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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
June 2006
Heads Above the Rest
The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm

 
The Americas
Georgina Sussan is now one of the Corporate Vice Presidents at Host Marriott in Bethesda. She most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Decatur Hotels in New Orleans. Sussan has also been the General Manager of Walt Disney's Grand Floridian in Orlando.

Michael Shindler has joined the Las Vegas Sands as Vice President Development and Asset Management. He comes from Hyatt where he first served as Vice President of Development for ten years, returning in 2002 in a similar capacity. In between, Shindler served as Vice President of Development for Mandarin-Oriental and for Rockresorts. 

Ian Schrager has appointed Mitch Hochberg President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a former President of Spectrum Communities. Also at Schrager, Michael Overington becomes Vice Chairman.

Tim Bridwell has been promoted to Area Vice President of Hilton's Central and Northern California while continuing to serve as General Manager of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara.

Greg Champion has been promoted to President of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, a company he had rejoined in December as General Manager of the La Playa Beach and Resort in Naples. Champion was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Arizona-based Tiburon Hospitality Management. Cornellian Robert Foster had been named President of Noble House in August 2005.

Gary Jutz has been appointed General Manager of the Radisson Aruba. He has served as the General Manager of the Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio in Honolulu for the past five years.

Guillermo Valencia is the General Manager at the Holiday Inn Aruba. He has been with InterContinental for over twenty five years including such positions as Rooms Division Manager for the Hotel Tequendama in Bogota; Marketing Director for the InterContinental Tamanaco in Caracas and the Castellana InterContinental in Madrid. 

Anneke Scholten has been named General Manager of the Snowmass Club in Colorado. Previously the General Manager of the Aspen Mountain Club, Scholten previously held positions with Sonesta Hotels in Amsterdam and Key Biscayne and Four Seasons Hotels in Washington, DC and Boston. 

Steele Edwards has been named General Manager of the Whitetail Club & Resort in Northern Idaho. He was most recently the General Manager of the Makaha Resort & Golf Club in Hawaii. 

Oscar Ornelas has recently joined Casa del Mar in Cabo San Lucas as General Manager. He previously ran La Estancia, also in Cabo, Flamingos in Puerto Vallarta and Exclusive Resorts in Cabo San Lucas.

Joseph Giacoponello, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leading Hotels of the World, who had retired in 1999, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Crown Collection.

Bob Peckenpaugh has been named Vice President of Hospitality for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He was most recently the General Manager of the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

Replacing Peckenpaugh at Rancho Bernardo is John Gates, formerly the Hotel Manager at sister property the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach. Stan Kaminski, who was the Assistant General Manager at Rancho Bernardo, swings over to the Surf and Sand as Hotel Manager. Kaminski originally joined JC Resorts in 2000 as its Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Operations.

Isabelle Matter has been appointed General Manager of the Maxwell in San Francisco replacing James Lim who is now the General Manager at the Hotel Rex. Lim has previously worked for Starwood, including the Palace in San Francisco.

Maarten van Wijk moves up with Divi Resorts as Executive Vice President replacing departing President and Chief Operating Officer Ray Hobbs. Van Wijk originally joined the group as Acting General Manager of the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire. A Dutchman, he recently spent twelve years with Hershey Hospitality in various senior management capacities.

Jim Hord has transferred with Kimpton to the recently-acquired Hotel Nine Zero in Boston as General Manager. His long career with Kimpton started at the Prescott Hotel in San Francisco.

Destination Hotels and Resorts has appointed James Horsman General Manager at the Mountain Lodge in Vermont. Horsman was most recently the General Manager at the Hotel Nine Zero under Destination before it became a Kimpton property.  He previously ran the Adam's Mark in Buffalo following a twelve-year career with Ritz-Carlton.

Don Jacinto has been promoted to General Manager of the Mondrian Scottsdale, the former James Hotel. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at Hudson in New York.

Ian Robinson is the opening General Manager at he Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico. He was most recently the Regional Vice President and General Manager for the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. 

