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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
March/April  2004
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The Americas
Brian Young has been promoted to Vice President of Operations by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. He was previously their General Manager at Caneel Bay for four years. Prior to that, Young was the General Manager at the Metropolitan in Vancouver. A well-known hotelier in the Caribbean, he also was the General Manager at Cotton House, the Resident Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis and the Manager at Cap Juluca.

Kerman Beriker is the new General Manager at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. He was recently in a similar position at Santa Barbara’s El Encanto. At Rancho Santa Fe, Beriker takes over from Tobias Franklin. Beriker’s past also includes the position of General Manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

James St. John III has been named President of ResidenSea. Most recently at Hospitality America, he oversaw development and consulting services for hotels, resorts, and private clubs. He also has served in senior executive roles at the Jupiter Island Club and the Virgin Grand Beach Resort.

Mark Ferland has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. He was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Ritz-Carlton Hotels for the past six years. Ferland has been with the company for nineteen years.

Dani Stern has been appointed General Manager at Denver’s Westin Tabor Center. Most recently, Stern served as Director of Operations at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. In Denver, Stern replaces John Everett, who was recently named General Manager of the Westin Galleria in Dallas.

Michael Hirsch has been named Area Vice President, South Central, for Hilton Hotels Corporation. Hirsch most recently served as General Manager of the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale. 

William Fitzgerald has been promoted to the position of Area Vice President/General Manager - Philadelphia area for Hilton Hotels Corporation. He will concurrently remain the General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia.

Ben Fusco has been named Area Vice President, Hilton Resorts - Arizona. He most recently served as Area Vice President - Operations, South Central Region, where he oversaw the daily operations of fifteen hotels. 

Brian Larson has been named General Manager at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, an affiliate of Joie de Vivre Hospitality. He was previously the General Manager at the Hilton Phoenix Airport.

Richard Behr has been named General Manager of Merv Griffin’s Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. He replaces Shaun Robinson who is the new General Manager at the Doubletree San Diego Del Mar. Behr was previously the Resort Manager at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix for the last four years.

Kathy Faulk has been appointed General Manager at the Richardson Hotel in Dallas, previously the Omni Richardson Hotel, now managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts. Most recently, she led the management of the Radisson North Dallas.

Robert Trotter has been appointed General Manager at the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, scheduled to open next month. Trotter recently served as General Manager at the Hotel Monaco in Denver. Prior to joining the Monaco, Trotter worked in the same capacity at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel.

William Brendel has been appointed General Manager at the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio. He was previously with Loews Hotels for fourteen years, most recently as the General Manager of the Loews Denver.

Mara Bouvier has been appointed General Manager at the posh upcoming Palms Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos. She joins from the Hotels of Baltimore International College where her title was General Manager of Hotels. Bouvier has strong experience in the Caribbean where she was the General Manager of Strawberry Hill for Island Outpost in Jamaica. Bouvier also spent four years at Jumby Bay in the mid nineties.

Ulrich Krauer has joined Mankarios Associates as Consultant. Most recently, he was the General Manager at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, a position he held for two years. He also worked as Managing Director at the Sonoma Mission Inn. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts for thirteen years.

Michel Neutelings has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Caicos Resorts, Ltd, the developers of what will be Amanresorts ’ first Caribbean property on the island of Providenciales. Opening is slated for November 2005. Neutelings was most recently the General Manager at the Old Bahama Resort and also worked in the same capacity at Little Palm Island, Parrot Cay and the K Club.

Robert Kramm has been named General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Old Bahama Bay Resort. Kramm's most recent previous position was that of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for USA Parking Systems in Fort Lauderdale. He also served as the General Manager of Pier 66.

Ronen Nissenbaum has been appointed General Manager of the new InterContinental Buckhead, slated to open in November 2004. Nissenbaum originally joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 1996 and has managed InterContinental Hotels in Paris and Tel Aviv.

Massimo Ianni has been appointed General Manager at the new Philippe-Starck-designed Hotel Faena in Buenos Aires scheduled to open in August. He previously managed his own consulting company in Buenos Aires and assumed the full management of two small deluxe properties in Argentina. Prior to that, Ianni was with Hyatt for fourteen years and was the opening General Manager of the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (now the Four Seasons Buenos Aires).

