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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
April 2003
Heads Above the Rest
The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm
The Americas
Steve Marx has been named Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for Starwood¹s W brand.  A 30-year hotel industry veteran, Marx was one of the original boutique hoteliers during his tenure as Vice President of Hotels at the Kimpton Group in the 1990s. Upon leaving Kimpton, Marx was the Executive Vice President Hotel Operations for Loews Hotels. Most recently, Marx served as President and Chief Operating Officer for the Boutique Hotel Group in New York City. At Starwood, Marx reports to Robert Cotter, President and Chief Operating Officer. 

Still at Starwood's hot W brand, Ross Klein joined as Chief Marketing Officer. Klein joins from the garment industry. He was most recently a Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Polo Brands for Jones Apparel Group. Klein will report directly to Starwood Chairman Barry Sternlicht. 

William Sipple has been appointed Vice President of Development for Carlson Hotels Worldwide.  He previously worked as Regional Director of Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell. 

Giuseppe Lama will assume the position of General Manager, overseeing the June 2004 opening of Estancia La Jolla for Destination Hotels & Resorts. Lama has been serving Destination as General Manager at the Hotel del Coronado since 1999. His prior background included six years with Westin and four with Ritz-Carton. 

Steven Sampson is coming back to the Arizona Biltmore as Director of Sales & Marketing. He had previously served as Director of Sales there, from 1987 through 1995. After leaving the Biltmore, he joined Carefree Resorts as Director of Sales & Marketing for the Peaks, in Telluride and the Boulders in Carefree until 2000. Sampson then served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Michael Depatie was recently named Chief Executive Officer of real estate for Kimpton Group Holding LLC in San Francisco, parent company of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group.  Depatie is a former Chief Financial Officer for Residence Inn (pre-Marriott) La Quinta and Sunterra.

John Berndt (Cornell class of 1976) has left his position of General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. He had been with Ritz-Carlton for ten years, including five years as General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Seoul. Berndt, whose wife is Korean, aims at relocating to Asia. 

Elizabeth Dexter, formerly the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons Toronto, has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Metropolitan Toronto.

Greg Bingaman (Cornell class of 1999) joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in December as Director of Asset Management. Prior to that, he was with the Boutique Hotel Group in New York as Vice President of Operations.

The Wyndham El Conquistador in Puerto Rico has appointed Craig Martin as General Manager.  Martin came from the Wyndham Rose Hall in Jamaica, where he held the position of General Manager. He also served as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage at Sol Kerzner¹s Atlantis Hotel & Casino on Paradise Island. At El Conquistador, Martin replaces Robert Gunthner who left the company after holding the position for three years.

Stephen Wright has been appointed General Manager of Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. He was previously in the same position at the Downtown Standard Los Angeles.

Steven Ferran has been appointed General Manager for the soon-to-open Loews New Orleans. For the past three years, he was the General Manager at the Omni Royal Orleans.

Walid Sfeir has been named Vice President Hotel Operation at the Setai in Miami. He previously worked as Hotel Manager and Director of Food and Beverage of the Shore Club. Prior to that, he worked as Restaurant Manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel, then as Food and Beverage Manager of the Mansion at the MGM in Las Vegas.

Sal Abaunza has joined the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco as General Manager. Prior to that, he spent five years as General Manager at Big Sur¹s Ventana Inn & Spa. Abaunza also ran San Francisco¹s Prescott for Kimpton from 1996 to 1998.

At the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Tim Loughman has been appointed General Manager. Most recently, he served as Area Director Six Sigma in South America for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.  Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Sheraton Libertador Hotel in Buenos Aires. Former Century Plaza General Manager Bill Hall has been promoted to Managing Director. 

Senior Vice President Peter George will assume additional responsibility for Park Place Entertainment's gaming development activities in the United States. Before joining Park Place in 2001, George served as Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Group PLC, formerly Ladbroke Group PLC. 