Michael Lennon has been named General Manager at the Meritage Resort at Napa. A former General Manager at the Omni San Francisco, he is a former Kimpton man for whom he ran the Hotel Vintage Court and the Monticello Inn.  

Mark Briskin is the General Manager at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center for Tishman Speyer. He was most recently the Managing Director at the Core Club, after opening the Muse, now a Kimpton hotel.

David Lopez has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel La Mela scheduled for opening in New York later this year. He was most recently the Founder and President of Dream Luxury Hotels-Resorts-Villas and previously the General Manager of the Mansfield and the Roger Williams.

Joseph Schwingler has transferred with Kimpton to the Hotel Palomar in Dallas as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Hotel Monaco New Orleans.

Joe Dantoni has been named General Manager at the Lodge at Woodloch. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the former Harbor Court in Baltimore (now an InterContinental), where he spent fifteen years.

Jeff David has joined the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod as Resort Manager. David was most recently the Managing Director at the Chanler in Newport and previously ran the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club.

Patrick Brans has been named Director of Operations at the Royal Palm in Miami. He was previously with Ritz-Carlton for ten years overseeing Rooms Operations in Miami, Boston, Washington DC, New York and Amelia Island.

Daniel Post-Kennedy has joined Keswick Hall in Charlottesville as Club Manager, reporting to Anthony McHale as he did at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. In addition, he joined former Peninsula Beverly Hills cohort Peter Dickinson now running food and beverage at Keswick Hall. 

The Hotel Indigo Sarasota, due to open later this year, has appointed Leslie (Fullen) Power as General Manager and René Hampton as Director of Sales. Power most recently served as Regional Director, Sales and Marketing for Hilton. Hampton previously held management positions in sales with Thayer Lodging.

Margaret Thomas has joined the Athenaeum Club at Caltech in Pasadena as Hotel Operations Manager. She was most recently the Director of Front Office Operations at the Millennium Biltmore and previously oversaw front office operations at the Sofitel Los Angeles and the Hotel Bel-Air.

Moustapha Guimei has transferred to the Four Seasons Westlake Village as Director of Finance. He was most recently at the Four Seasons Resort at Terre Blanche and prior to that at the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Abid Butt has joined Host Marriott as Vice President Asset Management. He was most recently the General Manager at the Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii. Butt previously served as Vice President of Operations for Ho Kwon Ping's Banyan Tree Resorts based in Phuket, Thailand.

Andrea Foster, as Cornell graduate, has been named Director of Corporate Strategy for Miraval Holding in Tucson, a division of Steve Case's Revolution Resorts, and the ownership entity of Miraval Life in Balance. Foster was most recently a Vice President of PKF Consulting in Los Angeles.

Mark Bommarito has been appointed Project Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino now operated by Benchmark Hospitality. He was most recently the Director of Marketing at the Grand Victoria Casino Resort also in Indiana.  

John Cardona is the new Vice President Hotel Sales for Regent Hotels based in Fort Lauderdale. He was most recently the Vice President Sales and Marketing for the Garrett Hotel Group. Cardona also served in a similar capacity for the Peninsula Hotel Group and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Boutique Hotels & Resorts International has named Stacy Dreyfus Global Sales Director, to be based in Chicago. She previously was the Director of Sales and Marketing at New York's Hotel Gansevoort, after launching the Northeast National Sales Office for Schrager Hotels.

Keith Battaglia has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center. He was most recently the Director of Sales for the Northland Inn near Minneapolis and previously served as Director of Sales for the Chattanoogan in Tennessee. 

Sam Cole is the new Director of Sales for the Regent Beverly Wilshire taking over for Kelly Nelson who has gone to the Four Seasons Palo Alto as Director of Sales and Marketing. Cole originally joined the Beverly Wilshire as Associate Director of Catering. After relocating from Florida to open Brad Korzen's Avalon in Beverly Hills, Cole was the General Manager of the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Ross Anderson has joined the Meritage Resort at Napa as Director of Sales. He was formerly with Villagio Inn and Spa and the Vintage Inn.

Linda Clark has been appointed Senior Sales Manager at the Resort at Paws Up in Montana. She was most recently in sales at the Bernardus Lodge and the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley.

