Hotel Online Special Report


Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
Heads Above the Rest®
June 2009
distributed May 28
by Benoit Gateau-Cumin 
The Americas
Cornell graduate Michael Silberstein has returned to the Crowne Plaza New York Times Square as Managing Director: He had opened the property in 1990 – some nineteen years ago. He takes over from Asaad Farag. Silberstein is also a former President of the (defunct) John Coleman Hotel Company, (former) owners of the Ritz-Carlton New York, the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC, as well as the Whitehall and the Tremont in Chicago.
 
Another Cornell graduate, Louis Daniel, has been appointed General Manager of Orient-Express’ La Samanna, where he replaces Bernard Sarme. Daniel comes from Sao Paulo where he was responsible for South America for Grupo Posadas (Fiesta Americana and Caesar Park).
 
Warren Francis has been appointed General Manager of the Ladera Resort, St. Lucia. Francis, Cornell graduate, was most recently the Interim General Manager at the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour in the Bahamas. He had previously served as General Manager of Cotton House on Mustique and General Manager of the Palms in the Turks and Caicos.
 
Edward Mady has been appointed General Manager of the New York Palace. For the past twenty-one years, Mady had been with Ritz-Carlton, most recently as Vice President and General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He had previously served as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton New York. His first exposure to the New York Palace goes back to when he was its Hotel Manager and the hotel was still called the Helmsley Palace.
 
Daniel Hostettler has been named Vice President and Managing Director for the Ocean House at Little Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, slated to open May 2010. He was most recently the Managing Director for Lajitas. He had previously served as Managing Director at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa and the Summer Lodge Hotel and Spa in Dorset, England.
         
W Hotels appointed William Bunce General Manager of the W Boston Hotel & Residences, slated to open in September. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the W Atlanta Perimeter. Bunce originally started with Starwood in 1994 in the role of Executive Housekeeper for the Westin Providence. More recently, he was the General Manager of the Sheraton Lexington and the Sheraton Braintree.
 
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas has named Bob Jensch General Manager. He was most recently at the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott, where he served as opening General Manager. Jensch had previously held the General Manager position at the Nazareth Marriott, the Ledra Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall, Jamaica. 
 
Stephen Bello has been named General Manager of Dolce Hotels and Resorts’ Lakeway Resort in Austin. He was most recently the General Manager of Hawks Cay. He previously served as President of Classic Hospitality and General Manager at the Madison in Washington D.C. and the Hotel Hershey. In addition, he spent nine years with Ritz-Carlton.
 
Sheldon Suga is Steven Bello’s successor at the helm of Hawk’s Cay. A native of Canada, Suga recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the 2,000-room Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
 
Dean Andrews has joined Hay Creek Hospitality as a principal Partner. He was previously the President of the North America division of Orient-Express. After leaving Orient Express in 2008, Andrews was briefly the President of Santa Monica-based JRK Hospitality.
 
Paul Kirwin has been named President and Chief Operating Officer by Northcott Hospitality. He had a twenty-five-year career at the Carlson Companies, where he most recently served as President of its Americas division.
 
Matt Felix has been named General Manager of the Renaissance M Street Hotel in Washington, DC. He was previously the General Manager of the Washingtonian Center Marriott in Gaithersburg.
 
John Blanco is the General Manager of the Bristol Buenaventura in Panama City. He was most recently the General Manager of Hawaii’s Kahala Resort. Blanco also spent several years with Ritz-Carlton in various locations.

Marco Perry has moved with Joie de Vivre to open the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach as General Manager. He had previously served as General Manager of the Hotel Angeleno, the San Ysidro Ranch and the Heritage House in Mendocino.
 
Pieter Knot has been named General Manager at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove on St. Thomas. He was most recently the General Manager at Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club in the British West Indies.
 
Alejandro Rueda has moved back on property to oversee the Condesa Hotel in Mexico City for Grupo Habita. He has been with the group since 2001, most recently as Strategy Manager in the Mexico City corporate office. He previously served as General Manager for both the Hotel Deseo and the Hotel Basico located in Playa del Carmen.
 
