Cornell graduate, has been appointed Regional Vice President for Shangri-La in North America as well as General Manager of the new Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver. Darling had previously been with the company for ten years when it operated Vancouver’s Pacific Palisades Hotel. He was most recently the General Manager of the Westin Grand also in Vancouver.

Richard Baker has been promoted to Regional Vice President/Dallas by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Formerly the Managing Director of Dallas' Mansion on Turtle Creek, Baker will now also oversee Rosewood’s second Dallas landmark, the Hotel Crescent Court. Prior to taking the helm at the Mansion in 2001, Baker spent nine years with Four Seasons in executive roles in Beverly Hills, Toronto, Hawaii and Dallas.

Linda Wan has been promoted to General Manager at Rosewood’s Hotel Crescent Court. Wan had been the Hotel Manager at the property for the last four years.

Shane Krige has been hired as the General Manager at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, taking over from Richard Baker. Krige has held senior management positions with Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Hotels. As Executive Assistant Manager, he helped launch the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. and Georgetown and has most recently overseen operations at the Grosvenor House (then a Méridien hotel, now a Marriott) in London.

Larry Brown has been appointed General Manager of the Renaissance Las Vegas. He most recently served as Vice President/Hotel Manager at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

Jamie Holmes has been appointed General Manager at the Resort at Paws Up, a new 37,000-acre luxury resort in western Montana opening in June 2005. Holmes joins from the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas where he was the General Manager. Prior to his five-year stint with Ritz-Carlton, Holmes was the General Manager of Biras Creek in the British Virgin Islands. He also ran the exclusive Peter Island for five years.

Stephen Marshall, who had been the General Manager of Branson's Chateau on the Lake Resort since 1997, has been promoted to Vice President. Prior to joining the Chateau, Marshall was the General Manager of the Four Seasons Houston.

Frederick Roth has been promoted to Group Director of Operations for Hoteles Quinta Real in Mexico. He was previously the General Manager of the Quinta Real Huatulco.

Greg Claytor is the newly appointed Co-General Manager of the Mount Nevis Hotel, in tandem with wife Josephine Claytor. He was once the Manager at the private Mill Reef Club in Antigua. She was the Executive Housekeeper at L’Auberge du Soleil.

Matthew Opferkuch is the new General Manager of Brentwood Bay Lodge in Canada. Like his predecessor Scott Mawhinney, he comes from Metropolitan Hotels of Canada. Opferkuch was the Executive Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Vancouver and previously spent four years at the Metropolitan Toronto.

At Napa Valley's Carneros Inn, Joe Fairchild has been promoted to General Manager. He was previously the resort’s Food and Beverage Manager and had been recruited from gourmet grocer Dean and Deluca.

Alejandro Helbling has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal where he is replacing Allan Federer. Helbling has been transferred from the Ritz-Carlton Dubai where he was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. Prior to that, he was with Hyatt for ten years in various management positions in South America and Asia.

Elias Assaly has been appointed Managing Director of the soon-to-open St. Regis San Francisco. Since 2000 and until recently, he was the Managing Director of Rosewood’s Crescent Court in Dallas. Assaly is no newcomer to Starwood or San Francisco, having been the opening General Manager of the W San Francisco.

Philippa Perry, formerly of Auberge du Soleil, has been appointed General Manager at Les Mars, a new luxury inn slated to open in November 2004 in Northern California.

Michel Morauw has been appointed General Manager at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Hyatt Regency Roissy Charles de Gaulle where he has been replaced by Jean-Pierre Marcadier. Morauw, a graduate of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, originally joined Hyatt in 1984.

Eric Buitenhuis is back in California as General Manager of the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, a transfer from the same position at the Sofitel Houston.

Michael McMahon has been promoted to the position of Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, where he replaced Brad Cance, now the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis. Prior to that, McMahon was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Naples for two years.

Wayne Wielgus has been elevated to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Choice Hotels International. Wielgus previously had been Senior Vice President, Marketing, a position he assumed when he joined Choice in September 2000.

Gregg Herning has been promoted to General Manager of the Peabody Little Rock replacing Timothy Gonser. Herning was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Peabody Memphis, a position he held for the past three years. Gonser will continue his twenty-year career with the Peabody Hotel Group as its Vice President, Food and Beverage.

