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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
August 2006
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The Americas
Wolf Hengst, who is currently President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, for Four Seasons, has announced his intention to retire at year-end. With his retirement, Four Seasons has appointed Kathleen Taylor as President and Chief Operating Officer. Jim FitzGibbon will become President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, effective January 1, 2007. 

Starwood has promoted Rip Gellein, to President, Global Development. Gellein has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership since 1999 and was formerly Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Vistana, a company acquired by Starwood in 1999. He joined Vistana in 1980.

Ted Darnall, President of Starwood Real Estate Group has stepped down in order to develop a fund specifically focused on building aloft and Extended Stay by Westin hotels, two brands he helped create. Darnall joined Starwood in 1996 and has been the President of the Starwood Real Estate Group since 2002.

Starwood has named Matt Ouimet President of the Hotel Group, a newly created position. Ouimet spent seventeen years at the Walt Disney Company, most recently serving as President of the Disneyland Resort. Ed Grier, a 25-year Disney veteran who most recently oversaw the company's operations of Tokyo Disney Resort, replaces Ouimet.

Hotelier Philippe LeBoeuf is back in the United States after eleven years in France. He is now based in Dallas as Rosewood's Vice President of Operations. LeBoeuf, a Board Director for Leading Hotels of the World, served until 2005 as Executive Vice President of Louvre Hotels, the Barry Sternlicht-controlled entity that includes Paris' tony Hotel de Crillon. LeBoeuf was at the helm of the Crillon for six years. From 1989 to 1991, he was an Executive Assistant Manager at New York's Carlyle, now a Rosewood hotel.

Radisson has appointed Ed Garin Vice President of Development, Latin America. A Cornell graduate, he had served as Director of Development for Lexington Services and Vantis International since 1997. Prior to that, he was Director of Rooms and Reservations for the Continental Companies. 

Destination Hotels & Resorts has hired David Bland as Managing Director of New Projects, a newly created role. He was most recently with Intrawest at its Winter Park development as Director of Sales.

Edward Haus has joined Yellowstone Club World in Beverly Hills as Chief Financial Officer, under former Conrad International Chief Executive Officer Dieter Huckestein. Haus was with Hilton for fifteen years, most recently as Corporate Director of Financial Services and Reporting. He was the Vice President of Finance for Conrad International during its growth from one to twenty luxury hotels worldwide.

Ray Jacobi has been appointed General Manager of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach replacing Hansjoerg Maissen. A resident of Newport Beach, Jacobi was until recently the Chief Executive Officer at the Telluride Ski and Golf Resort. He previously served with Rosewood as the company's Chief Operating Officer. This is a return to the property for Jacobi who had been its General Manager in the mid nineties when it was still the Four Seasons Newport Beach.

David Feder has been appointed President and General Manager of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach succeeding Michael Starr, who will assume the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the upcoming Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas. Previously, Feder was the President of the PGA National Resort & Club. He also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Boca Resorts, and as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Arizona Biltmore.
Sanjeev Rai has been appointed General Manager of the Rockefeller Center Hotel in New York. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont New Orleans following nine years at the Drake in Chicago in the same position.

William Taylor has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Boston replacing Peter O'Colmain who is leaving the company in order to relocate back to Southern California. Taylor was previously the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and the Four Seasons Atlanta.

Victor Woo has been named General Manager of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, the former Marriott Rancho Las Palmas, bought by Strategic Capital and given under management to KSL Resorts. Woo was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at KSL's Hotel Del Coronado and Claremont.

Joseph Kirtley has been promoted by the Morgans Hotel Group as General Manager of New York's Royalton, from the position of Hotel Manager at Mondrian. He originally joined the company more than eleven years ago as Front Office Manager at Miami's Delano.

Mathew Pargament has been transferred by the Morgans Hotel Group from the position of General Manager at Miami's Shore Club to the same post at Mondrian in Los Angeles, where the post had been vacant since the departure of Bill Doak, almost a year ago.

Peter Serena has been named General Manager of the Vero Beach Hotel & Club. Most recently Serena served as General Manager at the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples and was previously the General Manager at the Wigwam in Arizona.