Hans Mulders has been appointed General Manager of the Seaview Resort near Atlantic City. He was most recently with the West Paces Hotel Group as General Manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, and the Ocean Place Resort & Spa. Previously, he was with Noble House Hotels & Resorts as Managing Director of the Grove Isle Club & Resort in Miami.  
 
Joseph Dadiego has been named General Manager of the Doubletree Guest Suites Boston. He was most recently the General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Chicago North Shore.
 
Jim Morrissey has been named General Manager of the Sheraton Music City Hotel Nashville replacing Hugh Harper, who served as the hotel's General Manager for fourteen years before retiring last month. Morrissey was previously a Regional Director of Sales and Revenue Management for Interstate Hotels and Resorts.
 
Jacob Ascher has been named General Manager of the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel. His most recent position was serving as opening General Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport Hotel in Costa Rica.
 
Karl Kruger has been named Vice President, Managing Director of the Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, run by Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Kruger was most recently the Senior Vice President of Operations for Seattle-based Cruise West. At the Riviera, he takes over from Brett Schoenfield.

Xavier Moulin has been promoted to the role of General Manager at the renamed Hotel Frank in San Francisco. He joined the property, previously known as the Maxwell Hotel, as Assistant General Manager. Previously, he held various rooms management positions at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills and the St. Regis Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.
 
Danna Holck has been named General Manager of the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. Most recently, Holck was the General Manager of the Westin San Francisco Market Street. 
 
Brett Schoenfield has been named General Manager of the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. He was most recently the General Manager of the Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. He spent twelve years at the Homestead where he had been the President since 2004, after joining as a Rooms Division Manager. He also spent ten years with Hyatt.

Jon McGaunn has been named General Manager for the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. He had previously overseen the rooms division for the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common and the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Most recently, McGaunn worked with PGW based in West Palm Beach, Fla., as managing director of the PRE Group.

Javier Egipciaco has been appointed General Manager of the GEM Hotel Chelsea adding to his current responsibility managing the GEM Hotel SoHo. Egipciaco was most recently managing both the GEM Hotel SoHo and the GEM Hotel Midtown West.
 
In Manhattan, the GEM Hotel Midtown West has named Ashley Grogg General Manager. She was most recently the Front Office Manager at the GEM Hotel Chelsea.
 
Matthias Smith has been promoted to General Manager of Orient Express’ Keswick Hall, a property he had joined in August 2007 as Director of Operations, following six years at the Four Seasons Wailea Maui, which he left as Director of Food and Beverage.
 
Mike McNeill was promoted to Vice President, Operations, North American Hotels and Resorts for Dolce Hotels and Resorts. He previously served the company as Regional Vice President. 
 
Rob Oosterhuis moves to the Four Seasons Santa Barbara as Director of Clubs – overseeing the Montecito Country Club and Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. He is returning to Four Seasons after serving as Head Professional at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas from 2000-2003 and Director of Golf at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica from 2003-2006. 
 
Sage Hospitality has appointed Ed Baklor Divisional Vice President. Since 1995, Baklor had been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President, Adventures by Disney.

Dolce Hotels and Resorts has appointed Richard Maxfield Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Operations for Omni Hotels.
 
Nancy London has been named Westin’s new Vice President and Global Brand Leader taking over from Sue Brush who is retiring in December after thirty years with the company. London is currently the Vice President of Marketing for the Westin Global Brand Team.
 
Nikhil Bhola has joined the Wyndham Research Triangle Park in North Carolina as General Manager. Bhola was previously the Director of Rooms for the Umstead Hotel and Spa. 

Hugh Templeman moves to Santa Monica to oversee the Viceroy as Director of Hotel Operations. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Dublin. Prior to joining Four Seasons in 2003, Templeman spent six years with Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, Dearborn and Bali.
 