Donna Shepherd has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Beverly Hilton. She was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. Shepherd also served as the Vice President of Human Resources at Universal Studios Hollywood, following a long career with Marriott.

John Cunin has joined Wynn Las Vegas as Director of Fine Dining. He will be responsible for the hotel's nine fine dining outlets, taking over the position left vacant by Antonello Paganuzzi early in the spring. Cunin was most recently the General Manager of MIX Las Vegas following a stint as Managing Partner at Capital Grille also in Las Vegas.

Claude Boudoux is now the Vice President Food and Beverage for Norwegian Cruise Line. He was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the past five years and was previously the Vice President Food and Beverage at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

Roland Rutjens has been named General Manager by Aramark in Las Vegas, pending permanent assignment. He was most recently the General Manager at Emeril's Tchoup Chop in Orlando and previously oversaw Planet Hollywood in New York. Rutjens also spent several years with House of Blues on the West Coast.

Jacques Gouret is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Chateau on the Lake Resort in Branson, Missouri. He was previously a Food and Beverage Manager at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami.

Wil Lee has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage for Caesar's Palace Atlantic City. He recently served as a Food and Beverage Consultant for the West Paces Hotel Group. His resume also includes the Four Seasons Newport Beach, Ritz-Carlton in Orlando and San Francisco and the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Sean Dempsey has joined the Meritage Resort at Napa as Director of Food and Beverage. He previously served as Director of Conference and Catering Services for Meadowood and Silverado.

Michael Mihalow has been named Director of Food and Beverage Outlets at the Sheraton Boston. He was most recently at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco as the General Manager of Top of the Mark.

Sandro Gamba has joined the pre-opening team at the Four Seasons Westlake Village as Executive Chef. Gamba, who was most recently consulting for the owners of Absinthe Brasserie in San Francisco, built his name as the Executive Chef at Nomi at the Park Hyatt Chicago and at the now shuttered Lespinasse at the St. Regis Washington DC. Gamba was one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs a few years back and started his career with Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse.

Executive Chef Charles Hechinger has joined the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. He comes from the Claremont in Oakland, a former KSL resort recently rebranded Doubletree. Prior to joining the Claremont in 2004, Hechinger had been the Executive Chef at the Lodge at Vail and at the (former) Pan Pacific San Francisco (now the JW Marriott San Francisco, it originally opened as the Portman).

Brian Cochran has accepted the position of General Manager with Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro at the Venetian. He was most recently the General Manager for the House of Blues' Foundation Room. He had also been the Manager of Mark Miller's defunct Coyote Café at the MGM Grand.

Zack Zahran has been named General Manager of US Operations for Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Based in New York, he will be responsible for launching Gordon Ramsay at the London New York, formerly the Rhiga Royal and Gordon Ramsay at the London Los Angeles the former Bel-Age in West Hollywood. Zahran had been with the Peninsula New York since 1989, most recently as Resident Manager. In related news, Hilary Tolman who was the London-Based VP of US operations for Gordon Ramsay Holdings, has left the group.

Chicago Sommelier Belinda Chang has been named Wine and Spirits Director for the newly formed Cenitare Restaurant Group. She was most recently at Osteria Via Stato in a similar position. A former Sommelier at Charlie Trotter's, Chang also served as General Manager and Wine Director at the Fifth Floor in San Francisco.

Jeffrey Everts has been named Executive Chef at the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa taking over from Jesse Llapitan. Everts was most recently the Corporate Chef for the KOR Group based in Beverly Hills and previously oversaw the kitchen at the Hotel Nine Zero in Boston.

Henri Laaksonen is the new Executive Chef at the Copper Beach Inn in Connecticut. He was previously the Chef de Cuisine at El Monte Sagrado in Taos and Executive Sous Chef at Topper's at the Wauwinet on Nantucket.

Timothy Au has joined the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Connecticut as Executive Chef. Au was most recently the Chef de Cuisine at A. R. Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. 