Amanda Grandinetti is the new Food and Beverage Manager at Chateau Marmont. Her truly global experience previously found her at the helm of Moomba in Los Angeles, Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, Stars in Seattle and Oscar's in Hong Kong. An Australian, she also operated her own catering company in Melbourne.

Brian Underwood has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago. He replaces Mary Vogt who joined the Krisam Group after nine years at the hotel. Underwood was previously Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation in New York.

Tom Cook will be the opening Director of Catering and Conferences Services of Le Rêve in Las Vegas. He recently was a pre-opening consultant at the new Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach. Prior to that, Cook worked twice for Montage¹s Chairman Alan Fuerstman, as Director of Catering at Las Vegas¹ Bellagio and as Director of Food and Beverage at the Phoenician.

Beth Olson has been promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, after thirteen years at the property. She originally joined as Director of Housekeeping in 1990, from being the Assistant Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. 

Michael Goodman has been named Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Las Vegas, replacing Wolfgang Von Wieser who departed for the Bellagio. Goodman, who previously opened both the Four Seasons San Francisco and the Four Seasons Scottsdale, started his Four Seasons career at the Pierre. His successor in San Francisco is Jeremy Emerson, until now the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Olivier Trinquand has been named General Manager at Le Méridien Pegasus in Guyana. He was previously in the same position at Le Méridien Ile des Pins in New Caledonia. He takes over from Jean Guillaumeau who has been appointed General Manager at the Hotels Méridien Habitation & Le Domaine in Saint Martin. 

Samantha Steckbeck, formerly with Four Seasons worldwide sales both in Chicago and Los Angeles, has joined Orient-Express as Director of Hotel Sales, Retail Accounts, based out of New York City.

Randall Tom has been appointed Director of Travel Industry Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. He joins from American Airlines where he had a fifteen-year tenure.

Tom Roelens is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Newport Beach. He had been the Hotel Manager at the Regent of Jakarta for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Roelens was the Executive Assistant Manager at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa in Bali. 

Mark Herron has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Seattle. He originally joined the company in 1988 as the Club Manager at the Sports Club Four Seasons Resort Dallas. Most recently he was the General Manager at the Four Seasons Sedona at Seven Canyons, a Residence Club.

Felix Murillo is moving from Chicago where he was the Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons to become the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Miami.

Also at the Four Seasons Miami, Ximena Elguera is joining as Director of Human Resources. She was previously in a similar position at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

Julian Leon-Velarde has been appointed Director of Residential Services of the Four Seasons Miami. He previously held the same position at the Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles. 

Daniel Grau, Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Los Angeles is moving to the soon-to-open Four Seasons Miami as Director of Rooms. 

Catriona Eldemery is the new Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Boston, a hotel where she spent ten years in various positions prior to joining the Four Seasons London as Director of Personnel for three years.

Jeff French (Cornell class of 1968) has been appointed Director of Marketing for the new Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. He joined the company in November 1996 as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Nevis where Ciro Tacinelli will take over as Director of Marketing. Tacinelli joined Four Seasons in 1997 at the Four Seasons Chicago and was promoted to Director of Sales, Four Seasons Nevis, in February 2000. 

Ruben Cosio has been promoted to the position of Director of Food and Beverage of the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. He started with the resort in 1985 as a Banquet Server. He succeeds Didier Jardin who transferred to New York.

John Thomson has been appointed General Manager at Porcupine Creek in Rancho Mirage.  Thomson, who recently held positions of Private Estate Manager, also spent five years at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in various capacities.

Sherry Mizoguchi has been appointed Director of International Sales at both Renaissance Hollywood & Beverly Hills. She had worked at the Los Angeles Marriott for the past five years and previously at the Westin Bonaventure for six years.

Jon McGavin has left the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, as Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes, in the same position.

