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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
March 2007
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The Americas
Rick Riess has been named President and Chief Executive Officer for Gavin Newsom’s (and Gordon Getty’s) PlumpJack Group. He most recently served seven years as Chief Operating Officer of Auberge Resorts, prior to which he spent four years as Regional Vice President for Grand Bay Hotels and Resorts based at the Boulders. Interestingly, at Plumpjack, Riess takes the position left vacant when Robert Goldberg became the President of the Moana Hotel and Restaurant Group, a sister company to Auberge Resorts, with which it shares top officers/directors Robert and Mark Harmon.

Peter Finamore has been promoted by Boyd Gaming from Vice President Hospitality at Atlantic City’s Borgata to Senior Vice President Operations at Las Vegas’ upcoming Echelon Place, due to open in 2010. Prior to joining Boyd five years ago, Finamore spent fourteen years with the Peninsula Group. He was the opening General Manager of the Peninsula Chicago, a property frequently ranked one of the top hotels in the world.

Speaking of the Borgata, Cornell graduate Victor Tiffany has left his position of Vice President of Food and Beverage there to become the Senior Vice President Concept Development for fast-growing Tarsadia Hotels. Before his five-year stint at the Borgata, Tiffany was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He had started his career with Drew Nieporent's Myriad Restaurant Group. 

Brian Young has been named Vice President, Resort Operations at Sea Island, rejoining some of his former Rosewood associates, including former President Jim Brown and Vice President Human Resources Meg Galletti. Young joined Rosewood in 1999 and was most recently their Vice President Operations Resorts, based in Dallas. 

ILX Resorts has appointed Philip Baxter Executive Vice President of Development. Baxter, a Cornell graduate, has spent the last fourteen years with Tishman Hotel Corporation where he was most recently a First Vice President.

Liberty Harbor has named Ralph Vick President of its newly formed resort management company, Liberty Harbor Hospitality. Vick previously served as Vice President and Managing Director for the Sea Island Company following twelve years with Ritz-Carlton, culminating with a stint as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Shane Krige has been appointed General Manager at the legendary Plaza in New York to be re-opened in a much-abridged version by Fairmont in the fall. He was most recently the Managing Director of the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Krige also served as Executive Assistant Manager for both the Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. and the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. In addition, he was appointed Hotel Manager at London’s Grosvenor House in 2003.

Mario Mazzini has been named General Manager at the Hotel Sax, the former House of Blues Hotel in Chicago. He had been with Méridien since 1983, most recently as the General Manager at the former Le Méridien Chicago now the Conrad Chicago.
David Jacobs has been appointed General Manager of the Hyatt Regency O'Hare following eight years as General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

Danna Holck has joined the Enchantment Resort in Sedona as General Manager. She comes from the Miramonte Resort in Palm Spring where her successor as General Manager is Richard Behr. Behr was most recently the General Manager at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas.

David Curell has relocated back to Vancouver as General Manager of the soon-to-open Loden, for the Kor Hotel Group. He had been lured away from Vancouver (where had been the General manager of the hip Hotel Opus) by Joie de Vivre Hospitality in 2004 to serve as Managing Director at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. 

David Lammond has joined the Standard Downtown Los Angeles as General Manager, taking over from Karim Elraheb, who has left the company. Lammond was most recently the General Manager at the Chamberlain in West Hollywood, after serving as the Assistant General Manager at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. This is a return to André Balazs’ Hotels AB where Lammond previously held the position of General Manager at the Standard Miami and Assistant General Manager at the Standard Hollywood.

Wibo Wilmink has been appointed General Manager of the Hilton Curaçao replacing Peter Webster, who is now the General Manager of the British Colonial Hilton Nassau. Wilmink most recently served as the General Manager of the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka.

The Fairmont Winnipeg has appointed Indu Brar General Manager. For the past four years Brar served as the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise after joining the resort as Director of Rooms. 

The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza has appointed Dean Chininis General Manager. He previously worked at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, the Arizona Biltmore and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. 

John Maibach has been appointed General Manager at the Copley Square Hotel in Boston. He was most recently the General Manager of the Black Point Inn. He previously served as Director of Operations at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and Director of Rooms at the Plaza in New York.

Christophe Thomas has been named General Manager at the Shoreham in New York. He was most recently part of the pre-opening team as Hotel Manager at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Previously, he served as the Director of Rooms at the Windsor Court in New Orleans and the Rooms Division Manager at the Drake in Chicago.