Desires Hotels has appointed David Moth Director of Operations. He joined the company in 2006, and was most recently serving as General Manager at the Strand Ocean Drive in South Beach. Moth had previously held the position of General Manager at the Sagamore in South Beach and Interim General Manager at the Glenn Hotel in Atlanta.
 
Del Mar Development has named Tracy Ford Director of Property Management for Hacienda in Cabo San Lucas. Ford has been with Del Mar Development since 2005, most recently with Villas Del Mar at Palmilla. He had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage for Starwood Hawaii and Hotel Manager for the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. 
 
Dolce Hotels and Resorts has named Sarah Woodfin Wynn General Counsel. She was most recently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Wyndham Hotel Group. Previously, she spent nineteen years with American Express Travel Related Services Company, most recently as Vice President and Group Counsel, Travel Divisions.
 
Cornell graduate Blair Vago has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of New York City-based 3Sixty Hospitality. He was most recently the Director of External Reporting for Clipper Windpower in Santa Barbara.

Peter Strebel was appointed Chief Revenue Officer for Dolce Hotels and Resorts. Strebel formerly was President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and previously spent 10 years with Omni Hotels, most recently as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  
 
Elizabeth Oliver has been named Controller for the Naples Bay Resort. Oliver was most recently the Director of Finance for the Daufuskie Island Resort in South Carolina. She had previously served as Controller for the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort and with the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte.
 
Randall Wheelis has joined the Warwick New York as Financial Controller. He was previously with Pyramid Hotels as Regional Controller. Wheelis also served as Controller for Tishman Hotels and Rockresorts.
 
Shane Bruns has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio. He was most recently the Director of Culinary Operations for the Treana Restaurant Development Group. He had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage for Oro Restaurant & Bar at San Antonio’s Emily Morgan Hotel.
 
Antoni Yelamos has relocated to Miami to oversee the W South Beach as Director of Food and Beverage. For the past nine years, he had been with Thinkfood Group in Washington, DC, most recently as Director of Development.
 
Mary Beth Harcarufka has been named Director of Human Resources for the new Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, scheduled to open in October. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources for the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.
 
Michael Goldrich was appointed Director of Global Web Services and E-Commerce for Dolce Hotels and Resorts. He was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in White Plains as Director, Interactive Marketing Program Management-Global Web Services.
 
Dolce Hotels and Resorts has named Daniel Dannenmann Senior Vice President, Brand and Development Services. He was previously with Marriott International as Vice President of Global Training.
 
Paul Dolce was promoted with Dolce Hotels and Resorts to Vice President of Conference Centers, North America. He was previously the company’s Regional Vice President and General Manager in Hartford, Conn., and Hotel Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing in Florham Park.
 
Stephen Miller has returned to Wyndham Hotels and Resorts as Senior Vice President of Development. He had previously served in a senior development role for more than a decade under the former Wyndham International. Most recently, Miller was Managing Director and Chicago head for DTZ Hospitality Group.
 
James Zito has been promoted to Vice President, Interactive Marketing at the Morgans Hotel Group. He was most recently the Corporate Director, Interactive Marketing. He had previously served in marketing roles with Affinia Hospitality.
 
Meryl Kirschenberg has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin St. Francis and Area Director for Starwood Northern California. She has been with Starwood since 1995, most recently serving the company as Director of Pre-Opening Strategy and Operations, New Builds and Transitions.
 
The Driskill Hotel in Austin has named Brett Boreing Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio. He had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Virginia Crossings Resort, the Northland Inn and at the Founders Inn.
 
Sunset Resorts in Jamaica appointed Michele Olivier Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Elegant Hotels Group.
 
The Chatwal New York has named Gemma Keating Director of Sales and Marketing. She had previously served as Senior Sales Manager - International Sales at the Waldorf=Astoria and Towers and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Stillorgan Park Hotel in Dublin.
 
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa (formerly the Ritz-Carton Huntington) announced the appointment of Jorgen Christensen as Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2008, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Langham Place in Beijing. He also served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Langham, Hong Kong.
 
