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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
December  2002
Heads Above the Rest
The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm
The Americas
After nearly fifteen years as General Manager of New York's The Mark, Raymond Bickson is taking up the position of Chief Operating Officer for Taj Luxury Hotels, the luxury division of 100-year-old Mumbai-based Indian Hotels Company. Hawaii-born, Lausanne educated Bickson literally put the Mark on the map, turning the dusty former Hyde Park Hotel into a temple of refinement known the world over. Bickson, a gentleman if there ever was one, learned his trade under such household names as Bob Burns, Adrian Zecha and Georg Rafael when the trio operated Regent International Hotels. The Mark, along with the rest of the Rafael Group, was purchased by Mandarin-Oriental a few years ago. The acquisition strongly impacted the unique personality of the hotel. 

Alain Negueloua, who was the General Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco for the past three years, has been appointed General Manager of the Mark to succeed Bickson. He originally joined the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco in 1997 as Rooms Division Manager, was promoted to Resident Manager, and then to General Manager in 1999. Until a replacement has been appointed for Negueloua, Pierre Barthes will be Acting General Manager for the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco. He joined the company in 1998 as Director of Food and Beverage at the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental.

Michael Hoffmann will be the opening Managing Director at Carneros Inn, slated for a summer 2003 launch. Hoffmann was most recently the Managing Director and Owner¹s Representative at Miami¹s Shore Club prior to its takeover by Ian Schrager Hotels. A Lausanne Hotel School graduate, Hoffmann also logged many years with Peninsula in New York, Hong Kong and Carmel. He was Peninsula¹s General Manager at Carmel Valley¹s Quail Lodge and Golf Club now operated by Bernardus.

Dick Holtzman, a second generation Cornell hotelman, will be moving to Kauai as President of Kukui'Ula a high-end mixed use development of land owned by Alexander & Baldwin. High-priced residences will be anchored by an 18-hole Tom Weiskoff golf course and a 65-unit ultra-luxury resort, slated for a 2005 opening. Each of the 65 units will have its own swimming pool. At 1,200 acres the development is the size of the Boulders in Carefree, which Holtzman headed from its earliest inception stages and through its sales to Wyndham a few years ago.

Tom Kelly has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, succeeding Chris Hart who will be relocating to the Four Seasons Toronto. Kelly had been the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago since 1997. He originally joined Four Seasons in 1978 as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons San Antonio. 

Christoph Schmidinger has been appointed to succeed Tom Kelly as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.  He has been with Four Seasons for ten years, initially as Manager of the Regent of Singapore, then as General Manager of the Regent Kuala Lumpur.  He then moved on to the Regent Jakarta and most recently held the position of General Manager of the Four Seasons Atlanta. Denise Flanders is his successor as General Manager of the Four Seasons Atlanta. She originally joined Four Seasons in 1989 at the Pierre as Director of Rooms.  She then was the Hotel Manager in Houston, Seattle and finally Atlanta. 

At The World at ResidenSea, the much touted (justifiably) floating ultra-luxe high-rise condo/cruise ship, former Mandarin-Oriental Chief Executive Officer Robert Riley has been hired as CEO. Riley was the CEO at Mandarin-Oriental for ten years. In recent years he was an independent consultant. Christine Hodder has been hired as ship General Manager alternating the job with René Peter, who has been with the company since July 2001, when he started at as Director of Food and Beverage. Hodder was most recently with Hong-Kong based Shun Tak Holdings, and also served as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Singapore and the former Westin Singapore. Jacques Wulffaert has left ResidenSea, where he was Senior Vice President in charge of product and hotel operations.

Still at the World at ResidenSea, Frank Cavella has been named Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. For the past five months he had been the Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Boca Resorts at the Registry Resort and Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, Florida. Cavella previously logged eleven years with Ritz-Carlton.

