Hotel Online Special Report


Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
April 2007
Heads Above the Rest
The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm

 
The Americas
Steven Heyer has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood, where he had been chosen thirty months ago to succeed Barry Sternlicht. Heyer was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of Coca Cola. No successor has been announced by Starwood.

Kerzner International has appointed Robert Cotter President. He was most recently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Starwood Hotels, from which he had retired in December 2005. Cotter had originally joined ITT Sheraton in 1973, a company that morphed into Starwood in 1998. He had become Starwood’s Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and President in 2004.

John Arnett has joined Millennium & Copthorne as Chief Executive, North America Operations, based in Los Angeles. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer for the Kor Group, Chief Operating Officer for the Odyssey Club in San Francisco and Vice President of Operations for Kimpton.

Michel Ducamp has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Solstice based in Scottsdale. He originally joined the company in 2005 as Senior Vice President Hospitality and was previously the Managing Director for Nantucket Island Resorts. Ducamp is a Cornell graduate.

MGM Mirage has named Aldo Manzini Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. He comes from the Walt Disney Company, where he served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning.

Four Seasons has named Scott Woroch Executive Vice President, Worldwide Development. A Cornell graduate, he originally joined the company in 2000, and had been its Senior Vice President Business Development, Asia Pacific, since 2003. 

Roy Paul, Senior Vice President of Development for Four Seasons, will be leaving the company after twenty years to become the Chief Executive Officer of a real estate development company launched by London-based businessmen Robin Paterson and Mike Pemberton. The company is building two Four Seasons resorts in Barbados and Grenada.

Eric Calderon has joined Auberge Resorts as Vice President Operations. He was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts, following seventeen years at Aspen’s Little Nell as Vice President and General Manager. At Auberge Resorts, Calderon makes up for the recent departure of Chief Operating Officer Rick Riess.
    
Robert Gormley has joined Juno Development in Dallas as Head of Asset Management and Hotel Development. The company is getting ready to launch two Kimpton hotels in Dallas. Gormley comes from eleven years with Starwood, most recently as General Manager at the W Dallas – Victory. He also served as General Manager at the W San Diego for three years and the W Chicago Lakeshore for two years.

Elias Assaly has rejoined Rosewood as Vice President Operations, taking over for Brian Young, who left to join Sea Island Resorts. Assaly, who was the Managing Director of Dallas’ Crescent Court, had left Rosewood in the summer of 2004 to become the opening General Manager of the St. Regis San Francisco. Prior to the Crescent Court, he had been the opening General manager of the W San Francisco.

Sandra Rintelen has been named Vice President Hotel and Casinos by Station Casinos of Las Vegas. Among many others, the company owns and operates the Green Valley Ranch and the Red Rock Hotel and Casino. Rintelen, a Cornell graduate, spent six years with Starwood, the last three of which as Senior Corporate Director of Operations Worldwide for their W brand.

Toni Knorr will be moving a few blocks from her position of General Manager at the W San Francisco to that of General Manager at the St. Regis San Francisco where she takes over from Elias Assaly, who has returned to Rosewood.

Tracy Mercer has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. Since 2001, he had been the General Manager of the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi. In Palo Alto, he replaces Robert Whitfield, now the General Manager of the Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawaii.

Paul Cherrett has been named Director of Hospitality for the Aspen Skiing Company, following twenty five years with Four Seasons. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He also served as General Manager at the Four Seasons Austin and Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Dallas. 

Robert Rechtermann will become the General Manager of the Peninsula New York, taking over from Niklaus Leuenberger, who will be leaving the company. Rechtermann took his current position of Resident Manager at the Peninsula Chicago a year ago. He previously served as Director of Operations at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common and Executive Assistant Manager, Director of Food and Beverage at the (former) Ritz-Carlton Boston.
 
Bill Doak has been appointed General Manager at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. For the past two years, he served as President of the Oceana Hotel Group. Doak also served as General Manager of Mondrian for the Morgans Hotel Group. He was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Loews Santa Monica in 1992 for two years.

Brian Panozzo has been appointed General Manager of the Omni Royal Orleans. He joined Omni in 1997 and served as Food and Beverage Director at the Omni Chicago, the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa and the Omni Mandalay in Dallas.

Vince Parrotta has been promoted to General Manager at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He originally joined the company in 1999 as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Chicago before his promotion, three years later, to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Since 2005, he had been the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Aviara.   
 
Omar Said has been named General Manager of Villa Del Sol in Zihuatanejo, recently purchased by the Kor Group. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where he most recently served as Regional Director of Residences. He has previously held executive management positions at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn and the Ritz-Carlton Cancun.   