The Lodge at Tiburon has appointed Stephanie Bauer as General Manager. She was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of the Lafayette Park and was previously the General Manager of the Sofitel San Francisco in Redwood City. 

Eric Sather will be joining Blackstone's LXR Luxury Resorts as the General Manager of the Peaks in Telluride. He has been the General Manager of Robert Redford's Sundance Resort for the past two years, following a nine-year tenure with Dolce International.

Roy Young has been named Managing Director of the Naples Bay Resort.  He was promoted by Benchmark Hospitality from the position of Project Director at the French Lick Resort Casino and West Baden Springs Resort. Young also served as Managing Director for the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.

Sam Guedouar has been appointed General Manager of the Providence Westin. He was most recently the General Manager at the InterContinental in Kansas City and previously served in a similar capacity at the Lake Lawn Resort in Wisconsin, the Hotel ZAZA in Dallas and the US Grant in San Diego.

Philippe Sabo has been named General Manager of Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia. A Lausanne graduate, he had spent several years with Orient Express in such diverse locations as the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, Charleston Place, the Maroma Resort and Spa, and the Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu.

Sileshi Mengiste has been named General Manager of the newly rebranded Le Méridien (formerly the Park Hyatt) in San Francisco. He was most recently overseeing the former Pan Pacific San Francisco (now the JW Marriott). He also held the position of Executive Director of Hotel Operations at Wynn Las Vegas.

Steve Shern has been named General Manager at the Hotel 71 in Chicago soon to be re-branded to Solis Hotel and Spa. He spent the past fourteen years with Four Seasons, in Dallas, Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta.

Jean Loubat will be running his newly purchased Pine Creek Lodge in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Parker Méridien Palm Springs.

Kurt Berman has been named Resident Manager of Rosewood's Jumby Bay in Antigua. He was most recently at Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles as Resident Manager, having joined the property in 2004 as Executive Chef. Berman was previously at Point Grace in the Turks and Caicos.

Andrea Gates has been named Hotel Manager of the Carlyle. She was most recently at Rosewood sister property, the Mansion on Turtle Creek as Director of Rooms.

Cornell graduate James Kostecky has transferred to the Four Seasons Great Exuma as Resort Manager, switching positions with Annabel Shaw who will move to his former position at the Four Seasons London as Hotel Manager. Kostecky started with the company in 2002 as Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Hualalai in Hawaii.

Pascal Forotti has transferred as Hotel Manager to the Hotel InterContinental Chicago. He was most recently at the InterContinental Buckhead where his successor as Hotel Manager is Andrew Gajary, previously the Hotel Manager at the Cleveland InterContinental.

Simon Antoine has transferred to the InterContinental Cleveland as Executive Assistant Manager, from the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the InterContinental Buckhead. Bixente Pery, Executive Chef at the InterContinental Buckhead has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage/Executive Chef. 

The soon-to-open Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has appointed Miguel Rodriguez Executive Assistant Manager. He was most recently the General Manager of the Water Club Boutique Hotel in Puerto Rico.

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale has named Clay Stewart Director of Finance. He was most recently the Operations Controller at the Lake Las Vegas Resort and was previously overseeing finance at the Hilton Miami Airport and the Doubletree Oceanfront Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Brenda Sorley has been named Financial Controller at the French Lick Resort Casino in Indiana. She was most recently the Finance and Business Control Manager for Tetra Pak, a global packaging company based in Lund, Sweden. 

Vail Resorts has appointed Robert Urwiler Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He was most recently the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Macromedia.

Carlos Salazar has joined the Carlyle as Director of Food and Beverage.  He was most recently in the same position at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental (since then renamed the Kahala Resort) where his successor is Charles Lennox.
 
Gilles Flores has joined Sun Swept Resorts in St. Lucia as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. For the past four years, he was in various food and beverage management positions with Orient Express at El Encanto, La Samanna and the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort.

Greg Poplewko has been named Project Vice President of Food and Beverage for the French Lick Resort Casino in Indiana. He was most recently employed by Harrah's Entertainment as Division Director of Food and Beverage for Bally's and Paris Las Vegas and previously for five years was part of Caesar's Entertainment.