Robert Wilson has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey taking over from Troy Thompson. He transfers from the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn and was previously the Executive Sous Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
Gilles Arzur has transferred to the Sofitel Water Tower in Chicago as Executive Chef. He was most recently heading up the kitchen at the Sofitel Montreal and previously was the Executive Chef at the Sofitel Los Angeles. In Chicago, Arzur takes over from Frédéric Castan, now the Executive Chef at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

William Bradley, who began his career in San Diego, has returned to assume the Executive Chef position at Addison, the dining venue at the Grand Del Mar, presently under construction. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Vu at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. 

Joseph Elevado, who was the Executive Chef at Nobu Las Vegas, and spent a total of eight years with Nobu, will be the opening Executive Chef at Social House being open by the Pure Group at Treasure Island in August. 

Jeff Longnecker has joined the Meritage Resort at Napa as Executive Chef in the resort's restaurant, Siena. He was formerly the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of the Sea Ranch Lodge along the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.

Joel Guillon has joined San Francisco's Left Bank Restaurants as Corporate Chef. Since 1976, he had worked with Méridien, including no fewer than twenty-two years as Executive Chef at the Hotel Méridien San Francisco/ANA Hotel/Argent.

Laurent Lhuillier is the new Executive Pastry Chef at Catering by Windows in Virginia. Lhuillier had been with Ritz-Carlton since 2001 as Executive Pastry Chef in Orlando and Tyson's Corner. His impressive resume includes a stint as Executive Pastry Chef at Sol Kerzner's Atlantis in the Bahamas.

At the upcoming Social House in Las Vegas, 26-year-old Ralph Perrazzo will be the Pastry Chef. He was previously the Pastry Chef at Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace and spent two months on the pre-opening team of Restaurant Guy Savoy also at Caesar's Palace.

Social House at Treasure Island has named Mark Steele General Manager. He was formerly the General Manager of Fix at the Bellagio.

Mohamed Qadir is the new Director of Housekeeping at the Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia. He was most recently the Executive Housekeeper at La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio and previously served in housekeeping at the St. Regis Houston and Four Seasons Houston.

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Europe
Lars Wagner is now the General Manager at the Grand Hotel InterContinental in Paris. He was most recently the opening Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche and previously the opening Hotel Manager for the Four Seasons Prague. Wagner had originally joined Four Seasons as Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Sébastien Carre replaces Lars Wagner at the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche as Hotel Manager. He was until now the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Washington, DC. Carre previously served as Director of Operations at Washington's Sofitel Lafayette Square and Resident Manager at the Hotel La Plantation in Mauritius.

Alexandre Cresta has been appointed General Manager at the Hotel Carlos IV in Prague. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Dubai.

Jacques Vitu has joined the Hotel Andrassy in Budapest as General Manager. He comes from Le Plaza Brussels where he was the Resident Manager following five years at the Conrad Brussels as Executive Assistant Manager.

Alain Goetschel, the former General Manager of the Hotel Andrassy in Budapest, will be the opening General Manager of the Jiva Hill Park Hotel located in the French Alps, a few miles outside Geneva.

Alessandro Cabella has been appointed Hotel Manager by Orient-Express at the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg. He was most recently the Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort in Oman, following two years in the same capacity at the One and Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius.

Laurent Van Hoegaerden has joined the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc as Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently at the Hotel de Crillon starting as the Director of Food and Beverage and serving the past four years as Hotel Manager.

Renaud Bachoffner has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Vista Palace in Roquebrune Cap Martin. He has held top Sales and Marketing positions at Dolce Frégate in Bandol, La Palmeraie Golf Hotel and Resort in Marrakech, the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo and LSO International. 

Olivier Streiff has joined the Bastide de Saint-Tropez as Chef de Cuisine. He had been the Chef at the Vista Palace since 2003.

Asia and the Pacific
Lausanne grad Pierre Perusset has been promoted to Managing Director of the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta and JW Marriott Jakarta. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton, since 2005. Previously Perusset was the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Doha. 

Martin van der Reijden will be joining Per Aquum as Managing Director Resort Collection. He joins from the Conrad Phuket Resort & Spa where he was the General Manager.