Alain Piraux has moved from the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn as Director of Food and Beverage to the Ritz-Carlton Saint Thomas, in a similar position. His replacement in Dearborn is Paul Citron who comes from the Townsend in neighboring Birmingham. 

Niles Deegan has left the Hotel Bel-Air as Director of Catering for a catering position at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Deegan was at the Bel-Air merely one year, following a stint in Catering at Shutters on the Beach.

Stephen Bello has joined the Madison in Washington DC as General Manager. He was previously in the same position at the Hotel Hershey. Prior to that, he had worked for almost ten years with Ritz-Carlton as General Manager in Dubai, Rancho Mirage and Philadelphia. The Madison is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation toward an early summer re-opening.

Brian O'Day (Cornell class of 1980) has been appointed General Manager of the Hotel Hershey.  He was most recently the Vice President of Operations for Two Rivers Country Club and Traditional Golf Properties, both of which are located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Eileen Santoli Vice President, Human Resources.  Previously, Santoli was Vice President of Human Resources at Interstate Hotels for close to fifteen years. 

Daniel Charbonnier has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for the soon-to-open Hustler Club of Beverly Hills. He was previously with Four Seasons for seven years in the Beverly Hills location as Restaurant Manager and the Toronto and Palm Beach properties.

Christophe Vessaire is the Chef de Cuisine at San Francisco¹s newly opened Padovani's Bistro.  He most recently held a similar position at the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco. Vessaire had worked under Padovani when the latter was the Executive Chef at the Manele Bay Hotel in Hawaii.

Mark Westfield (Cornell class of 1984) has been named Director of Restaurant Service for the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. He was previously Associate Professor for the Culinary Institute of America for ten years. 

Mario Leon has been appointed (again) Director of Sales and Marketing at the Raleigh on Miami's South Beach. He most recently was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the National also on South Beach. Leon knows the Raleigh well since he headed its sales effort from 1993 to 1996 under former owner Ken Zarilli. The Raleigh is now part of HotelsAB.

Sven Wiedenhaupt, a Lausanne graduate, has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for Inter-Continental the Barclay New York. He rejoined Inter-Continental from the Vintage Inn & Villagio Inn in Yountville, California, where he was the Executive Director of Food and Beverage. Wiedenhaupt¹s career with Inter-Continental began in 1990 at the Hotel Inter-Continental New York where he was the Restaurant Manager. 

Jane Galosic has joined the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park South as head of its Group Sales department. Beginning her sales career with Mandarin-Oriental, she later spent six years with the St. Regis New York. 

John Anderson has been named Senior Vice President Operations for Embassy Suites & Hilton Suites. He most recently served as Area Vice President - Embassy Suites Florida and Puerto Rico. 

At Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Steven Jorns has been named Chief Investment Officer. He will retain his position as Vice Chairman of Interstate's Board of Directors. Jorns joined the company when American General Hospitality merged with CapStar in 1998 to form MeriStar. 

Tracey Wiese has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma, in the Bahamas. A hotel school graduate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, she started her Four Seasons career in 1993 in Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Los Angeles. 

Also at the Four Seasons Great Exuma, Regie Brown has been appointed Director of Rooms. He was previously the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Aviara. 

Martin Rhomberg has been promoted from Director of Food and Beverage to Resort Manager of the Four Seasons Punta Mita. He will be replacing Gregory Mendoza who will be opening the Four Seasons Miami as Hotel Manager.

Don Jones has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Regent Beverly Wilshire as of June.  He is currently the Director of Marketing at the Pierre. At the Beverly Wilshire, he takes over from Connie Williams, who left the company.

Michael Ganley has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Ganley started his eight-year Ritz-Carlton tenure at the very same Ritz-Carlton Dearborn. 

Cindy Lew has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. A former sales executive with Loews Hotels, she was most recently with Accor.

Suzanne Goldberg has been hired as Director of East Coast Sales for the Kor Hotel Group in New York. She was previously at the Barbizon (since then renamed The Melrose) as Director of Sales and most recently as Director of East Cost Sales at the Kerry Club Hotels.

