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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
January 2004
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The Americas
John Arnett has returned to the Kor Group as President, Hotel Division after a three-month hiatus. The Odyssey Club, which he had joined as Chief Operating Officer, was sold to Exclusive Resorts, a former competitor. Arnett had been the Chief Operating Officer of the Kor Group from May 2002 until September 2003. He had previously been a Vice President of Hotel Operations for San Francisco’s Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.

Charly Assaly is now the Director of New Development for Central and North America for Sol Melia. A Cornell graduate, Assaly had recently been a hotel and restaurant consultant, since leaving his position of opening Managing Director at Miami’s Shore Club. He had also been the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons New York.

David Baldwin has been appointed General Manager of the Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia. Most recently, he had been the Hotel Manager at the New York Palace.

Carlton Hudson is the new General Manager of the House of Blues (a Loews hotel) in Chicago, replacing Keith Douglas. Hudson comes from the Standard Downtown LA where he was the General Manager since September 2002.

Al Petrone has been appointed Director of Operations for Hotels AB. Petrone previously served as Vice President Operations for Ian Schrager’s Hudson – and before that, worked at Starwood in a variety of roles, including Vice President – Sheraton Brand and Director of Operations for W Hotels.

The Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino has announced the appointment of Robert McEleney to the position of Vice President of Hospitality. Before joining Turning Stone, McEleney served in several Senior Executive capacities in the corporate offices of Millennium Hotels and Resorts. He also served as Vice President of Operations for Rockresorts.

Mike Ehmann has been appointed Area Managing Director by Starwood for hotels in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Westin Galleria in Dallas. He will be based at the Westin Atlanta North as its General Manager.

Sean Maddock is the new General Manager at KSL’s Claremont Resort and Spa in Oakland. Most recently he was the Hotel Manager at the Shangri-La Bangkok. Maddock is replacing Todd Shallan who was transferred by KSL to the position of General Manager at the newly acquired Hotel Del Coronado.

Todd Shallan, a Cornell graduate, has replaced Craig Jacobs as General Manager of the Hotel Del Coronado. Shallan is a transfer within KSL, who was previously the General Manager of the Claremont in Oakland. Shallan had originally joined KSL at the Arizona Biltmore, where he had been employed as Resort Manager by its former operator, Boca Resorts.

Craig Jacobs remains with KSL as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Based at the Hotel Del Coronado, he will also oversee sales and marketing for La Costa. Jacobs had originally joined the Del in May 1998 as Director of Sales & Marketing. He had subsequently been promoted to General Manager.

Michael Hardisty, the Del Coronado’s former Vice President and Managing Director under Destination Hotels and Resorts, has left.

Susan Gomez is the General Manager of the soon-to-open Club Intrawest in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. A well-known Canadian hotelier, Gomez was the opening General Manager of the Metropolitan Vancouver, which she left in 2003. She also was, for several years, the General Manager of the the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Hector de Galard de Bearn has been appointed opening General Manager of One and Only’s Saratoga in Cuba. De Galard was until recently the General Manager of the Intercontinental Paraiso de La Bonita on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. He is a former Amanresort General Manager, for whom he held the top job at both the Hotel Bora Bora and Amanjena in Marrakech.

Lionel Alvarez replaces de Galard as General Manager of Paraiso de La Bonita. He too comes from the Hotel Bora Bora, where he was the General Manager for the past two years. Alvarez also was the General Manager of the Beau-Rivage Resort on Mauritius and the Plantation Club in the Seychelles.

Kai Lamle is the new General Manager of the Intercontinental New York Central Park South, taking over from Louis Philippe. Lamle held previous posts with Intercontinental in Toronto and Miami.

Nicholas Simmonds is the new General Manager at Cotton House on the chic island of Mustique. No stranger to jet set destinations, Simmonds was, from 1999 to 2002, the Hotel Manager at Parrot Cay. At Cotton House, he takes over from Olivier Sevestre, now the General Manager of Cotton House’s newest sister property, the Cadogan in London.

Mark Somen has been appointed General Manager of Soho House New York, a highly successful outpost of the original London club and its country hotel sister Babington House. Somen joins following a four-year tenure with China Grill Management where he was most recently in charge of pre-opening all food and beverage facilities at New York’s Hotel Gansevoort. Prior to joining China Grill, Somen, a Kenyan, was a Food and Beverage Manager at the St Regis New York.

John Hamati has been promoted to General Manager of the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center after over five years as the property’s Director of Operations. Hamati takes over from Robert Nelson.