Jort Buning has been transferred to the Iberostar Cozumel as General Manager. He previously held the same position at the Iberostar Barlovento in Cuba. Buning is a former General Manager of Marbella’s Tony Puente Romano.

Edwin Conway has been named General Manager of the Sedona Rouge, a soon-to-open boutique hotel. He was previously the General Manager of the Radisson Monarch Hotel in Dublin, California. He also worked in the same capacity at the Greenhorn Creek Resort and as Director of Culinary Operations at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

Joe Hindsley has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta where he replaces Ted Kanatas. Scott VandenBerg has been named General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta where he replaces Tom Voss. Both Kanatas and Voss were promoted to General Manager and Resident Manager respectively for the mammoth Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Hindsley, a twenty-two-year Hyatt veteran comes to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Union Station where he was the General Manager for the past five years. VandenBerg, who has worked in sixteen different Hyatt properties, was previously the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Islandia in San Diego.

Florent Gateau has been named Resident Manager at the soon-to-open Setai in Miami, operated by Amanresorts ’ sister company, GHM. Gateau previously logged seven years with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. A charter member of the management team at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, he had recently transferred to the Mansion on Turtle Creek as its Resident Manager.

Jeffrey Jacobs has been hired as Managing Director at L’Escale, the food and beverage operation of Delamar in Greenwich, Connecticut. Jacobs, who was until recently the General Manager of the Adam’s Mark St. Louis, was also the Executive Director of Food and Beverage at New York’s Plaza.

Raluca Leibowitz has been appointed General Manager at the Grove Isle Resort & Club. She joins from the Hotel Zaza in Dallas, where she served as Hotel Manager. She also held positions as Corporate Director of Human Resources for the Melrose Hotel Company, Director of Regional Training for the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Dallas, and Director of Human Resources at the Dallas Medallion Hotel.

Mark Lauer has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Waldorf=Astoria. He was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel. Prior to his association with the Waldorf, Lauer served as General Manager of the Doubletree Omaha.

Gerhard Stutz has been transferred from the Pierre where he was the Director of Food and Beverage to the Regent Beverly Wilshire as Hotel Manager. Prior to the Pierre, Stutz was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Newport Beach for three years. Stutz worked in Singapore before, also with Four Seasons, as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Regent of Singapore.

Gregory Malaskias has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. He transfers from the Sofitel Athens where he held a similar post.

Pieter Koomen has been appointed Director of Operations for the Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook in SeaTac. Koomen was previously at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Bruce Seigel has been named Area Director of Marketing for Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Georgia and will oversee the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation. Most recently, Seigel was Director of Marketing at Grande Lakes Orlando, encompassing the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, the JW Marriott Orlando and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Gregory Fulton has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing for the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta. Fulton previously served as Sales and Marketing Director for the Daufuskie Island Club & Resort.

Nikki Upshaw has been appointed Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Residensea. Upshaw joined Residensea as Vice President of Sales in 2001 to establish a studio residence rental program for The World.

Also at ResidenSea, Emilio Freeman has been named Senior Vice President, Operations. Freeman joined the company three years ago as the Vice President, Planning & Analysis.

Cliff Brutus has been named Director of Sales & Marketing of the Grove Isle Resort & Club. Brutus has been with Noble House Hotels and Resorts since 2001, when he joined as Director of Leisure Travel Sales for Florida. Prior to that, Brutus worked for Island Outpost.

Beverly Dolina Roach has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio. Roach joined the hotel in 1998 and previously served as the hotel's Associate Director of Sales.

Craig Cunningham has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing for Wyndham Hotels. Most recently, Cunningham was Vice President of Brand Marketing. Prior to Wyndham, Cunningham worked at the Richards Group for ten years, a Dallas-based advertising agency.

George Lysak has been appointed Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at the Balboa Bay Club. Lysak previously worked as an Event Management Consultant in Las Vegas for two years. Prior to that, he worked with Ritz-Carlton for over ten years, as the pre-opening Director of Sales at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas and as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and Spa.

Terri Reid has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, replacing Mark Podolski who left the company. Reid was previously in Australia, the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sofitel Wentworth. She also worked with Four Seasons Hotels for several years at the Regent Sydney and at the company’s worldwide sales offices in Chicago and Hawaii.

