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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
June 2004
Heads Above the Rest
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The Americas
Daryl Ansel, a Cornell graduate, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Starr Restaurant Group of Philadelphia. He previously worked in the same capacity for Grill Concepts in Los Angeles for the past three and a half years. Ansel also was the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society.

Ansel joins former Cornell classmate Howard Wein, who has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Starr Restaurant Group. Wein was previously the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage of Westin Hotels and Resorts and held various Corporate Food and Beverage Management positions with Starwood.

Nick Naples is joining forces with fellow Cornell alumni Colgate Holmes, Gene Ference and Alan Ostroff as a partner of the newly-formed High Tech High Touch Hotel Group. The ambitious team already has projects in New York and Chicago and will have a partner in Asia. Naples spent the past four years with Harrah's Casinos as its Corporate Vice President Hotel Operations. He is a former Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons man.

Brad Jencks, who graduated from Cornell in 1971, has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. Jencks' most recent position was that of Senior Vice President for Construction Management and Development in Honolulu. A seasoned resort operator, he held the top job at the Turtle Bay Resort, the Pointe Hilton South Mountain, the Wailea InterContinental Maui and Honolulu's prestigious Halekulani.

Peter Ells has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. Ells previously worked in the same capacity at the Renaissance Parc 55 in San Francisco for seven years and at the St. Anthony InterContinental in Texas.

Guenter Richter has left his position as Managing Director of the St. Regis New York (his second stint there; the first one was in the eighties) to move to Miami, where he had lived for several years as the Managing Director of the Grand Bay Hotel. His successor at the St. Regis New York is Scott Geraghty.

Steven Kalczynski has been appointed General Manager of the St. Regis Los Angeles. Prior to the move, Kalczynski was the Director of Franchise Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

William Geiler has joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions. Geiler joins the company from Wyndham International where he held a similar position for the past eight years.

Lynn Ericksen has been named General Manager of the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Ericksen most recently served as General Manager of the Hotel at MIT in Cambridge, a Hilton-managed property.

Jeffrey Brower joins L’Auberge de Sedona, as General Manager. Brower joins after eight years of tenure with Ritz-Carlton. He served as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Division at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

Roger Beck has joined the Resort at Squaw Creek as Managing Director. Beck’s hospitality career spans more than thirty years including Sun Valley Resort, Snowmass Resort Association and Vail Resorts Development Company.

Manfred Van Sasse has joined the Pivotal Group of Phoenix as Vice President Lodging. He was previously the Vice President Development for Westmont Hospitality. Arizona-based Pivotal owns the St. Regis Los Angeles and the Westin Century Plaza.

Heather Strauss joins Elk Mountain Resort as General Manager taking over from Jean-Luc Maumus. Prior to that, Strauss worked in the same capacity at the Portland Harbor Hotel and the Eastland Park Hotel. Elk Mountain Resort, a Small Luxury Hotel, opened this month and is operated by Jack Westergom’s Manhattan Hospitality Advisors.

Jim Durbin is the newly appointed General Manager of the Stanford Hotel in downtown San Diego. Durbin was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Pacific Hotels.

Andrew Tilley has joined New York’s Paramount (soon-to-be-renamed the Hard Rock Hotel) as General Manager. Tilley was previously the General Manager of the Chambers Hotel and the Empire, both in New York. Prior to becoming a General Manager, Tilley had a substantial career in hotel sales and marketing in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Linda Norman has been named General Manager of the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale. She most recently served as General Manager of the Doubletree Guest Suites Tampa Bay. 

Donald Padgett II is the new President of Pinehurst in North Carolina. He was most recently the General Manager of the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Marc Langevin has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. He had left the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland where he was the Director of Food and Beverage over a year ago to become a Regional Director of Operations with the Boykin Group. Prior to moving to Cleveland with Ritz-Carlton, Langevin was the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Peter Roth has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago where he is replacing Matthias Kiehm. Roth previously held the same position at the Four Seasons Mexico City and also worked at the Four Seasons Carmelo and the Four Seasons Berlin in a similar capacity. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Roth worked in Spain at the Marbella Club as Resort Manager.

lper Oztok has joined the Four Seasons Philadelphia as Hotel Manager where he is replacing Vikram Reddy. Oztok, a Turk, was most recently the General Manager of the (former) Swissôtel Atlanta following several years at the Swissôtel Chicago.

Michael King has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa. Most recently, King was President of Associated Luxury Inns in South Carolina.