Richard Sorensen has joined the Peninsula New York as Resident Manager, taking over the position left vacant when Ellis O’Connor left to become the General Manager at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Also at the Peninsula New York, General Manager and Regional Vice President Niklaus Leuenberger has announced he will be leaving the company in April, after 27 years. Sorensen was most recently the Director of Residential Services at the Four Seasons Costa Rica and had been with Four Seasons for the past thirteen years in Newport Beach and Vancouver.

Michael Newcombe has transferred as General Manager to the Four Seasons Dallas. He was most recently the General Manager at the Four Seasons Hampshire and previously the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Dublin. Newcombe, a Lausanne graduate, has also worked at the Four Seasons London and the Four Seasons Toronto.

Mark Cox has been promoted to General Manager at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando. He joined the resort in 1989 and most recently served as its Director of Marketing and Operations. 

Sharon Telesca has been appointed General Manager of AKA New York, a new brand of luxury furnished apartments launch by Korman Communities, refurbishing the Wyndham on 58th Street. She was most recently the opening Director of Sales and Marketing at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Previously, Telesca served as Director of Marketing at Furnished Quarters in New York, as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the St. Regis New York and the Plaza-Athénée New York.

Jean Jadas has been appointed General Manager of the Sivory Hotel in the Dominican Republic. He previously worked as General Manager of Puerto Plata Village. 

Peter Nielsen has been named General Manager of the Oswego Hotel in Victoria, BC, slated for opening next month. Most recently, Nielsen was the General Manager at the Cedarwood Inn and Suites in Sidney. He has previously worked at the Poet’s Cove Resort and Spa and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. 

Robert Newman has been appointed General Manager at the Ocean Edge Resort and Club on Cape Cod. He was most recently the General Manager at the Doubletree Boston. Newman previously served as the General Manager of three Cape Cod properties for the Hamilton Group and has held managerial positions at the Ritz in London and the Westbury in Dublin.

The Zermatt Resort & Spa in Utah has appointed Jan McCormick General Manager. McCormick was most recently a Regional Director of Operations for Gemstone Resorts International and previously served as General Manager for the Resort at Squaw Creek, the Hotel Allegro Chicago and the Hotel Triton in San Francisco.

Matt Adams has recently been named Vice President and Managing Director for the Grand Hyatt New York. A 24-year Hyatt veteran, he was most recently a Vice President of Operations for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Chicago after serving as Vice President and Managing Director at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. 

Jeff Fuller has been appointed General Manager of the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah. Previously he was at the Park in Charlotte.

Christian Tavelli has been promoted to Resort Manager at Las Ventanas al Paraíso after joining the resort in October 2004 as its Rooms Division Manager. He had previously served as the Director of Rooms at the Hotel & Casino Torrequebrada in Malaga, Spain. Replacing Tavelli as Director of Rooms is Hector Serrano, promoted from his former position at the resort as Director of Training.

Rajiv Malhotra has transferred to the Four Seasons Great Exuma as Resort Manager. Malhotra, a Cornell graduate, was previously the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Jim Hogg has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, where he first started his hospitality career as the Reservations Manager in 1990. He returns to the resort from his current position as General Manager of the Sheraton Vistana Village Resort, also in Orlando. He also served at the Westin Innisbrook Resort as the Director of Rooms, followed by the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa as the Director of Six Sigma.

Edward Rosenthal has joined Quintessentially in New York as Chief Operating Officer. He was most recently with the Starr Restaurant Organization as Director of Restaurants. He also served as Director of Food and Beverage for China Grill Management and Director of Bar Operations for Ian Schrager Hotels.

Brian Butterworth is now the Resident Manager at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager at Mauna Lani in Hawaii. Previously, he had been with Four Seasons for nine years, serving as Director of Rooms at the Beverly Wilshire and the (former) Four Seasons Olympic.

Alain Richard has been appointed Resident Manager at the Bahia Principe Rio San Juan in the Dominican Republic. He was previously the General Manager at the former Barcelo Punta Goleta.

The Westin La Cantera Resort has appointed Richard Roy Resort Manager. He comes from the Westin Buckhead where he served as Director of Operations since 2004. He previously spent fifteen years with Opryland's Gaylord Entertainment.

Scott Aoki is now a Vice President for Sodexho. He comes from the Waldorf=Astoria where he was the Assistant Food and Beverage Director/Controller.