David Chu has joined Kimpton Hotels as Director of Sales and Marketing for their first New York hotel, scheduled to open in July. Most recently, Chu was the Director of Sales at the InterContinental The Barclay New York. Previously he served with Hilton Hotels as Managing Director, Business and Leisure Sales, for the New York cluster of properties including the Waldorf=Astoria, Waldorf Towers, Hilton New York, Hilton Times Square, Millenium Hilton at the World Trade Center and Doubletree Guest Suites.

Jennifer Guevara has been named Director of Sales at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. Guevara was previously the Director of Sales for Rosewood ’ s two luxury hotels in Dallas, the Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Hotel Crescent Court.

Carolynn Hemmerich has been promoted to Sales Manager at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. Hemmerich joined Las Ventanas in 2001 as Sales Coordinator and was promoted to Sales & Marketing Coordinator in 2003.

William Bouvier has been appointed Revenue Manager at the Palms Resort and Spa scheduled to open early 2005 in the Turks and Caicos. Most recently, Bouvier was the Hotel Manager at Strawberry Hill in Jamaica. He also worked as Director of Revenue Management for the group for their three properties in Miami.

Jane Underwood has been promoted to Director of Human Resources at Hospitality Management Corporation in Dallas. Underwood joined HMC in 1998 as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO, the CFO, and the Regional Director of Operations.

Richard Mignault has been named Vice President of Human Resources in charge of the Northeast Region for Hilton Hotels Corporation. The position was previously held by Anthony Vazquez, who becomes a consultant to Hilton. A well-known Human Resources Executive, Mignault was previously the Vice President of Human Resources and Information Technology at Windsor Casino Limited in Canada. He also served as Vice President of Human Resources for SAS International Hotels (now Rezidor). Mignault is no stranger to Hilton Hotels, with whom he held several senior Human Resources positions between1980 and 1990.

William Thomas has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. He previously held the same position at the Wigwam in Arizona. He is replacing Michael Peterman who is moving to a corporate position with Four Seasons, based out of Seattle.

Jennifer Wachter is the new Director of Catering at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Most recently, Wachter held the same position at Charlie Palmer's Astra West at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Wachter's previous positions included stints as Catering Sales Manager at La Costa in Carlsbad and at the Waldorf=Astoria and the Peninsula New York.

Tom James has been promoted to the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, where he was previously the Director of Catering and Conference Services. He replaces Jean Weiss, who has left to return to Northern California.

Jennifer Gaherty has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek. Most Recently, Gaherty worked as Director of Sales at the Hotel Monaco Seattle and was also a member of the opening team at the Hotel Monaco Denver where she served as Associate Director of Sales.

Lee Fundanet has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing at the Sofitel Minneapolis. Fundanet was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Doubletree Park Place Minneapolis.

At the JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek, Susan Stiff has been appointed Director of Public Relations. Stiff most recently served as Director of Public Relations for Denver and Kansas City-area Starwood properties including Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels. Stiff began her hotel public relations career at the Broadmoor Resort.

Kathleen Spurney has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Crustacean and Prana Lounge in Las Vegas. She was previously the Director of Catering at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Nancy Helms has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Avalon Hotel & Spa in Portland. Helms previously held various sales positions at hotels in the Seattle area, including the Westin Seattle and the Four Seasons Olympic (now the Fairmont).

At the InterContinental Buckhead, Debbie Grant has been named Director of Marketing and Roland Biron will be the Director of Sales. Grant has been with InterContinental Hotels Group since 1996.

Brian Keys has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Costa Mesa. Keys most recently served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton San Francisco. He also held various Food and Beverage Management positions at the Hilton Atlanta and Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Philip Real has been transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Chicago as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager from the Four Seasons Punta Mita where he held the same position for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining Four Seasons Hotels, he was at Fisher Island in Florida.

Frank Fraser has joined the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa as its Director of Catering and Conference Services. Most recently, he was the Director of Private Events at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Prior to working at the Peninsula, Fraser was a Catering Sales Manager at the Phoenician.

Brian Ettelman has been named Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Four Seasons Atlanta. Ettelman was most recently the Director of Catering at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Before transferring to Dallas, he was at the Four Seasons Aviara for five years.

Fernando Sá has been appointed Director of Catering and Convention Services at the InterContinental Resort & Casino San Juan.  Sá previously held various positions with InterContinental in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. 

Jim Ries has been appointed Director of Catering and Conference Services at the InterContinental Buckhead. His claim to fame is to have opened the first kosher kitchen in Las Vegas at the Four Seasons.

