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August/September 2005
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The Americas
Jean-Jacques Pergant has been named Co-President of the newly created LXR Luxury Resorts formed by Blackstone Real Estate Advisors following their acquisition of Wyndham International. The group combines the top eleven Wyndham properties (mostly luxury resorts including El Conquistador and the Boulders) with the former Boca Resorts and New York's Rhiga Royal. Pergant shares the presidency with Joseph Berger, while John Tolbert is named President of Sales and Marketing.

Robert Foster has been named President of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Foster, a Cornell graduate, was most recently the General Manager of Noble House's Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale (the former Sunburst Resort). Foster, who spent nineteen years with Sheraton, had been the Chief Executive Officer of GlobalRooms.com.

The Irvine Company has named Hansjoerg Maissen General Manager of the (soon-to-be) former Four Seasons Newport Beach. Maissen had joined the company two years ago as General Manager of the Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs. Maissen's prior international career including stints as General Manager of New Orleans' posh Windsor Court for Orient-Express as well as Frances luxe Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat. No new name has been announced for the hotel, as the Four Seasons flag will be dropped October 31.

William Hall has been appointed Vice President of Operations at RockResorts. Hall's extensive background in hotel operations includes eleven years with Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Beach, Pasadena and Naples. Hall, who began his career at Westin Hotels, was most recently the General Manager of the Mayacama Club in Santa Rosa.

Michel Ducamp is the Senior Vice President Hospitality for Parallel, a limited-membership destination club in Phoenix. Ducamp, a Cornell graduate, was previously the Managing Director of Nantucket Island Resorts, following several years at Park Place Entertainment in Las Vegas.

Jim Alderman has been named Senior Vice President Acquisitions and Development for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Before joining Kimpton, Alderman was Senior Vice President of Development, North America, for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. 

Michael Fernandez has joined the soon-to-open Regent South Beach as General Manager. Fernandez was most recently the General Manager of the Tides, also on South Beach. He previously spent four years with Four Seasons as Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Scottsdale and Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. 

Fresh from his pre-opening experience at Wynn Las Vegas, Peter Walterspiel has been appointed Vice President of Residential Development for Harmon-Koval Partners, the developers of the future W Las Vegas due to open in 2008.
                           
Andreas Ioannou transfers to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale as General Manager. Ioannou has been with Hilton since 1989 at the Waldorf=Astoria, Fontainebleau Hilton, and most recently at the Hilton Charlotte, his first posting as General Manager.
Mark Hartman has been named General Manager of the new Hilton Branson Landing project set to open mid 2006. Hartman has been with Hilton for twenty years most recently at the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center on Chicago's North Shore, where he has served as General Manager since December 2003.  

Shaun Robinson is the new General Manager of the Hilton Costa Mesa arriving from the Doubletree San Diego/Del Mar. Robinson began his career in England and has spent time in various management positions for Hilton in Irvine, Minneapolis, Beverly Hills and Scottsdale.

Robin Harlow was recently appointed General Manager at Hawaii's Aqua Palms Hotel. Most recently, he was the Domestic and Internet Sales Manager for the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Roger Ploum has been promoted to General Manager of the Westin Grand Bohemian in Orlando replacing Stuart Newmark who was promoted to Senior Vice-President of Operations for the Kessler Collection. Ploum was recently the General Manager of the Celebration Hotel.  
 
Stéphane Zaharia is the new General Manager at the Cuisinart Resort in Anguilla taking over from Rabion Ortiz who is leaving to join the W Resort Martineau Bay as General Manager. Zaharia comes from Gordon Campbell-Gray's Carlisle Bay on Antigua. He also was the Hotel Manager at Ian Schrager's Sanderson in London.

Thomas Meding has joined the Parker Palm Springs as Hotel Manager taking over from Manfred Moennich. Meding comes from the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner where he was the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage since 2003. Meding's resume also includes food and beverage management positions at the Fairmont Copley-Plaza, the Pierre, the Waldorf=Astoria and the St. Regis New York.

Paul Birchall has been named General Manager at the Thompson Beverly Hills formerly the Beverly Pavillon now operated by Steven Brandman's and Jason Pomeranc's Thompson Hotels. Birchall was previously the General Manager at both the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive and the Luxe Bel-Air Summit Hotel. 

