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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
November  2004
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The Americas
Philip Kendall has been appointed Director of Operational Support at Auberge Resorts. Kendall had most recently been the Managing Director at Meadowood. A respected food and beverage expert, he was Vice President of Food and Beverage for Starwood following several years in the capacity with Hyatt.

Jeffrey Jacobs has joined Prime Hospitality as Executive Vice President. He will be in charge of Wellesley Inns and all full service hotels. He replaces Steven Kronick who had joined Prime in 1989. Jacobs, who recently operated L’Escale in Connecticut, is a former General Manager of the Adam’s Mark St. Louis.

Becka Chester has been named Vice President of Interior Design for Hilton Hotels Corporation. Chester was most recently with SFA Design.

At Harrah’s, Jillian Murphy is the successor to Scott Nasser as Corporate Director of Hotel Operations. She moves up from the position of Vice President Hotel Operations at Harrah’s Tahoe. Prior to joining the company she was the General Manager of Mohonk Mountain House.

Jack Miller has transferred to the Intercontinental Miami as General Manager, taking over for the retiring Fred de Roode. A long-time Intercontinental General Manager, Miller comes from the Intercontinental Houston.

William Plegt has been appointed General Manager of the Intercontinental Houston. Prior to this appointment, Plegt was the General Manager of the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino. He had originally joined the company in 1984 at the Barclay Intercontinental New York. In Houston, he takes over from Jack Miller.

Sean Maddock is the new General Manager at the Arizona Biltmore for KSL Resorts. A former Shangri-La executive, he transfers from the same position at the Claremont Resort and Spa, a property he had joined in April. At the Biltmore, he replaces Stephen Ast, who left the company. At the Claremont, Victor Woo, Director of Marketing, is filling in as Interim General Manager.

Marco Selva is the new General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, replacing Michael Carsch, who left the company. Selva was most recently the opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. Angella Reid comes from the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC to replace Selva as General Manager in Coconut Grove.

Martein van Wagenberg returns to Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay as Managing Director. Van Wagenberg previously worked at the resort in 1995 as Food and Beverage Director. For the past eight years, he was the General Manager of the Grace Bay Club in the Turks & Caicos.

Andreas Nauheimer has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Santiago. Nauheimer had rejoined Hyatt International in October 1997 as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Seoul and was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mumbai.

Malcolm Thompson has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles. Thompson joined Hyatt in 1984 at the Hyatt Regency Sydney and was most recently the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Tokyo. In Los Angeles, he replaces Ulrich Samietz, now the General Manager of the Hyatt Westlake.

Eric Adame has been named General Manager of the Hotel ICON in Houston. He was most recently the Director of Rooms at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center and prior to this was the Director of Rooms at the Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas.

Felix Murillo has transferred to the Four Seasons Mexico City as Hotel Manager. Murillo was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Miami.

Michael Glick is the new General Manager of the Publick House Historic Inn and Country Motor Lodge in Massachusetts. Glick, a graduate of Johnson & Wales started his hospitality career at the Omni Hotel in Providence, moved on to Le Méridien Boston (now the Langham) and was most recently at the Colonnade for two years.

Charles Burton has been named Hotel Manager at the Homestead. Burton, who has served as Rooms Division Manager since 2000, began his hospitality career at the Homestead’s sister property, Barton Creek Resort.

Oliver Key joined the Fairmont Orchid as Hotel Manager. Key originally joined Fairmont six years ago at the Plaza in New York and was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Jim Oliver has been promoted to Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, where he was the Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Division.

Steven Shaefer has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. He transfers from his current position as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Jupiter Golf Club.

Richard Jardin has left the Garrett Hotel Group after being on the opening team of both the Willcox and Seeger's at the Willcox. He is now the General Manager of the Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas.

At Houston’s Hotel Derek, John Boulware has joined as Director of Operations. Boulware previously served as Hotel Manager and Controller of Hotel Icon.

Jonathan Wise is returning to Greenwich’s tony Delamar as Director of Marketing. Wise was most recently the General Manager of Villa del Sol in Mexico. Until 2002, he had been the Director of Hotel Operations for Greenwich Hospitality, Delamar’s owning company.

The Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort has appointed James Moss as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Moss served as the Director of Sales at the Phoenician and as Director of Group Sales at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Florida, both Starwood properties.

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa announced the addition of Jim Miller to its executive staff as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. Miller was most recently involved in the real estate market in Atlanta.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts announced that Michael Krouse has joined the company in Virginia as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, West Coast. Prior to joining Interstate, Krouse was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles and had spent the previous ten years with Hilton Hotels Corporation.