Robert Boyle has been promoted from Resort Manager to Managing Director at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu where he joined last September. Boyle was previously President of Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in New Hampshire and served in executive management positions for the Camberley Hotel in Louisville, for Topnotch at Stowe Resort and Spa and the Doral Telluride Resort and Spa in Colorado. At Turtle Bay, he takes over from Abid Butt, who has left the company.

Remko Kroesen is the new General Manager of the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort. Remko joined Accor from the Crown Princess Kuala Lumpur where he was the General Manager since 2003.
  
Simeon Olle is the new General Manager at the Park Hyatt in Beijing. Olle was most recently the General Manager at the Grand Hyatt Seoul and previously toiled at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the Hyatt Regency Santiago and the Hyatt Regency Adelaide.

Marek Przeorski has been named General Manager of the new Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi in Thailand scheduled to open in October 2006. Marek re-joined Accor in Poland in 2002 as General Manager of the Sofitel Wroclaw. 

Bernardo Godinez has been appointed General Manager of two properties, the soon to open Grand Sukhumvit by Sofitel and the Grand Mercure Park Avenue in Bangkok. He was previously the General Manager of the Novotel Vientiane in Laos. 
  
Simon Jinks has been promoted to General Manager, Novotel Chiang Mai. Since 2002, he had been Resident Manager at the Sofitel Silom Bangkok.      
  
Bernd Schneider is the new General Manager of the recently announced Hotel Philippine Plaza in Manila. Prior to this appointment he was the General Manager of the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort in Thailand.  
  
Michael Perdikaris has been named General Manager of the Novotel Hydro Majestic Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia scheduled opening in August. He previously assumed the position of General Manager of the Sofitel Palm Resort in Johor Bahru.  
  
Aiman Zaki has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Palm Resort in Johor Bahru. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sofitel Le Sphinx Cairo.  

Gerhard Zimmer has been promoted to General Manager Delegate Beijing of the Sofitel Wanda Beijing, and will be based at the pre-opening office until it opens in 2007. He was most recently the General Manager of Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong Shanghai.  
  
Douglas Barber has been promoted to General Manager Delegate Shanghai and will be based at the Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong Shanghai as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Sofitel Ambassador Seoul.   

Rodney Trutwein is the new General Manager of the Pudi Boutique Hotel Fuxing Parc Shanghai. He was most recently the General Manager for Accor Jin Jiang Hotel Distribution Company, also based in Shanghai.  
  
Gordon Wong has been appointed General Manager of the recently announced Sofitel Riverside Qingyuan. He was most recently the General Manager at the Novotel Watergate Shenzhen.  
  
Lawrence Chew has been promoted to General Manager at the Novotel Watergate Shenzhen. He was most recently the Resident Manager of the Sofitel Xiamen.

Naiade Resorts has acquired the White Sands Resort & Spa Maldives and has placed Lothar Gross as General Manager. He will remain the General Manager at the Merville Beach Hotel in Mauritius where he has been since 2002. Mahendra Rajkoomar has been promoted at the Merville Beach Hotel from Resident Manager to Acting General Manager to oversee the property during Gross' absence.

Raj Rao has been appointed General Manager at the Ananda Spa In The Himalayas. He was most recently at the Oberoi New Delhi as the Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. Prior to returning to India, Rao was with the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and the Four Seasons Chicago in various food and beverage positions.

Peter Högh Pedersen has been named General Manager of the Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa in the Philippines. He joins from the Hilton Sharks Bay Resort in Sharm El Sheikh.

Vikram Sing has been appointed General Manager of the newly renovated and re-opened Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives, replacing Peter Wynne who has been appointed General Manager of Raffles Beijing. Sing was most recently the Director of Operations at Taj Wilderness Resorts.

Harry Saptadi has been appointed General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel Borneo. He was most recently the General Manager at the Grandkemang Hotel in Jakarta.

Allan Strahle has been named General Manager at the Luxe Manor in Hong Kong. He was most recently the General Manager at the Jia Hotel & Resort Group in Hong Kong.