Martin Nicholson has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa. He was most recently the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort Rose Hall, in Jamaica and has held various management positions in Ottawa, the US Virgin Islands, Ireland and Carmel.

Jean Guillaumeau is the new General Manager at the Royal Méridien King Edward in Toronto. Guillaumeau was most recently running the Habitation and Le Domaine Méridien in St. Martin. This is his second time around at the King Edward where he held the position of Hotel Manager in 1998.

Les Utley has been named General Manager of the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs scheduled to open in October 2005. Utley also served as General Manager of the Fairmount in San Antonio and the Vail Athletic Club Hotel and Spa. Previously, he has held Director of Sales and Marketing positions with Ritz-Carlton and at the Pierre.

Michael Bastis has joined the Hyatt Regency Monterey as General Manager. Bastis joined Hyatt Hotels in 1982 and was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Villas.

Norbert Relecker has been appointed General Manager at the Highlands Inn Park Hyatt. Relecker has been with the company since 1985 and was most recently the General Manager of the Hyatt West Houston. Before that, he was the Executive Assistant Manager and Food and Beverage Director for Grand Hyatt New York.
                  
Tom Robertson has been named General Manager of the Renaissance Schaumburg due to open in mid-2006. Robertson has been with Marriott since 1973 and began working with the Renaissance brand in March 2002 when he assumed the position of General Manager at the Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites, a title he held until his most recent position at the Renaissance Dallas in 2003.

Frank Holtslag is the new General Manager at Circa39 in Miami Beach taking over from Frank Cook who will be the General Manager at the soon to open Glenn Hotel in Atlanta. Holtslag was previously the Corporate Director of Revenue Management at Island Outpost and Executive Assistant General Manager at the Tides in Miami. Most recently he was the Miami-based Director of Sales and Marketing for the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. 

André Boersma has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sol Kerzner's One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas replacing Russell Miller who was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the new Condo-Hotel being constructed at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Boersma comes to the resort after a two-year tenure as Resident Manager of the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. He was previously the Resident Manager of Esperanza and Las Ventanas al Paraiso. 

John Wells has been named to the position of General Manager of the Hilton Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Wells has served as General Manager of the Hilton Boston Back Bay since 2001. 

Michael and Luciana Nijdam have transferred from the Pitcher Inn in Vermont to its new sister property Winvian in Connecticut scheduled to open in the spring of 2006. The Nijdams are succeeded at the Pitcher Inn by Ari Sadri who has been promoted to General Manager from the position of Restaurant Manager and Sommelier.

Kate Simpson has been named General Manager at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, having most recently served as General Manager at the Crowne Plaza at the United Nations. 

Michael French has resigned as Chief Operating Officer of the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Brian Parrish, VP Marketing for the tribe, has been appointed acting Chief Operating Officer.

Catherine Mura is the newly named General Manager of the Andrew Hotel on New York's Long Island. Muro was most recently the Assistant General Manager of the Garden City Hotel. She had been with the hotel since 1990, starting as Front Desk Manager.

John Price has been named General Manager of Chicago's House of Blues. Price has been with the hotel for seven years starting as Front Office Manager and had been the Executive Assistant Manager since 2002. 

Dirk Burghartz has moved down the street from the Pierre where he was the Hotel Manager to assume the same position at the Four Seasons New York. Before joining Four Seasons, Burghartz was with Sheraton Hotels of New York and Ian Schrager's Hudson. He spent many years with the Rafael Hotel Group spending time at Turnberry Isle, Elbow Beach and the Breidenbacherhof. At the Four Seasons New York, Burghartz replaces Simon Pettigrew who has transferred to Hawaii with the company.

Olivier Thomas will be joining the St. Regis New York as Hotel Manager.  He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the Hotel Excelsior in Rome and has held various management positions at the Savoy, the Hotel Palace in Milan and the Plaza-Athénée New York.

