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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
August 2003
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The Americas
Peter Koehler has been appointed General Manager at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, home of San Francisco¹s Fifth Floor. He was previously the General Manager / Equity Partner at the Hotel Villa Del Sol in Zihuatanejo. Prior to that, Koehler worked for Mandarin-Oriental for almost three years.

Robert Thrailkill is the General Manager of the soon-to-open (January 2004) Hotel Conrad Miami. A 1982 graduate of the Conrad Hilton School of Administration, he has been with the company for 18 years. Since 1998 he was the General Manager of the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center.

Yves Giacometti will succeed Olivier Masson as General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, with oversight on the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo. Since April of 2002, Giacometti has been at the Four Seasons George V in Paris as Hotel Manager.

Susan Kelly has been named Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Poets Cove Seaside Resort in South Pender Island B.C. Most recently, she held various positions at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, such as Marketing Consultant, Director of Sales and Marketing and Executive Manager. Prior to that, she worked for Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as Director of Marketing.

At Columbia Hospitality in Seattle, Bret Matteson was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. He was previously the Company Vice President of Operations. Matteson also was the opening General Manager of the Elliott, now the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Lenny Zilz has been hired as Vice President and will serve as the General Manager for the Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook. Zilz was most recently with John Daly International, a world-renowned event planning company. Previously, Zilz spent nearly 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Scott Taber has been promoted to General Manager of the soon-to-open Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Most recently, he was the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Singapore.

General Manager Dennis Clarke has transferred from Fairmont's Copley Plaza to the company¹s newest acquisition, the former Four Seasons Olympic Seattle. Prior to joining Fairmont in 1994, Clarke spent eleven years with Ritz-Carlton.

Peter Roth has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Mexico City. He will be replacing Kurt Englund who has transferred to the planned Four Seasons Costa Rica. Roth comes from the Four Seasons Carmelo, where he served as Resort Manager.

Tim Steckbeck has been named Director of Operations at the Phoenician. A long-time Westin/Starwood employee, he was the General Manager of the Westin Kuala Lumpur until July 2003. At the Phoenician, he takes over from Bunty Ahamed, who became the General Manager of sister property, the Sheraton Wildhorse Resort and Spa.

John Cardona has left Hong Kong and the Peninsula Hotel Group after two years as Manager, Sales & Reservations to become the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Garrett Hotel Group, owners of The Point, Lake Placid Lodge and The Wilcox, three Relais & Chateaux, as well as the Inn of Five Graces.

Speaking of The Wilcox, opening General Manager Libby Cook has left the company. Her successor is John Graham. Graham, like Cook, is a former Ritz-Carlton employee. Yet another former Ritz-Carlton employee, chef-restaurateur Gunther Seeger has taken over the restaurant at the Wilcox, while keeping his award-winning namesake restaurant in Atlanta.

At InterContinental, Rick Kowaleski has been named Senior Vice President Finance, Americas. Previously, he held the position of Vice President and Controller for InterContinental Hotels Group. Prior to joining InterContinental in 1985, Kowaleski served as Regional Controller for Canteen Corporation.

Trudy Rautio, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, has been promoted to the position of President of the Americas division. She has been a member of the senior management team at Carlson since joining the company in 1997.

David Rothwell has been appointed Resident Manager of the soon-to-open Mandarin-Oriental Washington DC by General Manager Darrell Sheaffer. Rothwell comes from the Ritz-Carlton Tyson¹s Corner where he held the position of Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage.

Denise Dugin is joining the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner as Director of Sales and Marketing. Dugin moves a few miles from her previous position at the Washington DC Renaissance Hotel. At Tyson¹s Corner, she will be replacing Jacqueline Edwards.

Jean-Louis Narboni joins the Ritz-Carlton Montreal as Director of Sales and Marketing, coming from the Wyndham Montreal where he held the same position.

Also at the Mandarin-Oriental Washington DC, Mark Dressel has been appointed Director of Finance. He had been the Controller at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn for ten years prior to transferring to the Washington DC area in a regional role.