Valeriano Antonioli has joined the InterContinental Montelucia Resort And Spa in Phoenix as General Manager. He comes from the W Los Angeles where he was until recently the General Manager. Previously Antonioli served as General Manager at the Sheraton Diana Majestic in Milan and as Resident Manager of the Hotel Principe di Savoia and the Hotel Duca di Milano.
 
Ricardo Acevedo has taken over from Ignacio Gomez-Tobar as General Manager of the Four Seasons Miami. Since 2003, he had been the General Manager of the Regent Singapore, after serving as opening General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Acevedo was with Hilton International for almost eighteen years in various locations. 
 
Scott Mills heads down the coast to Santa Monica as General Manager of the Hotel Oceana replacing Gabriel Ratner. Mills comes from the Four Seasons Silicon Valley where he has served as Director of Food and Beverage since 2005. 

Peter Walterspiel has joined the Southern Highlands Resort Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, due to open in 2009, as Vice President Hotel Operations. Since 2005, he was with the proposed W Las Vegas as Vice President Residential Development. Walterspiel also served as Assistant Vice President of Hotel Operations for Wynn Las Vegas and Vice President Hotel Operations for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

Drew Schlesinger has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Water Club at Borgata, scheduled to open in early 2008. He most recently served as Director of Operations and General Manager of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in New York and Miami. Schlesinger was also the closing General Manager of the former InterContinental New York Central Park South.
 
James Kostecky has been promoted at the Four Seasons Great Exuma, taking over from Antoine Chahwan as General Manager. Kostecky, a Cornell graduate, joined the hotel in 2006 as Resort Manager after serving two years as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons London. 

Edward Andrews has joined the newly re-branded InterContinental Los Angeles (formerly the Park Hyatt Century City) as General Manager. For the past six years, he served with Hyatt as General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Barsey, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca and, most recently, the Hyatt Regency Belgrade.
 
The Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort Puerto Peñasco has appointed Fernando Garcia Rossette Managing Director. He was most recently the General Director of the Hotel Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort in Puerto Vallarta. 

Thierry Demart is the new General Manager of the Beach Paradise Hotel in Cancun. He has previously served as General Manager of the Orient Palace and Amir Palace in Tunisia.
 
Miguel Torres has joined the Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa as General Manager. He comes from Monterrey, where he was the General Manager of the Presidente Hotel. Torres also worked for Fiesta Americana in Brazil and Argentina.
           
Federico Echaiz has joined Orient Express’ Maroma Resort in Mexico as Managing Director. For the past year, he has served as Resort Manager at Rosewood’s Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. Echaiz previously was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago, the Hyatt Regency Santiago, the Park Hyatt Mendoza and the Regency Casino Mendoza. 

Biras Creek Resort has appointed Michael Deighton General Manager. Most recently, he was the General Manager at the Bay Harbor Resort & Marina.

Kathy Faulk has joined the Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles as General Manager. She was most recently the Interim General Manager at the Driskill in Austin. 

David Bartek has been named General Manager of the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Most recently, he was Vice President of Operations for Centex Hospitality. 

Kathryn Mace has joined Casa Laguna in Laguna Beach as General Manager. She previously served as Director of Sales at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Manhattan Beach and Sacramento.

Luca Sparacino is leaving his position of Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Houston to become the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Dallas. Sparacino originally joined Four Seasons in 2002 as Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

The King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia has named Robert Penman Lodge Manager. For the past nine seasons, he was the General Manager of the Clubhouse, West Coast Fishing Club's wilderness resort on Langara Island. Previously, he served as Food and Beverage Director of the Aerie Resort.

Maria Jagla has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Chicago. She comes from the Four Seasons New York, where she was the Director of Rooms, a position she also held at the Four Seasons Sydney.

Christophe Olivro joined the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows as Resident Manager last summer. He previously spent eleven years with Ritz-Carlton, most recently as Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

Nikolay Hotze has been promoted by Rosewood to Resident Manager at Caneel Bay, from the position of Hotel Manager of Acqualina. Prior to joining Rosewood in the summer of 2004, he was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Loews Miami.

Rajiv Malhotra has transferred to the Four Seasons Great Exuma as Resort Manager. A Cornell graduate, he has been with the company since 2001, serving as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Biltmore.

Jeff David has joined the soon-to-open Viceroy in Anguilla as Resort Manager. He comes from the landmark Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, where he held the same title. He is no stranger to Anguilla where he once was the Food and Beverage Director at Cap Juluca.