Diaz Yonadie has been appointed General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel Borneo. He was most recently the General Manager of the Swiss-Grand Bali and previously the General Manager at the Turi Beach Resort and Director of Operations at the Bintan Lagoon Resort.

Tomas Hansson has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Shenzhen. This marks his sixth property with Starwood. Prior to this appointment, Hansson has held several key positions in China, such as General Manager of the Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel, Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Shenyang Lido Hotel and Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel. 

Knut Wylde will be leaving London's Savoy after four years (and six General Managers, with no one currently in place...) to become the Resident Manager at the One and Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Prior to joining the Savoy, Wylde spent five years with Rosewood at the Lanesborough, Little Dix Bay, Badrutt's Palace and the Al Faisaliah, prior to focusing on training issues in the Caribbean region.

Xavier Pech has been promoted to the Hyatt Regency Jing Jin City as Resident Manager. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Thomas Egloff has been appointed Director of Operations and Marketing for Swiss-Belhotel International based in Hong Kong. He had previously been the General Manager at the Grand Hotel National AG in Switzerland, the Director of Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in Jeddah, and the Director of Marketing at the Hotel Equatorial in Malaysia.

Alexandre Personeni has been named Financial Controller for the InterContinental Sydney. He was most recently the Area Director of Finance and Business Support for InterContinental French Polynesia and previously the Financial Controller for the InterContinental Tahiti.

Eric Capdevielle has been named Financial Controller at Meeru Island Resort. Capdevielle was most recently the Group Operations Finance Controller in Mauritius at Group Apavou.

Second-generation Cornell hotel school graduate Xavier Bessou is taking over from Christine Chevalaz as Executive Assistant Manager at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. He previously held the position of Food and Beverage Director at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles, operated by the Kor Group.

Charles Lennox has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Kahala Resort in Honolulu (the former Kahala Mandarin Oriental, previously known as the Kahala Hilton). He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Regency Club in Los Angeles and previously headed up food and beverage operations at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa and the Beverly Hills Hotel. This is a return to Honolulu for Lennox who was with Halekulani for seventeen years.

Wilsom Lum Kok Yew was appointed as Director of Rooms at the Westin Beijing Financial Street. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms at the Westin Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. 

James Lai has been appointed Director of Corporate Engineering at Langham Hotels International. Lai has previously worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan and major cities in Mainland China including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen.

Andrew Jessop has been appointed Vice President – Brands at Langham Hotels International. He was most recently the General Manager of the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket and has previously worked with the Luxury Collection, St. Regis and Westin in Thailand, Australia and China.

Suzette Deveau has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Shanghai replacing Jason Stinson who has moved on to be the pre-opening Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Mumbai. Deveau was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Caneel Bay. Patrick Kidd, the Director of Sales at the Carlyle in New York, replaces her in New York for Caneel Bay.

Hilton International has appointed Wendy Gallina as Director of Sales, Hilton Sales Worldwide in Hong Kong. She was most recently the Director of International Sales – Conferences and Conventions at the Hilton Sydney.

Trixie Scully has been named Director of Revenue Management and Analysis at Langham Hotels International. Scully previously worked at the Sheraton Towers Southgate, Melbourne for thirteen years and was most recently the Area Director of Revenue Management – Thailand for Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok.
 
Mandy Ning has been named Director of Sales – China at Langham Hotels International to be based in Shanghai. She has previously held sales positions with the Royal Garden Hong Kong, Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts and the Sino Group of Hotels in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Langham, she was the General Manager of a travel agency in Shanghai.

Jason Coker was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the soon to open Westin Beijing Financial Street. He was most recently the Director of Global Sales at Starwood Melbourne Global Sales Office and previously the Area Director of Revenue Management Starwood Asia Pacific. 

Maggie Fan has been named Sales and Marketing Manager for Swiss-Belhotel International based in Hong Kong. She has previously worked in sales at the Swiss-Belhotel Suites and Residences and the Pavilion Hotel both in Shenzhen.

Amari Hotels and Resorts has appointed Christian Lueke as Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing to be based in Bangkok. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for HMS International Hotel Company.