Elie Zod has joined the Marcus Corporation as General Manager of Miramonte. He took over from Dana Holck who joined Wyndham in Tucson a few months ago. Zod was previously with Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, as the General Manager of the former Renaissance Beverly Hills, (now the Loews Beverly Hills). Zod also served as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Stanford Court.

Jean-Pierre Alotte has been appointed General Manager of Mohamad Hakimian’s Hotel Madison in Memphis. Alotte had been the General Manager of Pala Mesa for a year, following a six-year tenure with the Marcus Corporation, as General Manager of Miramonte and Assistant General Manager of the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin.

Frank Kawecki is the new General Manager of Philadelphia’s landmark Striped Bass. He comes from China Grill Management, with whom he had recently opened Mix in New York.

Jace Matteucci has been appointed Director of Rooms at the soon-to-open Mandarin-Oriental Washington DC. He was previously at the Grand America in Salt Lake City for two years and with Westin Hotels and Resorts for five years.

Jack Schmidt has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Benchmark Hospitality. He was previously the company’s Vice President Sales and Marketing since 1999. He originally joined the company in 1992 as Director of Sales and Marketing for its Lansdowne Resort.

The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, in Redondo Beach, has appointed Steven Boswell Director of Sales and Marketing. He joins the Portofino from the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, where he served as Director of Sales.

Jeff Yamaguchi has been named Vice President Residences at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Formerly the Corporate Director of Residences for Four Seasons Hotels he is in charge of the six condo-hotel towers (576 units each) being built in what used to be the amusement park at the MGM Grand.

Andrew Harrison has replaced Simon Pettigrew as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara transferring from the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach where he was the Resort Manager. In Palm Beach Harrison is replaced by Colin Clark who transfers from the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. Clark originally joined the group as the Reception Manager at what was then the Regent of Hong Kong (now the Intercontinental Hong Kong) in 1990.

Mark Herron has been transferred by Four Seasons to the position of Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. As such, he takes over from Dan Normandin. Herron is a fourteen-year Four Seasons veteran who was most recently the Hotel Manager at what is now the Fairmont Seattle.

Dan Normandin has moved from his position of Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara to that of Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons San Francisco. There, he replaces John Washko, now part of Four Seasons’ corporate office in Toronto.

Ronald Gebhardt has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Melrose Dallas. Gebhardt was until this month the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Chase Park Plaza in St Louis. He previously logged several years as the Executive Director of Sales & Marketing for Sedona Resorts.

Robert Cioffi is the Hotel Manager at the Wyndham Bel-Age. Cioffi had moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles three years ago to be the Director of Food and Beverage at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. He previously held a similar position at the classic Omni Royal Orleans.

Paul Maddison has taken over from Robert Cioffi at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. He moved up to the position from the Loews Coronado Beach Hotel in San Diego.

Axel Rudolph has joined China Grill Management as General Manager of Tuscan. Rudolph, whose resume includes stints as Director of Food and Beverage at New York’s Plaza-Athénée, Omni Berkshire and Swissôtel the Drake, was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Times Square.

GLA (Grace Leo Associates) has hired Dominique Debay to be the group’s Director of Sales Americas, based in New York. As such, Debay will be marketing GLA’s collection of fine small hotels, including (among others) Paris’ Lancaster, Montalembert and Bel-Ami, Mustique’s Cotton House and London’s Cadogan. Debay joins from a similar position at the Hotel Bristol Paris, which she had been marketing in the Americas since 1997.

Thatcher Brown, has been appointed Executive Director, Brand Marketing for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. A Cornell graduate, Brown originally joined Fairmont as the company’s Director of Marketing for the US and Mexico in 2000.

Also at Fairmont, Sean Taggart has been named Executive Director, Marketing Services. He originally joined the company in 2001. Prior to joining Fairmont, Taggart worked for IBM.

Brian Jago is the new Director of Sales at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Until recently, Jago was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar, two Leading Hotels of the World located on Santa Monica’s oceanfront. Jago had joined Shutters and Casa in September 2001 following a stint in the same capacity at the St Regis Los Angeles.

Andrew Anthony has joined New York’s Trump International Hotel as Front Office Manager. Anthony joins from the Bryant Park where he had held the same position since mid 2002. Prior to that he took part in the opening of Miami’s Shore Club (then a sister property to the Bryant Park) as Revenue Manager.

Christian Amestoy, an IHMI/Cornell graduate, will be the opening General Manager of Prime by Jean-Georges in New York. Amestoy joined Vongerichten’s group two years ago as Manager of Restaurant Jean-Georges.