Barbara Bowden has been promoted to Assistant General Manager at the Peabody Orlando. She has been with the hotel since it opened twenty years ago and has held various positions, most recently as Corporate Director of Revenue Management for all three Peabody Hotels, a role she will continue to assume.

Kathy Wilbourn, who had been Director of Finance at the Beverly Wilshire for the past thirteen years, is leaving Four Seasons to join Rosewood as Rooms Executive at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Patrick Loo, Director of Rooms at the Beverly Wilshire, is moving back to Hawaii, to be the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai'i, Manele Bay and Lodge at Koele. 

Michelle La Motte has joined the JBG Companies in Chevy Chase, as Vice President of Asset Management. Previously she has held executive level positions with City Hotels, the Getty's Group and Deloitte-Touche. La Motte is the current President of the Cornell Hotel Society.

Kevin Osterhaus has returned to Austin as Director of Operations for Bunkhouse Management. He was previously the Director of Operations for Destination Club Management in Dallas, after serving as General Manager of Miami’s Casa Casuarina. 

Fairmont has promoted Andrea Torrance to Vice President, Rooms, from her position of Executive Director, Rooms. She joined the company in 2002 after holding various positions with Hilton International and the Mark in New York.

Yvette Thomas-Henry has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons New York. She comes from the Taj Boston (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Boston) where she held the title of Executive Assistant Manager. At Four Seasons, she takes over from Maria Jagla, who has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Chicago.
 
Karl Pinault has become Vice President, Design and Construction, for Fairmont, a company he joined in 1988 as Project Manager. He most recently held the position of Executive Director, Design and Construction. 

Mickael Damelincourt joins Chicago’s Trump International Hotel and Tower as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Finance. He comes from the Conrad Chicago after serving as Controller for the Méridien Chicago, in the same location.

Julian Griffiths will become the Executive Director of Food and Beverage at Wynn Las Vegas. For the past three years, he served in a similar position at the New York Palace, following a two-year stint as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Waldorf=Astoria.

Lausanne graduate Jean Weiss has left his position of Director of Food and Beverage at the St. Regis San Francisco to become the Director of Hospitality at Sebastiani Winery. It runs in the family as Weiss' wife Hélène has been the Hospitality Director for Farniente and Nickel & Nickel in Napa.
 
Markus Krebs has joined the InterContinental Los Angeles as Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from Shutters on the Beach where he held the same position. 

Laurent Boisdron is now with Norwegian Cruise Line as a Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. For the past two years, he had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower after serving in the same position across town at the Sofitel Chicago O'Hare.

Sean Carney is the new Director of Food and Beverage at Rosewood’s Caneel Bay. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Short Hills.

It is as Director of Food and Beverage that Thomas Harlander has joined the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, not as Director of Operations as we had mistakenly announced. That position continues to be assumed by Antonio Alvarez.

Don Jones has been promoted to Director of Corporate and Travel Industry Sales for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, based in Los Angeles and replacing Susan Devins who will be moving to Singapore as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. Jones had been the Director of Marketing at the Beverly Wilshire since transferring from the Pierre in 2003.

Gloria Lloyd moves up from Director of Sales at the Four Seasons New York to replace Don Jones as Director of Marketing at the Beverly Wilshire. Prior to joining Four Seasons in 2003, Lloyd had been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis New York, and a Director of Sales for the Ritz-Carltons of New York.

Lara Weiss has joined Thompson Hotels as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, West Coast. She comes from Raffles L’Ermitage, where she was the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Dianna Balabon was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing to be based at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York. In 1998 she joined the Peninsula New York as Director of Marketing and was promoted in 2004 to her recent position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the group. Before joining Peninsula, Balabon was the Director of Sales for Leading Hotels of the World. 

Maria Hirt becomes the Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, coming from the Four Seasons Palm Beach where she served in the same position since 2002. In Las Vegas, she replaces Kathy Van Vechten who is retiring. Van Vechten opened the hotel eight years ago, after opening the Four Seasons Wailea Maui. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Van Vechten was with InterContinental in San Diego and Hawaii.

Boutique Hotels & Resorts International has appointed David Moth Senior Vice President Marketing. He has previously served as Executive Vice President of Distinguished Hotels International and as the Director of Meetings for the Caribbean Hotel Association. In addition, Moth once was the General Manager at the Tides and the Sagamore Hotel both in Miami Beach.

Greg Hanss moves to the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort and Spa, in Paradise Valley, as Director of Sales and Marketing. Since 1999, he had been the Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Hanss also served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Aspen and as Director of Sales at the Phoenician. 