Geraldine Korss joined the Regent Beverly Wilshire as Director of Sales. She comes home to Four Seasons where she started in 1987 at the Clift, prior to transferring to the Four Seasons Chicago. Korss left the company in 1993 to return to the Clift as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Pan Pacific San Francisco.

Quinn and Karen Hatfield have been appointed as co-chefs of Pascal Rigo's upcoming Mosaic at the Adagio, Chip Conley¹s newest Joie de Vivre hotel in San Francisco. The Hatfields come from Santa Monica's Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach. Quinn served as Chef de Cuisine at Casa del Mar¹s Oceanfront Restaurant, while Karen served as Pastry Chef for both Casa Del Mar and its sister property Shutters on the Beach.

Perry Grice has been appointed Director of Sales at Callaway Resort. He comes to Callaway from the Georgia State Park Lodges where he served as the Regional Director of Sales. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales for the State Park Lodge Retreat at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia.

At Bacara Resort & Spa, Executive Spa Director Zahira Coll has resigned to take the helm at the consulting firm she founded in 1994. Coll worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for five years in the capacity of Director of Human Resources for the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino and Spa Director for the Ritz-Carlton Huntington.

James Pedro has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef at the Fairmont San Francisco. He takes over from Bernard Chirent, who has left the company. Pedro joined the hotel as Executive Banquet Chef in October of 1998 from the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

At Santa Monica's Ambrose, Daniel Howery has been named General Manager. Prior to joining the Ambrose, he was the Senior Vice President of Luxe Worldwide Hotels.

James Peebles will be the opening General Manager of the Cipriani Punta del Este. A twenty-year Marriott veteran, Peebles worked for the company in the United States, the Caribbean, Asia, Mexico and South America. Most recently, he was the opening General Manager of the Marriott Rio de Janeiro.

There is a new Vice President of Restaurant Operations at the Kimpton
Group, The position had been vacant since Niki Leondakis had moved up to Executive Vice President of the group. The new man is Kelly Jones, who comes from Jeffrey Chodorow's China Grill organization. Jones was the in charge of China Grill¹s Las Vegas operations, the group¹s most lucrative and fastest growing.

Darren Smith has been named Managing Director of Daufuskie Island Resort & Spa. Before joining Daufuskie Island Resort & Spa, Smith served with Noble House Hotels & Resorts for nine years, most recently as General Manager for the 210-room Sunburst Resort in Scottsdale. Prior to that, he was the General Manager for the Jupiter Beach Resort. 

At the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, Jon Makhmaltchi has been appointed Director of Sales. He spent three years with the Park Hyatt San Francisco before joining the Huntington Hotel and Nob Hill Spa in 1999 as Director of Sales and Marketing. Jeannie Jarnot, formerly Spa Director for the Sports Club/LA at the Four Seasons San Francisco, has been appointed Spa Director. She began her career with the New York Palace in 1996. Teri Serrano has been appointed Director of Human Resources. Most recently, she was the Director of Human Resources at the Surf & Sand in Laguna Beach.

Milham Wakin is Carneros Inn's Controller and Director of Information and Technology. Most recently, he was in a similar position at the Pacific & Caribbean Hotel Group in San Francisco. Wayne Weaver has been named Director of Engineering whose career included serving as Director of Facilities during the opening of Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino and the post opening of Trump's Castle Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.

Christian Delouvrier, formerly the Executive Chef of the much-lamented Four-Star Lespinasse at the St. Regis New York, has opened the 130-seat Terre in Manhattan's Lower West Side. On his team are Shane McBride, formerly his Sous Chef at Lespinasse, Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Bonnet, formerly from Atelier at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South and Sommelier Hervé Pennequin, formerly of L¹Orangerie in Los Angeles and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Rick Zeolla has been appointed General Manager of the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Most recently, he was General Manager of the Bucharest Marriott.