John Neutze has been named Director of Business Development for Hilton's National Sales Office –Thailand to be based in Bangkok. Neutze was most recently the Director of Sales at Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa since 2003.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels International has named Yin Yin Wong Director of Marketing to be based in Singapore. She was most recently the Regional Public Relations Manager, Asia Pacific for Le Méridien.

Bonnie Luk has been appointed Human Resources Manager at the Langham Hotel Hong Kong. She has previously held various human resources positions at the Marco Polo Prince Hotel, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Diplomat Catering Limited, Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers, and the Hotel Panorama.  

Sean Spinks has joined the Seoul Grand InterContinental as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. Spinks was most recently the Food and Beverage Director at the Crowne Plaza Dubai.

Ron Brooks has been appointed Food and Beverage Director of the Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur. He was most recently with Parkroyal and Mutiara Hotels as Director of Food and Beverage.

Bernhard Alexander Langer has taken the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Beijing Financial Street. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. 

Eric Guilbert has been appointed Executive Chef at the Oberoi Lombok.  He was most recently at the Lido restaurant at the Sofitel Las Dunas in Marbella. 

Nam Quoc Nguyen is the new Executive Chef at the Sukhothai in Bangkok. He joins from Swissotel/Raffles The Howard London and previously worked for the Les Amis Group in Singapore in the capacity of Resident Chef at The Lighthouse by Les Amis at the Fullerton. In addition, he also worked for Aquavit in New York, Le Canard and the Grand Hotel Oslo.

Hervé Potus is the new Pastry Chef at the Imperial New Delhi. Potus was most recently at the Four Seasons Singapore.

Middle East and Africa
Marco Nijhof has been appointed Senior Vice President – Gulf, for Jumeirah International based in Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Operations at the Aga Khan's Serena Hotels, based in France. Nijhof also served as Chief Operating Officer of Boscolo Hotels. 

The Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has appointed Michael Henssler as General Manager. Henssler most recently spent two years as General Manager at the Kempinski Julai'a Hotel and Resort in Kuwait.

Naim Maadad has been appointed Area General Manager of the Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay in Oman scheduled to open in early 2007. He joins from the Sunset Beach Resort at Al Khobar, where he held the role of Resort Manager.

Peter Mainguy returns to the Ritz-Carlton Dubai as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm el Sheik. Andrew Turner replaces Mainguy at the Ritz-Carlton Sharm el Sheik. Turner was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Doha.

Roger Marcz is the new Hotel Manager at the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, managed by Ritz-Carlton. He was most recently at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, following a stint as Director of Food and Beverage at Badrutt's Palace under Rosewood.

Antoine Joignant has been promoted to General Manager of the Sheraton Damascus Hotel and Towers. He was most recently the Deputy General Manager at the Sheraton Club des Pins Resorts and Towers in Algiers.

Philippe Guitton has been appointed General Manager of the Lémuria Resort of Praslin in the Seychelles. He is fresh from opening, as General Manager, the Radisson Tahiti. Guitton was also the General Manager of the Sheraton Moorea in French Polynesia and the Green Cay Villa Hotel in St. Maarten.

The Four Seasons Amman has appointed Rami Sayess as Hotel Manager. He moves to Amman from Kuwait where he was the General Manager of the Movenpick.

Peter Drescher has been hired as Regional Executive Chef, Middle East for Movenpick. He was most recently the Corporate Chef for Athens-based Grecotels and did the opening for the Ritz-Carlton Doha.

Anne Marie Houston is the new Director of Food and Beverage at the Jumeirah Mina A'Salam & Souk Madinat in Dubai. She had been the Food and Beverage Manager at London's Brown's.

Edited by Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Lisa Leroy & Susana Parks
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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ May 2006
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ April 2006
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ March 2006
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ February 2006
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ December 2005/January 2006
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ November 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / October 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August/September 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ June 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ May 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ April 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / February 2005
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / October 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / September 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March/April 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ Februrary 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ January 2004
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ December 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ November 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ October 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What/ September 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / August 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / July 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / March 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Jan 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Dec 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / Nov 2000
 
 

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