Jim O’Connell joins the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa as Director of Sales. He previously spent eighteen years with Marriott International, holding key positions at the JW Marriott in Atlanta, Marriott’s Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, and Marriott’s Marco Island Resort. He was also with the Gaylord Opryland.
 
The Abbey Resort & Spa in Wisconsin has named David Hume Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Maryland.
 
Jessica Henry has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Derek in Houston. She had previously served as a Sales Manager for the Hotel Derek from 2004 to 2007 when the hotel was under different management and rejoins the hotel from Houston's Magnolia Hotel.
 
Linda Cahue has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Wyndham Palm Springs soon to become the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel at the Convention Center. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Marriott Houston Airport. 
 
Daemon O’Neil has been named Account Director at the Trump Soho New York, due to open later this year. His most recent position was as Media Account Director at the Gramercy Park Hotel.
 
The Elegant Hotels Group has named Michelle Luces as its new Director of Revenue Management. She previously worked with Hilton as Regional Director of Revenue Management and Front Office Operations for the Caribbean and South American region. 
 
The Four Seasons Silicon Valley has named Paul Kuhn Director of Catering. Kuhn comes from the Hilton Boston Back Bay where he served as Director of Catering and Event Services. He was previously with InterContinental as Director of Catering and Conference Services of the Mark Hopkins.

Linda Poole has been named Director of Catering for the Driskill Hotel. She was most recently overseeing catering for Ernst & Young. She had previously worked in catering and sales for a number of hotels in the Austin area including the Renaissance Austin Hotel, the Austin Hotel and the Austin Marriott at the Capitol.
 
Craig Strong has been appointed Executive Chef of Studio, the restaurant at the Montage Laguna Beach. For the past eight years, he had served as Chef de Cuisine at the Dining Room at the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, where he earned a Michelin star. Strong had previously served in the kitchens of the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, and the Hotel Arts in Barcelona. At Montage, Strong takes part of the position left vacant by James Boyce.

Douglas Dodd has joined the Montage Beverly Hills as Chef de Cuisine, overseeing the Parq restaurant. For the past seven years, he had been with the Hotel Bel-Air as Executive Chef. He had previously spent two years as a Chef for the Phoenician in Scottsdale and six years at the Little Nell in Aspen.
 
Victor Scargle is leaving his Executive Chef post at Go Fish in St. Helena to become an instructor at the nearby Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Campus in St. Helena. His past experience includes chef stints for the shuttered Pisces in Burlingame, the Grand Cafe in San Francisco and Julia's Kitchen in the defunct Copia.

In Berkeley, Josh Thomsen is the new Executive Chef at the Claremont Resort and Spa, which includes Jordan's and Paragon. Thomsen had previously served in the kitchens at Tao at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Boa Steakhouses, and the Lodge at Pebble Beach.
 
Antonio Perez has been appointed Executive Chef of the Hotel Oro Verde Ecuador. For the past nine years, he had been with Ritz-Carlton, most recently at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Jamaica. He had previously held culinary positions for the company at the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and the Hotel Arts Barcelona.
 
Thierry Meissonnier has transferred to the Hilton Orlando as Executive Chef. He has been with Hilton since 1983, most recently as Executive Chef at the Hilton Chicago. His previous Executive Chef stints include the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort, the Hilton Guam, and the Hilton Singapore.
 
The San Juan Water & Beach Club has named Israel Calderon Executive Chef. Recently, he was Executive Chef at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort in Cancun.
 
Kurt Zuger has been appointed Executive Chef for the Westin Westminster in Colorado. He had been the Executive Chef at the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa since 2003. He previously worked at the Buttes, the Scottsdale Princess and the Arizona Biltmore.
 
Mary Watson-DeLauder has signed on with Benchmark Hospitality as Chief Wine Officer, continuing to run her own wine consulting business. This is a return to Benchmark for Watson-DeLauder, having previously served for fifteen years as Sommelier at the Lansdowne Resort.
 
Jared Heber has moved over to BLT in Los Angeles as Beverage Manager. For the past year, he had been with Gordon Ramsay at the London in Hollywood as General Manager. He had joined the London initially as Sommelier after serving in similar roles for Osteria Mozza, Bouchon and the French Laundry.
 