Also at the Aruba Marriott, Pasquale Strocchia has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing. Strocchia previously was Market Director of Group and Travel Industry Sales for Marriott International Offshore Resorts.

George Taulé has been appointed Financial Controller at Miami¹s Lido Shores Hotel, soon to be renamed the Standard Miami (part of HotelsAB). Taulé hails from Miami¹s Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort and its sister property the Inter-Continental Miami West

Gerald Feurer has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the New York Palace. Most recently he was the Bar and Restaurant Manager at Fifty Seven Fifty Seven at the Four Seasons New York. Prior to that, Feurer, a Lausanne grad, was the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula New York.

Joel Wilkinson is the new Executive Chef at Rosewood's Jumby Bay in Antigua, replacing Alex Chen, who is now the Executive Chef at Rosewood's Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. Wilkinson comes from the American Club, Singapore.

Sven Norrenberg is the Manager of the landmark Top of the Mark at the Mark-Hopkins InterContinental. Prior to that, he was the opening Restaurant Manager at Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica for the Kor Group. Norrenberg also served as Beverage Manager at the Beverly HiIls Hotel.

At the Four Seasons Chicago, John Speers is the new Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach where he was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage.

Jean-Guillaume Coudon is the new Financial Controller at Cotton House. He recently was with InterContinental in Paris, and also worked for the Hyatt Regency Charles de Gaulle. He is a graduate of the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland.

At Earl Holding's Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the new General Manager is Bruce Fery. A former Red Lion and Hilton man, he takes over from Steve Holding, who moves up to the corporate office.

Jason Dotson is the new Director of Housekeeping at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Previously, he was at Shutters on the Beach where he held the position of Assistant Director of Rooms. His previous experience includes employment with the Grafton on Sunset.

Michael Casola has left the position of General Manager at the Inn at Morro Bay to take the helm of its sister property, the Cliffs in Shell Beach, in the same capacity. His Successor at Morro Bay is Shannon Johnson who used to be the property¹s Front Office Manager.

Fandango Resorts has named Thomas Scoville Vice President and General Manager of the Sugarbush Inn and Conference Center. Scoville joined the Sugarbush Inn from Park City-based Premier Resorts, where he was Director of Performance Systems.

Director of Finance Moustapha Guimei will be transferring from the Four Seasons Atlanta to the soon-to-open (February 2004) Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche in the same capacity.

John Wilderman has been appointed Managing Director at the Resort at Seabrook Island. Previously, he served as a Regional Vice President of Operations for Benchmark Hospitality. Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality, Wilderman was the Vice President and Managing Director of Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York.

At the soon-to-open (October 2003) Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, Philip Wang has been hired as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Truc in Boston. Wang also worked at the Ritz-Carlton Boston, Charlie Trotter, Restaurant Daniel, Jardinière and Rubicon.

Mo Ihsan has been appointed Director of Convention Services at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. Prior to joining Omni, he was involved in several hotel openings including that of the Conrad International Cairo.

Brandy Bechthold is joining the Omni Hotel at CNN Center as Director of Catering. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Bechthold served as the Director of Catering at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel since the hotel's opening in 2000. 

At the soon-to-open (October) Four Seasons Miami, Cynthia O¹Brien has been appointed Sales Manager, she previously was a Sales Manager at the former Four Seasons Seattle. Carolina Calderon has also been appointed Sales Manager. She joins Four Seasons from Island Outpost where she held positions in Reservations, Front Office and Sales.

Melissa Buffington has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communications for Gaylord Entertainment. Prior to joining the company, Buffington was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Strategic Planning for Dollar General Corporation and First American Corporation.

Eric Klein is the new Executive Chef at Maple Drive of Beverly Hills. The gifted 30-year-old Alsatian took the plunge after seven years at Wolfgang Puck¹s Spago Beverly Hills, where he was a Sous Chef.

Carl Meyer has been appointed Director of Operations at the Statler Hotel at Cornell University. His most recent position was that of Director of Rooms at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, which is currently partially closed while undergoing ground up renovations and expansion. Meyer also worked for Pebble Beach Resorts.