At the Waldorf-Astoria, Jo-Anne Budge has left after seven years as Director of Human Resources. Her successor is Christine Ferone who was promoted from within. Prior to going the Waldorf-Astoria, Ferone was the Director of Human Resources at the Regency, also in New York.

Tanya Wagner has transferred to the Four Seasons Miami as Director of Food and Beverage, replacing Felix Murillo. Wagner was in the same position at the Four Seasons Prague. Michael Weil transfers to Prague from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives to take over for Wagner.

Bruno Roulleux has joined Le Méridien Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage. Roulleux was most recently in the same position at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in Vermont and the Grove Isle Hotel in Miami.

Bob Khalifé has been promoted from Guest Services Manager to Food and Beverage Manager at Rosewood’s Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Mario Barroso is the new Director of Engineering at the very-soon-to-open Setai in Miami. He had previously been in the same position at the Roney Palace, which has closed. Barroso also served as Group Director of Engineering at Island Outpost.

At Santa Barbara’s soon-to-open Hotel Andalucia, Sherry Stimatzwas has been named Director of Catering and Lindsey Bacciarini-Collard is National Sales Manager. Stimatzwas was most recently the Catering Sales Manager at San Ysidro Ranch and Bacciarini-Collard comes from Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort.

Paul Sant has been appointed Executive Chef at Dolce Tarrytown House He takes over from Chris Hettinger who becomes the Director of Evening Operations. Sant, an Australian, recently served as the Executive Chef of the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami.

Nathan Logan has joined the soon-to-open Giacomo New York as Executive Chef. Logan was previously the Executive Chef at Steven and Thalia Loffredo’s Zoë. Prior to relocating to New York, Logan was the Executive Chef of Pazzo in Portland, a Kimpton Restaurant.

Jonathan Pflueger joins Rancho Valencia as Executive Chef. Pflueger was most recently a Partner at Hush and previously a Chef at Montage Resort and Spa both in Laguna Beach.

The Intercontinental Houston has named Peter Laufer its new Executive Chef. He joins the hotel from the Intercontinental Miami where he was the Executive Banquet Chef. In Houston, he replaces Bixente Pery, who is now the Executive Chef at the new Intercontinental Buckhead in Atlanta.

Graham Elliot Bowles is the new Chef de Cuisine for Avenues at the Peninsula Chicago. Bowles was most recently at the Jackson House Inn in Woodstock, Vermont, where his work earned him a spot among Food and Wine’s Top Ten Chefs 2004. His resume includes stints at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, Charlie Trotter’s and Tru.

After three years, Laurent Gras has left San Francisco’s Fifth Floor. Melissa Perello, formerly of Charles Nob Hill, will be taking over following some renovations.

Thomas Atkins is the new Executive Chef at Center on the Grove in Boise. Atkins comes from L’Auberge Del Mar.

Leslie Revsin, 59 sadly passed away. The first woman to achieve the title of Chef at the Waldorf=Astoria, she will also be remembered for her own Restaurant Leslie in the West Village and for kitchen posts at 24 Fifth Avenue, Bridge Café, and Argenteuil. Her last restaurant job was at the Inn at Pound Ridge.

Renaud Le Rasle is Chef Partner at Rêve in New York. Le Rasle was formerly the private chef to Daniel Wildenstein. He also was the Chef at the short-lived Medi at Rockefeller Center, along with Consulting Chef Roger Vergé. It was at the late Russian tea Room that Le Rasle made his name until if was shuttered in the summer of 2002.

In Chicago, Dale Levitsky has taken over as Executive Chef at Trio, replacing Grant Achatz. Levitsky was most recently the chef at La Tâche. Achatz, a former Sous Chef at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, made his name at Trio. He will be opening his own restaurant, to be called Alinea.

After a brief three-month stint as Executive Banquet Chef at the newly renovated Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Matthew Zubrod returns to the Ritz-Carlton Club in Aspen as Executive Chef.

Morne Van Antwerp joins Cotton House as Executive Chef. He hops over from the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa where he was the Executive Chef for the newly added French Village for the past two years.

Lee Parson the former Executive Chef of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake continues his career as Executive Chef at the Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver. Parson began his career at Claridges’ in London.

Brian Schoenbeck has joined the Peninsula Chicago as Pastry Chef. He was most recently at the Greenbrier and Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha in Chicago.

Irina Kogan has joined the Mark Mandarin-Oriental as Pastry Chef. Kogan, a native of the Ukraine, was most recently the Pastry Chef at Rick Moonen’s rm.

Gregory Castells has joined Bastide in Los Angeles as Sommelier, replacing Christophe Rolland who has left to join Maison Leroy in San Francisco. Castells comes from Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia where he was the Head Sommelier. He was previously at La Terrasse in Juan Les Pins and La Palme d’Or in Cannes.