Rikki Boparai has been named Director of Operations at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Prior to joining the resort two years ago as its Director of Rooms, he served as Director of Operations at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples.

Pamela Baldwin has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Providence in Rhode Island. She previously served as General Manager for two boutique hotels in San Francisco, Marina Inn and Hotel Louise, now the White Swan. Baldwin most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for Ibis Consulting of Providence.

Frédéric Luvisutto has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Loews Don Cesar Resort in St. Petersburg. He was previously the Rooms Division Manager at the Boca Raton Resort and Club for five years and also held the position of Financial Analyst in charge of Special Projects with Boca Resorts. Luvisutto is a graduate of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.

Franck Arnold joins the Four Seasons Chicago as Hotel Manager from the same position at the Intercontinental, The Barclay New York. Arnold had been with Intercontinental since 1991, holding positions in Paris, London, Athens, Brussels, Madrid and Valencia. He is a graduate of IHMI Cornell Essec.

Nikolay Hotze has joined Rosewood’s soon-to-open Acqualina as Hotel Manager, from the position of Director of food and Beverage at the Loews Miami Beach. Hotze had previously worked with Acqualina Managing Director David Kurland when the latter was the Managing Director at the El San Juan Hotel and Casino.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary. Fakhoury previously held a similar position with the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza in Regina, Canada. Previous experience includes various food and beverage management posts with the Regina Inn and the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Steven Hegewald has joined the soon-to-open Palms Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos, as its Director of Finance. He moves from South Carolina where he held the position of Finance Director at Wild Dunes for Destination Hotels and Resorts. Hegewald's prior experience also includes Controller posts at the Delano and at Little Dix Bay.

Kenneth Kominski has been named Director of Human Resources at the Orrington outside Chicago. His background includes human resources and employee training positions at hotels in China, Thailand and Singapore.

Gemma Cardenas replaces Nancy Kupka as Director of Human Resources at Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar both in Santa Monica. Cardenas spent twenty-three years with Westin/Starwood and was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Douglas McPherson has been appointed Director of Engineering at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage. McPherson was previously Director of Engineering for the Kapalua Bay Hotel on Maui.

Dan Craig has been promoted from Director of Sales and Marketing to General Manager at the Hotel Opus in Vancouver. Craig replaces David Curell who left to open the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco as Managing Director for Chip Conley’s Joie de Vivre Hospitality.

Susan McIntosh is joining the Carlyle as Director of Sales and Marketing replacing Albert Herrera now with Virtuoso in New York. McIntosh was formerly at the Fairmont regional sales office in Washington, DC as Director of Sales.

Lilian Wagner is the pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis San Francisco. Wagner held similar positions at the Ritz-Carlton and Park Hyatt both in San Francisco.

Leila Thorne has accepted the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for El Monte Sagrado in Taos. She held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos from 1997 to 2002.

Tim Burke has left San Ysidro Ranch where he was Sales Manager for three years. He joined the Parker Palm Springs where he will work in a similar capacity, based in the Los Angeles area.

Chris Bentley has been appointed Director of Sales at the Resort at Paws Up. Bentley was formerly the Director of Marketing at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch in Aspen.

Brian Gipson replaces Jon Makhmaltchi as Director of Sales and Marketing at Carneros Inn in Napa Valley. Gipson comes from Starwood’s Regional Sales Office in San Francisco.

Jonathan Kreuter will be the new Director of Group Sales, Eastern United States, for Concorde Hotels. Kreuter was previously Group Sales Manager for the Elbow Beach Resort, Bermuda.

Gerald Feurer, a Lausanne graduate, returned to the Peninsula New York as its newly appointed Director of Food and Beverage. Feurer was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the New York Palace. Feurer previously spent over three years at the Four Seasons New York. His first stint at the Peninsula New York was as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager from 1997 to 1999.

Axel Rudolph is the new Director of Food and Beverage at New York’s Tribeca Grand. He comes from China Grill Management for whom he held management positions at Tuscan and the Hotel Gansevoort.

