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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
July  2005
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The Americas
Benchmark Hospitality has promoted Sam Haigh to President & Chief Operating Officer. Haigh, a Cornell graduate, joined the company in 1981 and has served as its COO for the past ten years.

At New York’s Pierre, now a Taj Hotel, Heiko Kuenstle takes over as General Manager from Four Seasons man Guy Rigby. Kuenstle comes from the Lowell. Prior to becoming the Lowell’s General Manager, he was the Rooms Division Manager at the nearby Hotel Plaza-Athénée. As for Rigby, he will be moving with Four Seasons to Vancouver by the end of the summer.

Bryan O’Shields is now the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Barish Group. He joins producer Keith Barish and his son Chris in the venture. Barish was one of the founders of Planet Hollywood (with Robert Earl). O’Shields recently completed two years as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Mandarin-Oriental, following a successful tenure as Vice President Food and Beverage at Las Vegas’ Bellagio.

Chuck Bowling has been promoted to Corporate Vice President Sales and Marketing at MGM Mirage. Bowling was most recently the Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, a property he had originally joined as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Bowling was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin St. Francis.

Also at MGM Mirage, Kim Ciminni moves from Senior Vice President Hotel Operations at the MGM Grand to Vice President Operations at Mandalay Bay Resort.

Gregory Sheets has been named Vice President Hotel Operations at the Red Rock Station Hotel and Casino being built in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. Sheets had been the Director of Hotel Operations at the Palms Las Vegas for the past four years, following nine years in various positions with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Beach. Sheets is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell.

Charles Henning has been named General Director of Operations at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. He was most recently the General Manager of the landmark Hotel du Pont in Delaware. Henning had already lived in Napa Valley as the Managing Director of the Sonoma Mission Inn and its sister property Ventana. This is the not first time this distinguished Swiss hotelier deals with education: he held similar duties at the Centre International de Glion in the past.

Janis Clapoff has left Simpson House in Santa Barbara to be the General Manager at Honolulu’s Halekulani. Clapoff had also been the General Manager of San Ysidro Ranch for ten years. Nicholas Davaz replaces Clapoff at Simpson House. He most recently was the General Manager of El Encanto, now an Orient-Express property.

Alex Alexander has been appointed General Manager of the Rhiga Royal, a property recently purchased by the Blackstone Group. Alexander is a former long-time Hyatt executive. At the Rhiga Royal, Alexander replaces Barry Cregan.

Cornell man John Rolfs has been appointed General Manager (and Regional Vice President) at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Rolfs comes from the same position at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. He joined the company in 1989 and has been posted in various positions for Ritz-Carlton in Boston, Osaka and Aspen. Myra Degersdorff replaces Rolfs as General Manager in New Orleans, coming from the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.

Michael King has been promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. King began with the company at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage in 1984 and has held leadership positions with Ritz-Carlton in Sydney, Aspen, Buckhead, Phoenix and most recently at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa as Hotel Manager.

InterContinental has appointed Irene Hoek as Vice President, Development, the Americas. Hoek started her career with Starwood in 1996 and left in 2000 to serve as Senior Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions Group for BNY Capital Markets. She had recently returned to Starwood as Vice President Development. 

Bill Bagwell has been named Vice President, Development, the Americas, Southeast region for InterContinental. From 1990 to 1999 he served as Vice President Development, the Americas for InterContinental. From 1999 to 2004 he served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for Interstate and was most recently with Hospitality Solutions LLC as founder and principal of the company.

Alfred Wiles has been named General Manager of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. Wiles has previously held the position of Managing Director of the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort.

Michael Koffler is moving from the Hyatt Regency Monterey and the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel where he has been the General Manager since 1999, to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

Donald Anderson has been hired as General Manager of the Henley Park and Morrison Clark Inn. He comes from the Park Hyatt Washington, where he was the Director of Rooms.

Signature Destinations Club has appointed Jay Harbison as Vice President of Hospitality and Membership Operations. Harbison, a Cornell graduate, was formerly the Vice President of Hospitality at Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs.

Steven Kalczynski was transferred by Starwood to General Manager of the Ballantyne Resort & Spa in North Carolina. Kalczynski, who has worked internationally with Peninsula and Shangri La, was most recently the General Manager of Starwood’s now shuttered St. Regis Los Angeles.