Theresa Fatino has been appointed Chief Creative Officer for Sam Nazarian's SBE Hotel Group. Fatino is credited as one of the creative founders of the W Hotel brand as the former Vice President of Design and Brand Development. Prior to joining W Hotels, Fatino served as Product Designer and Fashion Director of Product Development for Pottery Barn and Neiman Marcus. 

Philippe Villain is now with Aramark as Vice President Convention Centers and Cultural Attractions. Villain was previously with Planet Hollywood for over ten years in various operational positions, most recently as Vice President Operations. He also spent four years with Disneyland Paris.

Jeff Yamaguchi has joined the Sunshine Group in New York. A former Four Seasons employee, where he served as Corporate Director of Residences, Yamaguchi was previously at the MGM Grand Las Vegas as Vice President Residences.
Jonathan Heath is the new Director of Hotel Operations at the Kor Group. Heath started with the group as General Manager of the Tides and has previously been Development Manager for Soho House London.

Regula Wipf has been named Director of Operations at the Lodge at Rancho Mirage replacing Lesley Carey. For the past six years, Wipf had been Vice President and General Manager at the King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia.

Kelley Jones has joined the Starr Restaurant Organization as Vice President Operations, based in Philadelphia. Jones was most recently with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants as Vice President Restaurant Development and Acquisitions. Prior to joining Kimpton, Jones spent five years with Jeffrey Chodorow's China Grill Management.

Allan Perales has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Hotel Burnham in Chicago. Perales originally joined Kimpton in 2001 as Room Service Manager at the Hotel Monaco New Orleans.

Paul Sherlock has been appointed Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations for Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Sherlock was previously the Director of Operations for Noble House's LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, having joined the company in March 2002 after serving as Food and Beverage Director at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. 

Jean Weiss is joining the soon-to-open St. Regis San Francisco as Director of Food and Beverage. Weiss was recently the Director of Food and Beverage at Napa Valley's Carneros Inn following four years at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, a property he opened.

Gamal El Fakih has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Carlisle Bay in Antigua. El Fakih spent two years at the Hilton Tobago as Food and Beverage Manager and was previously a Restaurant Manager at the Four Seasons Caracas, the Ritz Carlton Doha and the Hyatt Regency Riyadh.

Paul Cardona has joined the Orrington as Director of Food and Beverage replacing Dino Gregorio. Cardona was most recently at the Lodge at Vail in the same position. He has spent time in various food and beverage positions at Bacara, the Crescent Court, Four Seasons Olympic and the Four Seasons Austin.

The Coastal Hotel Group has named Cornell graduate Peter LaFemina Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, LaFemina directed a private Las Vegas-based consulting practice and previous positions include Vice President of Finance for Harrah's Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Corporate Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Primadonna Resorts and Chief Financial Officer at the Sheraton Desert Inn Resort & Casino.

Tony Eccher is the new Controller at the Long Beach Marriott. Eccher was previously the Director of Operations at the Sofitel Los Angeles, a property he joined in 2001 as Financial Controller. He was also with Noble House Hotels and Resorts as Regional Controller.

Bryan Guillot has been named Chief Marketing Officer of Baha Mar Development Company and Cable Beach Resorts and Crystal Palace Casino.Guillot most recently served as a Marketing Consultant to Cable Beach Resorts. In addition, he was responsible for the successful planning and opening of Universal Studios' first hotel property the Portofino Bay Hotel. Prior to his work with Universal, Guillot served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tishman Hotel Corporation.

Tom Badley has joined the Hertz Corporation in Las Vegas as Director, Business Development. Badley has previously been with Hyatt Hotels since 1999 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, the Hyatt corporate office in Chicago and the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort.

Noam Gafni has been named Director of Business Development and Sales for the East Coast market at Luxe Worldwide Hotels. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Andrew in New York. 

Kelly Fogarty has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Noble House's Portifino Hotel and Yacht Club. Fogarty was previously the Director of Sales at the Kor Group's Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Marian Wilson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Carefree Resort. Wilson was previously the same position at the Omni Indianapolis North Hotel. She has formerly been with Starwood for six years at the Westin Indianapolis, Rancho Bernardo Doubletree, and the Westin Horton Plaza. 