Andrea Melotti has been appointed General Manager of the Raleigh in Miami Beach. The Raleigh was recently acquired by André Balasz' Hotels AB. An Italian, Melotti was previously the General Manager of the Sagamore, also on South Beach and also worked with prestigious hotels in Europe such as the Carlton Inter-Continental in Cannes and the Royal Monceau in Paris.

Patricia Clairmont has been appointed General Manager at Le Méridien Beverly Hills. She was previously with the Loews Santa Monica as Managing Director and spent fourteen years with Méridien Hotels in Newport Beach and Vancouver.

Carlton Hudson has been appointed General Manager of the Standard Downtown Los Angeles. He is replacing Steven Wright. Carlton was previously with Starwood Hotels for three years, for whom he opened both the W New Orleans and the W Chicago Lakeshore.

Paul Pusateri has been named Senior Vice President for Gaming and Hotel Operations at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Pusateri was until recently the Chief Operating Officer for Turnberry Associates. He is also the man who put the Paris Hotel and Casino on the map following a twelve-year career with Four Seasons. 

David Baldwin has been named Hotel Manager at the New York Palace.  Baldwin joins from the Hotel Twin Dolphin in Cabo San Lucas where he was the General Manager. Baldwin previously spent one year as Hotel Manager at the Mandarin-Oriental Manila. Prior to that, he spent two years as Hotel Manager at New York¹s Rihga Royal.

Also at the New York Palace, Susan Buckley is in charge of the Villard Lounge and restaurant Istana. She came from the Bryant Park Hotel where she was the Beverage Manager. She also held the same position at the original W New York.

Steven Peterson has been appointed Executive Chef at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Prior to that, Steven was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as their Corporate Executive Chef. At the MGM Grand, he replaces Kim Canteenwalla.

Lynn Crawford is the new Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Toronto.  Born and raised in Toronto, he comes from the Four Seasons New York, where he was the Executive Sous Chef. Crawford's culinary career with Four Seasons began in 1990 at the former Four Seasons Montreal followed by stints in Nevis, Vancouver and Toronto.

Eric Sather has been appointed General Manager at Aspen Meadows with Dolce International. He started his career with Dolce International in 1990 as Assistant Controller at Lakeway Inn & Resort in Austin. His most recent position was as General Manager at the IBM Learning Center in Westchester County.

John Finamore has been named Senior Vice President of Regional Operations at Penn National Gaming. A Cornell Hotel School Graduate (and the brother of Peter Finamore, Vice President Hospitality for the upcoming Borgata in Atlantic City ) he served as President of Missouri Operations for Ameristar Casinos. Prior to his tenure with Ameristar Casinos, he held several senior management positions with Station Casinos. Finamore also was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Swan at Disneyworld.  His father, Louis Finamore used to be the General Manager of the former Kahala Hilton in Hawaii (now the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental).

Rena Udell has been named Director of Hotel Sales, Eastern Region United States and Canada with Orient Express Hotels, North America.  Udell has more than 25 years of travel industry experience.  Most recently, she was Director of Regional Sales for Regent International Hotels in New York.  She also held similar positions with Forte Hotels and Mandarin Oriental.

Lorraine McInnes has been appointed Director of Finance for the new Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. Todd Swaggerty is replacing her as Director of Finance at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island of Hawaii.  McInnes joined Four Seasons in 1997 and worked as Assistant Controller for the Four Seasons Singapore and the Four Seasons Philadelphia.  Swaggerty has been with Four Seasons since 1990, working at Four Seasons properties in Santa Barbara, New York, Berlin, the Maldives and most recently as Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Austin. 

Eric Dupaix has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Carlyle in New York. Eric was previously with the Waldorf=Astoria for seven years in various food and beverage management positions. He is replacing Jean-Marie Dubos who has been appointed Executive Chef with another Rosewood property, the Crescent Court in Dallas. Dubos had originally joined Rosewood in September 2000 as Corporate Director of food and Beverage. He was assigned to the Carlyle when Rosewood took the property over in September 2001.