Jan Chovanec has been named General Manager of the Conrad Indianapolis scheduled to open in March 2006. Chovanec had been with Swissôtel since 1998 in Washington, DC, Chicago and most recently as General Manager of Swissôtel The Bosphorus and Area Manager responsible for Turkey and the Middle East.

Bruce Fery has been promoted to a newly created position of Executive Vice President of Hotels for Earl Holdings Grand America Hotels and Resorts and will remain as the General Manager of the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Colin Ankersen is the new General Manager of the Harrison Conference Center and Hotel, Princeton Forrestal Center. Ankersen was previously a consultant to the nearby Crystal Springs Resort and has held various positions at Dolce International and Omni Hotels.

Gianluca Sparacino has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Houston. Sparacino was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. He originally joined Four Seasons in Chicago from the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.

Bernd Kuhlen has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall. Kuhlen joined Ritz-Carlton in 1993 spending time in Berlin, Wolfsburg, Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Cancun and most recently as Executive Assistant Manager/Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Julien Debarle has been named Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Miami. Debarle, a graduate of the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, was previously in the same position at the InterContinental Cleveland.

Tulio Hochkoeppler has transferred to the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, in Uruguay as Manager in Residence. Hochkoeppler, a Cornell graduate, is a long time Four Seasons employee having spent time in various positions at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, Four Seasons Caracas and Four Seasons at Beverly Hills.

Gregory Day has been named Director of Operations at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Day has been with the company since 1994 holding various positions at the Fairmont San Francisco and then transferred to the Fairmont New Orleans when he was promoted to his most recent position as Director of Operations.

George Sotelo has been promoted to Resident Manager at the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. He was previously the resort's Director of Food and Beverage. Prior to joining Palmilla two years ago, he held executive positions at the Sonesta Beach Resort in Key Biscayne, the InterContinental New York and the Grand Bay in Miami.

Walter and Beverly Plachta will be managing Nisbet Plantation in Nevis. The Plachtas come from the Meridian Club on Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos, where they were the Island Managers.

Thomas Narozonick will be filling the recently created post of Resident Manager at Los Angeles’ prestigious Jonathan Club. Narozonick is finishing a five-year tenure as General Manager of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. He had also been the General Manager of Santa Barbara’s El Encanto for several years.

Rick Swig of RSBA & Associates has been installed as Chairman of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. Swig has served on the SFCVB executive committee since 2000 and also served on the board of directors from 1992 to 1995. Swig’s father, Richard Swig, the original owner of Fairmont Hotels, was SFCVB chairman in 1968-1969.

Luc Van Wambeke, a Cornell Hotelman, has left the Sports Club Company where he was Regional Controller in New York for five years, following a career with Ritz-Carlton. He will be developing real estate projects in St. Croix as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner.

Scott Mills has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the soon-to-open Four Seasons Palo Alto. Mills has been with the company since 1996 in various food and beverage positions at the Four Seasons Dallas and the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills. He had been the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Regent Beverly Wilshire since 2003.

Chris Fava has been appointed Vice President of Food and Beverage at the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Fava was previously the Director of Catering and Convention Services at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Prior experience includes twelve years with Caesar’s Entertainment.

Ronan Hénaff has been named Director of Food and Beverage at New York’s Carlyle replacing Eric Dupaix. Hénaff comes from the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South where he had a dual role as Restaurant General Manager for Atelier and Senior Food and Beverage Manager. Hénaff also launched Aqua at the St. Regis Monarch Beach following several years at Le Bernardin in New York. He is a graduate of the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.

As for Eric Dupaix, he leaves his post of Director of Food and Beverage at the Carlyle to assume the same post at the Westin Essex House.

Schack Von Rumohr has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head. Von Rumohr was previously in the same position at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star in St. Thomas. He had also been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Wyndham El Conquistador in Puerto Rico.

The Grand Hyatt New York has appointed Ward Childs as Senior Food and Beverage Director, Executive Assistant Manager. Childs, a Cornell graduate, was previously the Senior Regional Food and Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Embarcadero Center and Food and Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. 

Tom Manno has been named Senior Director of Sales and Operations for Regent International Hotels. Manno has served as Vice President/General Manager for the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Tampa. He was also the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis for six years.