Patrick de Staercke has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at Elk Mountain Resort in Telluride. He comes from the Hotel Jerome in Aspen where he spent the past three years. De Staercke also worked as Back of House Manager at the Intercontinental Paris and as Chief Steward at the Forum Hotel London.

Volker Schmitz has been appointed Senior Director of Operations for the Ladeki Restaurant Group in La Jolla. With over twenty years of hospitality experience, Schmitz was until recently with Constellation Restaurants, now the Tavistock Group.

Scott Engelman has joined the about-to-open Hotel Victor in Miami as its Food and Beverage Director. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Aspen Mountain Club, an annex property of the Little Nell.

Antoine Maalouf has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Maalouf held the same position until recently at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Replacing Maalouf at the Beverly Hills Hotel is Khalid Mirza, a twenty-two-year Four Seasons veteran whose last job with the company was as Director of Food and Beverage at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Afsi Behnan makes a lateral move as Director of Rooms from the Four Seasons Scottsdale to the Four Seasons Santa Barbara.

Anna Anderson is the Rooms Division Director at the soon to be relaunched Orrington outside Chicago. She was most recently at Chicago's Westin River North.

Aurieann LaPata is the new Director of Catering at the Orrington. She most recently served as Director of Catering and Special Events for Heaven on Seven Restaurants.

Sandra Brent has been appointed to the newly created position of Task Force Director of Catering, North America for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, she was the Director of Catering and Convention Services at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. She held similar positions at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the Sheraton Washington Hotel and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Sam Cole has been appointed Associate Director of Catering at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Cole was most recently the General Manager at the Roosevelt in Hollywood. Prior to that, he ran Avalon and Maison 140 in Beverly Hills for the Kor Group.

Diane Dillon has been appointed Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Sutton Place in Vancouver. She previously spent twelve years with Four Seasons and seven years at the Sutton Place when it was Le Méridien Hotel Vancouver.

Nick Fielding has joined Spago Beverly Hills as Director of Service. Fielding recently arrived in Los Angeles following an extensive seven-year tenure at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in South Florida. His last position at the resort was that of Assistant Food and Beverage Director.

Bryan Kindred has been named Assistant Manager at the Resort at Paws Up. Kindred was formerly Director of Lodging at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort.

Alain Allegretti is the new Executive Chef at Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South. He joins the hotel from Le Cirque 2000 where he was Co-Executive Chef for the past three and a half years. Prior to moving to New York, Allegretti worked in various award-winning restaurants in the South of France and spent four years in Monte Carlo at the restaurant Louis XV under Alain Ducasse. At Atelier, he replaces Gabriel Kreuther.

Eric Scuiller is the new Executive Chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Scuiller was most recently both the Executive Chef and the Director of Food and Beverage at Denver’s tony Rolling Hills Country Club. He also was the opening Executive Chef at Las Vegas’ Paris Hotel and Casino. At the Beverly Hills Hotel, he takes over from Katsuo "Suki" Sugiura.

Eric Cousin is the Executive Chef at the Essex House in New York. He was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Mississippi and had worked in New York in the same capacity at the Plaza for three years. At the Essex House, he took over from Robert Bagli who left in March after thirteen years (including five as Executive Chef).

Collin Crannell is the new Chef de Cuisine at Chloe in Playa del Rey, where he replaces former Chef/Partner Jeffrey Osaka. Crannell comes from Casa del Mar in Santa Monica where he was the Chef de Cuisine at Oceanfront. He also used to be the Executive Sous Chef at Los Angeles’ Water Grill.

Eric Greenspan is the new Executive Chef at Alex in Los Angeles, recently taken over by Restaurateur and Chef Tim Goodell. Greenspan has been in the kitchen with Joachim Splichal at Patina and Alain Ducasse and David Bouley in New York.

Rainer Schwarz has joined the Vail Cascades Resort as Executive Chef. Schwarz was most recently at the Viceroy in Santa Monica as Executive Chef. His successor there is Warren Schwartz, another former Patina man, who had been the Executive Chef at Saddle Peak Lodge for the past three years.