James Gibson has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton San Juan. He most recently held the position of General Manager at the Adam’s Mark in Columbia, South Carolina and worked in numerous rooms division positions with Hyatt Hotels in locations as diverse as Boston, Palm Springs and Washington, DC.

Frank Spielvogel has rejoined Swissôtel as the General Manager of the Swissôtel Lima. He previously served at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove as Director of Operations. Spielvogel worked with Swissôtel before in Chicago as Executive Assistant Manager for two years and actually worked at the Lima property for two years.

Frédéric Boulin has been transferred to the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo as Resident Manager. He was previously at the Grand Hyatt Seoul for three years as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. Prior to joining Hyatt, Boulin was with Mandarin-Oriental in Hong Kong as Food and Beverage Director. Previous experience also includes seven years with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.

Tracey Fentem has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman scheduled to open late Fall 2004. Prior to her current position, Fentem served as Area Director of Incentive & Insurance Sales for the Ritz-Carlton, Caribbean & Mexico for two years and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica. In addition to her Ritz-Carlton experience, she served as Director of Sales for several other noted Caribbean resorts, such as the El Conquistador Resort & Country Club in Puerto Rico as well as Hyatt Resorts Caribbean.

Robert Andy Anderson has been appointed head of Sales and Marketing for Destinations Hotels and Resorts in Denver. Anderson spent the last fourteen years working closely with Atef Mankarios, most recently as head of Sales & Marketing at St. Regis Hotels, preceded by Foresthills Hotels and before that at Rosewood Hotels. He began his career with Hyatt and also worked with Four Seasons before joining Rosewood.

Tara Guffroy Grand has rejoined Four Seasons as Sales Manager for the Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-So based in the Los Angeles office. Her previous Four Seasons experience was at the Four Seasons Houston and the Four Seasons London Canary Wharf.

Amanda Puck is the new Director of Business Development at the Experiential Agency in Chicago. Most recently, she was a Managing Partner at Spago in Chicago for seven years. Before moving to Chicago, she worked in San Francisco as a Maitre D' at Hawthorne Lane. Puck is a graduate of Cornell.

Lucinda Gaudio has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Kitano in New York replacing Gail Calemmo who has been named General Manager of the Gershwin Hotel. Gaudio previously worked in the same capacity at the InterContinental Central Park South and the Lombardy.

Scott Robison has been appointed Director of Sales at the Lansdowne Resort. He comes from the Hilton Washington and the Capital Hilton, where he was an Assistant Director of Sales.

Jona Houghtaling has been appointed Regional Sales Manager, Group Accounts for the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel Group in New York. Houghtaling was most recently at the Waldorf=Astoria where she handled the group segment for the Northeast corporate and financial markets.

Christine Alicea has left the Savoy Hotel to join the new Hotel Victor in Miami's South Beach as Sales and Marketing Manager.

Steve Tremewan has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Prior to that, Tremewan held various positions with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Palm Springs, Scottsdale and Colorado Springs.

Don Ehehalt is leaving the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills where his most recent position was as Assistant Director of Catering. He has been appointed Director of Business Development, Western Region with Savoya, a worldwide leader in chauffeured ground transportation services. A sixteen-year company veteran, Ehehalt had also worked at other Four Seasons properties in Santa Barbara, Palm Beach and Aviara.

Gina Parodi has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Parodi has over ten years experience in human resources and organizational development with Eli Lilly and BCE Corporation.

Jonathan Lowenhar has been promoted to Corporate Vice President Loyalty Marketing for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Prior to his promotion, Lowenhar held the role of Corporate Director.

Mehrdad "Mike" Saeidi is the new Director of Finance at the Standard Downtown Los Angeles. Saeidi was most recently the Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for two years and worked for five years at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage where he first started as the Assistant Controller.

Rich Hamilton has been appointed Director of Finance at the Resort at Squaw Creek. He was previously with Paradox Consulting in Pebble Beach.

Jacqueline Deverich has been appointed Controller at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. She was previously with Destination Services of Colorado and Vail Resorts.

Adrian McNally joins the Fairmont Kansas City as Director of Operations. McNally has been with the Fairmont organization since 1997 most recently as Director of Rooms at the Fairmont San Jose.

Xavier Moulin has joined Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills as Assistant Rooms Division Manager. Moulin was previously at the St. Regis Los Angeles as Guest Services Manager.

François Grand has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Mondrian for China Grill Management. He previously worked at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills as Director of Restaurants and Lounges and with Four Seasons for five years in Houston and New York in various Food and Beverage management positions.