David Akin comes from the Four Seasons San Francisco to replace Greg Hanss as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. He had opened the property in 1999 as Director of Sales, following six and a half years at the Breakers in Palm Beach.

Austin Watkins takes over from David Akin as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons San Francisco. He comes from the Four Seasons Whistler where he had been the Director of Sales since leaving a similar position at the (former) Four Seasons Newport Beach.
 
Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Eric Terry Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the President of Xelerate Group and had previously handled sales and marketing for Malibu Entertainment Worldwide and Hollywood Casino Corporation, both in Dallas. 

Loews Hotels announced the appointment of two executives in sales and Marketing; Nancy Mendelson has been appointed Senior Vice President, Marketing and Felicia Fisher was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Strategic Planning. Mendelson was most recently the Vice President and Creative Director of Production Resources, Inc. Prior to her promotion, Fisher was the Vice President, Hotel Sales and Strategic Planning for the company. 

InterContinental Hotels Group has named Jill Cady Vice President, Worldwide Sales Strategy, based in Atlanta. She joined the company in 1995 as Director of National Sales, Mid-Atlantic region, for Crowne Plaza and most recently held the position of Director, Global Sales Strategy and Systems.

The Renaissance Las Vegas has promoted Christie Bustamante to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing. She joined the hotel in 2004 as Director of Sales. Heather Miles moves up from her current position of Sales Manager to take over for Bustamante.

Warren Breaux has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. He previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center after holding the position of Vice President of Sales for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.  

Samantha Spurgeon has joined the St. Regis Resort Anguilla as Director of Sales and Marketing, based in Miami. She comes from Méridien French Polynesia as Director of Sales and Marketing, after working in both New York and St. Martin for Orient Express Hotels Trains and Cruises.

The Renaissance Worthington has appointed Jim Gabler Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Adams Mark in Dallas, following seventeen years with Marriott.

Dave Coskey has been named Vice President of Marketing for Borgata, in Atlantic City. Most recently, he served as President of Dave Coskey Associates.

Jay Smith has joined the InterContinental Los Angeles as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same position at the Hilton Long Beach. In addition, he held various sales positions at the (former) Westin Century Plaza, the Beverly Hilton and the (former) Westwood Marquis.

Gérald Feurer has joined the New York sales office of the Peninsula Hotel Group as Regional Director of Sales, taking over from Karim Meslem who has been promoted to Director of Sales for the soon-to-open Peninsula Tokyo. Most recently, Feurer has held the position of Director of Food and Beverage for Exclusive Catering by Abigail Kirsch. This a second return to Peninsula for Feurer, who served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula New York from 2004 to 2006, and as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager from 1997 to 1999.
 
Jill Plemons has been promoted with Joie De Vivre in San Francisco to Regional Director of Sales, overseeing the San Francisco and Marin hotels. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Galleria Park, a property she followed from Kimpton to Joie de Vivre. She had previously served Kimpton as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Harbor Court and the Vintage Court. 

Joe Stern has been named Director of Marketing for the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.
 
Michael Lynch has been appointed Director of Group Sales for the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. Since 2002 he had been the Director of Sales at the Renaissance Parc 55.

Cherri Lamont has been named Director of Leisure Sales at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. She was most recently the Director of Leisure Sales for JW Marriott Resorts of Arizona. 

Renée Tao has been named Director of Sales-Western U.S for Travcoa/ Tcs Expedition. For the past seven years she had been with Fairmont, most recently as Associate Director of Sales in their Los Angeles national sales office. She previously served as Senior Sales Manager at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. 

Michael Albrecht has joined the Beverly Hilton as Travel Industry Sales Manager. For the past two years, he had been a Sales Manager at the Sofitel Los Angeles.

L’Auberge Del Mar has named Chris Ohara Director of Catering and Conference Services. Ohara previously served as Director of Catering at World Trade Club in San Francisco.

Dawn Steele has joined L’Auberge Del Mar as Sales Manager. She had previously served as Corporate Group Sales Manager at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel in New York and has held various positions with Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. 

Stephen Judge has been named President of Seasons 52, a division of Darden Restaurants, after three years as Vice President Food and Beverage for the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Previously, Judge served as Vice President Operations and Vice President Food and Beverage for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Jacques Van Staden has joined Elizabeth Blau and Associates. After several years working with famed chef André Rochat, most recently as Executive Chef for Alizé (Palms Resort), Van Staden will work with Blau as a culinary expert and consulting chef. 
 