Francesca Gori has been appointed North America Director of Sales for Rocco Forte Hotels based in New York.  Prior to her new role she was based in Rome at Rocco Forte¹s Hotel de Russie where she had worked since the hotel¹s opening in spring 2000 as Sales Manager for the company¹s two Italian hotels (the other hotel is the Savoy in Florence).

Asaad Farag is leaving Las Vegas and returning to the Big Apple where he will be based at the Regent Hotel Wall Street as Executive Assistant Manager. Most recently Farag was the Vice President & General Manager of the Stirling Club at Turnberry. 

At Island Outpost's Tides, on Miami's South Beach, David Moth and Frank Holtslag have been brought on as General Manager and Executive Assistant General Manager respectively; and William Bouvier has been brought on as Director of Revenue Management for Island Outpost. Moth joins The Tides from Malmaison in Glasgow, Scotland, where he served as General Manager. His past experience includes positions as Food & Beverage Director for the Cuisinart Resort & Spa in Anguilla and General Manager of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis. Holtslag had been working for the past two years as the Director of Revenue for Island Outpost. Bouvier joins Island Outpost as Director of Revenue Management from the Cliffs Resort, in Shell Beach, where he served as Director of Sales & Marketing and Assistant General Manager. 

Rene Paalman has been appointed Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Austin. He comes from Palm Beach where he has been the Assistant Director of Finance for the past two years. 

Daniel Monnet joined the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles as Financial Controller. Prior to that, he was in the same position with Le Méridien at Beverly Hills and the Hotel Inter-Continental Los Angeles.

Attila Gyulai has been promoted to Food and Beverage Director at the Four Seasons Olympic. He had transferred to the Olympic in 2001 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage from the Four Seasons Santa Barbara where he joined the company as Assistant Food & Beverage Director in 1997. 

Jeffrey Jacobs, previously Director of Food and Beverage at the Plaza in New York has been named General Manager at the Adams Mark in St Louis.  Jacobs had joined the Plaza in 1999, from the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.

Jean-Claude Wietzel has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons New York. Prior to that, he was the Hotel Manager at Le Méridien Melbourne.

Steven Rice is coming back to Four Seasons as Director of Catering at the Pierre. He comes from the Waldorf=Astoria, where he has been in catering since 1998. He had been the Director of Catering at the Four Seasons Washington D.C. At the Pierre, he replaces Arthur Backal who left after four years to launch his own event planning firm.

Geoffrey Mills has been named Managing Director of the Melrose New York, the former Barbizon. Prior to joining the Melrose, Mills was with the Camberley Hotel Company, both as Vice President of Operations and as General Manager of the Algonquin.

As of January 2003, Kathy Springstead will be the Director of Food and Beverage of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She had been with Four Seasons for several years in the Newport Beach, Dublin, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas properties. 

Sheldon Suga has been appointed Area Director of Operations for the Atlanta area with Wyndham International. Suga  was most recently the president of his own consulting firm. He began his career with Sheraton and was the General Manager of the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay.

Antonio Vera has been named Director of Sales for Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Mexico. Vera most recently served as Regional Commercial Director for all resorts for Grupo Posadas, Fiesta Americana Hotels in Mexico. 

Martin Rhomberg has been appointed Director of Food & Beverage at Four Seasons Punta Mita.  He worked as Director of Food & Beverage at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires when the property was taken over by Four Seasons. His last assignment was as Director of Food & Beverage for the Four Seasons Hotel Caracas. In Punta  Mita, he replaces  Jorge Moran, who left the company.

Yann Giacomoni has been named Executive Chef at the Sofitel Minneapolis.  He comes to Sofitel after more than twenty years with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, most recently at Le Méridien Nouméa. He was also Executive Chef de Cuisine at Le Méridien hotels in Bali, San Diego, Newport Beach, Cairo. In Minneapolis, he replaces Lindell Mendoza, who was promoted to Director of Food & Beverage. 