George Blackensee has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Sanibel Island Resort. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Sutton Place in Newport Beach for three years. His successor there is Kevin Campbell who comes from the Balboa Bay Club and Ritz-Carlton. Blackensee also was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin St. Francis.

Bernard Viola has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica where he took over from Don Lenahan who left for the Mandarin-Oriental in Washington DC. Prior to that Viola was in Saudi Arabia for three years where he opened the Sunset Beach Resort as Acting Operations Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.

William Hacking has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage by China Grill Management and will oversee Food and Beverage operations at the Hard Rock Chicago. He was previously at the Four Seasons Philadelphia for seven years.

Vicente Rubianes is the newly appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Occidental el Ambajador in the Dominican Republic. Rubianes has been with Occidental since 2000, most recently at the Occidental Royal Hideaway Resort & Spa in Playa del Carmen, México.

Marc Handl has joined the Park Hyatt Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage. Handl was most recently at the Grand Hyatt Beijing as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Emmanuel Nony was promoted from Director of Food and Beverage to Executive Assistant Manager at the Park Hyatt Chicago.

Jorge Moran joins Esperanza in Los Cabos as Director of Food and Beverage. Moran was most recently at the Real Intercontinental Costa Rica and the Mayan Palace Puerto Peñasco in Sonora having spent three years at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita as Director of Food and Beverage.

Jean-Louis Magron joins Villa La Estancia in Los Cabos as Food and Beverage Director. Having spent many years with Camino Real Hoteles, Magron was most recently with the United States Embassy in Mexico City and the Hilton Los Cabos.

Axel Rudolph has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel Gansevoort by China Grill Management. He transfers from Tuscan where he had been the General Manager for the past six months.

Rolando Ramos has been transferred to Tuscan as General Manager by China Grill Management. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage in charge of the opening at the Hotel Gansevoort and worked in the same capacity at Hudson.

Patrick Sicard will be joining the soon-to-open Mix Las Vegas as its General Manager. Sicard was previously with Lenotre and Hard Rock International.

Thomas Haas has been appointed Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Tiburon Hospitality Management and its three resort properties. In addition, he will also be the Acting Director of Food and Beverage for the Carefree Resort & Villas. Prior to joining THM, Haas, a Cornell alumnus, was the Vice President of Food and Beverage for Noble House Hotels & Resorts.

Mark Neubert is the new Director of Operations for the Mina Group in San Francisco, which handles Aqua at Bellagio, Seablue and Nob Hill at the MGM Grand and Michael Mina at the St. Francis opening July 2004. Neubert was previously the owner of Beyond Food in Los Angeles and worked for the Kor Group as Corporate Hotel Operations Manager and Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. Neubert also was the Director of Food and Beverage at Casa Del Mar.

Bryan Phillon, previously of Aqua San Francisco, will be the General Manager of the soon-to-open Michael Mina at the Westin St. Francis. Jeffrey Lloyd will be rejoining Mina as Executive Chef with Rajat Parr as Sommelier.

Patric Yumul has joined Innovative Dining/Sushi Roku as Operating Partner along with Clinton Clausen who was previously the General Manager of Fiamma at the MGM Grand. Yumul was with the Mina Group for four years previously and worked for seven years with Morton's Restaurant Group. Yumul and Clausen will be opening Sushi Roku and Balboa Las Vegas, both located within the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.

Michael Cicutto has been named Director of Conference Services at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. He most recently served as Resident Manager at the Ocean Place Conference Resort in New Jersey.

Bret Winograd has been promoted from Assistant General Manager at Aqua at Bellagio to General Manager at Seablue at the MGM Grand.

Stephan Schüpbach has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. He replaces David Clark who has been promoted to Director of Rooms. Schüpbach joined the hotel in September 2002 as its opening Executive Chef. Prior to moving to the mountain, Schüpbach worked in a number of resorts including the Ritz-Carlton San Juan and the Royal Mirage and the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. He also was the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg and worked at the Regent of Hong Kong.

Ron Siegel, who had been the Executive Chef at Masa's, one of the premier restaurants in San Francisco, for the past four years, is leaving to take over the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. He is replacing Sylvain Portay, who had been the Chef at the Dining Room for the past eight years. Portay will be working as a Consultant, helping his mentor Alain Ducasse open Mix in Las Vegas.