Sean O’Connell is relocating to Las Vegas as Corporate Chef for Fontainebleau Resorts. For the past two years, he had overseen the kitchens of the recently-reopened Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong as Executive Chef. He also served as Executive Chef at the Banyan Tree Resort in Phuket and the Legian Bali. 

Brian Young has joined Tavern On The Green as Executive Chef, replacing John Milito. He previously held the position of Executive Chef at Mainland in New York and L'Escale in Greenwich.

Barnaby Jones has been named Executive Chef at Hodges Bay Club in Antigua, due to open in November. He most recently served as Executive Chef at Carlisle Bay, also in Antigua. Jones was also the Executive Chef at Nick Jones’ Babington House in England. He also spent five years with Amanresorts, as Executive Chef at Amanjena and Amandari.

Chad Blunston is returning to Fairmont as Executive Sous Chef at the Fairmont Algonquin. He had been with the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman since before opening in November 2005, as Banquet Chef, as well as the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas in the same capacity.

The Mandarin Oriental New York has appointed Paul Nolan Executive Pastry Chef. Most recently, Nolan spent eight years as Executive Pastry Chef of New York’s 21 Club. He previously worked for Le Bernardin, the Four Seasons New York and the Pierre. 

Mitch Rosen has joined Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas as Food and Beverage Manager. He was most recently the Director of Restaurants at the Jackson Hotel Mountain Resort and previously worked as Assistant Food and Beverage Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line - Pride of America.

Charles Pouchot has moved to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in New York as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of Café Boulud.

Spotlight Live in New York has named Douglas Alexander General Manager. For the past six years, he had been a Managing Partner at Jean-Luc Restaurant Group in New York. Previously, he held the position of Managing Director at Vine and Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC where he served as Consulting Managing Director.

Justin Hall has rejoined Rose Pistola in San Francisco as Sommelier. He originally joined the restaurant in 2001 as Assistant General Manager then joined Aqua as Dining Room Manager. Most recently, he was a Sommelier at Charlie Trotter's in Chicago.

Scott Josephson has joined the Barton Creek Resort in Austin as Director of Spa, Wellness and Activities. Since 2000 he had been with Hunter's Run Golf, Spa & Racquet Club most recently as Director of Operations.

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Europe
Frank Fiskers has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Scandic Hotels in Stockholm. Since 2003, he had been a Regional Vice President with Hilton UK & Ireland. He had previously overseen Sweden and Germany for Hilton International. 

Michael Spamer has been promoted to Vice President - Asset Management of Hospitality Europe for the German Hotels of the Interhotels portfolio, recently purchased by Blackstone. In the past years, he had managed for Blackstone the Watergate, the Sheraton East Rutherford and the Miami Beach Resort & Spa.

Véronique Claude has been named General Manager of the Sofitel Le Faubourg in Paris. She comes from the Hotel de Crillon where she was an Operations Manager. 

Valentin Schoubs has been named General Manager of the Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle. Schoubs originally joined Starwood in 1998, and was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Aérogolf, in Luxembourg.

Aurelia Occhiminuti, a Lausanne graduate, has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle, a property she had joined in 2004 as Key Accounts Manager, prior to a promotion to Associate Director of Sales.

Lausanne Graduate Paul Chevalier has been appointed Assistant General Manager at the Westin Paris (formerly the InterContinental Paris) from a similar position at the Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle. He had originally joined the property in 2003 as its Front Office Manager.
 
Ralph Radtke has been named Director of Operations for Sofitel in Luxembourg and Belgium. He joined the company in 1985 at the Sofitel Quivering and was most recently the Director of Operations for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. 

Hermann Simon is now Managing Director for Austrian Hotels International, overseeing its hotels in the Czech Republic. Since 2004, he had been the General Manager at the Monarch Hotel in Bad Gouging, Bavaria.
 
Patricio Cipolin has transferred to the Four Seasons Florence as opening General Manager. He comes from Milan where he held the position of Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Milan. 

Nicola Sterilize has been appointed General Manager of the Trip Verona Hotel and Convention Center. Sterilize was most recently the General Manager at the Holiday Inn Verona.

Emmanuel Richard is the General Manager of Le Méridien Dona Filipa in Portugal. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Hotel Méridien Penina. Previously, he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Méridien Juan Les Pins and Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Méridien Montparnasse.

Volker Brunk is the owner of the newly opened Hotel Goldene Kanne in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. He previously served as General Manager of the Breezes hotel on Zanzibar, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Andels Hotel in Prague and Sales Director at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort. 