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has appointed Vipin Khullar as Director of Food and Beverage. He joined Marriott in 1988 and served the company in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, most recently as the Director of Food and Beverage for the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.

At the Hilton Fort Lauderdale, Stéphane Lafon has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage. He has previously worked at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel and Towers, the Waldorf=Astoria, Turnberry Isle Resort and Club, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Windsor Court New Orleans. He most recently, served as Director of Food and Beverage at the now shuttered Swissôtel The Drake.

Paul Cardona will be leaving his position of Director of Food and Beverage at the Orrington to take a similar post at the Park Hyatt Chicago. Prior to joining the Orrington a year ago, Cardona was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Lodge at Vail. He also opened Bacara in Santa Barbara as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

Daryl Billig has been named Food and Beverage Director of the Whitetail Club & Resort in Northern Idaho. A CIA graduate, he was most recently based in Honolulu as the Executive Sous Chef with Pride of Aloha, an American-based cruise ship that services the Hawaiian Islands. 

Cornell graduate Shai Zelering has joined Blackstone's LXR Luxury Resort as Cluster Director of Food and Beverage for their hotels in Fort Lauderdale including the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Marriott Harborside and Holiday Inn.

Christine Judd, who was until now the Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Sydney, has transferred, in a similar role, to the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Judd was the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. In Santa Barbara, she takes over from Ed Galsterer, who has left the company.

Stacy Dreyfus has joined Winvian in Connecticut as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently in the same position at the Hotel Gansevoort and previously Global Sales Manager at Ian Schrager Hotels Northeast Global Sales Office.

The Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (formerly the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas) has named Daniel Keyser Director of Sales and Marketing. He most recently served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Emerald Pointe Resort on Georgia's Lake Lanier Island and the past year as Director of Sales at La Quinta in Palm Springs. Both properties are, like Rancho Las Palmas, operated by KSL.

Neil Hastings has joined the Mountain Lodge at Telluride as Director of Sales and Marketing. Hastings was previously with Starwood. Most recently he was overseeing Sales and Marketing at Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa.

The newly opened Zermatt Resort & Spa in Utah has hired Michelle Palmer as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Associate Director of Sales at the Lodges at Deer Valley and the Chateaux at Silver Lake - Deer Valley Lodging. Palmer has also served as the Associate Director of Sales at Sundance Village.

Paul Pebley has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Fontainebleau Suites and Fontainebleau Resort in Miami. He was previously the Marketing Director at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Jodi Doughty has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Houston's Hotel Icon. She was most recently handling both the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta as Director of Sales and Marketing.

John Egelhoff has joined the very luxe Twin Farms in Vermont as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently in the same position at the Little Nell in Aspen and previously handled Sales and Marketing at Auberge du Soleil. David Kaso moves into Egelhoff's position at the Little Nell from his position there as the Director of Catering.

The Hotel Roanoke has named Rick Southard Director of Marketing and Event Planning. He succeeds Gary Crizer, who was named Assistant General Manager of the Hotel Roanoke's sister property, the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Southard was most recently in Rockville, Maryland where he was General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.

The Garden City Hotel on Long Island has named Alysia DeSocio Director of Sales. DeSocio's recently held positions include Director of Sales and Marketing at the Inn at Fox Hollow.  

Philippe Parodi has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Regent Bal Harbor in Miami due to open early 2007. He was most recently the Regional Director of Marketing for Morgans Hotel Group Miami, responsible for Delano and the Shore Club. Parodi also served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes and Director of Sales at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris.

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale has appointed Thomas Parke Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Regional Marketing Director of Inter-Continental Resorts – Puerto Rico. Parke also held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Hawaii's Turtle Bay Resort, following a stint as Chief Operating Officer of Cayo largo in Puerto Rico. He also held corporate and regional sales and marketing posts for American Golf Corporation and Club Corporation of America.

Langham has appointed Alice Wu Cota as Director of Sales – Western Region, North America, based in San Francisco. She was most recently the Director of Business Development for Shangri-La – Western Regional Sales Office.