Rob Stirling has been named Director of Sales & Marketing for the Grand Del Mar Resort and Spa slated to open January 2007. Stirling was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the W San Diego. He also spent thirteen years with Hyatt Hotels at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency DFW. 

Some new additions at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills: Sarah Holtze and Tara Grand both as Sales Managers. Holtze joins from the Four Seasons Worldwide Sales Office in New York and was previously with MTV Networks. Grand was previously at the Los Angeles satellite office for the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so. She has also been with the Four Seasons Canary Wharf and the Four Seasons Houston.  

Austin Watkins has joined the Four Seasons Whistler as Director of Sales.  Watkins was previously in the same position at the Four Seasons Newport Beach and has worked at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and Spa and Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa has named John Rovie as Director of Sales. Rovie comes to the Arizona Biltmore from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where he served for twelve years, most recently as Director of Group Sales. 

Barry Peterson has been named Director of Catering and Conference Services at the St. Regis San Francisco slated for opening in November.  Peterson was previously in catering at the Ritz-Carlton and Park Hyatt both in San Francisco.

Some new additions at La Quinta Resort & Club: Dan Kyser is the new Director of Sales; Ann Gorman is the new Director of insurance Sales; Megan Pitman Warzeniak joins as Director of Northern California & Pacific Northwest Sales and Nicole Campbell to Executive Meetings Manager. Kyser was most recently at Emerald Point Resort where he was Director of Sales for the last three years. Gorman was the Senior Sales Manager at the Hyatt Grand Champions. Campbell was most recently at Magnolia Boutique Hotels. 

Kevin Scott Robinson replaces Nicolas Béliard as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Nevis. Robinson is promoted from the Four Seasons Dallas where he was Assistant Director of Rooms having joined the hotel in 2002 as Front Office Manager.
Christian Tavelli has been named Rooms Division Manager of Las Ventanas al Paraiso. Tavelli was most recently the Director of Rooms Division at Hotel & Casino Torrequebrada in Spain and previously served as Duty Manager and Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Marbella Club.

Wayne Neyens has joined Kimpton Hotels of Boston as Human Resources Director. Neyens was previously at the Clift in San Francisco, the St. Regis Monarch Beach and St. Regis Los Angeles/Century Plaza.

Mark Birtha has been promoted at the Venetian to Executive Director of Casino Marketing Administration. Birtha, a Cornell graduate, joined the hotel in 2002 from the Bellagio as Beverage and Restaurant Manager.

Jim Borowski has transferred to the Four Seasons San Francisco as Director of Engineering. Borowski was in the same position at the Four Seasons Newport Beach and previously Assistant Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Miami and Four Seasons Las Vegas.

First Lady Laura Bush announced that Cristeta Comerford was chosen to be the new Executive Chef for the White House. A naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines, she will be the first woman and first minority to hold the post. Comerford has been a Sous Chef at the White House for ten years. 

Christophe David is the new Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt Chicago taking over for Sandro Gamba. David has been with Hyatt since 1997, most recently as Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt Vendome. As for Gamba, he has left the company and has not announced plans for the future.

Jamie Derosa is the new Executive Chef at Mark Peel's and Nancy Silverton's Campanile. He comes from the now closed Restaurant Central in West Hollywood, following two years with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. 

Andrew Saba has been named Executive Chef at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Saba has worked in the kitchens of the Watergate under the tutelage of the late Jean-Louis Palladin and most recently served as Executive Chef at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC, which was until recently also a Loews Hotel.

Richard Hamilton has joined Long Island's Chateau Oheka as Executive Chef. Hamilton was previously at the Chanler Hotel at the Spiced Pear Restaurant in Newport and had been in the kitchens of the Dunmore Beach Club in the Bahamas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Magnolias in Nashville and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Hans Lentz is transferring as Executive Chef of the InterContinental Chicago taking over for Helmut Sussenbach who retired after fifteen years at the hotel. Lentz was previously at the Miami InterContinental and the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul.
Olafia Easton-Rottkamp has been named Executive Chef at André Balazs' soon-to-open Standard Miami. She was previously a Senior Sous Chef at Patina in Los Angeles. 