Mike Saeidi has been named Director of Finance at the  Grand Del Mar. He moves down from the Standard Downtown Los Angeles where he was the Regional Director of Finance. He previously spent seven years as Director of Finance at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

George Taulé has transferred to the Standard Downtown Los Angeles as Financial Controller, replacing Mike Saieidi. He previously served as the Controller of the Standard Miami, the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort and the InterContinental Miami West.

The Al J. Schneider Company in Louisville has appointed Ron Strecker to the newly created position of Chief Financial Officer. Strecker comes from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 

Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Mexico has named José Carrasco Director of Operations. Previously, Carrasco was Managing Director of Operations for Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts and AM Resorts.

Mitchell Mehr has joined Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in San Francisco as Senior Director of Operations West Coast. For the past two years, he had been the Vice President Food and Beverage Operations for the Kor Group after serving six years with China Grill Management in Las Vegas as the West Coast Regional Director Of Operations. 

Alexandre Gaudelet has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. He most recently served as General Manager at Tom Collichio’s Craftsteak in the hotel. He was previously at Paris’ Hôtel Meurice as its Restaurant Director. The restaurant of the Meurice was awarded its third Michelin star this year. 

Nicholas Spurgeon has been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle. He was most recently in a similar position at the Mark in New York. Spurgeon also worked at the New York Palace and served as Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin New York at Times Square and the Sofitel New York. 

Nicolas Kurban has been appointed Director of Fine Dining at Wynn Las Vegas, where he is responsible for the property's nine high-end restaurants. The position had been vacant since John Cunin had departed in the fall. Kurban, who had been the Director of Restaurant Operations for Thomas Keller, had recently been a consultant for the Villagio Inn and the Vintage Inn in Napa Valley.

The Renaissance Chicago Hotel has named Anthony Camillo Food and Beverage Director. He has more than eighteen years of experience with Marriott International, including serving as Executive Chef at the Marriott Seaview Resort and Spa and the Marriott Fairview Park.

Graham Ablett has been named Food and Beverage Director for Sunswept Resorts at Jalousie Plantation in St Lucia, until recently, known as the Jalousie Hilton. He comes the Airways Hotel Papua New Guinea.

John Trudeau has joined the Hotel Viking as Director of Food and Beverage. Since 2001, he had been the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Connecticut.

Sean Loeffel has joined City Explorer TV in Santa Monica as Vice President of Hotel Relations and Business Development. He had left Four Seasons after seventeen years to become a consultant, after serving as Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the (former) Four Seasons Olympic and the Four Seasons Wailea. 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Brian Windle to the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing, North America to be based in New York. He was most recently the Asset Manager of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for the Crown family of Chicago and Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. Previously, he has served as Vice President Sales and Marketing of W Hotels and Director of Sales and Marketing, Resorts for Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Jeff Doane has been promoted to Vice President of Hotels Sales, North America by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts based in Toronto. He rejoined the company in 2001 as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Fairmont San Francisco after serving as the pre-opening Director of Sales and Marketing for the Four Seasons San Francisco.

Eli White, Jr. has been named Vice President of Marketing for Innisfree in Florida.  He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Managing Director for the Seaway Group, parent company of the Biltmore Hotel.  He has previously held various positions at Hyatt Hotels and Lincoln Hotels.

Ray Bustamante has joined Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Long Beach, replacing Jan Hollis. Prior to joining Noble, Bustamante was the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing in Los Angeles for Tishman Hotels, overseeing properties in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Cruise West has appointed Al Petrone Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Cruise West, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. In addition, he previously held senior marketing and operating positions with W Hotels, Sheraton and Ian Schrager Hotels. 

Sid Vaikunta has been appointed Senior Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Echelon Resorts. Vaikunta, a Cornell graduate, previously held the position of Vice President of Marketing at Borgata.

Scott Flexman has been named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He comes from his position as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Landsdowne Resort in Northern Virginia and was previously the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has promoted Ellen Ryan to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Northeast U.S. based in Boston. She has been with the Fairmont Copley Plaza since 1995 starting as Group Sales Manager to her current position of Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Hotel Jerome in Aspen has appointed Katherine Husk Director of Marketing and Sales. She previously held the titles of Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Classic Resorts and Director of Marketing and Sales for the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. 

Christopher Hamaway has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.