Pete Zudyk has been appointed Director of Brand Marketing at Hard Rock International. Zudyk was previously the Chicago-based Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the Kor Group. He was also the opening Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

Roberta Rinker-Ludloff has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Conrad Hotels North America. She most recently served as Regional Vice President Marketing for Hilton Hawaii.

Doug Gennardo has been appointed Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Grande Lakes Orlando, a complex including the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the JW Marriott Hotel. He has been with Marriott International for fifteen years and was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Arizona.

The Kor Hotel Group has appointed Brad Barnett as Area Director of Sales, Los Angeles. Barnett has previous hospitality sales and marketing experience with Wyndham, Starwood and Kimpton. He was most recently a District Director at ZipRealty.

Sharon Telesca has joined Ian Schrager’s soon-to-open Gramercy Park Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing. Since 2001, Telesca had been the Director of Sales and Marketing at Furnished Quarters, following a tenure in the same capacity at the St. Regis New York.

Martin Finch has joined Ty Warner Resorts. Based in Los Angeles, he will handle sales for San Ysidro Ranch and Kona Village. Finch was previously a Regional Sales Director with Fiesta Americana and Caesar Park Hotels.

Luis Lamar is the new Vice President of Hotel Sales at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. He was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington. Ed Curry will be replacing him, transferring from the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey where he held the same position.

Nina Santellanes has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya. She was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. 

Meri Greene has been appointed Director of Business Development at Allimar Marketing. She was previously Corporate Sales Manager then Marketing Manager for W Hotels of New York.

Peter Regan has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing for the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Regan comes from the Peabody Hotel Group where he served as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing.

Gene Harbeck has been appointed Director of Facilities for the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. Harbeck was most recently the Director of Engineering at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. He had also held similar positions for over five years at the Los Angeles Biltmore.

Kerry Shorr has been promoted to Public Relations Director from Public Relations Coordinator after three years in the position at the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

Yoshinori Kojima has been named Executive Chef at Okura in Palm Springs, due to open in the fall. Kojima joins from Latitude in Sonoma. He has also been the Chef of MC2 and the Pan Pacific San Francisco.

Robert Sulatycky will be joining the Beverly Hills Hotel as Executive Chef replacing Eric Scuiller who has left the company. Sulatycky comes from the Four Seasons Chicago where he was the Executive Chef following many other similar postings with Four Seasons.

Frank Palmer has joined Di Maggio’s in San Francisco as Executive Chef. Palmer was most recently in the kitchen at the Bing Crosby Restaurant and Piano Bar in Walnut Creek and following a stint as Executive Chef at the Lafayette Park Hotel.

Barnaby Jones is the new Executive Chef at Carlisle Bay in Antigua. Jones was previously the Executive Chef at Nick Jones’ Babington House in England, following five years with Amanresorts, first at Amandari in Bali, later at Amanjena in Marrakech.

Eric Cousin has joined the Sheraton National outside Washington DC, as Executive Chef. Cousin was previously the Executive Chef at New York’s Essex House and the Executive Sous Chef at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Mississippi.

Chef and Culinary Director Paul Wade of the Little Nell in Aspen is taking over at Quattro and the Four Seasons Houston, replacing Tim Keating. Wade was the founding chef of the new Montagna restaurant concept at the Little Nell. He spent three years with Four Seasons in the past, as the Chef de Cuisine of Seasons at the Four Seasons Wailea.

Carol Daniel has rejoined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as Vice President, Restaurants. Daniel had been Kimpton’s Director of Restaurant Operations, East Coast when she left to join Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events as Senior Vice President Operations. 

Richard Hollocou has joined Gray Kunz’s Café Gray in New York as General Manager. Hollocou comes from Gotham Bar and Grill and has also worked as General Manager at Typhoon, Le Bernardin, La Récolte, La Réserve and Le Plaisir.

John Higgins is the new General Manager at the Rainbow Room-Cipriani Group. He comes from the Waldorf=Astoria where he was the Director of Food and Beverage Operations since 2003.

Bernard Collin has been named Managing Director/Partner at Jean Denoyer’s upcoming Brasserie at Rockefeller Center. For the past five years, Collin had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa where he spearheaded a two-year renovation of all outlets. He also served as Director of Restaurants at the Phoenician.