Matthias Terrettaz, a Lausanne graduate, has been promoted from Director of Club of the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park South to Front of the House Manager of the hotel. Prior to that, he was Director of club and Room Service Manager at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. 

At the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver, Chris Mills has left as Executive Chef, returning to the Earls Group as the Concept Chef for a new Asian restaurant. His replacement is Scott Baechler, former Executive Sous Chef at the Fairmont Empress Resort.

At the Montage Resort & Spa, Richard Ruskell has been named Executive Pastry Chef. Like many others at Montage, Ruskell is a former employee of the Phoenician, where he was the Executive Pastry Chef for eight years, prior to launching his own pastry shop in the Phoenix area. 

Christopher Coon has been named the Wine Director at Montage. He was previously the Cellar Master at the Phoenician.

Iain McCormack has been recently appointed General Manager at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in Saint Maarten, Dutch West Indies. He previously worked for one year as Executive Assistant Manager at the Almond Beach Village in Barbados.

There is a new Executive Chef at Rosewood¹s Little Dix Bay. He is Todd Sicolo, who left KSL's La Costa after a mere ten months. Prior to La Costa, Sicolo was the Corporate Chef responsible for developing Baywatch Restaurants. He also served as Executive Chef at Williams Island.

Daniel Harrison Dumont is Executive Chef at Wentworth by the Sea, Marriott Hotel and Spa.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he once operated his own Purple Urchin Seaside Café in Hampton, New Hampshire. 

Matt Baer was recently named Executive Chef for Bell Harbor International Conference Center and World Trade Center Seattle. Prior to this position, he was the chef at the World Trade Center. He came to Seattle from Scottsdale, where he was the Executive Chef at the Scottsdale Country Club. 

Jim Chittenden has recently been named Director of Operations of the Bell Harbor International Conference Center and World Trade Center Seattle. Chittenden previously held the position of Food & Beverage Director for both venues. He also had a successful eleven years stint with Ritz-Carlton. 

Europe
Our most sincere apologies to the management of the Ritz London for a mistake in our March newsletter, confusing departed Executive Chef Giles Thompson and Vice Chairman Giles Shepard.

Hans-Peter Leitzke has been appointed Resident Manager at the Corinthia Nevskij Palace in Saint Petersburg. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager at the Sheraton Nusa Indah Resort in Bali.

At Méridien headquarters, some big changes again. In recent months, Tony Troy, United Kingdom and Ireland Managing Director, James Elton, Chief Development Officer, and Mark Tagliaferri, the Nomura executive overseeing the investment, have all left. Richard Mahoney, the group's President and Chief Operating Officer had left the company to return to the United States. Stephen Alexander has been appointed Chief Executive, replacing Juergen Bartels who moves upstairs to the Office of the Chairman. Findlay McFadyen, from Terra Firma, has been named Senior Vice-President of corporate development.

Thierry Dechaux is the new Hotel Manager of Villa Maillot in Paris. Until recently he was the Manager of Grace Leo-Andrieu¹s Montalembert. Dechaux also spent five years at the Hôtel Vernet, also in Paris. 

Gérard Sallé is the new Chef at La Marée in Paris. Daniel Hébet has joined Ladurée as Chef.

Anthony Harris, Chief Executive of Hilton International, has died at age 47. He had been appointed Chief Executive in June 2000, after joining the group as Managing Director for the UK and Ireland in March 1999.

Claude Lewy has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the soon-to-open Port Palace in Monte Carlo. Lewy used to be the Director of Sales for the Vista Palace in Roquebrune and Villa Belrose in Saint Tropez. She also served as International Sales Manager at the Martinez in Cannes.