Sean O'Brien joins Tom Duffy as Chef-Partner in Myth, the redo of the former MC2 in San Francisco. O’Brien formerly worked with Gary Danko for most of the past nine years, first at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, then at Viognier in San Mateo and at Danko's eponymous restaurant in San Francisco.

Eric Sala is the new Executive Chef at Orient-Express’ La Samanna in St Martin. He replaces Erwan Louaisil who moves on after two years.

Christopher Eagle has taken over the Executive Chef post left vacant by Bruno Lopez at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. He had been the Executive Sous Chef at the hotel for two years. Prior to working at L'Ermitage, Eagle worked as an Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen.

Guenael Le Berre joins the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, DC as Executive Chef. It will be Le Berre's first post in the United States after working in Cyprus, Thailand, Mauritius, Singapore, Jakarta and England in similar capacities. He joins the Willard from the Elyseum Resort in Cyprus.

Alan Ashkinaze has been named Executive Chef of Aqua at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa. Ashkinaze comes from Trevisio in Houston where he had been since 2002.

Dennis Leary, who left Rubicon recently after four years as Executive Chef, has signed a lease for the Titanic Cafe in the Commodore Hotel in San Francisco.

Aaron Elliott has joined the Peninsula Chicago as Wine Director. Elliott was formerly the Assistant Sommelier at Tru, also in Chicago.

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Europe
Richard North resigned as Chief Executive of Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC at the end of September 2004. North had been Chief Executive of Intercontinental since October 2002. David Webster, the non-executive Chairman, will take on the role of interim Chief Executive.

The Stein Group announced the appointment of Pierre Boppe as its new President. For six years Boppe was the President and CEO of the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels Group and he remains a member of the Peninsula Board of Directors. 

Hans Sebesta, the first and only Managing Director of the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, died this month in Hamburg, after surgery. Sebesta was known as "the dean of Moscow hoteliers".

Myriam Kournaf has joined Le Beau Rivage in Nice as General Manager. Kournaf had been with Le Méridien Garden Beach in Juan Les Pins since 1998, most recently as Deputy General Manager. She previously worked for The Boutique Search Firm in Los Angeles.

Michael Hoffman crosses over the pond to join Claridge’s as General Manager replacing Christopher Cowdray who moved to the Dorchester. Hoffman was most recently the Managing Director at the newly opened Carneros Lodge in Napa Valley. He is a graduate of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.

Daniel Mann has been promoted to the position of General Manager at the Savoy in London. He joined the hotel last March as Hotel Manager. Prior to that, Mann held various General Manager posts in the United States, at Colonial Williamsburg and the Daufuskie Island Club. He also spent nine years with Orient-Express. The Savoy will become a Fairmont hotel as of January 2005.

Mandarin-Oriental has appointed Michael Ziemer as General Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental Munich. Ziemer assumes his new position from his previous post as Resident Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong. In Munich, Ziemer replaces Christoph Mares, who has been appointed General Manager of the Group’s Parisian property, the Royal Monceau Mandarin-Oriental.

Allan Federer has been transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul as General Manager from a similar post at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal where he had been for the past three years. Prior to that, Federer ran the Wyndham Montreal and was the Vice President and General Manager of the Park Plaza Grand Bay in Toronto.

Dejan Djordjevic has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Almaty in Kazakhstan.  He replaces Srdjan Milekovic who is the newly appointed General Manager of the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow.

Vincent Astier has been appointed Executive Chef at the Hotel Bristol Méridien in Warsaw. He was previously with Intercontinental for eight years as Executive Sous Chef at the Hotel Intercontinental The Barclay in New York and as Sous Chef at the Hotel Intercontinental Geneva for four years.

Asia and the Pacific
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels & Resorts have appointed Gerry Oh as Senior Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing. Oh previously worked for Singapore Airlines as Vice President for Global Sales & Distribution.

Daniel Desbaillets has been appointed CEO of the Sino Group of Hotels and Singapore’s Fullerton Hotel. The Sino Group also owns the Conrad International Hong Kong. Desbaillets was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Millennium Copthorne.

Martyn Standen is the General Manager of the soon-to-open Regent of Shanghai. Standen previously spent nineteen years with Marriott International, serving most recently as the General Manager of the JW Marriott Shanghai and Tomorrow Square Marriott Executive Apartments.