Maureen Stella has joined the Carlyle as Director of Sales. She was most recently in a similar position at the Michelangelo, also in New York and previously oversaw sales and marketing at the Melrose, the Rhiga Royal and the Omni Berkshire Place.

Arthur Sands has joined the Park Hyatt Los Angeles as Director of Catering and Convention Services. He was most recently the Director of Catering and Social Services at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown.

Ellen Thornton has joined the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey as Director of Catering Sales. She was most recently the Director of Sales for Concorde Hotels, representing the Hotel de Crillon, the Hotel Martinez and the Palais de La Méditerranée. Thornton was previously at the Hotel Bel-Air as Director of Sales and Leading Hotels of the World as Sales Manager, Western Region.

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale has named Jacqueline George Director of Human Resources. She has previously worked with Caneel Bay Resort, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Toronto, and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in Dallas.  

Xavier Moulin has moved up to Northern California to open Espace Café in Sonoma as its Owner and General Manager. He was most recently the Assistant Rooms Division Manager at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills.

Chef John Schenk is returning to New York. He worked at Gotham Bar and Grill and Clementine in Manhattan before heading to the Bellagio in Las Vegas and then Strip House in Houston. He will be the Executive Chef at Strip House Greenwich Village, and will also oversee the other Strip House restaurants around the country.

Bruno Feldeisen has joined the Soho Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver as Executive Chef. He was most recently at the Wickaninnish Inn as the Executive Pastry Chef. Feldeisen was also the Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons New York, Pinot Bistro in Los Angeles and the Highlands Inn in Carmel. 

Jasper Schneider has joined the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas as Executive Chef. Prior to a short stint at the Chatham Bars Inn, he was recently the opening Executive Chef at the Palms on Turks and Caicos following six years at La Quinta Resort and Club.

Josef Centeno has joined Opus in Los Angeles as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Domaine Restaurant Group at the recently-shuttered Meson G as their Executive Chef.

Aaron Losch has accepted the Chef de Cuisine position at ENVY Steakhouse at the Renaissance Las Vegas. He was most recently the Sous Chef at BOA Steakhouse at the Forum Shops.

Chi Ping Xu has been promoted as Executive Sous Chef at the Drake Chicago. He had been with the Hilton International over ten years and held various positions from Restaurant Chef, Senior Sous Chef, Food and Beverage Management and Banquet & Catering Service Manager at several Hilton properties in London, Geneva, Guam, Tokyo and Shanghai. 

The Fairmont San Francisco has appointed Andrew Ihasz as Executive Sous Chef. In 2001, Ihasz joined Fairmont in Bermuda as Restaurant Chef. He was then promoted to Executive Sous Chef at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

Gilles Ballay has joined the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Pastry Chef at Wynn Las Vegas and previously held various Pastry Chef positions at Marie Elaine's at the Phoenician, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, Le Cirque at the Bellagio Las Vegas and Orsay in New York. In Los Angeles, he filled the position left vacant when Donald Wressel left after many years at the property.

Gerard Partoens has joined Caesar's Palace Las Vegas as Executive Pastry Chef. He was previously the Executive Pastry Chef at the Adam's Mark in Denver, the Broadmoor in Colorado and, most recently, at the Reno Hilton.

Francois Gaertner has joined the Big Horn Country Club in Palm Springs as Pastry Chef. He had been in Rancho Mirage since 2000 formerly with the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage a property that later transitioned into the Lodge at Rancho Mirage. He was most recently in a dual role as Executive Sous Chef and Pastry Chef. The Lodge at Rancho Mirage will be closing this month for extensive enhancements.

Michel Keller has joined Bistro 75 in Los Angeles as opening General Manager. He was most recently the Restaurant Manager at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Jesse Rodriguez, previously at Napa Valley's French Laundry, has been named Head Sommelier at Addison in the Grand Del Mar, a resort now under construction in North San Diego County. 

Richard Gonzales has left the Four Seasons Washington DC as Reservations Manager to be on the opening team of the Four Seasons Westlake Village as Director of Revenue Management. Gonzales also held various positions at the former Four Seasons Newport Beach, where he spent six years.