Mark Calibo has left Miami¹s Shore Club to re-join Sonesta, where he had previously spent ten years. He is now part of the opening team for the upcoming Trump International-Sonesta Beach Resort on Miami Beach opening in January 2003. He will be responsible for incentive sales.
Ameristar Casinos has named Lisa Betzel Corporate Director of Recruitment. Most recently, she was affiliated with Resource Technology Associates, a retained staffing firm based in Chicago. Prior to that position, Betzel served as a Partner in Bio-Link, a firm specializing in biopharmaceutical placements. 

Jeffrey Jackson has been named Corporate Director of Internal Audit with Ameristar Casinos. Before joining Ameristar, Jackson held management positions primarily with Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, two of the big five global accounting firms. 

Mark Osterhaus just joined Harrah's Las Vegas Strip as Director of Hotel Operations. He moved from sister property, the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. 

Montage Resort and Spa has announced the appointment of Todd Orlich as Director of Food and Beverage. He was previously the Food and Beverage Director of the Westin Mission Hills. Prior to that, Orlich served as Restaurant Manager for Mary Elaine¹s at The Phoenician, where he and Chef James Boyce elevated the restaurant to a Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond status.

Also at Montage, Barbara Schultz was named Spa Director. Schultz most recently served as spa director for the Ritz-Carlton Naples, opening its 52,000-square-foot spa.

Anne Engelerdt will be directing the retail operations at Montage after a similar position at the Ritz-Carlton Company. She opened the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in 1984 and has since opened 44 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe. In 1997, she was appointed Vice President of Retail for Ritz-Carlton, and in 1998 she created the company¹s first retail catalogue.

Iqbal Bashir will be responsible for accounting and finance for Montage Resort & Spa. He was most recently involved with the pre-opening of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, and previously served as Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. 

SaraLynne Boch will be at the head of purchasing at Montage. She was most recently the Director of Purchasing for the Stirling Club in Las Vegas and also worked in similar positions at Bacara and the Orchid Mauna Lani (now the Fairmont Hawaii). 

Christopher Perry has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the New York Hilton. Perry most recently served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Boutique Hotel Group in New York overseeing three to five-star boutique urban and resort properties located in New York City and the Caribbean.  Perry¹s career began in 1985 as the Regional Sales Manager for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. He has held various positions with prominent hospitality organizations in New York, including Savoy Hotels and Resorts and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School.

Linda Bartlett is Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Marriott International and Carl Berquist is Executive Vice President of Financial Information and Enterprise Risk. Bartlett was promoted from her job as Marriott's Corporate Controller. Berquist joins Marriott from accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Marriott also named Rita Cuddihy, a former US Airways executive, as Senior Vice President, Marketing. 
The new Chef at Cayo Espanto is Simon Capewell, Australian Chef formerly at Altamer in Anguilla, where he was a Sous Chef. At Cayo Espanto, he takes over from Christophe Crot.

Perry Goodbar joins the PGA National Resort and Spa as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Goodbar had been with the Broadmoor in Colorado for the past twelve years. His last position at the Broadmoor was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was replaced there by Mike Dimond.

Franck Arnold has been named Hotel Manager for the Inter-Continental the Barclay New York. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Holiday Inn in Valencia, Spain. Arnold has spent his career with Six Continents. Prior to his tenure at the Holiday Inn in Valencia, he was the Executive Assistant Manager for the Castellana Inter-Continental in Madrid, the Food and Beverage Manager at the Brussels Inter-Continental and Assistant Food and Beverage Manager for the Athenaeum Inter-Continental in Athens. 