Leslie Young is joining New York’s landmark Algonquin as its Financial Controller. She most recently held the same position at the Regent Wall Street until it closed down earlier this year.

Scott Hagan is the Director of Rooms at New York’s hip new Hotel Gansevoort. He was previously at the Regent Wall Street as Rooms Division Manager. Prior to that, Hagan worked in the same capacity at the Helmsley Park Lane.

Federico Blizniuk is joining the Four Seasons Buenos Aires as Front Desk Manager. He was previously the Guest Services Manager at the Cipriani Collection Punta del Este.

Margaret Thomas is the new Director of Front Office Operations at the Millennium Biltmore. She was previously at the Sofitel Los Angeles as Front Office Manager for two years and also held the same position at the Hotel Bel-Air. Her background also includes various reservations and purchasing positions at the InterContinental Los Angeles, now the Omni Los Angeles.

Gabriel Kreuther will be leaving the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South where he had been the Executive Chef for two years to become the Executive Chef at New York’s MOMA, currently closed for renovation and expansion and scheduled to reopen in November 2004. The expansion will include a 90-seat café and 100-seat formal restaurant called Le Moderne developed by uber-restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality. Prior to joining the Ritz-Carlton, Kreuther had been the Chef de Cuisine at Jean-Georges for five years.

Brian Young has been appointed Executive Chef at L'Escale in Greenwich, Connecticut. He will also assume the role of Corporate Chef for Le Colonial New York and Le Colonial Chicago. Most recently, he was the Executive Chef at the Harvest Restaurant. He also worked at the acclaimed Le Bernardin in New York as Chef de Cuisine.

Joseph Humphrey is the new Executive Chef at Auberge du Soleil. He was previously the Corporate Chef for the Michael Mina Restaurant Group in San Francisco. He worked with Chef George Morrone for several years at Redwood Park, the Fifth Floor and One Market in San Francisco.

George Morrone is opening Tartare, his own restaurant in San Francisco, scheduled to open in July. Morrone's partner on this project is former Kimpton Operations Director Aabi Shapoorian. Morrone was the opening Chef at both Aqua and the Fifth Floor. He was also the opening Chef at Redwood Park. His Chef de Cuisine at Tartare is Steven Fretz who worked with him at the Fifth Floor and Redwood Park.

Christian Schmidt has been named Executive Chef at New York’s Plaza where he is replacing Bruno Tison who was transferred two months ago by Fairmont to the Sonoma Mission Inn. Schmidt comes from Mandarin-Oriental in New York and Miami. He opened both hotels as Executive Chef.

At the Mandarin-Oriental New York, Schmidt’s successor is long-time associate Jason Weaver, who had worked with Schmidt at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn several years ago. Weaver had joined Schmidt in the opening of the Mandarin-Oriental Miami prior to following him to New York as his opening Executive Sous Chef.

Damon Gordon has been appointed Executive Chef at Mix New York. He was previously at the Delano as Executive Chef, also with China Grill Management and at the Royalton in New York.

Stephane Becht has been named Executive Chef at the Delano in Miami. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Edge Restaurant in Pennsylvania and at Cucina in New York. Becht also was the Executive Chef at the One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas and the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey.

Sébastien Pfeifer has been appointed Executive Chef at the Sofitel Los Angeles. Pfeifer comes from the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. He takes the position left vacant at the beginning of the year by Gilles Arzur who was transferred to the Sofitel Montreal.

Gregg Monette has been named Corporate Executive Chef for Columbia Hospitality. Monette was previously at the Chateau on the Lake Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Kajsa Dilger has been appointed Executive Chef at the Resort at Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Most recently, Dilger was the opening Executive Chef at the Carlyle Restaurant in Portland. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Dilger spent her time in Southern California, as the Corporate Chef at Border Grill.

At KSL Resorts, Executive Chef Hans Wiegand has been transferred from the Claremont to La Costa.

Melinton Mecinas has been transferred to the Four Seasons Los Angeles as Executive Sous Chef. He worked previously in the same capacity at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. Mecinas joined Four Seasons five years ago. He previously worked in Los Angeles with the Patina Group for several years. He replaces Lewis Butler who left Four Seasons to become the Executive Chef at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Olivier Ramos has been transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Boston as Executive Sous Chef from the Hotel Arts Barcelona where he held the same position. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, Ramos was with the Savoy Group in London.