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale has named Clare-Helen Sutton Director of Revenue Management. She was most recently in the same position with Hilton, focusing on the Doubletree Guest Suites Galleria and Fort Lauderdale Oceanfront Hotel.  

La Costa Resort and Spa has appointed Rianna Riego Spa Director. She was most recently at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson and previously launched the opening of the Spa Esmeralda at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. 

Spa Strategy has announced Elaine Fenard as a new partner joining Managing Partner Richard Dusseau and Partner Nancy Nemer. She joins the company after four years as Vice President of Spa Development and Operations for Starwood.

Dan Mohr has joined La Posada de Sante Fe as Spa Director. Mohr was most recently at the Peninsula Chicago as the Spa Director and previously at the Red Mountain Spa as the Assistant Spa Director.

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Europe
Maybourne has appointed Stephen Alden Chief Executive Officer. Alden has had a career in the hotel industry in both North America and Europe with Starwood, most recently developing and globalizing the St. Regis brand. At Maybourne, he takes over from Geraldine McKenna who has retired to her home on the French Riviera.

Peter Zenneck has joined Jumeirah International as Vice President Development for Europe and North Africa to be based in London. A Cornell graduate, he spent the last three years advising Leading Hotel Fund Advisors and its partner, Trinity Hotel Investors on European hotel investments. He was previously with Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts as Worldwide Director of Development and as Vice President Development Asia/Pacific. 

Tony Potter is the new Chief Executive Officer of Corinthia Hotels International. He was most recently the Chief Executive officer at Millennium & Copthorne.

Dominick Adrian has been named General Manager-Luxury Collection for JJW Hotels and Resorts in Paris. The group's luxury collection is made up of the Hotel de Balzac and the Hotel de Vigny, both in Paris, acquired in 2004, the Grand Hotel in Vienna, and Berners Hotel in London. 

Paul Van Wijk has been named Managing Director of the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels slated for opening February 2007. He was with Warwick International Hotels since 1994 as General Manager of the Royal Windsor in Brussels and the Warwick New York.

Adelino Cardoso has been named Area Director of Finance Northern France and Director of Finance Prince de Galles for Starwood. A Cornell graduate, he joined Starwood in 1999 as Director of Finance at the Prince de Galles.

Alain Lhermite has been appointed Area Director of Finance Southern France and Director of Finance Le Méridien Nice. He previously was the Controller at the Le Méridien Seychelles, moving on to Guadeloupe and Martinique. 

Patrick Divall is Area Director of Finance England and Director of Finance of the London Complex for Starwood. He started his career at the Park Lane Hilton in 1993 and spent time as the Controller at the Sheraton Algarve and the Westin Dublin.
Bernard Viola is now the pre-opening Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Jamaica.

Giorgio Borgonovo has been appointed General Manager at the Bath Spa Hotel in England. He was most recently with the ATA Hotel Group at the Miramonti Majestic Grand Hotel in Italy as General Manager.

Jan-Paul Kroese has been appointed Resident Manager at the InterContinental Amstel replacing René Bornmann who is now the General Manager at Amsterdam's boutique Dylan Hotel (formerly Blake's). Kroese started at the Amstel as Director of Sales and Marketing in May 2004 and was previously in sales at the Mark in New York and the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Katrin Herz has joined the pre-opening office as Director of Rooms for the Ritz-Carlton Moscow. She was most recently the House Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Penha-Longa in Portugal.

Chris Southwick has joined the Ritz-Carlton Moscow as Executive Chef.  He was most recently at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena as Executive Sous Chef.

Rene Hofmann has joined the Ritz-Carlton Moscow as Assistant Food and Beverage Director. He was most recently the Banquet Director at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

Asia and the Pacific
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Thomas Meier as Area General Manager, South East Asia & China and Riaz Mahmood as Area General Manager, Indo-China. Meier joined Raffles in early 2000 with postings at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, the Swissôtel The Stamford and, most recently, Raffles The Plaza. Mahmood also joined Raffles in 2000 with postings at the Swissôtel Sydney, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, and Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh.