Matt Butler has been promoted to Director of Sales at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando. Butler joined the resort in 1989 and served as its National Sales Manager for the past ten years.

Charles Bello has transferred as Director of Group Sales to the InterContinental San Francisco currently under construction. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. 

Jeff Voth has been appointed Sales Manager for the Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods. He was most recently the Director of Sales for the Sunday River Ski Resort and previously a National Sales and Marketing Manager for Vail Resorts. 
InterContinental has appointed James Manley Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Americas Region, to be based in Atlanta. Manley, a Cornell graduate, joined InterContinental in 1981 and was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources, for InterContinental’s owned and managed hotels in the Americas.

Shakira Velez joins the Custom and Pali House as Director of Human Resources. Since 2001 she had been with the Hollywood Roosevelt as Director of Human Resources and had previously worked for Wyndham in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Darren Graichen has been named Rooms Executive at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. Graichen previously served at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles and, most recently, the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Replacing Graichen is Christine Aubele, who joins from the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Tara Tan has joined the InterContinental Milwaukee as Hotel Vibe Manager. Since 1990, she has been with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, most recently at the W Los Angeles as Director of Rooms after serving as the Director of Rooms at the Westin Philadelphia. Previously, she has worked at the W New York Times Square and has served as the Director of Housekeeping at the W Seattle and the Orchid at Mauna Lani.

Tony Aiazzi has been named Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in New York, replacing Dante Bocuzzi, who has left to open a restaurant in Cleveland. Aiazzi has been with Charlie Palmer for the past eight years starting at Aureole in New York and also working at Aureole Las Vegas and as Palmer’s liaison for Seabourn Cruise Lines. For the past three years, he has been Palmer’s Corporate Chef.

Stéphane Becht has joined Norwegian Cruise Lines as Corporate Chef based in Miami. For the past three years, he had been the Executive Chef at Miami’s Delano. He had previously served as Executive Chef at the Edge Restaurant in Pennsylvania, Cucina & Company in New York City and the Ocean Club in the Bahamas.

Mohamed Islam is now the Chef/Owner at Aigre Doux in Chicago along with his wife, Malika Ameen, who will serve as Pastry Chef. For the past four years, Islam served as the Executive Chef at Chateau Marmont. Previously, he held the position of Executive Sous Chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen.

Replacing Islam as Executive Chef at Château Marmont, is Carolynn Spence, who hails from the Spotted Pig in New York.

Evan Percoco has transferred as Executive Chef to the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort, the former Hyatt Regency. He comes from Orlando where he most recently served as the Executive Chef at the Loews Hard Rock Hotel.

Ross Fraser has been named Executive Chef at the Emerson Resort & Spa. He previously served as Executive Chef at the original Emerson Inn from 2002-2004 but left for a two-year stint at 59 Lake in Delaware. He has previously held senior positions at Gleneagles Resort & Golf Course and Kinnaird Country House.

Peter Moore has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Baltimore Country Club. He had previously worked for Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C., Tyson’s Corner, Jamaica, Pentagon City and Kansas City.

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has promoted Matt Murphy to Executive Sous Chef. He originally joined the hotel four years ago as Chef de Cuisine. He previously served as Sous Chef at Commander's Palace. Eric Aldis has been promoted at the hotel from his current position of Sous Chef to replace Murphy as Chef de Cuisine. Aldis has previously served in the kitchens at the Four Seasons Houston and Bellagio in Las Vegas. 

Stéphane Coutouly has joined Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently at the Hotel Sofitel Miami as Director of Food and Beverage. He had previously served at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington and Spa as Restaurant Manager and was with Le Méridien for five years in Beverly Hills, Boston and Nice. 

Michael Seznec has joined Rosa Mexicano as Regional General Manager. Seznec, a Cornell graduate, was most recently the General Manager of the Summit restaurant at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. 

Jason Bartucci has been promoted to General Manager at Craftsteak at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Most recently he served as the Assistant General Manager at the restaurant, under Alexandre Gaudelet.

Benjamin Ramirez has been named Executive Housekeeper at the Custom in Los Angeles. He comes from the Beverly Wilshire where he was the Assistant Executive Housekeeper. 

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has promoted Anne McCall Wilson as Vice President, Spas from her current position of General Manager, Spas. She joined the company in 1992 as Regional Director, Sales & Marketing at the Fairmont Royal York and was previously the General Manager at the SkyDome Hotel, Toronto.