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Europe
Ricci Obertelli , has been promoted to the position of Global Development Director with the Dorchester Group. He had been the group’s Chief Operations Officer since 1997.  Prior to this, Obertelli was the General Manager and a Director of the Dorchester in London. Obertelli joined the Dorchester as Manager in 1986, having been involved in the management of some of London's most prestigious five-star hotels, including Claridge's, the Savoy, the Ritz and the Four Seasons Inn on the Park.

François Delahaye, who has been the General Manager of the Hotel Plaza-Athénée in Paris since 1999, will become the Dorchester Group Operations Director, while keeping his General Manager's role in Paris. Prior to taking the helm at the Plaza-Athénée, Delahaye successfully ran what is now the Sofitel Le Parc, where he first worked with Alain Ducasse, whose eponymous restaurant Delahaye lured to the Plaza-Athénée.

Hugh Taylor has been promoted to the role of Regional Vice President, Southern Region, with Hilton UK and Ireland. He was previously the region’s Vice President of Marketing. Keith Brown, currently the Director of Marketing for the London region, will be his successor. Prior to joining Hilton, Taylor held various sales and marketing positions with Edwardian Hotels and Jarvis Hotels. Brown is also a seasoned marketing professional with previous positions with Forte and Thistle Hotels.

Michael Gray has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill.  Gray joined Hyatt 20 years ago and his first appointment as General Manager was in Australia at the Hyatt Canberra in 1987. He then held various General Manager positions in Melbourne and London and was, since 2002, working on various development projects in London.

Kurt Straub has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Zurich and transfers from the Hyatt Regency Bichkek where he had been the General Manager since 1999.  Straub joined Hyatt eleven years ago as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Acapulco.  He then worked in various management positions in Singapore, Baku and at the Hyatt Regency Almaty.

Fabrice Mercier has been named General Manager at Les Crayères in Reims. He previously worked with Baglioni Hotels as the General Manager of la Villa Gallici and the Chateau de Mirambeau. Mercier was also the General Manager at the Vista Palace, the Chateau de Gilly and the Chateau de Divonne.

At Nice’s Palais de La Méditerranée, opening General Manager Patrick Caron is on the move, leaving his spot to Christophe Adunate. Adunate moves up from the position of Director of Operations at sister property the Hôtel Martinez in Cannes. His successor at the Martinez will be Stéphane Personeni. Personeni joins from Groupe Lucien Barrière, where he has been in charge of food and beverage for all operations in Cannes (including the Hotel Gray d’Albion and Casino Barrière). Personeni had been based out of Barrière’s flagship, the Hotel Majestic, the Martinez’s main competitor.

Olivier Heuchenne is re-joining Ritz-Carlton as the Executive Assistant Manager of the Hotel Arts Barcelona where he is replacing Pep Lozano. Heuchenne had left the company last year after twelve years with the group to work with China Grill Management as their Regional Food and Beverage Director in London in charge of St. Martin's Lane and Sanderson. His last position with Ritz-Carlton was in Hong Kong as the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage.

Michael Flint has been promoted to Regional Director of Operations with China Grill Management in London where he replaces Olivier Heuchenne. Flint was previously the opening General Manager of China Grill in Mexico City and worked at Miami’s Delano for three years.

Luc Genest has been named Director of Sales for Radisson SAS in London. He was previously the Director of Sales at the Mandarin-Oriental Hyde Park. Prior to that, he was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for two years as Director of Global Sales UK and Ireland for the Corporate and Leisure Markets. He also worked as a Director of Sales and Marketing at 47 Park. At the Mandarin-Oriental Hyde Park, Genest’s successor is Spencer Yeo.

In Paris, Catherine Hodoul-Baudry has jumped from the Ritz to the Bristol in the same capacity of Director of Sales. She spent over three years at the Ritz, following tenure with Méridien Hotels.

Maximilian Newiger has been appointed Director of Marketing for the Park Hyatt Zurich slated to open later this fall. He previously worked in the same capacity at Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz.

John Wood will be the new Corporate Chef for Sainsbury’s, a chain of 560 supermarkets in the United Kingdom. Wood comes from the Burj Al Arab in Dubai where he has been replaced by Jean-Paul Naquin.

