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August 2007
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The Americas
Cornell graduate Jorge Pesquera will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since 2004, Pesquera was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association. He also spent ten years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Pesquera also logged four years as Senior Vice President Human Resources for Conrad International, following fourteen years as Director of Human Resources for Hilton International.

Bruce Duncan has temporarily stepped into the Starwood Chief Executive Officer job when Steve Heyer recently resigned. He continues his services as Chairman, a position he has held since 2005. Duncan previously held executive level positions at Equity Residential, the Cadillac Fairview Corporation and JMB Realty.

Donald Trump has named Mark Juliano head of Trump Entertainment Resorts. He previously served as President of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Caesars Atlantic City.

John Rolfs has been appointed General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas. A Cornell graduate, he has been with the company for eighteen years, most recently as Area Vice President of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Miami and General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. He also served as Area General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New Orleans and Area General Manager at the Ritz-Carltons Boston.

Nicholas Simmonds has been appointed Operations Director for Island Outpost to add to his current responsibilities as Managing Director of Goldeneye in Jamaica. He previously served as General Manager of Cotton House and the Blue Mountain Lodge, as well as Hotel Manager at Parrot Cay.

Hilton has promoted Andrew Stegen to General Manager of the Arizona Biltmore, taking over from Sean Maddock. Stegen was previously the Director of Operations at the resort. He had joined the property after several years with Loews, where he served as Executive Assistant Manager at the Loews Santa Monica and the Loews Coronado, following a stint at the Loews Le Concorde in Canada.

John Strozdas has joined green hotelier Deidre Wallace’s Ambrose Group in Santa Monica as Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as Area General Manager for Méridien Hotels and Resorts and as Vice President Operations, the Americas, for Mandarin Oriental.

Chilean national Andres Araya has left his position of Managing Director at Ty Warner’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso (a Rosewood Resort) to become the Chief Operating Officer of Logan International Hotels and Resorts in Mexico. Araya had originally joined Las Ventanas as Resort Manager in 2004. He was previously the Executive Assistant Manager Director of Food and Beverage at the Ajman Kempinski in the United Arab Emirates.

Fernando Gibaja has left Ritz-Carlton after twelve years to become the General Manager of Fiesta Americana’s Grand Aqua Cancun. He most recently served as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore following a stint in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.

Shelton Sugar has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC. He was most recently the Vice President and Hotel Manager at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Jeffry Humes has joined Pink Sands in the Bahamas as Managing Director. He is a former Island Manager for the Meridian Club in the Turks and Caicos and Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands. Humes is a Cornell graduate.

Lyle Pauls has joined the Carlton Savannah in Trinidad as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at the Royal Antiguan Beach Resort in Antigua. Previously, he was with Starwood for 15 years in such positions as the General Manager at the W Union Square, the General Manager of the Tremont and the Raphael Hotels in Chicago, the Hotel Manager of the Sheraton New Orleans and the Director of Operations at the Westin Ottawa.

Richard Behr has joined the Pointe South Mountain in Phoenix as General Manager. He was most recently the General Manager at Miramonte in Indian Wells and previously served as General Manager at the Hilton Scottsdale.

Frank Ashmore has been promoted by the West Paces Group to the position of General Manager of the Carefree Resort and Villas. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for various properties within West Paces, including Solis Hotels and Resorts and the Hotel Montelucia in Phoenix (now an InterContinental). He previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn.

Judson Hawk is the new General Manager at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. For the past seven years, he had been the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Club Aspen Highlands. He was previously the General Manager at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Nicholas DiMeglio, a former General Manager at the Williamsburg Inn, took over from Hawk as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Club.

Mexico-born Hermann Elger has been promoted to General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Cancun, taking over from long-time General Manager Luis Marco. For the past four years, Elger served as the resort’s Hotel Manager after joining in 1998 as Assistant Executive Manager in charge of Rooms.

Kristin Timmer has been named General Manager of the Delafield Hotel in Wisconsin. She was most recently the Director of Catering at the Pfister in Milwaukee.

Simon Chen has joined the Beaver Creek Lodge as General Manager. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Skylar Management in Denver. Previously, he worked for Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Tyson's Corner, Naples, Puerto Rico, Buckhead and Sydney.

Dani Stern has been named General Manager of Sage Hospitality’s JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek. Stern most recently served as General Manager of the Wigwam in Phoenix. He had previously held a number of positions with Starwood, including General Manager at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver and Director of Operations at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.

Ellen Miller has joined the Wyndham Bourbon Orleans as General Manager. For the past four years, she had been the General Manager at the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previously, she served as General Manager at both Hotels Oceana in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, and the Avalon in Beverly Hills.

Hans Altenhoff has been appointed General Manager of the recently opened Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau. For the past five years, he was the General Manager of the Sheraton Bal Harbor. Altenhoff has also served as General Manager at the Princeville Resort on Kauai and the Palace in San Francisco.

The Renaissance Waverly Hotel has named Joseph Uhl General Manager. Uhl is a 27-year Marriott veteran who most recently served as Area General Manager for the St. Louis market and for the Detroit market.

Dennis Nau has been named Vice President of Brand Operations for the new Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott. He was the General Manager of the New York Marriott East Side. He joined Marriott in 1985 and has held various global positions with the company including General Manager of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and Hotel Manager of the New York Marriott Marquis. 

Nicholas Gold has been appointed Resort Manager at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona. He comes from Miraval in Tucson where he was the Food and Beverage Director.

Robert Love moves to the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman as Director of Finance. He was most recently in a similar position at the San Juan Marriott.