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Europe
Lord Forte, the first hospitality tycoon in England, died at his home in London at the age of 98. He began his career as the owner of a London milk bar and went on to become the head of a worldwide empire of hotels and restaurants that included Travelodge and roadside restaurants Little Chef and Happy Eater. Recently Rocco Forte Hotels announced that its Munich property, which is due to open this summer, which will be called the Charles Hotel, in honor of Sir Rocco Forte’s father.

Christopher Norton has transferred to the Four Seasons George Cinq in Paris as General Manager and Regional Vice President, taking over from Didier Le Calvez, who has joined Shangri-La. Norton, a Lausanne graduate, has been with Four Seasons since 1989. Since May 2003, he was a Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Singapore.

Colin Clark transfers from the Four Seasons Palm Beach where he was Resort Manager to replace Michael Newcombe at the Four Seasons Hampshire as General Manager. Clark has previously served as Hotel Manager at the Regent of Bangkok and has held various positions at the Four Seasons Bali and the Regent of Singapore.

Didier Obeuf has joined the Evian Royal Resort in France as Managing Director. Since 1997, he had been the Vice President for Accor Canada after serving for ten years as the General Manager at the Sofitel Houston.

John Frazer has been named Managing Director of Las Dunas in Marbella. He comes from the Cadogan in London where he was the General Manager and was previously the Director General of the Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. 

Nicola Terlizzi has joined the Holiday Inn Verona as General Manager. Terlizzi was most recently the General Manager at the Tryp Verona Hotel and Convention Center.

Léon Raaijmaakers has been appointed General Manager at the Holiday Inn Gent Expo in Belgium. He was most recently the interim General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam-Schiphol after serving at the Holiday Inn Brussels Airport as Executive Assistant Manager. Jos Wakkermans replaces him as General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Vito Romero has joined the Hôtel Métropole in Monte Carlo as Assistant General Manager. He comes from Brussels where he was the Executive Assistant Manager at the Conrad Brussels. Previously, he had served as Food and Beverage Director at the Hotel Principe di Savoia and as Director of Operations and Development for the Alain Ducasse Group in New York.

Leah Marshall has followed Didier Le Calvez to prepare for the opening of the Shangri-La Palais d’Iena as Executive Assistant Manager. She was most recently at the Four Seasons George Cinq as Director of Rooms after joining the hotel in 2000 as its Director of Food and Beverage. 

Bruno Grand has been promoted to Hotel Auditor Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the InterContinental head office in Windsor. He most recently served as the Assistant Financial Controller and Acting Financial Controller at the Crowne Plaza Estepona in Spain, having worked for the group for the past six years.

Roman Kofler will be joining the Hyatt Regency Almaty in Kazakhstan as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. He comes from his position as General Manager at the Siva Grand Beach Resort in Egypt.

Olive Roberts has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Capella Castlemartyr in County Cork, Ireland, slated to open in June 2007. Most recently, she served as the Sales and Marketing Manager at Hayfield Manor. Previously, she was based in London, serving as Director of Sales, UK and Director of Travel Management at Park Plaza Hotels. 

Holger Flory has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Charles Hotel, due to open in Munich this summer. He was previously the Director of Sales and Marketing at the InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort and spent many years working for Dorint Hotels.

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has appointed Steven Savini to the newly created position of Director of Travel Industry Sales, the Americas. For the past seventeen years, he had been at the Four Seasons Palm Beach Resort as Senior Sales Manager, Travel Industry after joining the hotel as Reservations Manager.

Eugenio Pirri has been named Regional Director of Human Resources for Fairmont, based at the Savoy in London. He was most recently the Director of Human Resources at the Fairmont Seattle. 

Peter Fuchs is joining Harrods of London as Executive Chef. He spent the past two years with Rosewood Hotels as Executive Chef for the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama in Riyadh. Previously, he served as Food and Beverage Director for the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales after joining them as Executive Chef.

Franck Broc, an alumnus of the nearby Château de La Messardière, is the new Executive Chef at La Bastide de St. Tropez. He takes over from Olivier Streiff.

Asia and the Pacific
Ignacio Gomez has been appointed Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Singapore. Having joined the company as General Manager at the Four Seasons Mexico City in 1992, he has held General Manager and Regional Vice President positions with the company in various locations, most recently at the Four Seasons Miami. 