Didrik Wallis has been appointed Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Atlanta. He joined Four Seasons at the Clift in San Francisco in 1980 then moved to Seattle and the former Four Seasons Olympic in 1982.

At the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Robert Nolan has been named Residence Club Director. Since December 2002, Nolan has served as the Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Scottsdale.

Michael Kovensky has been appointed Area Director of Sales for three Wyndham properties in Central Florida. He will also serve as Director of Sales and Marketing for the 1,012-room Wyndham Palace Resort Spa in the Walt Disney World® Resort. Kovensky joins Wyndham from the Hilton at Walt Disney World Resort, where he was the Director of Marketing.

Also at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Ken Gladysz has been appointed Executive Chef. He most recently has been the Executive Sous Chef at the Four Seasons Riyadh.

Henry Basile has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Bel-Air. Basile previously served at the hotel as Banquet Manager for several years.

Jean-Francois Suteau has been named Executive Pastry Chef of the Adolphus in Dallas. He joins the hotel from Joel¹s in Atlanta and the dining room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. In both places he reported to Joel Antunes.

Andrew Economon has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. Until recently, he was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Riverwalk San Antonio.

Ludovic Lainé heads the newly-opened New York office of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell.

Diane Greenberg-Dilena, who has been the Director of Catering at Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar for the past four years, is joining the St. Regis Los Angeles in the same capacity. Greenberg also was the Director of Catering at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Hotel Bel-Air and the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Craig Smith has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Radisson Plaza Resort in Myrtle Beach. He comes from Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego where he held a similar position.

Roland Rutjens is the new General Manager at Planet Hollywood New York. He replaces Darryl Alexander who left the company. Until May 2003, Rutjens was the General Manager of The World for the World Wrestling Federation. He also was the General Manager for the House of Blues in Anaheim.

Gladys Mouton di Stefano is the new Director of Catering at New York¹s chic Sherry-Netherlands. Until recently, she held the same position at the Carlyle, following a three-year stint as Director of Catering at the Mark.

Benchmark Hospitality has appointed Michael Harris as Director of Human Resources for the Georgian Terrace Hotel.in Atlanta. He was previously Regional Human Resources Manager based in Atlanta for Kindercare Learning Center. Prior to that, he worked for Marriott Corporation, as Director of Human Resources in Dayton, Ohio, Dallas and in Atlanta. 

The Resort at Seabrook Island has named Mark Grosh as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Seabroook Island, Grosh worked for Benchmark Hospitality as the General Manager of the CIBC Leadership Centre outside Toronto, Canada.

Renée Tao has been promoted to Global Account Manager for the West Coast region with Fairmont Hotels in Los Angeles. She was previously a Sales Manager at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica.

Christian Folse has been appointed Front Office Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. He was previously at the former Four Seasons Olympic in Seattle.

Pradeep Raman is the Manager of the Lobby Restaurant & Lounge at the Peninsula Chicago. He previously held several foods and beverage management positions with Ritz-Carlton in New York, Istanbul and St Louis.

Derek Poirer has transferred as Pastry Chef to the Four Seasons Newport Beach from the Four Seasons Houston.

Europe
Franka Holtmann is the new General Manager at Paris' prestigious Hôtel de Crillon. She joins from the Plaza-Athénée where she was the Hotel Manager, under General Manager François Delahaye. Holtmann also served as Director of Sales at Paris' Hôtel Ritz. At the Crillonn, she replaces Philippe Krenzer, who is leaving the company.

Edward Andrews has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. Andrews, a graduate of Yale University, completed an extensive 16-year career with InterContinental Hotels in the United States, Paris and Madrid. He joined Hyatt International in 2000 as General Manager of Hyatt Regency Casablanca, and in November 2001 was appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Brussels-Barsey. Rony Timsit, formerly the General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Jerusalem, will be replacing Andrews at the Hyatt Regency Brussels-Barsey. Timsit joined Hyatt in 1988 as Cost Auditor at the Hyatt Regency Jerusalem.