Mark Bingle has been promoted to Executive Housekeeper at the Four Seasons Prague. The Regent Beverly Wilshire had been Bingle's home for the past six years, where he held positions of Hotel Assistant Manager, Communications Manager, Front Desk Manager, Assistant Director of Housekeeping, and most recently Laundry and Valet Manager.

Walter Junger has been appointed Vice President/Area General Manager, responsible for the pre-opening of the Ritz-Carlton Berlin with oversight of the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg. 

Also at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, Stefanie Lehmann, previously from the Ritz-Carlton Doha, has been named Director of Sales. Christian Reinelt has been appointed Sales Manager. Claudia Hardt has joined the team as Director of Public Relations. Thorsten Jahn has become Director of Purchasing.

Tarkan Aksoy has been promoted to the position of Rooms Director at the Four Seasons Istanbul. Joining the hotel in August 1996 as Concierge, he worked his way up to Assistant Director of Rooms in 2002.

Jean-Christophe Michel has left his position of Executive Chef at the Conrad International Brussels, which he held for three years. He was previously the Chef at Le Belvedere in Warsaw.  Michel is now the Chef de Cuisine at Marc Meneau¹s L¹Espérance in Vezelay, a Relais & Château rated Two Michelin Stars.

Franck Chouette is the new Executive Chef of the Mandarin-Oriental Hôtel du Rhône in Geneva. He was previously the Executive Chef at La Samanna in Saint Martin, for three years.

Stéphane Hestin has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Ritz in Lisbon. He most recently worked as Senior Sous Chef at the late Bernard Loiseau¹s La Côte d¹Or.

Xavier Lablaude has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager at Orient-Express¹ Hôtel de La Cité in Carcassone. He originally joined the property in 2001 as Director of Sales and Marketing.  Prior to that, Lablaude was Assistant Manager at the Hawk¹s Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida. 

At Disneyland Paris, André Lacroix replaces James Rasulo as President. Lacroix joins from Burger King International where he had been the President since 2001. Also at Disneyland Paris, Yann Caillére has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

At Cannes¹ Hôtel Martinez, Christophe Arnoult has been hired as Director of Engineering, following a nine-year tenure in a similar position at the Ritz in Paris. 

Pascal Dupuis is the new General Manager at the fancily remodeled Hôtel de La Tremoille in Paris. He takes over from Augustin Benetti who is retiring after forty years. Dupuis joins from Ian Schrager¹s St. Martin¹s Lane in London.

Middle East and Africa
Steven Van Coppenolle, after four years as Director of Operations at the Nile Hilton in Cairo, has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Salalah Resort in the Sultanate of Oman.

Tunay Dogan has moved from the Hilton Algiers to become the Regional Revenue Manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Hilton International's Regional Office in Dubai. 

Emile Bootsma has joined the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town as Director of Food and Beverage. Previously he worked as Food and Beverage Manager for the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel Munich and the Arabella Sheraton Bogenhausen Hotel in Germany. 

Thomas Gertz, General Manager of the Gefinor Rotana Hotel, has recently been promoted to Area Director of Operations for Rotana Hotels Suites & Resorts for Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.  Prior to joining Rotana, Gertz had a successful management career with Hilton International where he managed hotels in Istanbul and Prague.

Asia and the Pacific
MV Puri has joined the Peninsula Hotel Group as Group General Manager. Reporting to Managing Director Clement Kwok, Puri will be handling Marketing, Information Technology, Financial Controls and Human Resources for the group. Puri just completed a two-year stint as Executive Vice President of Operations at Raffles International. His brilliant career also included the positions of opening General Manager (and Chief Operating Officer) for Singapore's Grand Fullerton Hotel, Vice President Food and Beverage for Rosewood, Vice President Food and Beverage for British Airways, Director of Food and Beverage for Raffles Singapore, opening Director of Food and Beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani, Director of Food and Beverage at Halekulani, Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Chicago.

Jean Forrest has been promoted to Regional Director, Hotel Marketing, Asia Pacific Region, for Four Seasons, while keeping her position as Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Singapore. 