Greg Ische is the new Executive Chef at the Hotel Del Coronado, replacing James Footit. Ische comes from the Marriott Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point. As for Footit, he is now the Executive Chef at Estancia La Jolla, formerly a sister property to the Hotel Del Coronado, under Destination Hotels and Resorts. Footit had joined the Del Coronado from KSL’s La Quinta in November 2001.

Ken Ohlinger is the new Executive Chef at the Lake Placid Lodge. He comes from Blackberry Farm, another Relais & Chateau, where he spent the past three years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ohlinger also worked at Germany’s Residenz Heinz Winkler, a Three-Michelin-starred Relais Gourmand.

The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, has appointed Gerard Moser as Executive Chef. He takes over from Otto Korner, retiring after 33 years on the job! Moser graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

Elliott Boggs has filled the Position of Executive Chef of the SMG-owned Long Beach Convention Center. Boggs was formerly the Executive Chef of the Crowne Plaza in Foster City and Restaurant Chef at the Silverado Country Club.

At Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, Elizabeth Bernard has joined as Reservations and Communications Manager. She comes from the Bellagio in Las Vegas where she was the Director of PABX Operations. Bernard also used to be the Telecommunications Manager at the Phoenician.

Molly Morton is a new National Sales Manager at the Montage Resort and Spa. She most recently served as group Sales Manager at the Four Seasons Aviara.

Julie Raistrick is Montage’s new Spa Operations Manager. She most recently was the opening Spa Director at Natural Body International in Atlanta. Also at Montage, Stephen Gruner is the new Pool Operations Manager, coming from the Bellagio where he also served as Pool Operations Manager.

Marlon Hirsh has been appointed Director of Housekeeping at the Four Seasons Austin. He was previously in Jakarta at the Hotel Mulia Senayan as Director of Rooms. Prior to that he worked in various housekeeping and guest services management positions for Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, Atlanta and St. Thomas.

Gilles Arzur, formerly the Executive Chef of the Sofitel Los Angeles, has transferred in the same capacity to the Sofitel Montreal. Arzur’s other past assignments with Sofitel included one as Executive Sous Chef in Bucharest and Kitchen Manager at the Sofitel San Francisco.

Heidy Cach has joined HotelsAB as Director of Reservations at the Downtown Standard Los Angeles, following a four-year tenure with the Kor Hotel Group, where she was the e-commerce Manager.

Darren McCabe is the new Executive Chef at Miramonte, replacing Christopher Pope. McCabe was previously the Executive Chef at the Agua Caliente Casino, and used to be the Executive Sous Chef at La Quinta.

Ian Warren has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Lake Placid Lodge. A Brit, Warren comes from the Oakwood Country Club, and was previously the food and Beverage Manager at Newport’s tony Vanderbilt Hall.

Gilles Flores has been transferred by Orient-Express from Food and Beverage Manager at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort to the same position at La Samanna in St Martin. He follows Bernard Sarme, the General Manager who had recruited him for the Bora Bora Lagoon in December 2002. Flores used to be the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville.

Europe
Bruno Brunner is the new General Manager of Orient-Express’ Reid’s Palace in Madeira. He replaced Anton Kung who was transferred to the Ritz in Madrid when Orient-Express purchased the hotel in 2003. Brunner most recently was the General Manager of the St Regis Los Angeles. A Swiss, Brunner was also a General Manager and Area Manager with Shangri-La, following a stint as Vice President Operations for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Ezio Indiani is the new Managing Director for Italy’s prestigious Villa d’Este Group. Indiani was, for the past seven years, the General Manager of the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. He had also re-opened Rome’s luxe Hotel Eden, following a ground up renovation in the mid nineties.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts have promoted Iain Ferguson to Chief Financial Officer. Ferguson previously served as Vice President, Finance for the group. Prior to joining Le Méridien in August 2002, Ferguson served as Group Treasurer and Director of Corporate Finance for Thomson Travel Group.

Hilton International has transferred Gianni Riatsch to the position of General Manager at the Athens Hilton. Riatsch was most recently the General Manager of the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Olivier Sevestre, who has been part of Grace Leo Associates for nearly four years, has been transferred from his position of General Manager at Cotton House to the same position at London’s Cagodan, the group’s latest acquisition.

Jean-Michel Orieux is a Managing Director for Paul UK. He most recently was the opening Managing Director of Sketch in London, where Sinead Mallozzi has since taken over as General Manager. Orrieux previously held a corporate position for the Oliver Peyton Restaurant Group, and was Director of Food and Beverage Development for Liberty of London.