Jean-Pierre Dabadie has been named Financial Controller at the Hotel Napoléon in Paris. He comes from the same position at the Copthorne Roissy Charles De Gaulle. Previously, he served twelve years at Société des Hotels Concorde at their Hotel Ambassador, Concorde Lafayette and the Concorde Saint Lazare, all in Paris.

Pascal Engelhardt has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Accor. He comes from his position as Director of Food and Beverage at the Novotel La Défense.

Gaetano Petruzzella has transferred as Director of Food and Beverage to the Boscolo New York Palace Budapest. He previously served as the Food and Beverage Manager at the Exedra Boscolo Hotel Rome.

Vincent Monavon has become the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Warwick Geneva. He takes over from Franck Boizot, now the General Manager of the Nash Carlton in Lausanne and the Nash Rex in Geneva. Monavon comes from the Crowne Plaza Geneva where he was the Director of Sales and Marketing. He previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien Ile Maurice and the Radisson Plaza Beach Resort, both in Mauritius.

The Hotel de Castille in Paris has named Facira Mercenier Director of Sales and Marketing. Mercenier has previously held positions at Le Crillon, the Plaza Athénée, the Warwick and, most recently, Groupe Concorde.

Stéphane Trabet joins the Hotel Juana and the Belles Rives in Juan les Pins as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Palais de La Méditerranée in Nice. 

The Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris names Mario Ballarino Conference and Events Manager. He was most recently in the same position at the Hilton Rome Airport.

Mélanie Joyez has joined the Hotel Juana and the Belles Rives in Juan Les Pins as Director of Rooms. Since 2004, she has been serving as the Front Office Manager at the Hotel Belles Rives.

Brigitte Calles joins the Hotel Juana and the Belles Rives as Director of Housekeeping. She was most recently the Executive Housekeeper at the Miramar Beach Hotel in Théoule sur Mer.       
                                   
Alexander Noth has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, where he takes over from Thierry Marais, who will be opening the Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou in China.
 

Asia and the Pacific
Christopher Wong has been promoted to Vice President, Development, Asia Pacific, for Four Seasons. He joined the company in 2003 as the Director, Development, Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Four Seasons, he worked in Singapore for Horwath Asia Pacific and then in Hong Kong with Marriott International.

Antoine Chahwan has transferred as General Manager to the Four Seasons Macau, currently under construction. He has been with the company since 1990, most recently as the General Manager at the Four Seasons Great Exuma. In addition, he has served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Sydney and Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Martin Sinclair has been named General Manager at the Regent Singapore. He joined the company in 1992 as Front Office Manager at the Regent Auckland. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Four Seasons Nevis after joining the property in 2002 as Resort Manager. In Singapore, he takes over for Ricardo Acevedo, now the General Manager of the Four Seasons Miami.

Andrew Steele has transferred to the Shangri-La New Delhi as General Manager. He was most recently the Resident Manager at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and has held various positions at the Shangri-La Pudong and the Shangri-La Jakarta.

Robert Van Der Maas has been named opening General Manager for the MGM Grand Macau. For the past two years, he had been the General Manager for both the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa and the Four Seasons at Landaa Giravaru. Before heading to the Maldives, he was with Hyatt International for twenty-three years, most recently as General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Bali.

Brian Connelly has been promoted to Regional General Manager, Thailand, for InterContinental and will serve as General Manager of both the Intercontinental Bangkok and the Holiday Inn Bangkok. He was most recently the General Manager of the Intercontinental Shenzhen. 

Royal Rowe has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Maldives, based at Landaa Giraavaru. He was the General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, which he joined to open in 2003. He was also the General Manager of the Four Seasons Bali at Sayang.

Robert Whitfield joins the Four Seasons Hualalai as General Manager, taking over from Kathleen Horrigan, who is now managing the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Whitfield was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Palo Alto. He previously served as General Manager of the Four Seasons Nevis and the Royal St. Lucian.

David Macklin has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-so. He comes from the Four Seasons Washington DC where he was the Director of Rooms. In Tokyo, he takes over from Daniel Simon, who has moved to the Four Seasons Sydney.

Dietmar Kielnhofer has joined the Sheraton Saigon as General Manager. He comes from Bali where, for the past two years, he held the position of General Manager at Le Méridien Nirwana. He also served as General Manager at Le Méridien Amman and Le Méridien Jeddah.

Carlos Monterde has been promoted to Hotel Manager of Raffles The Plaza Singapore. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage, at the hotel.