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe has named Wendy McGowan Spa Director of the Nidah Spa. She was most recently the Spa Manager at the Away Spa in the W San Diego.

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Europe
Dagmar Woodward is back from the Middle East to take the helm of the Jumeirah Frankfurt. She briefly was the General Manager of Dubai’s Mina A’Salam, after being the General Manager of Paris’ Royal Monceau.
 
Emmanuel Richardet has been appointed General Manager for the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa in Spain, taking over from Gregory de Clerck. Richardet was most recently the General Manager at Le Méridien Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Portugal.
 
Alexandre Fougerole is the opening General Manager of the Radisson Blue Metropolitain in Paris. He was previously in the same capacity at the Hotel Astor Saint Honoré, also in Paris. Fougerole is also a former General Manager of Paris’ Montalembert.
 
Arnaud Bamvens has been appointed General Manager of the Pullman Bordeaux (formerly the Sofitel Aquitania), taking over from Jean-Louis Goube. Bamvens comes from the Grand Hotel Barrière in Dinard, where he spent the past four years, after serving as General Manager of Barrière’s Castel Marie Louise in La Baule.
 
Franck Brionne has been appointed General Manager of the new La Réserve in Ramatuelle, near St. Tropez, sister property to La Réserve in Geneva. He was previously the General Manager of Le Lana in Courchevel, and spent nine years in various positions at the Byblos (both in St. Tropez and Courchevel).
 
The Maybourne Hotel Group has promoted Mark Carnazzola to the newly created position of Area Director of Finance, London. He was most recently the Director of Finance at the Berkeley. He had previously served as Finance Manager at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, and as Regional Financial Controller with the Australian and New Zealand Mirvac hotels.
 
Hilton has named James Glover Vice President, Food and Beverage, for Europe. He is an industry veteran, who spent six years with Disneyland Paris, after a four-year stint at the Athenaeum InterContinental Athens. Glover previously spent fourteen years with Hilton International.
 
Hervé Laborde, the Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Geneva, has been promoted to Area Director of Finance, responsible for Geneva as well as the Four Seasons George Cinq and the Four Seasons Terre Blanche. He had been the Controller at the Hotel des Bergues since 1999 when it became the Four Seasons Geneva in 2005. 
 
Joe Queen has joined Thistle Hotels as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same position at Craigendarroch on Royal Deeside.
 
Claridges’s has promoted Steve Allen to Chef de Cuisine, taking over from Mark Sargeant who is now handling publishing and television ventures for Gordon Ramsay. Allen was most recently the Head Chef for the hotel.
 
Chris Staines has joined Hampshire's Heckfield Place as Executive Chef. He was most recently overseeing Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The hotel may be the spot for Heston Blumenthal to open The Fat Duck’s first London restaurant.
 
The Gore Hotel has appointed Ness Sekakmia as Food and Beverage Manager. He was most recently at the Savill Court Hotel as Food and Beverage Operations Manager.
 
 
Asia and the Pacific
James McBride returns to Asia to take over as President of YTL Hotels and Properties based in Singapore. He was most recently the Regional Vice President and Managing Director at the Carlyle. He was previously the General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur before heading to oversee the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown and the Grosvenor House in London.
 
Johannes Jahns has been promoted to Director of Asia operations for Best Western International. He was most recently Best Western's group General Manager for the UAE.
 
With Oberoi, General Manager Marc Denton goes from the Oberoi Bali to the Oberoi Rajvilas. He had originally joined the company in 2006 as General Manager of the Oberoi Lombok.
 
Andrew Hendrian has been named General Manager of the Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore. He was most recently the General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. He had previously overseen the Hyatt Regency Cologne, the Grand Hyatt Dubai, and the Grand Hyatt Berlin. 
 
The Sofitel Wanda Ningbo has appointed Mok Kok Meng General Manager. Mok joined Accor in 2004 as Resident Manager with the pre-opening team for the four hotels in Xi'an Renmin Square. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Mercure and Mercure Teda Hotels Dalian.
 