Peripatetic Michelin-starred Chef Michel del Burgo will be the new Executive Chef of Nice’s prestigious Hotel Negresco, home of Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Chantecler. Del Burgo’s goal is to bring a third star to the restaurant originally launched by Jacques Maximin. Del Burgo had precipitously left the Bastide de Gordes after a mere few months. He is best known in France for having been the Executive Chef of La Barbacane in Carcassone as well as the Hotel Bristol and Taillevent, both in Paris.

Christophe Kelsch is the Restaurant Director at Paris’ Hotel Vernet. The hotel's restaurant, Les Elysées du Vernet, is rated Two Michelin Stars. Lesch rejoins Executive Chef Eric Briffard, with whom he previously worked at Paris’ Plaza-Athénée.

Aude Saudemont is the Guest Relations Manager at the fancy new Grove, outside London. Saudemont, an IHMI/Cornell graduate, is an alumnus of the Dorchester and the Connaught.

Asia and the Pacific
Anne Busfield has taken over from Philippe Requin as the General Manager of the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei. Busfield previously served with Starwood for seven years, most recently as Regional Director of Marketing for Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau.

Bernold Schroeder has been promoted by Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts to Vice President Business Development / Vice President Operations, from the position of General Manager of the Banyan Tree Bangkok.

Franz Zeller has been appointed as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Taj International’s luxury hotels division. Zeller previously was Senior Vice-President—Middle East and North Africa for Millennium Hotels and Resorts based in Abu Dhabi.

Laurent Carrasset has been promoted by Orient-Express to General Manager of the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. Carrasset transfers from the position of General Manager of the company’s Hotel Monasterio del Cusco in Peru. Carrasset originally joined Orient-Express (from London’s Grosvenor House) as Financial Controller at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. In Bora Bora, he takes over from Bernard Sarme, who transferred to General Manager of sister property La Samanna in St Martin.

Frederick Maclean has been Appointed Executive Assistant Manager of the soon-to-open Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti. He previously served as the Director of Food and Beverage at Hayman Island, located in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. He has also served as the Director of Food and Beverage for the Radisson Treetops Resort and the Radisson Reef Resort in Port Douglas, Australia.

Also at the Radisson Plaza Tahiti, Leanne Harwood, an Australian, has been hired as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was previously in a regional position with Radisson, based in Australia.

Donna Carbonell has been promoted from Director of Quality to Director of Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Troy Hickox has joined the opening team of Le Méridien Cyberport in Hong Kong as Revenue and Front Office Manager. He was previously at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Mauro Governato has been promoted by Sol Kerzner’s One and Only to General Manager of Kanuhura in the Maldives. He replaces Michael Luible, who moves up to Regional Director for the Maldives, based out of the 120-room One and Only Retti Ra. Since April 2001, Governato had been the Resident Manager at the One and Only Le Saint Geran on Mauritius.

Executive Chef Bruno Giordano follows his General Manager Laurent Carrasset from the Hotel Monasterio del Cusco to the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. Most recently Giordano had been assigned by Orient-Express to re-open a landmark restaurant the company purchased in Buenos Aires. Giordano had originally joined Orient-Express as the Executive Sous Chef at La Samanna.

Africa and the Middle East
Luca Allegri who had been the Food and Beverage Director of Paris’ Plaza-Athénée since 1999 (until he was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager this past November) will be joining the opening team of the Four Seasons Cairo as its Director of Food and Beverage.

Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Pierre Langlet leaves the Sheraton Kuwait to join Le Royal Méridien Dubai. His successor in Kuwait is Fabrice Leblus.

Simon Sperling is the new Executive Chef at the Jeddah Hilton. He previously held a similar position at the Paradis Hotel and Golf Resort on Mauritius. Sperling also served as Executive Chef of the Mena House Oberoi in Cairo and the Anassa in Cyprus.

Frederic Abrassart is the Regional Chief Engineer for Méridien in North Africa. He previously served as Corporate Director of Engineering for City Hotels in Brussels.

Valerie Duleux is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Lemuria Resort of Praslin in the Seychelles. An IHMI/Cornell graduate, Duleux was until now the Food and Beverage Manager at Le Méridien Brussels.

At the Four Seasons Riyadh, Reinhold Nagler has been promoted from Executive Chef to Director of Food and Beverage. A German, Nagler joined Four Seasons in 2002, coming from Ritz-Carlton. He had been the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg, and the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington. Nagler also worked for Peninsula in Hong Kong and Beijing.


 
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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ October 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ September 2003
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