Eric Torralba has been named Executive Chef at Tra Vigne in Napa Valley. Torralba was most recently the Chef/Partner at Restaurant Antidote in Sausalito after spending time in the kitchens as Executive Chef at Domaine Chandon.

Ryan Pera has been named Executive Chef at Seventeen at the Alden (formerly known as the Sam Houston Hotel) in Houston.  Pera was previously the Chef de Cuisine at Quattro at the Four Seasons Houston. He came to Houston from New York where he worked at Washington Park, Le Cirque and AZ.

Jason Adams has joined the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman as Executive Sous Chef. Adams comes from the Ritz-Carlton Boston where he was Interim Executive Chef having joined them in 2002 as Chef Tournant. He has been with the company since 1998 in Buckhead and St. Thomas. Before joining Ritz-Carlton, Adams was in London at the Churchill InterContinental and the Hyatt Carlton Tower.

Romain Renard is the new Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Washington DC. Renard comes from the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner where he was the Pastry Chef at Maestro. He previously held the same position at the Sofitel Lafayette Square.

Bruno Feldeisen is the Executive Pastry Chef at the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island. He previously worked in the same capacity at the Brentwood Bay Lodge. Feldeisen worked with Joachim Splichal for several years prior to becoming the opening Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons New York in the mid nineties. Before moving to Vancouver, he opened restaurants in Washington DC (Senses) and San Francisco (Solea) as well as a bakery in Toronto.

Richard Bies is the new Pastry Chef at David Burke and Donatella in New York. He was previously an Executive Pastry Chef at the Chanler in Newport. Prior to that, he was at the Fairmont San Francisco and at the Four Seasons Atlanta.

John Cunin has been named General Manager of Mix in Las Vegas. Cunin was previously the Managing Partner of the Capital Grille also in Las Vegas and has been the General Manager at Bradley Ogden at Caesar's Palace. He was best known in San Francisco as the Owner of the Cypress Club. 

Jeff Morgenthal has joined Restaurant Joel Rubuchon at the MGM Grand Las Vegas as Head Sommelier. Morgenthal was previously the Wine Director at Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills. He spent time in the wine cellars of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

William Sherer has joined Aureole in Las Vegas as Sommelier. Sherer was most recently in the same role at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South and was previously at Aqua in San Francisco as Corporate Sommelier for the Next Century Restaurant Group.

Xavier Bessou has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the Sheraton Gateway at Los Angeles International Airport, part of the Kor Group. Bessou leaves the Sofitel Los Angeles where he has been the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager.

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Europe
Ruy Paes-Braga has been named General Manager at the Four Seasons The Ritz in Lisbon transferring from the Four Seasons Vancouver. His successor in Vancouver is Guy Rigby, formerly of the Pierre.

Karim Klaa is the new General Manager at the Hotel Les Ottomans in Istanbul slated for opening in early 2006. Klaa was previously General Manager of the Hotel La Bastide Rouge in Saint-Tropez and worked as Resident Manager with the Hotels Byblos. 

Francois Chopinet has transferred as General Manager of the Hotel InterContinental Geneva to the Carlton InterContinental in Cannes. His successor in Geneva is Michel Perret who comes form the Movenpick in Beirut. Chopinet has previously been with InterContinental in Beirut and Dubai.

Xavier Damster has been appointed General Manager of the Hôtel Métropole in Brussels. Damster comes from the Hilton Luxembourg where he was the General Manager.

Walter Solari has been named Manager of both the Domina Inn Les Jumeaux in Courmayeur and the Domina Inn Palumbalza in Porto Rotondo.  Solari has been in various management positions with several hotels such as the Carlton Tower in London, the Juana in Juan Les Pins, Hotel Mennini in Milan, Grand Hotel dei Castellli in Sestri Levante, Hotel Residence Solaria in Marilleva and Hotel Eurotel in Rapallo. His most recent position was Director of Relais Villa Pomela in Novi Ligure, Italy. 

Jean-Louis Dulau has been promoted to Group Managing Director for Grupo Majestic. In addition to his current duties as General Manager of the Hotels Majestic and Inglaterra in Barcelona, he will now oversee the newest addition to the group: the Montalembert in Paris.