Gregoire Salamin, formerly the Hotel Manager at Le Méridien Grosvenor House, has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Majestic Roma.

Warren Hochreiter has been appointed Director of Finance at the Four Seasons Hampshire. He has been with Four Seasons since October 1999 when he joined the pre-opening team of Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf as Assistant Director of Finance. In August 2001, Hochreiter moved in a similar capacity to the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

At Planet Hollywood, a few changes since Marco Pierre White has been hired by Chairman Robert Earl as Culinary Consultant. White's first move was to let go of Planet Hollywood London's Executive Chef Philippe Blaise whom he has replaced with long-time and trusted lieutenant Tim Paynne.

Serena Zehnder has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Inter-Continental Zurich. She previously held a similar position at the Parkhotel Zug. From 1996 to 2000, Zehnder held various positions at the Peninsula New York.

Philippe Carlens has been appointed General Manager at the Holiday Inn Nice Center. He takes over from Paola Valzoano who moves on to General Manager at the Hotel Arenas also in Nice. Carlens was previously the Assistant Director of Operations for City Hotels Brussels SA.

Christina Bartz will launch the sales and marketing program for the two newly constructed boutique Inwood Hotels in Paris, Hôtel Le Walt and Hôtel Le Marquis. Previously, she was in Sales and Marketing at the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong.

Mirko Sosnowski has been recruited by Orient-Express as Director of Sales and Marketing of the Lapa Palace in Lisbon. He spent the past thirty months with Kempinski as Director of Sales of the Hotel Taschenbergpalais in Dresden and the Hotel Atlantic Hamburg.

Olivier Chavy is the opening General Manager for the upcoming Hilton Paris Arc de Triomphe. He recently performed the opening, as General Manager, of the Hilton Mauritius Hotel and Spa.

André Fournet has been named General Manager of the Hotel De Pen Bron in La Turballe, France. A former Méridien executive, Fournet had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Méridien Madrid, Méridien Budapest and Paris¹ Méridien Montparnasse.

Richard Raab, currently the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Maui, will be joining the Four Seasons London as Director of Food and Beverage in October.

Philippe Jourdain will be the opening Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche. He comes from Roger Vergé¹s landmark Moulin de Mougins.

Edouard Carlier, chef-owner of A Beauvilliers in Paris, is dead. Carlier was the most flamboyant restaurateur in Paris next to the late Jean-Marie Rivière (L'Alcazar) Beauvilliers was known for its splendid flower bouquets and its small garden clinging to the hill of Montmartre.

Serge Couturiaux has been named Director of Food and Beverage at Los Monteros in Marbella. He is working again for General Manager Gildas Renaux, for whom he already worked at Puente Romano. Most recently, Couturiaux was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Conrad Resort & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

In Geneva, Jose Soriano has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Hotel des Bergues, soon to be rebranded a Four Seasons. Soriano moves from his position of Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Toronto. He also served as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Singapore and Hotel Manager at the Regent of Singapore.

At Cannes' Palais des Festivals & des Congrès, Christophe Arnoult has been hired as Director of Engineering. Arnoult comes from across the street at the Hotel Martinez, where he was the Director of Engineering for the past year. He also previously spent eight years as Chief Engineer at the Hotel Ritz Paris.

Asia and the Pacific
Peter Shaindlin has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Halekulani Corporation in Honolulu. Prior to joining Halekulani, he was the founding principal of Lotus Luxury Group and previously served as Regional Vice President Caribbean for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Grant Bowie has been hired as President and General Manager of Wynn Macau. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of BI Gaming Corporation and as General Manager of Conrad Jupiter, in Australia. His career in the gaming industry started in 1983 as a Senior Auditor for Arthur Andersen's gaming and hospitality group.

Abid Butt has been appointed Managing Director of the Turtle Bay Resort. Unitl a few months ago, Butt spent four years (including two as Vice President of Operations) with Banyan Tree Resorts in Phuket.