Ludovic Lefebvre has been appointed Executive Chef at Bastide where he is replacing Alain Giraud. Lefebvre had left his position of Executive Chef at L'Orangerie two years ago and had been working on the opening of a new restaurant at the W in Westwood with Innovative Dining/Sushi Roku.

Patrick Lassaque is the new Pastry Chef at the Mandarin-Oriental Miami. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Westin Diplomat Resort and at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Prior to that, he worked with Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel and Cancun.

Anya Crain has joined Sonoma Saveurs as General Manager. Crain was most recently Vice Chairman of the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission in Sonoma. Crain's prior experience includes Marketing, Communication and Public Relations positions at the Mary Homi International Public Relations Agency, Campton Place and Checkers hotels and at the Rossi Group.

Bruno Chemel will be leaving Aqua at the St. Regis Monarch Beach where he has been the Executive Chef for a year and a half, to open a new restaurant in San Francisco for Jocelyn Bulow. Bulow also owns Chez Maman, Plouf and Chez Papa. Prior to his position at Aqua, Chemel was the Corporate Chef of George Chen Restaurants and the Real Restaurants Group.

Jean-Paul Capitaine has joined the Raffles Canouan Island Resort as Executive Chef. Capitaine actually worked at the property two years ago when it was operated by Rosewood as the Carénage Bay Resort. Capitaine was previously the Executive Chef at the Hotel Tamanaco InterContinental in Caracas and also worked as Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton San Juan.

Stacy Pederson has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. She comes from the La Jolla Marriott and the San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott.

Toni Robertson has joined the Mandarin-Oriental San Francisco as Executive Chef. She previously worked in the same capacity at the St. Regis Los Angeles and as a Development Chef with Darden Restaurants in Florida. Robertson also worked as an Executive Chef in Singapore at the Pan Pacific Hotel and in South Africa at the Palace Hotel.

Ozgen Cevik has been named Food and Beverage Manager at the Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island. He was previously at New York’s Bryant Park Hotel as its Director of Food and Beverage.

Stefan Kauth has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove where he is replacing Thomas Ryan who left the company. Kauth was previously the Banquet Chef at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for over a year and worked as Executive Chef at the Stirling Club. A German, Kauth moved to the United States seven years ago with Ritz-Carlton and worked as Chef the Cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.

Kathleen Hall has been promoted to Spa Director at the Spa at the Resort at Squaw Creek. She was previously the Spa Manager.

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Europe
Roland Fasel has been appointed General Manager of the InterContinental London. A Lausanne graduate, he was previously at Rosewood’s Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz as Managing Director. Fasel also spent four years with Shangri-La in Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.

Yves Grardel has been appointed General Manager at the Radisson SAS in Lyon. Grardel is a seasoned hospitality professional with previous management experience at the Compleat Angler Hotel in England, at the Plaza in New York and at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. He joined Radisson over four years ago as Front Office Manager and was promoted six months later to General Manager at the Radisson SAS Gewandhaus Hotel in Dresden, Germany.

Jean-Louis Bottigliero is now the owner of L’Hostellerie de Levernois, a Relais & Chateau located in Burgundy. He was previously the Executive Director of Relais & Chateaux for four years and was the General Manager of the Hotel Martinez for three years.

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Relais & Chateaux. He had been the Deputy Director General in charge of marketing and communication for the past five years. Chauvin takes over from Jean-Louis Bottigliero. Chauvin worked with the Taillevent Group for four years as Deputy Director General.

Frédéric Laroche has been appointed Deputy Director General for Relais & Chateaux. Before joining the Association, he was a member of the Board of Management of Unilog, one of the largest IT service providers, for thirteen years.

Christophe Langlois has been promoted to Director of Operations at the Hotel Prince de Galles in Paris. Langlois started his career at the Ritz in Paris as Assistant Lobby Manager in 1987 and left for the Hotel Prince de Galles nine years later where he first started as Lobby Manager and was then promoted to Director of Rooms.

Bruno Bazi has been appointed Director of Operations at the Hotels Byblos in St. Tropez and Courchevel. He was previously the General Manager at the Villa Gallici, a Relais & Chateau located in Aix en Provence.

Laurent Turping has been appointed Director of the Grand Hôtel InterContinental Paris where he will be replacing Christophe Laure who has been transferred to Malta as General Manager. Turping will assist Marie-Béatrice Lallemand, the General Manager at the property. Turping was previously the Director of Finance at the InterContinental Paris and had been the Interim Regional Director of Finance France with the InterContinental Hotel Group.