Wine consultant Rebecca Chapa has joined Niebaum Coppola with the title of Estate Ambassador. Chapa is well known in Northern California where she has been teaching wine appreciation and training sommeliers for several years. Chapa is a Cornell Hotel School graduate.

Andy Hoyle joins Washington DC’s Sea Catch Restaurant as General Manager. Hoyle has worked in various positions with Morton’s in Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Baltimore, Washington DC. After leaving Morton’s, he worked for the Prime Rib Restaurant and the Crystal City Sports Pub.

Carl Meyer returns to the Salish Lodge and Spa in Washington as its Rooms Division Manager. Meyer comes from the Statler Hotel at Cornell University where he was Director of Operations for two years. He has also held various rooms management positions at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, the Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Highlands Inn, following seven years with Four Seasons.

Alberto Pirozzini will be the opening Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. Pirozzini was briefly the General Manager at Boscolo’s Aleph Hotel in Rome. He previously held various positions at the W Los Angeles, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and the St. Regis Los Angeles.

At Le Méridien Chicago, Jeroen Elmendorp has been promoted to Director of Rooms from Director of Front Office.

Alfredo Madero is the new Spa Director at Palmilla. He was most recently in the same position at the Pala Casino Resort & Spa in northern San Diego.

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Europe
Jennifer Fox, Senior Vice President, InterContinental Brand, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Europe. Fox originally joined the company in April 2001 as the General Manager of the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Colm Hannon, who had been the Managing Director at Sandy Lane since 2001, will be opening Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his stint at Sandy Lane, Hannon was the Manager at Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda.

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Paul Nevelos as Director of Sales Operations and Planning for Europe, Middle East & Africa. He joins from Insurecom where he was Director of Customer Services. At InterContinental, Nevelos will report to the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Stephen Powell.

Oliver Eller has been promoted to General Manager at the future Ritz-Carlton Moscow. He most recently held the position of General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg where he started as Executive Assistant Manager in 1999 before his promotion to Hotel Manager in 2001.

Thomas Wurzinger replaces Eller as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg. Wurzinger had held the position of Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin since pre-opening in 2003. He joined the company in 1997 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.

Thierrry Naidu is the General Manager of Monaco’s Port Palace, now operated by the Stein Group. Naidu had joined the group in 2003, following ten years as the General Manager of the Chateau de La Chèvre d’Or. In Monte Carlo, he takes over from opening General Manager Eric Pere.

Stéphane Dufour has been named General Manager of the Chateau Golf d’Augerville. Dufour comes from the Chateau de Gilly where he was the General Manager for the past three years. He was previously at the Hotel du Louvre Concorde in Paris.

Patrice Maniez takes over as General Manager for Dufour of the Chateau de Gilly. Maniez has previously been at the Evergreen Laurel, the Hotel Bristol and the Royal Monceau. He had also served as Food and Beverage Manager at the Hotel Plaza-Athénée.

Philippe Perd will be taking over as General Manager of the mythical Hotel du Cap — Eden Roc at the end of the year. Enigmatic hotelier Jean-Claude Irondelle (he is the tanned gentlemen in the light blue blazer effusively greeting Anouk Aimée in Henry Jaglom’s fabulous 2001 mockumentary "Festival in Cannes") will be retiring at the end of the year, after fifty years on the job (including thirty five years as General Manager). As for Perd, he comes from sister luxe hotel, the Chateau du Domaine de St. Martin in nearby Vence. Both hotels belong to the discreet Oetker family, whose hotel holdings also include Brenners Park, Park Hotel Vitznau and Paris’ Hotel Bristol. Perd had joined the Domaine de St. Martin four years ago when General Manager Andrée Brunet retired … after thirty-five years.

Patrice Arnaud has been appointed General Manager at the Chateau du Domaine de St. Martin taking over from Philippe Perd. Arnaud was most recently running the Hotel Pont Royal in Paris and has spent time at the Sofitel Chateau de Versailles, Hotel Ambassador, Hotel Marriott Champs Elysées and Hotel du Louvre.

Oliver Bigot has been named General Manager of the Sofitel Nice. Bigot was most recently the General Manager at the Hotel Astor in Paris and has spent time at the Hotel Scribe, Hotel InterContinental Paris and the Cascades Hotel in South Africa.