Guy Krenzer has been appointed Executive Chef for Lenôtre in Paris where he is taking over from Martial Enguehard, who is now the General Manager of the Pavillon Elysées. Krenzer was previously the Executive Chef for Saint Clair Catering for five years and worked in the same capacity at both Lapérouse and Fouquet's. He also worked in London at the Ritz and Four Seasons hotels.

John Williams, formerly the Executive Chef at Claridge's, is the new Executive Chef at the Ritz in London. His predecessor Dominique Blais had left in early May, after just one year.

Steven Titman is the new Chef de Cuisine at the Summer Lodge in Dorset. He is a former Sous Chef at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, another Relais & Chateau .

Asia and the Pacific
Richard Hatter has been named Director of Development with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Hong Kong. He was previously the General Manager at Shangri-La’s Aberdeen Yacht Club where he has been replaced by Andrew Whitaker. Hatter also held the position of General Manager at the Traders Singapore and the Shangri-La Hangzhou. He originally joined Shangri-La twelve years ago as Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Bangkok.

Joseph Polito is the opening General Manager at the Royal Jimbaran Bay, a new villa concept hotel in Bali. He was previously with Oberoi as the General Manager of Udaivilas in India, the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt and the Oberoi Lombok in Indonesia.

Peter Chau has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. Chau, a Lausanne graduate, started his career with Hyatt twenty-six years ago at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong. He then worked in various management positions throughout the Asia Pacific region and moved his way up to General Manager. Chau held various General Manager assignments in Beijing, Guam and Tianjin.

Jan Michael Svoboda has been transferred to the Peninsula Hong Kong as Hotel Manager from the Peninsula Bangkok where he worked in the same capacity for four years. He follows his General Manager, Ian Coughlan, who also transfers from Bangkok to Hong Kong. In Bangkok, Svoboda’s successor is Hans Hordijk, who comes from the Peninsula Manila. Prior to joining Peninsula in 2000, Svoboda worked with Mandarin-Oriental for seven years in the Hong Kong and Singapore.

Hans Hordijk has been transferred back to the Peninsula Bangkok as Resident Manager. He was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at that same property two years ago. Hordijk had been transferred to Manila in 2002 as Resident Manager. He joined Peninsula nine years ago at the Palace in Beijing, following five years at London’s Dorchester.

Jason Friedman has been appointed Manager at the Four Seasons Chiang Rai. He joined Four Seasons back in March as Director of Rooms of the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. He was previously the Managing Director of his own Wine School Company in New York. Friedman also worked in Asia before as the Resident Manager at Amandari in Bali.

Julian Bugledich has been named Director of Operations and Development, Central Asia, for Swiss Belhotel International. He held many senior operational management positions in Australia, Fiji and England, before taking on corporate responsibility with Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation.

Denis Dernault has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Bora Bora Nui Resort in French Polynesia. Most recently, he worked in the same capacity at the White Sands Resort and Spa in the Maldives and also held various Food and Beverage Management positions at the Hilton Maldives and at the InterContinental Noumea.

Rodolphe Gay has joined the soon-to-open Mandarin-Oriental Chiang Mai as its Director of Food and Beverage. Gay was previously the Food and Beverage Manager at Mom Tri's Boathouse in Phuket for four years. He also worked in the same capacity at Parrot Cay and at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort.

Vikram Aditya Singh has joined the Taj Group as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for their special Luxury Palace Hotels: the Lake Palace in Udaipur and the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Singh was previously heading Food and Beverage at Oberoi's Udaivilas, following a five-year tenure with Four Seasons in Seattle, Vancouver, New York and Chicago.

Also with Taj Hotels, Andreas Wiel has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Food & Beverage and Executive Chef at the Rambagh Palace.

Brice Borin has been named Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Tahaa Pearl Resort in French Polynesia. Prior to that, Borin was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Evason Hua Hin and also worked in the same capacity at the Park Plaza Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Borin also worked with Méridien in Indonesia and Lithuania.

Jean-François Pelaez has been appointed Executive Chef at Udaivilas in Udaipur, where he is replacing Jean-Christophe Basseau. Most recently, Pelaez was the Executive Chef at the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas. He also worked with Four Seasons in Mexico City as their Executive Chef and with Shangri-La Hotels in Kuala Lumpur as Executive Sous Chef.

Raymond Saja is the new Chef in charge of Food and Beverage at the Royal Jimbaran Bay in Bali. Previously, he was the Executive Chef at the Plaza-Athénée New York for five years.