Serena Zehnder has been promoted to Area Director of Sales & Marketing Switzerland with InterContinental Hotels and will retain her role as Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Zurich. She is replacing Alexander Cresta, also the Director Sales & Marketing of the Crowne Plaza Geneva who has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Dubai. Dina Spiegel is Cresta’s successor at the Crowne Plaza Geneva is. She was previously at the Crowne Plaza Brussels Europa.

Luc Genest has joined Radisson SAS in London as Director of Sales. Genest was previously at the Mandarin-Oriental London and Starwood.

Asia and the Pacific
At Hong Kong’s Langham Hotels International, Kevin Murphy has been promoted to Senior Vice President in charge of Development. Brett Butcher has been promoted to Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing while retaining his role of Managing Director of the Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong and Eaton Hotel Hong Kong. Nigel Roberts has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Operations and will continue to be the Managing Director of the Langham Hong Kong.

Peter French has been appointed General Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong. French brings with him more than thirty years experience to Mandarin-Oriental, eleven years of which were spent with the Group in Hong Kong as the General Manager of both the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong and the Excelsior. French rejoins Mandarin-Oriental following a recent stint as the Managing Director of New York’s Carlyle for Rosewood.

At the Oriental Singapore, General Manager Nejat Sarp has left and has been replaced by Rajesh Jhingon. Sarp is the General Manager of the soon-to-open Azur Lodge on New Zealand’s Sea Island.

Vikram Reddy has been appointed General Manager of the Regent Jakarta, a move up for Reddy from the position of Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Philadelphia.

Peter Stettler has been appointed Area Vice President - Indonesia for Hyatt International. Stettler, who retains his role as General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Jakarta, is a Lausanne graduate.  He joined Hyatt International twenty-two years ago as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Bali Hyatt. 

Chris Koehler has been named General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Beijing. Koehler has been with Hyatt since 1988. He first joined the company in Manila as Executive Chef and then held various Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager positions. He was most recently the General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai.

Eduard Hoogeweegen has been appointed General Manager of the Dusit Inya Lake Resort in Yangon. Prior to joining Dusit, Hoogeweegen was a Managing Partner of Café Adriatico, a specialty restaurant in Cebu City, Philippines and the General Manager of the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila.

Philippe Sizaret has been named General Manager at the Te Tiare Beach, an Outrigger Resort on Huahine in French Polynesia. Sizaret most recently served as the General Manager of the Maitai Polynesia on Bora Bora.

Sigit Budiarso has been appointed General Manager of the Novotel Jambi. Budiarso has been with Accor since 1997 and was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager of the Hotel Ibis Tamarin.

Engkun Kurnia has been appointed General Manager of the Novotel Palembang. After joining Accor in 1995, Kurnia was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Jambi.

William Pitton has been appointed General Manager of the Yokohama Novotel. Pitton has been with Accor since 1999 as General Manager of the Sofitel Tokyo. Jan Marshall replaces Pitton as the new Director of Operations, Japan and General Manager of the Sofitel Tokyo. Marshall joins Accor from the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa where he has been based since 2000. 

Mitsuo Nakahara has been promoted to General Manager of the Novotel Koshien Osaka West. Nakahara joined the hotel in March 2003 as its Executive Managing Director. 

Jean-Paul Fontenille has been appointed General Manager of the Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo. Fontenille has been with Accor since 1979 and was most recently the General Manager of the Hotel Ibis Seoul. 

Jerry Ip has been appointed General Manager of the Novotel Bauhinia, Shenzhen. Ip was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Watergate Shenzhen. 

Kamel Chaieb has been appointed General Manager of the Novotel Peace Beijing. Chaieb has been with Accor for 29 years and was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Xin Hua Wuhan. Marc Cherrier replaces Chaieb as the General Manager of the Novotel Xin Hua Wuhan, China. Cherrier was most recently the Resident Manager of the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort. 

Rodney Trutwein has relocated to China as General Manager of Accor Jin Jiang Hotel Distribution. He was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Phuket Resort, Thailand. Trutwein is replaced by Ivor Rai who was most recently General Manager Sales Thailand based at the Accor Bangkok office

Goran Alexsandrovski is the General Manager of the Sofitel Magic Lagoon Resort and Spa. Prior to this, Alexsandrovski was pre-opening General Manager of the Ibis Berlin Hotel.

Bruce Lee has been promoted to General Manager of the Hotel Ibis Seoul. After joining Accor in 1993, was most recently a Senior Assistant Manager at the Ibis Seoul. 