Also at the Inter-Continental the Barclay New York, Deedee Aguilar joins as Director of International Sales.  Most recently, she was the Director of Event Sales and Marketing at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.  Lisa Le Chatton recently joined the Barclay sales team as Corporate Sales/Diplomatic Affairs Manager. A native of Canada, Le Chatton came to New York five years ago (her husband Christophe Le Chatton is the Director of Food and Beverage at the Waldorf=Astoria) and has worked at the Mark and most recently at the Omni Berkshire Place in the role of Business Travel Sales Manager. 

Laurent Carrasset has been promoted from Hotel Manager to General Manager at the Monasterio del Cusco in Peru. Laurent has been with the hotel since 1999 and worked previously at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in French Polynesia. Both are Orient-Express properties.

Biras Creek Resort has appointed a new Food and Beverage team, headed by Executive Chef Neil Hitchen and Restaurant Manager Louise McCaffrey.  Both are British and joined Biras Creek from Fearrington House near Chapel Hill, North Carolina prior to which they were at Hambleton Hall in England, both Relais & Chateaux properties. Previous Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager Jérôme Gottraux and Yvonne Volckmaer have bought a restaurant in the vicinity of the Swiss town of Yverdon. 

Flynt Payne has been named Executive Chef at Esperanza in Los Cabos, part of Auberge Resorts. Payne previously worked as Executive Chef at Atwaters in Portland and with the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe.

Darryl Alexander is the new General Manager at Planet Hollywood in New York. Alexander was previously with the Redeye Grill, part of the Fireman Hospitality Group. 

Nurkan Arin has been named Restaurant Manager at the Four Seasons New York. Nurkan was previously with the Boar¹s Head Inn Resort in Virginia for four years. Originally from Turkey, Nurkan also held several restaurant management positions with the Regent Ankara and the Swissôtel Bosphorus.

Zack Zahran, who is also originally from Turkey, has been promoted to Resident Manager of the Peninsula New York after thirteen years with the hotel where he first started as Bar and Restaurant Manager.

Diane Tanner joined Marcus Hotels and Resorts as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. She joins from Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.

Also at Marcus, Peter Rockwood was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was until recently with Olympus Hospitality Group, which owns Rockresorts and Unique Hotels, where he held a similar position. Prior to his tenure at Olympus, Rockwood spent several years with the Marriott/Renaissance Hotel Group as Director of Sales & Marketing for individual properties and as Director of the National Sales office in Los Angeles. 

Andrew Anthony is now Front Office Manager at the Bryant Park in New York, having previously been Director of Revenue Management at the Shore Club in Miami, formerly a sister property to the Bryant Park.
Stan Kantowski has been appointed General Manager of the Magnolia Hotel in Houston. He was previously the EAM Food and Beverage with the Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

Europe
Philippe Bourguignon, who had been lured by ClubMed as President and Chief Executive Officer a few years back, has resigned. He who was credited for rescuing Disneyland Paris, failed to convince his Board of Directors that ClubMed was headed in the right direction.. His successor is Henri Giscard d'Estaing, formerly ClubMed's Chief Operating Officer.
Alexandre-Pierre Faidherbe has been appointed General Manager of the Holiday Inn Paris La Villette. He is a seasoned hospitality executive with over fourteen years experience as General Manager in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Africa.

Claudio Ceccherelli has been named General Manager of the Park Hyatt Milan scheduled to open mid-2003. Ceccherelli joins Hyatt International after an extensive career in Italy with Cigahotels that included management positions in Pisa, Venice and Rome.  Additionally, he served as Resident Manager for the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, and most recently was General Manager of the Villa d¹Este on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. 
Susannah Lurie has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing at the upcoming Four Seasons Hampshire. She originally joined Four Seasons London in 1991 and then rejoined again in 1998 as Sales Manager and subsequently Director of Sales. 

Scotsman Hotel Group announced the appointment of Brian Williams, former General Manager of the Ritz and Mandarin-Oriental Hyde Park, in London, as Chief Executive Officer. Williams, who has spent the past seventeen years with the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel Group in various parts of the world, is due to take the helm in January, reporting to the Scotsman group's non-executive chairman Robert Breare.