Andrew Jordan, formerly Director of Food and Beverage, has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager at the Empire Hotel and Country Club Brunei.

Holger Hirle has been named General Manager at the Hotel Lotte in Seoul. He takes over from Francois Cnockaert who joined the Swissôtel Osaka Nankai. In recent years, Hirle held General Manager positions at the Beaufort Sentosa Island in Singapore and its sister property the Sukhothai in Bangkok. 

Amanda Gale has been appointed Executive Chef at the new 174-room Metropolitan Bangkok (sister hotel to the Metropolitan and the Halkin in London). She was formerly the Executive Chef at posh Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, another sister property. All are owned by Christina Hong.

Jérome Carrouée is the latest Executive Chef at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. He joins from Starwood Hotels of French Polynesia, where had been the Tahiti-based regional Executive Chef. Starwood had transferred Carrouée from Kuala Lumpur, where he was the Executive Chef at the Sheraton Imperial. At the Pearl, Carrouée takes over from Damien Rinaldi, who left the company.

Emmanuel Guémon will be the new Executive Chef for Oberoi at Amarvilas in Agra. Guémon has been the Executive Chef at Cotton House since early 2002 and was previously the Executive Sous Chef at Sandy Lane.

Peter Wynne has joined Taj international Hotels as General Manager of the luxe Taj Faluknama Palace in Hyderabad. He was most recently the General Manager of the Lemuria Resort in the Seychelles.

Josef Kufer has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. He originally joined Hyatt International in 1994 as Executive Assistant Manager ­ Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. In September 1997, he was appointed Resident Manager of the Grand Hyatt Taipei, and following a promotion to General Manager of the Hyatt Aryaduta, he was appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Muscat in October 2001.

Daniele Vastolo is joining Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts as the Executive Assistant Manager of the Shangri-La Cebu in the Philippines. He was, for the past three years, in a similar post at the Lemuria Resort of Praslin in the Seychelles. Vastolo was also the opening Director of Rooms at the now-shuttered Carénage Bay Beach & Golf Club in the Caribbean.

Mike Suter has been promoted to the position of Area Director of Finance for Four Seasons in Bali. He joined the Four Seasons San Francisco in October 1988 and worked in Los Angeles and Bangkok, assumed his current posting as Director of Finance at both of our resorts in Bali in August 1997.

Diaz Yonadie has been appointed General Manager of Swiss-Belhotel Bali Aga, Indonesia. Before joining Swiss-Belhotel International he was the General Manager of the Turi Beach Resort in Batam, Indonesia. 

Rodney Ito has been promoted to the position of General Manager of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on Hawaii's Big Island. Prior to that, Ito was with Hilton Hotels Corporation for over fifteen years in San Diego, Anaheim, Anchorage, Portland and Hawaii. His last post was as Director of Front Office Operations at the neighboring Hilton Waikoloa Village. 

At the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii, John Rust has been appointed Director of Sales. Most recently, he was Director of Sales at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Kim Silvaggio has been appointed National Sales Manager. Most recently she worked for the Grand Isla Navidad Resort in Manzanillo, Mexico. Henry Lacar is returning to Turtle Bay as the Director of Property Operations. Lacar first joined Turtle Bay in 1988 as Assistant Director of Property Operations. Six years later, Lacar left to join the Ihilani Resort and Spa.

Also at Turtle Bay, Chef de Cuisine Robert Dalzell will work with Executive Chef Andrew Copley. Dalzell has worked in such landmarks as Tra Vigne, LaToque, and Catahoula in Napa Valley.

Middle East and Africa
Olivier Masson has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2004. Masson joined Four Seasons in 1998 as General Manager of the Four Seasons Caracas. Most recently, he held the position of General Manager of the Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

Scott Lundahl will be joining the Four Seasons Cairo at First Residence as Hotel Manager. For the past five years, he has been the Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

Thomas Tapken is the General Manager of the Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai, after a stint in the same capacity at the Mövenpick Doha & Sealine Resort.


 
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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2003
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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