Robert Gerber, a Cornell graduate, has been named General Manager at the Regent Ningbo in China where he will be in charge of the opening. He was most recently the General Manager at the Manila Hotel and previously worked as an Executive Vice President Operations and Development with Formosa International Hotels, the owners of the Regent Grand Formosa in Taipei.

Joe Polito is the new Director of Operations for Alila Hotels and Resorts, Thailand and General Manager of the new Alila Phuket Villas. The resort opens in late 2005. Polito was previously the Opening General Manager of the Royal Jimbaran Bay in Bali and also worked in the same capacity with Oberoi in India, Egypt and Indonesia.

Samir Wildemann has moved from Le Royal Méridien Baan Taling Ngam in Koh Samui to the Pan Pacific Bangkok as General Manager replacing Bill Sayce who is moving back to Sydney.

Robert Barker has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Barker joined Hyatt International's Asia Pacific Divisional Office in February 1995 and was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

Simeon Olle has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Seoul. Olle joined the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in 1986, and has held subsequent positions as Resident Manager for the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and the Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Michel Molliet has been named General Manager of the Sofitel Xian in China. He was previously the General Manager of the Sofitel Reef Casino in Cairns and Area Manager, Far North Queensland.

Robert Atlee is the new General Manager of the Sofitel Silver Plaza Jinan in China. He was the General Manager of the former Novotel Century Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

Gerhard Zimmer has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong in Shanghai. He was most recently as the General Manager of the Sofitel Boao Hotel on Hainan.

Ole Nielsen has taken over as the new General Manager of the Sofitel Boao. Most recently Nielsen was the General Manager of the Sofitel Raja Orchid Khon Kaen in Thailand.

Urs Wuthrich is the General Manager of the Aryaduta Hotel in Pekanbaru. Wuthrich was previously the General Manager for Club Corporation in Jakarta.

Denis Seigneur is the new Vice President Human Resources – Asia for Accor Asia Pacific. Seigneur has worked for Accor since 1990 in Europe and South America. Most recently he was the Paris-based Human Resources Director for Accor Services. He will be based in Bangkok.

Ulf Bremer has been named Hotel Manager at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. Bremer most recently served as Resident Manager in several properties of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, namely the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei and Kerry Centre, Beijing and as Executive Assistant Manager of the Shangri-La Jakarta.

Maria Grueter is promoted to Resort Manager at the Ana Mandara Resort Nha Trang in Vietnam. Grueter has been with the Ana Mandara Resort for over seven months.

Jean-Paul Riby has been promoted to Resident Manager at the Gran Melia Jakarta. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the hotel.

Aditya Mata has relocated to Intercontinental the Grand Mumbai as Resident Manager. Mata was previously the Resident Manager of the Grand Ashok Bangalore since 2002.

Derek Long has been appointed Resort Director at the Mandarin-Oriental Macau. Before moving to Asia, his last position was Sports & Recreation Manager at the Oasis Residential Resorts in Saudi Arabia. Prior to working in the Middle East, Long was responsible for the Spa and Fitness area at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland.

Andreas Kraemer has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Rooms Division at the White Sands Resort & Spa. Kraemer joined the Resort in March 2004 from the Reethi Beach Resort, also in the Maldives.

Gavin Pereira joins the Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara Resort as the new Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. He has worked with such companies as Raffles Hotels and Ritz-Carlton and was previously with HPL Properties. Pereira is not new to Six Senses, having previously worked with the Evason Hua Hin Resort team.

Gigi Vega has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Rooms at the Mandarin-Oriental Macau. Formerly the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Rooms Division at the Mandarin-Oriental Manila, a property she joined in 1998 as Director of Rooms Division and then was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms Division in 2002.

David Perrot has been promoted to the position of Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food & Beverage at the Mandarin-Oriental Macau. Perrot, a graduate of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, began his hotel career with Mandarin-Oriental 1995, and worked at the Oriental in Bangkok and the Excelsior in Hong Kong. He joined the Mandarin-Oriental Macau in 2002 as Food and Beverage Manager, from the Peninsula Bangkok.