Yveline Sacotte will be replacing Guy Rameau at the head of the Sofitel Arc de Triomphe. She has held several management positions with Novotel as Managing Director for France's West Region and as General Manager of Mercure Porte de La Plaine.

Sofitel Cannes has been officially acquired by Jacques Esnay, who is also the owner of the Mercure Sophia Antipolis. Michel LeBrun, a long time Sofitel employee who previously worked with Esnay, is the new General Manager.

Dominique Calzia has been appointed Sales Manager for the U.S. market at the Hôtel de Crillon. She previously worked for Semec Cannes and with Méridien in Los Angeles as Director of Resort Sales.

Hugues Jaquier has been named General Manager of the brand new Sofitel St James in London. Jaquier spent over twenty years with Méridien and, in his latest position, was the General Manager at Le Méridien Chicago.

Effective January, Claude Rath is the new Deputy General Manager at Paris' Le Méridien Montparnasse, following three years on Mauritius. He originally was the Resident Manager at Le Cannonier, prior to a  promotion one year ago to Hotel Manager at Le Mauricia. Both Hotels are part of the Beachcomber Group.

Seth Lewis recently joined the Royal Lancaster in London as Food & Beverage Services and Development Manager. Seth is getting back to the hotel industry after two years as Catering Project Manager with First Great Western Trains in London. 

Also with Le Méridien in Paris, Emmanuel Caux is the General Manager of Le Méridien Etoile. Caux, who did most of his career with Méridien, comes from London, where he had operational responsibilities at the company¹s headquarters. In Paris, he replaces Bernard Granier.

With Le Méridien in London, Dominique Lapointe becomes Sales Operations Director for the UK and Ireland, an inventory of sixteen hotels. She was previously the Hotel Manager at Le Méridien Piccadilly.

With Starwood in London, Gregory de Clerck has been appointed Resident
Manager of the Park Lane Hotel, soon to be totally renovated and
re-branded the W London. De Clerk was previously Starwood's Six Sigma
Area Director for the Netherlands.

Alex Cabella (one of three of the same name, not to be confused with the one who recently joined Le Touessrok in Mauritius as Hotel Manager) is the new General Manager at the Hotel Mirabeau in Monte Carlo, successor to Pascal Leprou. Cabella joins from Le Méridien Rimini in Italy.

 

Africa and the Middle East
Laurent Garrido becomes the Executive Assistant Manager at Les Pavillons on Mauritius, part of the Naiades Hotel Group. Garrido, a Cornell-Essec IHMI graduate, was until recently the Director of Food and Beverage at Paris¹ luxe Hotel Meurice.

Within Naiades, Lothar Gross was promoted from Les Pavillons where he was the EAM Food and Beverage, to the Merville Beach Hotel where he is the General Manager.

Krister Svensson is the General Manager of Le Méridien Commodore in Beirut. He took over from Reto Grass, who left the company after many years. Svensson was previously with Shangri-La for eleven years. His last position with the company was with the Shangri-La Manila as EAM Food and Beverage.

Mahmoud El Keiy has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh. He joined the hotel in February 2002 as Sales Manager. He previously was at Le Méridien Luxor since 2001 as its Director of Sales.

Asia and the Pacific
Marc Miron has been appointed Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Sydney. He has been with Four Seasons for fourteen years and was previously in Bali as Executive Chef with Four Seasons Bali.

Amery Burleigh joined the Four Seasons Sydney as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage. A eight-year company veteran, he was most recently at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara.

Kamel Chaieb is General Manager of the newly opened Novotel in Wuhan, China. He was previously General Manager of Novotel Batam in Indonesia.  Kamel has been with ACCOR since 1975.

Konstantino Blokbergen is joining Raffles Singapore as Food and Beverage Manager in charge of Restaurants. He comes from the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental in Hawaii.