Denys Courtier has been appointed General Manager of the Grand Hotel La Florida in Barcelona. Courtier comes from the Hotel Lancaster in Paris where he was the General Manager following ten years with Hyatt Hotels in Paris, Madrid and Morocco.

Michael Moecking transfers to the Swissôtel Berlin as General Manager. Moecking was previously in the same position at the Swissôtel Gocek Marina and Spa Resort in Turkey.

Hélène Libel has been appointed Manager at the Domina Giudecca Hotel in Venice. Lobel joined Domina after management positions with Cigahotels, Sheraton, Starwood and NH Hotels. 

InterContinental has appointed Jenifer Zeigler Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management to be based in London. Zeigler joins InterContinental after five years at Holiday Inn Express in North America and worked with Coca Cola's USA Fountain division. She takes over from Jennifer Fox who was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Europe.

Cornell graduate Nicolas Béliard is the new Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva scheduled for reopening in November. Béliard transfers from the Four Seasons Nevis where he was in the same position.His previous experience includes General Manager at the Chateau de Bagnols and the Hotel Montalembert, Rooms Division Manager at the Four Seasons George Cinq and Special Projects Manager at the Pierre.

Christoph Franzen has transferred to the Park Hyatt Moscow as Director of Rooms. Franzen was previously at the Grand Hyatt Muscat for four years. He first started at the property as Front Office Manager and was later promoted to Director of Rooms, a position that he held for the past year and a half. 

WORLDHOTELS has appointed Guillaume Filly as Director of Sales and Marketing, France based in Paris. Filly joins WORLDHOTELS from Le Méridien London Gatwick and Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts for which he held several senior sales and marketing positions covering France and Belgium. Prior to Sol Melia, Filly worked in several sales and management positions at the Holiday Inn Paris Charles de Gaulle and Copthorne Roissy. 

Rocco Forte Hotels has added Daryl Kornelsen as Director of Sales and Marketing, Germany, to be based in Frankfurt. Kornelsen comes from the Leading Hotels of the World where he was Regional Manager and previously worked with a number of Europe's top hotels in Germany and Russia.

Francesca Marchetti is the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the north of France and Belgium with Méridien. She was previously Director of Business Development with the InterContinental.

Carlos Mirza has been named Regional Director of Sales Middle East & Africa for the Lausanne Palace & Spa. Mirza was previously the International Sales Manager at Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts in France, Belgium and Malta and the Middle East & Africa market. 

Catherine Martel is the new Director of Communication with Mandarin-Oriental for the Europe region. She was previously the Director of Public Relations and Associate Director of Special Events Sales at the Four Seasons George Cinq in Paris.

Eric Talou has been appointed Director of Sales at Le Méridien Nice.  Prior to joining Méridien, Talou was in charge of international sales for the hotels Majestic and Gray d'Albion in Cannes. He previously worked in various sales positions with Marriott and InterContinental.

Thierry Marais has joined the Ritz-Carlton Berlin as Executive Chef.  Marais transfers from the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong where he has been Executive Chef since 2003 after helping open the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul.

Patrice Martineau has joined the Savoy in London as Executive Chef.  Martineau moves from New York where he was the Chef de Cuisine at Daniel since 1999. In addition, he spent two years at La Côte Saint Jacques in Burgundy as Chef de Partie.

Daniel Le Guénan has been named Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel Barrière in Dinard. Le Guénan was previously at the Byblos in St. Tropez in the same capacity.

Sébastien Aminot is the new Chef de Cuisine at La Mirande in Avignon. He was previously working with Alain Ducasse at the Plaza-Athénée in Paris. 
 
 

Asia and the Pacific
Manfred Preisenberger has been appointed Area General Manager for Stamford Hotels and Resorts for South Australia. For the past eight years, Preisenberger has been General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Sunland Hotels and Resorts in Australia, who owned and operated Palazzo Versace and Legends Hotel among other properties.
 
Jean-Paul Riby has been appointed General Manager of the Meliá Purosani Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Riby was previously the Resident Manager of the Gran Meliá Jakarta since 2003 and has been with the company for more than eight years.