Hans Hordijk returns to Asia as General Manager of the Fairmont in Beijing. He had moved to the US last year to be Vice President of Hotel Operations, for Echelon Las Vegas. He is also a former General Manager of the Oberoi Rajvilas.
 
Mark Heywood has been named General Manager of the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. His most recent posts were as General Manager of the Shangri-La Qingdao and at the Kowloon Shangri-La.
 
With Shangri-La, Siegwald Bierbaumer moves from General Manager of the Traders Yangon to that of the Shangri-La Guilin. He originally joined the company in 1992 as Executive Chef of the Shangri-La Golden Sands in Penang.
 
Frédéric Lebègue will be the opening General Manager of the luxe Beach House at Manafaru, a Waldorf Astoria Collection, in the Maldives. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Hilton Maldives.
 
Hanno Stamm has been appointed General Manager of the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. He had been at the Victoria Phan Thiet Resort & Spa as General Manager since May 2007. He had previously held the position of General Manager for the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel followed by the Victoria Can Tho Resort.
 
Jeffrey Chan has been appointed General Manager of Tiens Sego Hotel Tianjin, which is scheduled to open in August this year. He was most recently the Resident Manager of the Pavilion Hotel Shenzhen.

Ronan Bianchi takes over from Hanno Stamm as General Manager at the Victoria Phan Thiet Resort & Spa. He was most recently the General Manager of the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa.

Raymond Marcel Zuest takes over from Ronan Bianchi as General Manager of the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa. He had been at the Victoria Can Tho Resort as General Manager since 2007.

Vo Xuan Thu has been promoted to General Manager at the Victoria Can Tho Resort & Spa. She was most recently the Rooms Division Manager for the resort.
 
Lendy Ma was promoted to General Manager of the Aqua Waikiki Beachside Hotel. She has been with Aqua since 2004, holding the position of Hotel Manager for the Aqua Palms & Spa and the Continental Surf Hotel.
 
Susan Weander was promoted to General Manager of the Equus, and the Waikiki Marina Hotel. Most recently, Weander was Assistant Director of Sales for the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki. 
 
David Hopcroft has been named General Manager of the Shangri-La Eros Hotel, New Delhi. He was most recently at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa as General Manager.

Alessandro Cabella has joined the Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore as General Manager for the Paiza Hotel. For the past two years, he had been the Vice President and Resort Manager at the One&Only Ocean Club.
 
Francois Foulon has been named Operations Manager at Laos' Villa Maly. He had previously served as a Corporate Sales Manager for Victoria Hotels and Resorts and as Train Manager on the Victoria Express. 
 
Ram Hiralal has moved as Resort Manager to the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan. She was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. She has been with the company since 2003 serving in upper management positions for the Regent Kuala Lumpur, the Four Seasons Langkawi and both resorts in the Maldives.
 
Boris Blobel has been promoted to Resort Manager for the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. He was most recently the Director of Operations for the Conrad Shanghai.
 
Warren Hochreiter has moved as Area Director of Finance for the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa and the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, taking over from Art Davis. He was most recently overseeing the finance department for both the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay and the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan.
 
Marlon Hirsh has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore as Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms. He was most recently in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa.
 
Christian Gérart has joined the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa in Bali as Executive Assistant Manager-Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager at the Oberoi, Mauritius.
 
Tracey Fentem has joined the St. Regis Bora Bora as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past year, she had been with Wymara on Turks and Caicos as Director of Sales and Marketing. Previously, she had overseen sales and marketing at the Hotel Derek in Houston and for Ritz-Carlton for seven years.
 
Betty Lim has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the Parkroyal Penang.
 
Linda Li has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of the Sofitel Wanda Chengdu. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Sheraton Xiamen Hotel.
 
Lily Loo has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Sofitel Shanghai Hyland. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao. Jade Woon has been promoted to take over from Loo.
 