Patrick  Martinez has transferred to the JW Marriott Bangkok as General Manager. He has been with Marriott International since 1996 and was most recently the General Manager of the Marriott Hua Hin.

Laurent Chaudet is the new General Manager of the Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing. He joined Accor in Paris in 1983. Since 2005, he was the General Manager of the Sofitel Suzhou.

The Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu has named Grant James General Manager. He served as General Manager of the Outrigger Sun City Resort at Surfers Paradise, before being promoted to Director of Operations for Outrigger’s Australia division. 

Kevin Qin has been promoted to General Manager of the Panorama Shanghai. He first joined Accor in 1997 and was most recently the Resident Manager of the Sofitel Xanadu Hangzhou.
 
The Wakatobi Dive Resort has appointed Reiner Volkmann General Manager. He previously served as the pre-opening General Manager for the Aston Nandini Ubud Bali.

Francis Wang has been named General Manager of the Grand Mercure Hongqiao Shanghai, slated to open in June. He joined Accor in 1999 in Shanghai and was most recently the General Manager of the Panorama Shanghai.

Nicholas Tse has been appointed General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok. He comes from his current position as Resident Manager at the JW Marriott Bangkok. He previously served as Director of Marketing at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel and Marriott Singapore.

Peter Erler is the new General Manager of a complex of Accor hotels in Xian, China: the Sofitel on Renmin Square, the Grand Mercure on Renmin Square and the Mercure on Renmin Square. He joined Accor in 2001 as General Manager of the Sofitel Royal Lagoon Dongguan.   

Rudy Rodas has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Plaza Xiamen. He first joined Accor in 2000 at the Sofitel Raja Orchid Khon Kaen and was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Oasis Beijing.

Henk Meyknecht has transferred to the Marco Polo Wunan in China as General Manager. He has been with the company since 2002, serving as General Manager at the Marco Polo Shenzen Hotel and the Marco Polo Omni Saigon.

The Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa in Thailand has promoted Santiago Sagaz to General Manager. Most recently he was the Hotel Manager at the JW Marriott Lima.

Dominic Wong has been named General Manager of the Grand Mercure Oriental Ginza Shenzhen. Prior to joining Accor, he was working at the Sands River Golf Club.  

Krister Svensson has transferred to the Westin Resort Guam as General Manager. He was most recently at Le Méridien Commodore in Beirut as General Manager and was previously with Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts for twelve years.

Robert Rippon has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Macau@Ponte, slated to open at the end of 2007.  He has been with Accor for over fourteen years, most recently as General Manager of the Novotel Atlantis Shanghai.

Patrice Larroque is the new General Manager at the Novotel Atlantis Shanghai. He joined Accor in 1997 from the former Century International Hotels and was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou.

Guido Milner has been promoted to General Manager of the Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong.

John Gardner has been appointed General Manager of the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. He comes from opening the InterContinental Chongqing as General Manager and was previously with Accor for nineteen years throughout Asia Pacific.
Jean-Stéphane Grasset has joined the Santiburi Golf Resort and Spa in Samui as General Manager. For the past two years, he had served as the General Manager at Les Pavillons in Mauritius. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Hilton Singapore and Hotel Manager at the Annabelle in Cyprus.

The Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur has appointed Michael Borostyan General Manager. He comes from the Crowne Plaza Auckland and also served as General Manager at Rydges Auckland and Rydges Capricorn Resort in Australia.  

Nick Downing has been named General Manager of the Hôtel de La Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia. He was most recently the General Manager at Per Aquum’s Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives after joining them in 2002 as Director of Operations.

Andrew Quinlan has transferred to the Shangri-La Hangzhou as General Manager. He comes from New Delhi where he was most recently the General Manager at the Shangri-La New Delhi. Quinlan is also a former General Manager of the Oberoi New Delhi.

Brad Rice has transferred to the Intercontinental Shanghai as Director of Rooms. He comes from Hong Kong where he was the Director of Front Office at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. Previously, he served as Resident Manager at the St. Regis Los Angeles and the Rooms Director at Le Méridien at Beverly Hills.

Bangkok-based Minor International has appointed John Griffin Vice President of Marketing. Griffin joins from Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts where he was the Vice President, Worldwide Marketing.

The St. Regis Shanghai has appointed Tom S’prayoon Director of Sales and Marketing. He recently held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok.

George Fleck has transferred to the W Maldives as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the W Los Angeles after joining the property in 2004 as Sales Manager. He previously worked as Front Officer Manager at the W Chicago Lakeshore.