Sergio Bretti is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Nikko in Hong Kong. Until recently, Bretti held a similar position at the Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong in Shanghai.

Srilanta Dorairajah has been appointed as the new Area Financial Controller for all the three Evason Resorts & Hideaways Vietnam. Previously, Dorairajah assisted with the pre-opening of the Sila Evason Hideaway & Spa in Samui and prior to that was the Financial Controller of Soneva Fushi in the Maldives.

Stéphane Laguette has left his position of Regional Director of Sales and Marketing with Méridien to join Accor where he will hold a similar position in charge of the South East Asia region. Laguette was with Méridien for sixteen years in Asia, Mexico and the French West Indies.

Brad Rice has been named Rooms Division Manager at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. He was previously at the St. Regis Los Angeles for four years in a similar capacity. Rice also worked at Le Méridien Beverly Hills as its Rooms Director.

Dale DeGroff has been appointed Halekulani's newly established "Director of Beverage Arts, in Residence". DeGroff has developed his techniques and talent for over twenty years tending bar at some of the world's great establishments, most notably at New York City's famous Rainbow Room.

Erik Gremmer has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara. He joins the Hideaway after his assignment with Frégate Island in the Seychelles, where he held the position of Head Chef.

David Thai is the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine at Ana Mandara Resort Nha Trang in Vietnam. Thai had been with Hyatt International since 1997, most recently at the Park Hyatt Vendome Paris.

Le Méridien Cyberport in Hong Kong has appointed Adrian Upward as Executive Chef. He most recently served as Executive Chef at Melbourne’s Adelphi Hotel.

Matt Coates, who had been the Executive Chef at Cotton House on Mustique, has left to return to GHM as the Executive Chef of the Chedi Phuket. Coates had previously worked for the company as the Executive Chef of the Serai in Bali.

Simon Hague has been appointed Executive Chef at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. He was previously the Executive Chef at the Movenpick Hotel Kuwait for the previous two years.

Barry Warrington is the new Area Spa Manager, Six Senses Spas at Evason & Hideaway Resorts Vietnam. Warrington hails from New Zealand and his last position was with Leptos Calypso Cyprus where he held the position of Group Spa and Health Manager.

Jean-Pierre Langlet is moving from Le Méridien Jumeirah Beach Dubai to the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur as Executive Pastry Chef.

Fabrice Leblus is moving from the Sheraton Kuwait to the Mandarin-Oriental Chiang Mai as its opening Pastry Chef.

Paolo Petris, an Italian national, joined the Imperial New Delhi, as its Executive Sous Chef. Petris comes from the Tokyo Hilton.

Africa and the Middle East
Heinrich Morio will be taking over from Christian Antoine as General Manager of Operation at Jumeirah International in Dubai. Morio was most recently the General Manager at the One & Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius and previously the Resident Manager at sister property the One & Only Le Saint Géran, also in Mauritius.

WTS International has appointed Howard Bennett as Managing Director of its newly opened offices in Dubai. Bennett is a former Regional Property Manager with AIMCO with over thirty years of experience working with a variety of international hotel companies including Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton International, Sun International and Crowne Plaza Hotels in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Marc Hausser has been promoted to General Manager at the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club in Mauritius. Hausser previously opened and worked for two and a half years at the Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa also in Mauritius as Resident Manager. Prior to moving to Mauritius, he worked with Hyatt International for eight years and held various management positions in their Europe, Africa & Middle East properties.

Alessandro Cabella is the new Resident Manager for the Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort in Oman opening in 2005. Cabella joins from the One & Only Le Touessrok where he had been the Resident Manager since August 2002.

Ammar Hilal has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager at the One & Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius. Hilal had been promoted six months ago to Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the property. In his new role, he replaces Alessandro Cabella.

Sanjeev Tandon is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at the Taj Palace Hotel in Dubai. Tandon served as Director of Sales and Marketing of Sheraton Muscat in Oman since 2000.

Denis Nollevalle is the new Pastry Chef at the Sheraton Algiers. He previously was at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei.

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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2004
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
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Jan 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Dec 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
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
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / Nov 2000
 
 

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