David Phillips has been promoted from Front Office Manager to Assistant Rooms Division Director at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Over the past ten years, he has held management positions in both food and beverage and rooms at Kiawah Island Resorts, the St. Regis Aspen and the Phoenician.

Edward Goff has left his position as Director of Reservations at the Four Seasons Newport Beach to take on the same position at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. Richard Gonzales is his successor at the Four Seasons.

Ann Joyce, Chief Concierge of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles for the past nine years, has assumed the role of Chief Concierge at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

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Europe
Michel Galopin has been named General Manager of the Hotel Ritz Paris where he will be reporting to Ritz President Frank Klein. For the past six years, Galopin has been at the helm of the posh Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, where extensive renovations are under way. Galopin started his career at the Ritz thirty years ago.

Rocco Forte Hotels has announced the appointment of Stuart Johnson as General Manager of Brown’s Hotel in London. Johnson comes from a recent posting in publishing as Publishing Director at Condé Nast Johansens and previously ran Cliveden first as Resident Manager then as Director and General Manager from 1994 through 1999.

Christine Hodder is the new General Manager at the Milestone in London. Hodder was most recently the General Manager on the World at Residensea. She also was the Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Singapore.

Christian Le Prince has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Casablanca. Le Prince had been the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Villa Magna since 1998. 

Andrew Hendrian is appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Cologne. He was most recently the Resident Manager at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Yves Wencker is the new General Manager at the Dorint Sofitel Am Altenwall in Hamburg. Wencker was previously the General Manager of Stapleford Park and was the Director of Food and Beverage at London’s Ritz.

Abel Damergi has left Le Méridien Seychelles to become the General Manager of the Luna Hotel Baglioni in Venice. He takes over from longtime General Manager Stefano Baccara.

Sergio Mangini is the General Manager of the newest hotel of Monaco’s Société des Bains de Mer. He was previously the General Manager at Le Méridien Brussels. Philippe Bonnot replaces Mangini in Brussels and was most recently with Méridien in Egypt, India and Bora Bora.

Intercontinental has promoted Stephen Powell to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Powell joined Intercontinental last December as Vice President of Sales for UK & Ireland and has worked in various senior positions for a number of companies in the U.S. including Sheraton and Fairmont.

Philippe Lamadieu has joined as General Manager Le Méridien Tashkent Palace in Uzbekistan. Lamadieu was most recently the Director of Operations at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort.

Walter Junger has left Ritz-Carlton after nine years, having been the opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheikh and the Ritz-Carlton Berlin. Junger will be starting his own consulting firm specializing in quality management and training, based in Berlin.

Jean-Marie Marcadier is the new General Manager of the Hotel Le Pigonnet in Aix en Provence, a member of Small Luxury Hotels. Marcadier comes from the Ritz Paris where he has been since 1995, most recently as Director of Operations.

Franck Sibille has been promoted to Manager of the Park Hyatt Villa Magna in Madrid. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager Marketing at the hotel. 

Yves Romain has been promoted by the Société des Hotels Concorde to the position of General Manager of the Concorde St. Lazare. Since 1996, he had been the Group Director of Sales and Marketing for Concorde.

Christophe Laure has been promoted to General Manager of the Intercontinental Malta. He has been with the company for twelve years, most recently as Hotel Manager at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental Paris. Laurent Turping takes over for Laure in Paris. He had been the Director of Finance for the hotel since 2002.

Christine Stas has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Carlton Intercontinental in Cannes. She was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Intercontinental Brussels.

After two years at the Hotel Melia in Milano as the Food and Beverage Director, Nuno Neves joins the new Radisson SAS in Rome in a similar capacity.

Jean-Philippe Zahm-Holbecq, former Director of the Ecole Ritz Escoffier has left the Ritz Paris to join the Hotel de Crillon as Food & Beverage Manager. 

Asia and the Pacific
Stefan Simkovics, since 1997 the General Manager of the Four Seasons Berlin, will become the General Manager of the Four Seasons Beijing, scheduled to open in early 2006. The Four Seasons Berlin is now the Regent of Berlin.

Patrick Ghielmetti transfers to the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok as General Manager, replacing Didier Picquot, who is leaving after six and a half years with the company. Ghielmetti has held various positions since joining Four Seasons in 1995 beginning at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, the Four Seasons Berlin, the Pierre and the George Cinq, after which he was promoted to opening General Manager of the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh in May 2002 and then moved on to the Four Seasons Chiang Mai.

Peter Weber, General Manager of the Four Seasons Shanghai, adds Regional Vice-President to this title. Weber will oversee Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi.