The InterContinental Hong Kong has appointed Marita Reyes Marcos Director of Marketing. She previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Peninsula Palace Beijing and at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.   

Biswo Khadka has been named Director of Revenue and Marketing at the Swissôtel Beijing Hong Kong Macau Centre. He had previously served in sales and marketing roles for the Crowne Plaza Zhengzhou, the InterContinental Phnom Penh and, most recently, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing.
 
The Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio has named Janelle Cram Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Cram served as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Prism Hotels, based in Dallas.
 
Leon Chen has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Kingkey Palace Shenzhen. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Grand Mercure Oriental Ginza Shenzhen.
 
The Sanya Kempinski Spa & Resort has appointed Steven Deng Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing. He previously worked as Director of Sales with the Resort Golden Palm.
 
Rajan Viswanathan will soon assume the position of Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Mumbai. He joined the company in 1997 at what was supposed to be the Four Seasons Goa as Front Office Manager and then moved to the Four Seasons Maldives. He also spent six years as Assistant Director of Human resources at the Regent Singapore.

Andrew De Brito is transferring to the Four Seasons Shanghai as Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from the Four Seasons Mumbai, after serving in a variety of roles in the Maldives, Aviara and Langkawi.
 
Fabrice Huet has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef, overseeing the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay, the Lodge at Koele as well as the Golf Clubhouses at Challenge at Manele and Experience at Koele. He was most recently serving as Executive Sous Chef after serving in the kitchens at the Four Seasons Hualalai.
 
Daniela Koch has joined the InterContinental Hong Kong as Director of Rooms. She was most recently the Director of Front Office Operations at the Jumeirah Essex House and previously at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai as Guest Services Manager.
 
Christian Welbled has been transferred as Director of Food and Beverage from Raffles Dubai to Raffles Singapore. Prior to joining Raffles Dubai in September 2007 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, he held a similar title at the Fairmont Dubai and the Peninsula Manila.
  
C.F. Leung has joined the InterContinental Hong Kong as Assistant Director of Engineering. For the past twelve years, he had been with the Excelsior Hong Kong as Project Engineer.   
 
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has appointed Anita Foss as Spa Manager. She was most recently the Spa Director and Consultant for the Chuan Spas.

Middle East and Africa
Philip Barnes has been named Regional Vice President, United Arab Emirates and General Manager for the Fairmont Dubai. He replaces former Fairmont Dubai General Manager Kamal Naamani who joins the pre-opening team of the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai as General Manager. Barnes had previously served as General Manager at the Fairmont Vancouver and, most recently, as Regional Vice President, Middle East, for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, based in Dubai.
 
Jean-Marc Michel has joined Constance Resorts as General Manager of the Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles. For the past two years, he had served as Resort Manager for One&Only Le St. Géran. He had previously served in upper management roles at Reid's Palace and the Carénage Bay Resort.
 
Hartmut Noack has been appointed General Manager of the Best Western Premier Creek Hotel, Dubai. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hanoi Horizon Hotel.
 
Jean Pierre Chaumard has been named General Manager of Le Royal Mansour Marrakech, set to open in November. He had previously overseen the Royal Palm in Mauritius for twenty years and served at La Mamounia, the Royal Evian and managed the hotel of the late Shah of Iran, the Empereur Pahlavi. Romain Meiran, formerly at Le Meurice in Paris, joins Chaumard as Deputy General Manager. Yannick Alléno, the Three-Michelin-Starred Chef of Le Meurice, will be consulting for the restaurant.
 
Claude Rath has been named General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Thalasso in Sousse, Tunisia. He was most recently at Le Méridien Singapore, which he headed up as General Manager for the past three years.
 
Sun International has brought back Chris Van Dam as General Manager of the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa. Van Dam was first appointed General Manager of the hotel in 2004 before he moved on to the Sahara Sun Sands and Oasis Hotel in Port Ghalib. He had previously served as Hotel Manager for the Royal Livingstone.
 