Georges Chauve is the new Managing Director of the two new Holiday Inn hotels in central Moscow. Chauve has previously opened his own Hotel Le Walt and Hotel Le Marquis in Paris, where his family continues to assume ownership. Chauve is a Lausanne graduate.

Stefan Schwind has been appointed General Manager of the Kempinski Zografski in Sofia. Prior to joining Kempinski, he ran the art’hotel Dresden and the Park Plaza Dresden.

Ilias Vamvakas has been named Director of Operations at the Porto Carras Grand Resort in Greece. Vamvakas has previously spent time at the St.Georges Bay Country Club, Filitheyo Island Resort, Tamarind Cove, Royal St.Lucian Hotel, St. Andrews Old Course Hotel, and Radisson Edwardian International Heathrow.

Franck Jaulneau is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Castille in Paris. Jaulneau previously worked in a similar capacity at the Hotel Montalembert and worked as a Director of Restaurant at the Hotel Meurice in charge of the restaurant Le Jardin d'Hiver.

Julio de Sousa is the new Director of Food and Beverage for Corinthia Hotels in Portugal. De Sousa was most recently in Costa Rica and has spent time at the Caesar Park Penha Longa Golf Resort, now a Ritz-Carlton.

Jean Paul Dolisi is the new Director of Key Accounts, France for Méridien Hotels. Dolisi previously worked for Utell International where he was Director of Sales.

Chef Bruno Delamare has opened Bruno Delamare @The Art Room located on the coast of Margate in England. Prior to opening his new place he was part owner of London-based the Rose and Crown and was previously a Senior Sous Chef at the Ritz London, Executive Chef for Trader Vics' Bahrain and in the same position at the Al Ain Rotana Hotel.

Girly Fedilo has been appointed General Manager at Trader Vic’s London. Fedilo previously held the same position at Trader Vic's Abu Dhabi and started with the company at Trader Vic's Hamburg.

Michael Metaxas is the General Manager of the Anassa on Cyprus. The hotel had been opened by Marc Aeberhard, now at Dhonakulhi in the Seychelles.

The Hotel Marignan Champs Elysées, a former Sofitel, has a new General Manager in Jean Lachampt. He was previously the General Manager of Paris’ Hôtel de Sers.

Laurent Greven is the new Front Office Manager at the Warwick Paris. He comes from the Hôtel Explorer in Marne-la-Vallée.

Cécile Turpin has joined the Cannes Festival and Convention Center as a Director. Her experience includes a stint at the Ritz Paris as a Conference Service Manager.

Asia and the Pacific
Ralph Grippo has been promoted to Vice President/Area General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai. Grippo, who joined Ritz-Carlton in 1988, was most recently a Vice President/Area General Manager based at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa.

Derek Flint has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. Since 2002 he had held the position of Senior Corporate Director of Rooms for the company. Flint began his career at the Ritz-Carlton New York in 1989, rejoining the group in 2001 as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Division at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He previously held several management positions at the Four Seasons Clift and the Park Hyatt San Francisco.

Sean Hunt has been named Vice President & Area Managing Director, Australia for Starwood and Managing Director of the Sheraton On The Park. From 2000 to 2003 he was the General Manager of the Sheraton Noosa Resort, before moving to Vietnam where he was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Greg Dogan as Vice President to be based in Shanghai. Prior to his current appointment, Dogan was Area Manager and General Manager based at the Shangri-La Dalian and was previously the Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Jakarta.

General Manager Martin Jones is moved by Starwood from the W Seoul (he opened the property) to the Westin Kuala Lumpur.

Lausanne graduate Marc Aeberhard is now the General Manager of Dhonakulhi in the Maldives. He was recently the opening General Manager of the Anassa in Cyprus.

Henk Meyknecht has transferred to the Marco Polo Shenzen as General Manager from the same role at the Marco Polo Saigon where his successor will be James Ong. Meyknecht has previously held executive positions at the Hotel Equatorial Qingdao and the Sahid Jaya Hotel.

Ron Podlas has recently rejoined Accor to be General Manager of the Novotel Baiyun Airport Guangzhou. Podlas originally started with the company in 1995 as General Manager of the Sofitel Hotel Phnom Penh, Cambodia and later worked for the group in both Thailand and the United States.