Thierry Delahaye has joined the Sofitel Moorea as General Manager. Delahaye was most recently with the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club in Mauritius in the same position and previously with the Baltimore Sofitel Demeure Hotel and the Libertel Reference Hotel.

Mark Burns is the new General Manager at the Westin Sydney replacing Fred Matti who is relocating to Kuala Lumpur, where he will take up the post of Vice President & Area Manager, South East Asia, for Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts. Burns most recently held the position of General Manager at the Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast and has been with Sheraton since 1987.

Beat Wiesmann has been appointed General Manager of the soon-to-open Swiss Belhotel Hualun in China. Wiesmann had been the General Manager of the Pine Valley Golf Resort & Country Club in Beijing since 2003.

Speaking of the Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club, Wiesman's successor there is none other than Cornellian T.W. Hughes, fresh from a short lived experience at the helm of David Dodwell's 9 Beaches in Bermuda.

Louis Sailer returns to Singapore to join the Fullerton as General Manager.  Sailer has been with Raffles International since 1997 in Dalian, Osaka, Singapore and most recently as General Manager of the Raffles Resort Golf and Spa in the Caribbean. Gilbert Madhavan takes over for Sailer as General Manager. Madhavan was previously Area General Manager, Asia Pacific for the Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and concurrently the General Manager of the Swissôtel Sydney.

Jan Marie Roger Verduyn has been appointed General Manager of the Dusit Laguna in Phuket. He was previously at the Anassa in Cyprus.

Alain Borgers has transferred to the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort as General Manager. Borgers has been with Shangri-La in Manila, Penang, and most recently at the Shangri-La Surabaya in Indonesia. 

Greg Cox has been named General Manager of Holiday Inn Melbourne. Previously General Manager of Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Cox will also hold a regional role overseeing operations in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

The new General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach is Bill Sheppard. Sheppard was previously the General Manager of the InterContinental Wellington and InterContinental Hotels Group Director of Operations New Zealand / South Pacific. David Shackleton replaces Sheppard joining from his most recent role as Senior Vice President & Area Managing Director for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, as well as General Manager of the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney. 

Kent Maury has been appointed General Manager of the Renaissance Samui Resort & Spa. Maury was previously Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific Australia, for Marriott International's Regional Office in Hong Kong.
Robert Lorhmann is the new General Manager at the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul. Prior to moving to Seoul, he was General Manager of the Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa in China, from pre-opening. 
 
Guy Godet has been named General Manager at the Renaissance Bali Resort & Spa opening late 2005. Godet was previously the General Manager of the Busan Marriott Hotel in Korea. He started his Marriott career in 1999 as Resident Manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul. Prior to working for Marriott he was with Shangri-La in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
Claude Rath has been appointed General Manager of Le Méridien Singapore. Rath had been Deputy General Manager at Le Méridien Montparnasse since 2003. 

Richard Neo is the new Hotel Manager at the Banyan Tree Ringha in China due to open next month. Neo was previously Area Manager-Spa Operations at the Banyan Bintan.

Simon Morley has transferred to the Grand InterContinental Seoul as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Rooms. Morley was previously based in Melbourne with InterContinental as Regional Revenue Manager for Victoria / South Australia and in various positions at the InterContinental Al Ain and Crowne Plaza Dubai.

Christian Haneke has been named Financial Controller at the Méridien Jakarta. Haneke was most recently Assistant Financial Controller at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi and spent time at the Park Hyatt in Hamburg, InterContinental Hamburg, Hyatt Regency in Mainz and the Sheraton Frankfurt.

Eoghan McMahon is the new Director of Food & Beverage at the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa. McMahon was previously Restaurant Manager at the ToTT Asian Grill at the Excelsior in Hong Kong.

Fezlyn Saleem, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bandos Island Resort Maldives for the past three years, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Sultans of the Seas Group of Companies in the Maldives.

Terry Holt has been appointed Business Development Director of the Crowne Plaza Auckland. Holt has spent the last four years as Director of Sales at the Spencer on Byron Hotel.

The InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has promoted Gary Ma to the position of Director of Sales. Ma joined the hotel as Senior Corporate Sales Manager in May 1999 and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director of Business Development Corporate & MICE in May 2004. Previously, Ma has held various sales positions with the Kowloon Shangri-La, the Marco Polo Hong Kong and Regal Riverside. 

Also at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong David Au has been appointed Director of Engineering. Au has previously been with the Conrad, Shangri-La and Chinachem groups.

Andrew Skinner, Executive Chef of the Oberoi Mauritius has been appointed Executive Chef at the new Bulgari Resort Bali. Skinner was formerly at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC, Ritz-Carlton Sydney and Amandari. 

Mark Patten is the new Executive Chef at the Shangri-La Singapore.  Patten comes from the InterContinental Hong Kong and has spent time in the kitchens at Sandy Lane, Anassa Hotel in Cyprus, the Hempel and the InterContinental Sydney.

Michel Seyve has left the Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa to become the Executive Chef at the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou China. 

Sarah Briegel has been appointed Chef de Cuisine of the Mandarin Grill at the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong. Briegel joins from Smiths of Smithfield in London where she was the Head Chef and previously the Oxo Tower Restaurant where she was a Sous Chef. 

Sebastian Nohse has been appointed Senior Chef de Cuisine at the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong. Nohse joins from the Burj al Arab in Dubai and was previously at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair and the Dorchester Hotel.

Francois Seurin is the new Pastry Chef at the Restaurant Mozaic in Bali, the restaurant of Chris Salans. Seurin has spent time in Asia and France baking for the Dharmagwangsa in Jakarta, the Legian in Bali, Chateau Eza in France and Alain Ducasse Louis XV in Monaco among others.

Benjamin Rambaud has been appointed Executive Assistant Pastry Chef for the Mandarin-Oriental Hong Kong. Rambaud joins from the Chedi Muscat Oman where he was Pastry Chef since 2002 and was previously at Galion d'Or Patisserie in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Massimiliano Binda is transferring from the Mandarin Oriental, Munich to join the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong as Front Office Manager.

Middle East and Africa
Sam-Erik Ruttmann has been appointed Regional Vice President of the Middle East Regional Office in Dubai for Dusit Hotels & Resorts. He was previously the General Manager of the Dusit Laguna Phuket for over four years. This is a return to the area for him having worked in Kuwait as General Manager of the Kuwait Regency Palace in 1986. Replacing him as General Manager of Dusit Laguna Resort, Phuket is Jan Verduyn.

Laurent Rigaud transfers to the Holiday Inn Downtown in Kuwait City as General Manager. Rigaud comes from the InterContinental Abu Dhabi as Resident Manager and was previously Food and Beverage Manager at the Phoenicia InterContinental in Beirut. In addition, he had been with Shangri-La Hotels for eight years in Manila and Hong Kong.

Hector de Galard has been appointed General Manager of One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius. De Galard originally joined One&Only Resorts in late 2003 to launch the One&Only Saratoga, Havana and was previously with Paraiso de la Bonita in Cancun. He also opened Amanjena in Morocco.

Francis Longuève is the new General Manager at La Palmeraie Golf and Resort in Morocco. Longuève was previously President of the Summer Hotel Group in France. In addition, he was formerly the General Manager at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco for seven years.

Olivier Heuchenne has joined the Ritz-Carlton Dubai as Hotel Manager. Heuchenne transfers from the Hotel Arts Barcelona where he was the Director of Food and Beverage. This was a return to Ritz-Carlton after a brief stint at Ian Schrager Hotels in London. Heuchenne had previously been with Ritz-Carlton for eight years in Hong Kong, Qatar and Singapore.

Jean-Pierre Hupin has been named Executive Chef at the Hilton Rabat in Morocco. Hupin has been with Hilton International since 1999 as Executive Chef at the Hilton Nassau, the Hilton Adana, and the Hilton Tana. Before joining Hilton he was Executive Chef at the Palais Jamai in Fes.

Jean-Pierre Garat has joined the Kuwait Hilton International as Food and Beverage Manager. Garat has been with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts since 1997 in various food and beverage roles in Puerto Rico, Amman, Abu Dhabi and most recently as Director of Food and Beverage at the Hotel InterContinental Paris.

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