Marc Nasser has been appointed Director of Sales, Groups, for the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Most recently, he served as Sales Executive for the Kahawai Development in Honolulu and previously was the Director of Marketing for the Manele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Koele.

The JW Marriott Bangkok has appointed Killian Patrick Donoghue Director of Sales. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mayfair Bangkok – Marriott Executive Apartments and previously held various sales positions with Marriott in Hamburg and Frankfurt.

Rajan Viswanathan has joined the Four Seasons Mumbai as Director of Rooms. He joined Four Seasons in 1998 as Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives. He was most recently the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Regent Singapore after joining the property as Front Office Manager.

Thierry Marais has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou as Executive Chef. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Berlin where he had been the Executive Chef since 2005. In addition, he previously served as the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul. 

Pierre Burgade is the new Executive Chef at the Imperial in New Delhi. He comes from the Oberoi Mauritius. He previously served as the Executive Sous Chef at Raffles Singapore and the Peninsula Bangkok.

James Viney has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi. For the past two years, he has overseen the kitchen as Executive Chef at the Saujana, Kuala Lumpur. Previously he served as Executive Sous Chef at the Grand InterContinental Seoul and as Chef De Cuisine at the InterContinental Sydney for four years.
 
Jean-Francois Pelaez has been appointed Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza in Taipei. He had been in New Delhi since 2005 as the Executive Chef, first at the Oberoi, then at the Imperial.

Ian Mancais has joined the Rangali Hilton in the Maldives as Executive Chef. He comes from the Banyan Tree Phuket. He had previously overseen the kitchens at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and the Sheraton Nusa Dua Beach in Bali.

Gerald Reichstein has been named Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta. He comes from the same position at Rosewood’s Dharmawangsa and previously held various culinary positions at the Al Faisaliah in Riyadh and the Kempinski Moscow.

Michel Brelière has joined the Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok as Executive Chef. He comes from Aruba where he was the Executive Chef at the Marriott. He also served as Executive Chef at Sandals Princesa Del Mar, Le Royal Amman, and the Taj Land’s End Hotel in Mumbai.

Guillaume Bonnety has joined the Centara Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Bangkok as Executive Pastry Chef. He previously served as Executive Pastry Chef at the Hotel Lotte in Seoul, the Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa and Raffles Singapore, among others.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Hong Kong has appointed Andrew Gibson Group Director of Spas. He was most recently a partner and Chief Executive Officer with Raison d’Etre Spas Discovery. From 2003 to 2006, he was the Managing Director of Six Senses Spas.

Middle East and Africa
Safak “Sam” Guvenc has been named General Manager for the opening of the W Doha. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Westin Copley Place Boston. Swiss-educated Guvenc also served as Deputy General Manager at the Sheraton Cairo, as well as the Sheraton Gezirah, also in Egypt. He had been the Director of Food and Beverage at New York’s Essex House.

Thorsten Ries, General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Doha since 2005, has been promoted to Area General Manager, Qatar. Ries joined Ritz-Carlton in 1999 as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Germany. In 2002, he joined the hotel in Doha as Hotel Manager before being promoted in 2003 to General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh.

Vincent Bergmann has been promoted to General Manager from Assistant General Manager at Le Prince Maurice. He also served as Director of Special Events and Hospitality for the International Soccer Federation and as Director of Operations at the Hilton Lyon.

Sherif Ezzat has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager at the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi. He moves up from his previous position as Rooms Division Manager.

Hilton Hotels have appointed Samantha Wood Regional Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Middle East, based in Dubai. She was previously the Regional Marketing Manager for Hilton in the Arabian Peninsula, having joined the company in July 2004. She has worked in Dubai since 1999, first with Total Communications, and then ASDA'A Public Relations, where she managed the Hilton account.

Rania Abouzeid has transferred to the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza as Public Relations and Communications Manager. She moves from the Four Hilton Resort in Sharm El Sheikh where she has served as the Cluster Training Manager since June 2002. Previously, she spent three years in Human Resources and Training with the Sheraton Sharm and Le Méridien Sharm.

InterContinental has appointed Sarah Marron Director of Global Sales, Middle East, based in Dubai. She comes from her current position as Director of Key Accounts, UK and Ireland for Steigenberger Hotel Group and was previously the Global Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa for Pegasus Solutions Utell London.

Marwa Kasrawi has been promoted to Senior Sales Manager of the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza. Previously, she was a Sales Manager for the hotel.

Frank Ruidavet has transferred as Executive Chef to the Four Seasons Amman. He most recently headed up the culinary team at the Four Seasons Singapore and had previously held the title of Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Kudaa Huraa and the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan.    

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