Jorgen Jorgensen has been named General Manager of the Radisson Blu in Tripoli. He previously ran the Regent Espanade in Zagreb, following a stint as General Manager of the InterContinental Dubai.
 
Rutger Verschuren has been appointed as Complex General Manager for the complex of Sheraton Tripoli Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Tripoli slated to open in 2010. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Sheraton Macau Cotai Strip. Prior to this, Rutger was Vice-President of Operations for Dusit International in Thailand for over seven years.
 
Brenda Le Moine has been appointed as Director of Residences for the pre-opening of the Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center in Qatar. Her previous assignments include the position of Guest Relations Manager at the Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort, Guest Communications Manager at the JW Marriott Dubai and most recently as Front Office Manager at the Miami South Beach Marriott.
 
Christophe Pagni has been named Resident Manager for the Grand Hôtel du Lagon on Réunion Island. He had previously served in various management positions for Paesotel e Caselle Resort, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca and the Hyatt Regency Riyadh.
 
John Rees has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Phoenicia InterContinental. He comes from the position of Area Director of Food and Beverage – resorts - for InterContinental in Indonesia and Malaysia, based in Bali.
 
The soon-to-open Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi has appointed Ahmed Issa Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage for the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri and for the Shangri-La Dubai. 
 
Leo Holli has joined the Towers Rotana Dubai team as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Food and Beverage Manager at Villa, Rimal & Rihab Rotana. 
 
Huda Malhas has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Beirut. She was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Amman after joining the hotel in 2004 as Director of Catering.
 
Mohamed Karara has been promoted to Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Amman. He joined the property in 2005 as Director of Sales after serving as a Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh.
 
Karim Fehry Fassy has joined Le Royal Mansour Marrakech as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously at Emirates Palace in Dubai as Director of Sales.
 
Greg Kocsis has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Beirut. He originally joined Four Seasons in 2000 in Newport Beach as a Restaurant Server. He had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest since August 2007.
 
At the soon-to-open Four Seasons Beirut, Huda Malhas has been appointed Director of Marketing. Huda, a Canadian and Jordanian national, joined the Four Seasons Amman in 2004 as Director of Catering. In 2007, she was promoted to Director of Marketing.  
 
Grace Moore is the opening Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Beirut. She previously opened the Four Seasons Dublin, the Four Seasons Hampshire and the Four Seasons Mumbai. 
 
Gary Robinson has joined the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri as Executive Chef, replacing Tim Stanhope, who is now at the Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai. Robinson most recently held the same post at the Kowloon Shangri-La. 
 
Holger Jackisch has been named Executive Chef at the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in Egypt. He had previously served as Executive Chef for the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain and at the Al Qasr-Madinat Jumeirah.
 
Daniel Nuss has left the newly opened M Resort in Las Vegas, to return to Abu Dhabi as Executive Chef of the futuristic Yas Hotel, slated to open by the end of the year. Nuss is also a former Executive Chef of the Luxor in Las Vegas. His first exposure to Abu Dhabi came in 2000 when he was the Executive Chef of the InterContinental.
 
At the Four Seasons San Stefano at Alexandria, Jesse Olsen has been named Executive Chef, coming from the Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza where he had been the Executive Sous Chef since 2007. He also held a similar position at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
 
Gerald Hutteau has been appointed Executive Chef of the Mövenpick in Sousse, Tunisia. His global career has included stints as Executive Chef at the Regent Grand Formosa, the Sheraton Royal Orchid, the InterContinental Sharm El Sheik and the InterContinental Bali.
 
Eric De Blonde was named Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Beirut. He, who was the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons London for sixteen years, had moved to the Four Seasons Amman in 2002 and also was the opening Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Alexandria in February 2007.
 
Michel Kok has joined the Villa, Rimal and Rihab Rotana Dubai team as the new Food and Beverage Manager. He had previously served as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Murooj Rotana Dubai. 
 
Stan Holy has transferred to the Four Seasons Beirut as Director of Engineering. He was most recently the Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Budapest. He has previously served as Director of Engineering for the Four Seasons Prague.
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