Elliot Mills has joined the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Honolulu, as Director of Operations. Mills was most recently the General Manager of the Aston Coral Reef Hotel.

Denis Richter has been named Executive Assistant Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai. He most recently served in the same position at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok.

Ursula Schoefl has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers. Prior to joining the Sheraton Hong Kong, she was the Rooms Division Manager for the opening of the Sheraton Hanoi. 

Catherine Magat, formerly the Director of Sales and Marketing for Méridien Tahiti and Bora Bora, has been promoted to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Méridien Hotels Thailand in Bangkok taking over from Stéphane Laguette who was promoted to a regional post overseeing all of Southeast Asia. Dominique Calzia will be replacing Magat in French Polynesia. Calzia's previous experience includes a stint as Senior Sales Manager at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.

Philip Ommen has joined the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore as Director of Sales & Marketing. Ommen was previously at Shangri-La’s Traders Hotel Singapore and the Shangri-La Jakarta as Director of Sales.

Matthew Dagg has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Concorde Hotel Gold Coast in Surfer's Paradise in Australia. He was previously the Food and Beverage Manager at the Gold Coast International Hotel for six years.

Marco Franck has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Westin Kuala Lumpur. He was previously at Sheraton Resorts Denarau Island in Fiji as Director of Food and Beverage. Prior to that, Franck worked with Amanresorts as the Food and Beverage Manager at Amangani in Jackson Hole.

Alessandro Balgera has joined Prego’s at Raffles The Plaza in Singapore as Director of Operations. Balgera was previously the General Manager at San Domenico in New York City and the Food and Beverage Director at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bastian Germer has been appointed Restaurant Manager at Raffles Singapore. He was previously at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives for two years first as Assistant Front Office Manager and then as Cruise Director and Launch Manager. Prior to that, he was at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel in Germany as Front Desk Manager.

Sven Kraus has joined Trisara in Phuket as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. Prior to that, Kraus was the Executive Chef at the Sukhothai Bangkok (for eleven years) and at the Shangri-La Bangkok.

George Della Pietra joins Trisara as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Spa and Recreation. For the past two years, Della Pietra was the Director of the Amanspa at Amanpuri.

Panjama Laemsuwan joins Trisara as Director of Sales and Marketing. Laemsuwan was most recently at Laguna Resorts Phuket and the Layan Resort also in Phuket.

Adisorn Yawaluk joins Trisara as Front Office Manager, having previously worked in this role at the Banyan Tree Phuket.

Panlert Dokyam joins Trisara as Human Resources Director, having previously worked in many Human Resources roles in Thailand, including five years at the Sheraton Grande Phuket.

Gerald Reichstein has joined Rosewood’s Dharmawangsa in Jakarta as Executive Chef having worked at Rosewood’s Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh for the past three years as Chef de Cuisine and at the Baltschug Kempinski in Moscow for two years.

Stéphane Dabazach is the newly appointed Executive Pastry Chef at the Oriental in Bangkok. Dabazac’s career includes Three-Michelin-Starred La Côte Saint Jacques in France.

Africa and the Middle East
Pascal Bertrand has joined the Legends Resort in Mauritius as General Manager. Bertrand was previously the Hotel Manager at Le Trou aux Biches Beachcomber and Operations Director at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi. He also worked for Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts for over ten years in Dubai, Jamaica, Barcelona, Cancun, Amelia Island and Atlanta.

Giorgio Olivotti has been appointed Resident Manager at the One and Only Le Saint Géran. He was previously a Food and Beverage Manager at Raffles Hotels in Singapore where he oversaw the Food and Beverage operations at Raffles the Plaza and Swissôtel the Stamford.

Stephan Le Junter has been appointed Operations Manager at Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove in the Seychelles. Prior to joining Le Méridien, Le Junter held various Rooms Division positions at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in French Polynesia and at La Samanna in Saint Martin, both part of the Orient-Express Hotel Group.

Jean-Christophe Basseau is the new Executive Chef at the Legends and the Beau Rivage in Mauritius, both parts of Naiades Resorts. Basseau is coming from Udaivilas in India where he was also the Executive Chef.

Khalil Srour has been appointed Front Office Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai. Srour was most recently the Front Office Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Kuwait.

Edited by Benoit Gateau-Cumin & Lisa Leroy
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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March/April 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ Februrary 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ January 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ December 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ November 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ October 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ September 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2003
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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