Christian Pageot has been appointed Executive Chef at the Radisson Plaza Resort in Tahiti, scheduled to open in June. Prior to joining the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, Pageot opened the Dusit Hotel in Dubai. He has also held various Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager positions at the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort in Cyprus, the Grand Bay Hotel, the Acapulco Princess and the Pierre Marques Princess in Mexico. 

Roland Hinni has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Cheju in Korea. Prior to that, he was the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh and had actually transferred to Egypt from the Ritz-Carlton Seoul, where he was the opening Executive Chef. Before joining Ritz-Carlton, Hinni worked with Westin for fourteen years in Seoul, Kansas City and Atlanta.

Félicien Cueff has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Hilton Singapore. Prior experience includes nine years at Michel Richard's Citronelle in Santa Barbara as Executive Chef and Restaurant Director.

Nicolas Schneller has been appointed Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Bangkok. He was previously with Hyatt for fourteen years and started with the group as a Pastry Chef at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. He was then promoted five years ago as Executive Sous Chef at the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka and worked in a similar capacity at the Shanghai property. He then moved up to Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Steven Falsetti has been appointed Executive Chef at the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. He previously held the same position at the Sheraton Kauai. Prior to that, he was in Los Angeles as the Executive Chef at Encounter at LAX.

Didier Lailheugue has been appointed Executive Chef at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort where he is replacing Jean-Marc Gonzales. Prior to that, he was the Chef at Le Bec Fin in St. Martin and also worked at Frégate Island Resort in the Seychelles.

Carmen Lam has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific, for InterContinental Hotels Group. She was previously the Group Director of Sales and Marketing for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts based in Hong Kong.

Keith Blott has been appointed Group Director of Marketing and Sales by Dusit Hotels & Resorts and Royal Princess Hotels & Resorts. Prior to that, Blott was Regional Director of Sales and Marketing of One&Only Resorts, Maldives and Middle East. Other previous posts he has held include Vice President, Global Sales, for Raffles International Hotels and Resorts.

Lalana Santos has been appointed Corporate Director of Public Relations & Communications for Dusit Hotels & Resorts and Royal Princess Hotels & Resorts. Prior to taking up her new post, Santos was Public Affairs Director at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok for two years. She has held various public relations posts for Chiva-Som International Health Resort, JW Marriott Bangkok and Felix Hotels and Resorts.

Africa and the Middle East
Stephen Ansell has been promoted to General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Bishkek in remote Kyrgyzstan. Ansell joined Hyatt International eight years ago as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh. He was appointed four years later Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Istanbul where he was promoted to Resident Manager in October 2003. Ansell transferred to the Hyatt Regency Bishkek as Resident Manager last November.

Anton Good has been appointed Executive Director of Safir Hotels and Resorts and will be in charge of the new alliance formed with Swiss Inn Hotels and Resorts. Good is the founder of Swiss Inn Hotels and Resorts and was previously a President of Movenpick Hotels.

Mark Elawadi has been appointed Group Director Development & Asset Management for Safir Hotels and Resorts. Until recently, Elawadi was the Area Vice President and General Manager for Conrad Hotels based at the Conrad Cairo Hotel & Casino.

Marc Denton has been named Resident Manager at the Beau Rivage Resort in Mauritius. He worked previously in the same capacity at the Bora Bora Nui Resort. He also worked at the Banyan Tree and Allamanda Laguna Phuket as Director of Food and Beverage.

Stefan Hilgers has been appointed Deputy General Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman. Prior to that, Hilgers was in the Caribbean at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa where he was the Resident Manager.

Jean-Paul Naquin has been named Executive Chef at Burj Al Arab in Dubai. He previously held the same position at Raffles Singapore for three years. Naquin's prior background includes positions of Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Seoul, the Atlantis Resort and at the Shangri-La Jakarta.

Vincenzo Perez has been appointed Executive Chef at the JW Marriott Dubai. He previously owned a restaurant in Portugal for two years and worked as the Executive Chef of Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and with InterContinental in Singapore and Beirut.

Arnaud Berthelier has been transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheik where he has been promoted to Executive Chef. He was previously the Dining Room Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Naples for four and a half years. He had also worked in the same capacity at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.

Girly Fedilo has been appointed General Manager at Trader Vic’s Dubai. Fedilo previously held the same position at Trader Vic's Chicago. She started with the company in Oman.

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