Azuan Noordin has been appointed General Manager of the Mangosteen Resort & Spa in Phuket. Noordin was most recently the Group General Manager of Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort.

Harry Saptadi has transferred as General Manager to the Swiss-Belhotel Banda Aceh, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam in Indonesia. He was most recently the temporary General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel Borneo, Samarinda and has previously worked for Novotel, Mandarin Oriental and Le Méridien.  

Marc Denton has been appointed General Manager of the Oberoi Lombok. He was most recently the Resident Manager at the Beau Rivage Resort in Mauritius.

Damian O'Donnell has joined the Shangri-La Fijian Resort as Resident Manager. He was most recently at the Evason Hideaway and Six Senses Spa at Ana Mandara in Vietnam as Resort Manager. He also served at Hayman Island as Rooms Division Manager. In addition, O'Donnell was with Four Seasons for eight years in Chicago, Nevis, Sydney and London.

The Dusit Resort Pattaya has appointed Marcus Wirsching as Resident Manager. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of the Radisson SAS Hamburg for two years.

The Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai has appointed Florian Heiner as Resident Manager. He was most recently the Rooms Division Manager for the Dusit Thani Bangkok. He also served at the Plaza Athénée Bangkok, the Plaza Athénée New York and the St. Regis New York.

Starwood has appointed Meaghan Murta as Manager, Loyalty & Partner Marketing, replacing Lisa Halim who will take on her new role as Director, Leisure & Online Marketing. Murtha joins the Starwood Asia Pacific office from the company's Europe/Africa/Middle East divisional office in Brussels where she was Manager of Brand Standards & Compliance. She will be based in Singapore.

Matthew Siegel has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Tanglin Club in Singapore. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong.

Jasmina Janik has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Tianjin and has served with Starwood and Shangri-La in China, in a similar capacity.

Theo Ocks has been appointed Director of Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta and JW Marriott Jakarta. Ocks previously spent six years with Accor, where his most recent assignment was the repositioning and rebranding of the Novotol Clarke Quay Singapore. He also served as Country Director of Sales and Marketing for Accor Indonesia from 2003 to 2005. 

Thomas Ng has been named Director of Sales of the Luxe Manor in Hong Kong. Ng has held different sales positions at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong, Regal Hong Kong Hotel and New World Harbour View Hotel and was most recently had been a part of the pre-opening team for Langham Place since January 2004.

After seven years as Executive Housekeeper at the Peninsula Hong Kong, Ariane Iken Lellmann has moved to Sydney and joined Lausanne Graduate Liz Lycette providing Housekeeping specific consulting services through their company L&A Hospitality consultants.

Eddy Tao has joined the Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai as Front Office Manager. He has previously held positions as Assistant Front Office Manager and Reservations Manager at the Sofitel Jing Jiang Oriental Shanghai. 

Middle East and Africa
Scott Mawhinney has joined the Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort in Oman as Resident Manager. He was most recently the opening General Manager of the Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara and was previously the General Manager at the Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa in Victoria, Canada, the Soho Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto and the Hotel Bora Bora.

Alain Chatel has joined Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts as the General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Spa in El Gouna. He had previously been the General Manager at Le Méridien Hotels in Tahiti, Bora Bora, Dakar and, most recently, Le Méridien Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.

InterContinental has appointed Pascal Gauvin Director of Operations, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Dubai. Gauvin first joined InterContinental in 1993 as Food and Beverage Manager at InterContinental Hotel Paris and has since held several managerial positions in the Philippines, Lebanon, Malaysia and Singapore.

Stephan Schupbach has joined the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai as Resident Manager. He was most recently at the One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives in the same position and was previously with Ritz Carlton Hotels in Germany, the Caribbean and Colorado.

Robert Scoon transfers as Director of Engineering to the Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Egypt slated for opening in early 2007.  Scoon has been with the Four Seasons Nevis for eight years, most recently as their Director of Engineering.

Didier Jacob has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. He was most recently at Sandy Lane in Barbados as Chef de Cuisine.

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