Six Continents Hotels has appointed Daniel Arbenz as General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Beijing transferring from the Holiday Inn Lido Beijing.  Arbenz has been with Six Continent for the past five years as General Manager in Australia and Indonesia.

Hong Kong's Great Eagle has announced the appointment of Graeme Cockburn as Chef de Cuisine of The Bostonian. Cockburn was formerly Executive Chef for Seabourn Cruises where he spent more than eight years.  Toby Cooper is the new Restaurants Manager for the Bostonian and Main St Deli. 

David Mitchell has been appointed Managing Director of the upcoming Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer with the Maloof family at the family/corporate level.  Because of his casino background, he also assisted them with the opening of The Palms, their most recent casino venture.  Prior to that, Mitchell worked with Caesar's Palace for ten years in Development. 

Dominique Berhouet has been promoted to Resident Manager, Crowne Plaza Shenzhen. He transfers from the Holiday Golden Mile in Hong Kong where he first started two and a half years ago as Food and Beverage Director and was then promoted to Executive Assistant Manager.

Anthony Tuor recently passed away, a victim of cancer. He was a very respected hotelier whose career spanned more than 35 years, from the time he graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. He managed some of the world¹s finest properties in Paris, New York, London, Scandinavia, Canada, the West Indies, Asia and the South Pacific. After one year sabbatical last year, he had gone back to work as General Manager until last May at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. He had opened the hotel some 32 years ago. 

Brad Jencks just left the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu where he was the General Manager since last February.  Also at the Turtle Bay Resort, a couple of new additions have been announced. Andrew Manion Copley has been selected as the new Executive Chef. He was most recently Executive Chef at The Lodge at Koele.  Prior to that he was Executive Sous Chef at Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. Scott Seger is the new Director of Food and Beverage. He was the opening Food and Beverage Director at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Prior to that he was Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort in the US Virgin Islands.

Gregg Montanez has just joined the Evason in Hua Hin, Thailand, a member of the Six-Senses Resorts and Spas, as Executive Chef. After a position as Executive Sous Chef with the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas and with Mandarin- Oriental in India, Montanez returns to Asia where he worked for ten years in Malaysia with Sunway Resorts, in Bangkok with the Dusit Thani.

Richard Greaves has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Greaves joined the pre-opening support team of the Hyatt Regency Cologne in 1988, and was appointed EAM  Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong in 1996.  Greaves was promoted to his last position, Resident Manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei, in 2000.  He replaces Pierre Bonard who retires at the end of January 2003 and returns to Switzerland after a very distinguished career with Hyatt, which spanned 30 years. 

Adam Myott has been named General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.  He joined the company at the Park Hyatt Sydney in 1994 as Assistant Manager Front Office. In 1995, Myott transferred to the Hyatt Regency Coolum as Front Office Manager where he was subsequently promoted to Director of Rooms in 1997.  Following an assignment as Director of Rooms at Hyatt Regency Adelaide, he was promoted to his present position of EAM Rooms in Adelaide in 2001. Myott replaces Warren Tam who has been appointed Resident Manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei, replacing Richard Greaves.

Chandrasekaran Murugiah has been promoted to Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa Murugiah had been acting in this capacity since Jay Nelliot transferred to the Four Seasons Las Vegas in June. Murugiah has been with Four Seasons for the past four years.

David Roberts has been named Regional Vice President of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, based at the former Orchid at Mauna Lani,  also responsible for the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui. Roberts was previously the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua for a mere few months, following a fourteen-year tenure as General Manager of Chateau Whistler in Canada.

After two and a half years as General Manager of the Sofitel Dalat Palace and Novotel Dalat in Dalat, Vietnam, Wilson Fieldhouse has been transferred as General Manager of the Mercure Slipi in Jakarta. 

Daniel Simon, who has been with Four Seasons for nine years, has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Singapore.  He previously held the same position with the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay. 

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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / Nov 2000
 
 

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