Michel Goget will be transferring as General Manager to the Ritz-Carlton Sanya on China’s Hainan Island. The 450-room resort property is due to open in 2008. Goget joined Ritz-Carlton 1999 and has been the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner since March 2002.

Gerhard Kropp has been appointed Regional Vice President of Dusit Hotels & Resorts. He most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Meritus Hotels & Resorts. 

David Travers has been appointed Regional General Manager for InterContinental’s portfolio of nine hotels in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. He also takes on the role of General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Melbourne. For the past five years, Travers has been with the company in China, most recently as the General Manager of its eight hotels in Shanghai as well as General Manager of the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong. 

Harry Littlewood has been appointed Director of Development for Langham Hotels International. He started his career in the hospitality industry at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and subsequently joined the Luhu Golf and Country Club. He was most recently the Operations Manager of the Hong Yue An Group in Guangzhou.

Langham Hotels International has named Stefan Heintze Director of Development/Special Projects. A Lausanne graduate, Heintze was most recently the General Manager of the Palmerston Suites Tianjin Hotel. Previously, he served as the Resident Manager of the Pathumwan Princess Hotel in Bangkok and the Dusit Resort Pattaya.

Allan Federer has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore as General Manager, taking over from Octavio Gamarra, who has left the company. Federer comes from Istanbul where he had been the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul for the past three years. Previously, he served as the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal and the Wyndham Montréal. 

William Comstock has been named General Manager at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu. He joins from his most recent position as the General Manager the Outrigger Canoe Club. 

Rodney Ito has been promoted to General Manager of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa taking over from Nihad Kattan, who has been appointed Area Vice President of Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. Ito joined the hotel in 2004 and was most recently its Director of Operations.

Fred Orr has been named General Manager of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. Orr most recently served as Managing Director of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider.

Danny Maccafferty has joined the Dusit Thani in Bangkok as General Manager. He comes from Bali where he served as the General Manager at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa since 1999. His successor there is Reto Torriani.

The new General Manager of the Oakridge Resort Grand Mercure Lake Wanaka is Anil Sood. Since 2003 he has been in New Zealand as General Manager of the Hotel Off The Square, in Christchurch. 

Daniel Simon has transferred to the Four Seasons Sydney as Hotel Manager. He is a fourteen-year Four Seasons veteran with his career spanning Houston, Toronto, Carlsbad and Dallas before moving as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay. After a stint at the Four Seasons Singapore in the same role, Simon moved to the position of Hotel Manager at Tokyo’s Four Seasons Tokyo Chinzan-so in April 2005. 

Robert Maurer-Loeffler has been named Resident Manager of the Central World Hotel and Bangkok Convention Centre. He was previously the Director of Operations at the Dome at State Tower in Bangkok.

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has named Anthony Costa Resident Manager. He most recently served as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Dublin. Prior to that, he held senior managerial roles with Radisson SAS in Leeds and Helsinki.

Theodore Leung has been appointed Director of Finance at the Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong. He joined the hotel in early 2006 as Assistant Financial Controller after serving in the banking industry where he held senior positions with the Bank of China and HSBC.

Ruth Boston has been appointed Director of Communications at the Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong. She has previously held various senior positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. 

Moky Lam has transferred to the Peninsula Bangkok as Executive Assistant Manager - Food and Beverage, taking over from Joseph Sampermans, who is going to the soon-to-open Peninsula Tokyo as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage. Lam was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Hong Kong.

Klaus Woizik has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. He comes from the Park Hyatt Melbourne where for the past two years he has served as the Director of Rooms.

Brad Rice has transferred to the Intercontinental Shanghai as Director of Rooms. He comes from Hong Kong where he was the Rooms Division Manager at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. Previously, he served as the Resident Manager at the St. Regis Los Angeles and the Rooms Director at Le Méridien at Beverly Hills.

Peter Gassner has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager Director of Operations at the Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong. He was promoted from his previous position at the hotel as Executive Assistant Manager Director of Food and Beverage. He previously spent six years with Hyatt in the Middle East, including Dubai and Amman, Jordan.

Nabin Gurung will be joining the Four Seasons Chiang Mai as Director of Food and Beverage. He comes from the position of Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Peninsula Bangkok.

The George in Christchurch, New Zealand, has appointed Jan Stuart as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past ten years, she has been in various positions at the Chateau on the Park, also in Christchurch. 