Christophe Lajus, a Lausanne graduate, is the General Manager at the Holiday Inn Yalong Bay Sanya in China. He was previously General Manager for the Holiday Inn Tian An.

Hansjorg Wergin has been appointed Executive Chef of the Sheraton Brisbane Hotel. His last job was Executive Chef for the Pacific Club in Hong Kong.

Patrick Low has been appointed General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel on the Park, Wuhan, China. Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel International, Low was the Executive Assistant Manager - Food and Beverage at the Regal Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong.

Royal Rowe has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Langkawi. Rowe, most recently the General Manager of the wonderful Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, first joined Four Seasons more than twenty years ago during the pre-opening of the Four Seasons Washington DC.

Loic Martenot will be the new General Manager at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. Martenot has been working for the past three years at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa in Bali, first as Food and Beverage Manager, then as Executive Assistant Manager.

Laurent Voivenel has been appointed Regional Vice President for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, French Polynesia. The position, albeit under a different title, was previously held by Fabrice Bohbote, who becomes Owner's Representative for Société des Hôtels Tahitiens, the owner/developer of Starwood¹s three properties in French Polynesia. Voivenel's most recent position was that of General Manager at the Grand Hills Village Hotel & Spa in Lebanon. He also was the General Manager of the Royal Méridien Bahrain.

David Cayuela will be the new General Manager of the Bora Bora Nui Resort, a Starwood Luxury Collection property. Cayuela was most recently the General Manager of Hotel Faro Del Cabo in Mexico. On Bora Bora, Cayuela takes over from opening General Manager Jacques Roy who is transferred by Starwood to General Manager of the W Honolulu, the former Colony Surf.

At Le Méridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort in Bali, Kaharuddin Salamun joins as Resident Manager, replacing Kenneth Sorrensen, who is promoted to General Manager at Le Méridien Tahiti. Salamun most recently was General Manager at Intan Village Resort in Bali and previously held the post of Sales & Marketing Director at the Santrian Beach Resort, also in Bali.  Ramia Adnyana assumes the position of Assistant Director of Sales, a promotion from Senior Sales Manager. Sugeng Sugiantoro is promoted to Catering & Conference Manager. He joined Le Méridien Nirwana in June 1998 as Assistant Manager and was promoted to Catering & Conference Assistant Manager in July 2001. 

Damien Rinaldi has been appointed Executive Chef of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. He was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. Prior to that, Rinaldi was a Sous Chef at L¹Orangerie in Los Angeles.

Bhagwan Balani has joined the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Mumbai Sales Office, as Sales Manager. He was previously working with Leela Palaces & Resorts as Assistant Manager Sales.

Kudos to Us

The Boutique Search Firm was thrilled to read the April 2003 issue of Angeleno Magazine.  Indeed the magazine's "Restaurant of the Year" is Bastide, where the Boutique Search Firm placed General Manager Donato Poto and Head Sommelier Christophe Rolland. About Poto, the magazine gushes: "General Manager Donato Poto possesses more charisma and movie-star charm than his three closest competitors combined. Better service in Los Angeles simply does not exist. In fact Bastide's service could become a benchmark for restaurants all over the world." Of Christophe Rolland's wine list: "A finer, deeper French wine list exists only at restaurants where sommeliers have been collecting bottles for decades."

The Boutique Search Firm also placed Christophe Emé, Executive Chef at L'Orangerie, whom Angeleno anoints Chef of the Year. "In 25 years, only five chefs commanded the kitchen at this opulent shrine to French cuisine. There isn't another restaurant in Southern California with a higher bar of entry for incoming chefs than this one. Christophe Emé,  late of the legendary Taillevent in Paris, not only did he meet the bar his first few weeks on the job, he has since raised it even higher, possibly the highest it has ever been."

Finding the best candidates, and living to read about them, is what we do. Simply.

BGC

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

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