Francis Wang is the new General Manager of the Panorama Century Court Shanghai. Wang started with Accor in 1999 as Executive Assistant Manager of Sofitel Hyland Shanghai and was most recently Resident Manager of Sofitel Boao on Hainan Island.

Antony Platford has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Xanadu Resort Hangzhou. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager of the Sofitel Melbourne. 

Joseph Mak has been named General Manager of the Sofitel Zhengzhou. He was most recently Hotel Manager at the Sofitel Anshan. 

Dominique Berhouet has been promoted to General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Suzhou. Berhouet was previously the Resident Manager at the Crowne Plaza Shenzen and held the positions of Food and Beverage Director then Executive Assistant Manager at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Hong Kong.

Yoland Perras has joined the Kempinski Shenyang as General Manager. He has been with the company for the past five years. His previous assignments with Kempinski were in Moscow at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski and in Bulgaria for the opening of the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko.

Piero Bellizzi is taking over the position of Resort Manager at the InterContinental Bali. Bellizzi was previously at the InterContinental Frankfurt as Hotel Manager.

Jean-Paul Fontenille has been appointed General Manager of the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok. A 27-year Accor veteran he was most recently on special assignment at the Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore.

Stanley Chan is the new General Manager at the Grand Mercure Fortune Hotel Bangkok. Chan was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel Zhengzhou in China.

Erwann Mahe has been appointed General Manager of the Panwa Beach Resort in Phuket. Mahe joined Accor in 1998 and was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Sofitel Khao Lak.

Fabrice Mini is the new General Manager of the Novotel Yogyakarta. He was most recently the General Manager of the Ibis Mangga Dua. Antoine Villette replaces Mini as General Manager of the Ibis Mangga Dua, coming from the Ibis Paris Pont de Suresnes.

Fritz Kahler has recently been appointed General Manager for the Alegre Beach Resort in the Philippines. Kahler was previously in charge of the Fountain Resort in Shenzhen.

Hang Sokvanna has been appointed Resident Manager at the Borei Angkor Hotel in Cambodia. Sokvanna was previously with Raffles International in Cambodia for more than five years.

Rudolf Knuchel, a Lausanne graduate, has been appointed Director of Operations at the Royal Angkor Resort International in Cambodia. Knuchel previously served with Shangri-La, Renaissance and Swiss International Hotels in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Olivier Revy is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Pan Pacific in Singapore. Revy was previously with the White Sands Resort and Spa in the Maldives and worked with Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts before in Bangkok as Culinary Director.

Marcos Pires has been appointed Director of Marketing for GHM Hotels in Bali based at the Legian. Pires was previously with the Park Lane Jakarta and the Peninsula Palace Beijing.

Laurent André has been promoted to Executive Chef of the InterContinental Hong Kong. He had originally joined the hotel two years ago as the Chef de Cuisine at Alain Ducasse’s Spoon, one of the outlets in the hotel. André worked for Ducasse for fifteen years.

The InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has appointed Sergio Zanetti as Chef de Cuisine of the Italian restaurant Mistral. Zanetti comes from Tavola 36 at the Swissôtel Nankai. He gained his experience at the Four Seasons Milan and the Hotel Villa Crespi.

Middle East and Africa
Florence Carcassonne is the new General Manager at the Es Saadi Palace in Morocco. Carcassonne was most recently at Paris’ Hotel Plaza Vendôme as General Manager as well as the Hotel Pont Royal and Hotel Vernet.

Peter Leitzke is the new Hotel Manager at the Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh. Leitzke had been in St. Petersburg for the past two years as Resident Manager at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace.

Peter Mainguy, a Canadian, has been promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Dubai where he held the position of Hotel Manager for the past year.

At Movenpick, Bruno Huber moves from Egypt to Jordan as the General Manager of the Movenpick Dead Sea, replacing Edgar Solenthaler who has left the company.

At Beirut’s Metropolitan General Manager Christian Antoine has been replaced by Ahmed Saleh.

Edouard Feghali has joined the Safir Heliopolitan Hotel Beirut as Food & Beverage Director. Feghali was previously at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel Bahrain and the Asmara Intercontinental Hotel.

Pierre Burgade has been named Executive Chef of the Oberoi Mauritius. Burgade was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at Raffles Singapore and the Peninsula Bangkok.

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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ May 2004
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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2004
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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2004
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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ January 2004
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