Mitch Sipiala moves to Hawaii to join the Four Seasons Hualalai where he will serve as Director of Human Resources and include corporate support on projects and openings, among them the Four Seasons Bora Bora. He has been with Four Seasons since 1982 most recently serving as the Director of Human Resources for the company’s corporate office in Toronto. He previously served as Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, the Four Seasons Dallas and the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Adam Mathis has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Peninsula Manila. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the Peninsula Bangkok and was previously with the Peninsula Beijing.

Uwe Faust joins Raffles in Singapore as Executive Chef, taking over from Kristoffer Lukzak, who, ironically, had also been his predecessor at the Peninsula Bangkok. Faust was the Executive Chef at the Peninsula Bangkok for the past three years and previously served as Executive Chef at the Peninsula Palace in Beijing, the Oberoi in Bombay and Shangri-La Hotels in Surabaya and Beijing.

Philip Sedgwick replaces Faust at the Peninsula Bangkok as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine at the Peninsula Hong Kong. 

Executive Chef Kristoffer Luczak has left Raffles in Singapore to become the Director of Kitchens at the spanking new Crown Macau. Prior to joining Raffles as Executive Chef in 2004, Luczak had been the Executive Chef at the Peninsula Bangkok for two and a half years, following two years in the same position at the Oberoi Bali.

Gérald Bergue has been named Executive Chef at Velavaru in the Maldives. He was most recently the Executive Sous Chef at the BayanTree Seychelles and was previously the Executive Chef at the Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar. 

Shaun Corrigan has joined the Ana Mandara Resort & Spa in Vietnam as Food and Beverage Manager. He has previously worked at Carcosa Seri Negara in Kuala Lumpur as Food and Beverage Operations Manager and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai as Wine Manager.

The George in New Zealand has named Daniel Millaire Food and Beverage Manager. He has most recently worked in Fiji and Norfolk Island as a Food and Beverage Manager.

Régis Monges has joined the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai as Executive Pastry Chef. He was most recently the Pastry Chef at Le Cirque in New York after spending four years at the Le Cirque in Mexico City as Executive Pastry Chef.

Middle East and Africa
John Bamsey is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Middle East and Africa for InterContinental. He has been with InterContinental since 2001 and has previously worked with Hilton and Le Méridien. 

Josef Kufer has been promoted to Senior Vice President Africa for Mövenpick, replacing Bernard Granier, who will continue to act as a consultant. Kufer, who will be based in Cairo, was most recently the General Manager of the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut. Previously, he served as General Manager for Hyatt in Oman, Indonesia, India and Taiwan. 

Jean-Pierre Leclerc is the new General Manager of Le Coco Beach Hotel in Mauritius. He was previously the Resident Manager at Le Shandrani and the Managing Director of La Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Paris. 

Wolfgang Pachler has been named General Manager at the Al Faisaliah Hotel and Al Faisaliah Residence in Riyadh. He has previously worked at the Oriental in Singapore, the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, the Amra Forum InterContinental in Amman and the Dubai International Hotel. Most recently, he served as partner and consultant of GCI Management & Consulting.

Philippe Cauviere has been named General Manager at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nairobi. He was previously with InterContinental for nine years as General Manager at the Holiday Inn Samara, the Resident Manager at the Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport and Executive Assistant Manager at the InterContinental Tashkent.

Le Gulf Méridien Hotel Al Khobar has appointed Adel Mohd Erfan as Deputy General Manager. He was most recently at Le Méridien Makkha as Director of Operations. He has been with Le Méridien for more than twenty years, previously serving as General Manager at Le Méridien Luxor and Regional Director of Sales for the Middle East and West Asia, based in Riyadh. 

Marie-Laure Akdag has been appointed Director of Business Development and Marketing at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Previously, she held the Director of Sales and Marketing position at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, the Hotel de Crillon in Paris and the Grand Sofitel Demeure in Amsterdam. 

Mohamed Elbanna has transferred as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons San Stefano in Alexandria. He comes from the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh where he was the Assistant Food and Beverage Director. He also held the position of Acting Food and Beverage Director at the Four Seasons Hampshire for the last four months.

Xavier Pougnard has transferred to the Four Seasons San Stefano in Egypt as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He moves from the Four Seasons Nile Plaza in Cairo where he has served as the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage since last September. Previously, he spent two years with the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City after serving eight years with Four Seasons in various food and beverage positions in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Vancouver and Chicago.

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