Andrew Harrison will replace Patrick Ghielmetti as General Manager of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Harrison, most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Aviara, started his career with Four Seasons in 1995 in Bali.

Jeffrey Seward has been appointed opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta. A thirteen-year Ritz-Carlton veteran he was most recently the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Country Club in Seoul.

Pierre Barthes has been promoted to General Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental Macau. He replaces Jonas Schuermann who slides to the Mandarin-Oriental Kuala Lumpur where he replaces Christian Hassing. Barthes was formerly the Resident Manager of the Mandarin-Oriental New York. As for Schuermann, prior to his appointment in Macau, he was the Resident Manager at the Oriental in Bangkok.

Ratnesh Verma has been appointed Area Director South Asia for Hyatt in addition to his responsibilities as Area Director of Finance. Verma had joined the Hyatt Regency Delhi in 1991 and in 2002 was appointed to his most recent position of Area Director of Finance for South Asia.

Stephen Radcliffe has been appointed General Manager of the Bali Hyatt. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.

Jan Peter Van der Ree has been appointed General Manager of the Park Hyatt Saigon. Since 1997, he had been the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Cologne.

Wolfgang Maier is the opening General Manager of the Cebu Hilton Resort and Towers in the Philippines. He comes from the Hilton Dalian & Chang Jiang Plaza and, previously, the Beijing Hilton.

John Gardner is the General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Longgang Shenzhen. Gardner was for the past two and half years the General Manager at the Sofitel Silver Plaza Jinan.

Gordon Fuller has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. He was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Santiago.

Aurelio Giraudo has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei. For the past five years, he had been a General Manager in Thailand for the Imperial Hotel Group.

The Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has announced the promotion of Ulrike Weckler to the position of Hotel Manager. Weckler joined the hotel in October of 1996 as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food & Beverage.

Accor has named Nicolas Mercier Director of Distribution – Asia. Prior to this appointment he was Distribution & E-Commerce Manager – Asia. Mercier first joined Accor in 1996 as Executive Assistant Manager at the Novotel Bogor and spent five years in hotel operations with Accor in Indonesia and Myanmar.

Bruno Dedual has been appointed to the newly created position of Group Director Food and Beverage YTL Hotels and Properties, owners of the JW Marriott, the Ritz-Carlton and the Vistana hotels in Kuala Lumpur, among others.

Gindo Sufri Sianturi has resigned from the Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta as Director of Food and Beverage. As of December, he will be joining Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Cambodia in a similar position.

Tim Bruce has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Kolkata in India. A former Hilton Chef, he originally joined Hyatt International as Executive Chef of the Hyatt Hotel Canberra in 1999. 

Jiri Kobos has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mumbai. Kobos joined Hyatt International in January 2000 as General Manager of the Hyatt Baku. In July 2002, he was appointed General Manager of the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow.

John Rees will be leaving the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka, as Executive Chef to become the Director of Culinary Operations for the Macau Tower Convention Center and Exhibition Hall, part of the Shun Tak Group. Rees worked previously as Executive Chef in Beijing at Shangri-La’s China World Hotel, at the Ocean Club and Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the Peninsula New York and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Hide Yamamoto has transferred to the Mandarin-Oriental Tokyo to be its opening Executive Chef. He comes from the Mandarin-Oriental Washington, DC where he was the opening Executive Chef.

John Drummond has joined the Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong as Executive Chef. Drummond previously held Executive Chef positions for such hotels as the Shangri-La Taipei, Hayman Island Resort and most recently the Intercontinental Bahrain.

Rachelle Moulai has joined the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort as Assistant Spa Manager. Moulai comes from the North-Island Spa in the Seychelles, where she was the Spa Manager for the past year. 

Africa and the Middle East
Peter Fulton has been appointed Regional Director - Dubai to be added to his current responsibilities as General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Dubai where he has been since 2001 as General Manager.

Tarek El Sherif joins Rotana Hotels in the United Arab Emirates as Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. El Sherif previously worked at the Hilton Short Hills as Director of Revenue Management.

Chakib Lahlou has been transferred to Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi as Director of Business Development. Lahlou was previously at Le Gulf Méridien Al Khobar for the past three years.

Michael Braun is the new Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Braun was most recently the Banquet Service Manager at the Grand Hyatt Berlin.

Chené Vermaak has left the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai to take up the position of Food and Beverage Manager, Promotions and Marketing at the Shangri-La Dubai.

Carlos Velho joins Mauritius’ Coco Palm Resort and Spa as Resident Manager. Velho gained his luxury experience working for Orient-Express Hotels and lately for Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles.

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