At Rosewood, Mauricio Manrique returns to Acqualina as Director of Finance. He was the Assistant Controller at the resort from 2004 to 2006 before a promotion to the Inn of the Anasazi as Financial Controller. Manrique had previously overseen the finances at Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay, Badrutt’s Palace and the Bristol in Panama City.

Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda has promoted Anghel George to Chief Financial Officer. A 23-year veteran of the resort, he previously held the position of Controller and in-house IT Manager.

Wolfgang Wehen becomes the Director of Operations at the W Union Square. For the past two years, he served as Director of Food and Beverage at the W New York. Previously, he worked as the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Diplomat and as the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, now a Fairmont.

Mark Choon has been promoted to Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms, at the Peninsula Chicago. He joined the hotel in pre-opening in 2001 as Night Manager and, during his more than six years there, has been promoted several times within the Front Office. He was most recently the Rooms Division Manager for the hotel.

The Peninsula Chicago has promoted Oliver Dudler to the position of Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage. He joined the company in 1995 as Western Sous-Chef at the Repulse Bay Hotel in Hong Kong.  After working as Executive Chef at the Peninsula New York, he transferred to Chicago in 2003 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and became the Director of Food and Beverage in 2005.

Nancy Paliani has transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Director of Food and Beverage. She rejoins Brad Jencks who was her General Manager at her most recent position as Director of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. Paliani had previously served as Director of Food and Beverage at La Costa and as Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Mike Glynn has joined the Lodge at Pebble Beach as Director of Food and Beverage. He most recently held a similar post at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. He previously oversaw food and beverage operations at the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra and for the PGA Tour Golf Course Properties.

The Beaver Creek Lodge has appointed Brian Haemmerle Director of Food and Beverage for both the Beaver Creek Lodge and its restaurant Rocks Modern Grill.  He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Elk Mountain Resort. Prior to that, he was the Director of Restaurants at the Vail Cascade Resort.

David Sanchez has joined the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah as Food and Beverage Director. He was most recently the Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation, after joining the property in 2003 as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Sanchez previously spent eleven years with Hilton.

Global Hyatt has appointed Robb Webb Chief Human Resources Officer. He joins from Citi where he was most recently Head of Global Service Delivery for Citi Employee Services. Prior to that, he held several senior human resources roles in the Citi Global Consumer Group.

Gail Campagna has been named Director of Human Resources at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. She previously served as Human Resources Director for the Radisson Burlington, the Basin Harbor Club and the Wyndham Burlington. In 2005 she joined Regent as Human Resources Manager for Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ships, before serving as Senior Human Resources Manager at the Regent Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos.

Richard Mirman has been appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Kerzner International. Most recently, Mirman worked for Harrah's, a company he joined in 1998.

The Morgans Hotel Group has appointed Scott Williams Chief Marketing Officer. He joins from Starwood, where he has served as Chief Creative Officer, Senior Vice President Advertising since 1999. He previously held creative roles at CBS Eye on People, ESPN Classic Sports Network and HBO.

Scott Evans has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing at etc Hotels in Santa Monica, responsible for Shutters on the Beach, Casa del Mar and Santa Barbara’s Hotel Andalucia. He previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, the Laguna Beach Colony Hotel (better known today as the Montage Resort), the Ritz-Carlton San Juan, the Hotel Arts Barcelona and, most recently, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Sam Zabawsky joins Boykin Management as Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management. He was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sand Pearl Resort in Florida. He has also served as Director of Resort Marketing at the Sea Pines Resort and as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Wyndham.

Tyler McDonald was appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. He originally joined Hilton in 1999 as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Doubletree Dallas Lincoln Center. After two years, he moved to Austin as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Austin.

James Keaveny has been appointed Director of Sales at the Hilton Anatole. He was most recently the Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency DFW.

Trish Kopera returns to the Peninsula Chicago as Director of West Coast Group Sales, based in Los Angeles. She had been part of the pre-opening team for the hotel, joining in April 2001 as Sales Manager. She left briefly in April of this year to take a position as Director of Sales for Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. 

Elaine Gamer has joined the Nylo Hotel in Plano, Texas, as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales at the W Dallas-Victory and previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Westin Calgary.

The Ritz-Carlton Club St. Thomas has named Ralph Mottinger Director of Sales and Marketing. He previously served as Director of Sales at Kapalua and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for both Bayer and Wyeth.

Kim Westhoff, who has been with the Arizona Biltmore since 1993, has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Luxury Accounts for Hilton Hotels’ Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Conrad Hotels. She has been the Director of Travel Industry Sales at the Biltmore for the past ten years.

Jeffrey Guillory has joined the Millenium Biltmore in Los Angeles as Director of Sales and Marketing. He recently spent two years as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Intercontinental Miami. Guillory previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance Stanford Court in San Francisco and the Swissôtel Chicago.

The Fairmont Château Frontenac has appointed Nicole Lapointe Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Regional Sales Manager at Les Hôtels Villegia.

Tracey Fentem has joined the Hotel Derek in Houston as Director of Sales and Marketing. She previously served in various sales and marketing roles for Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands, Chicago and Jamaica.

The Brazilian Court has appointed Cynthia Ekonomou Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the GulfStream Hotel in Lake Worth. She also spent five years as Marketing Director at the Canopy Palms Resort on Singer Island.

Monica Schyck moves over to the Gaylord Palms as Director of Sales, taking over from Tina Sampson who has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland. For the past twelve years, Schyck had been at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, most recently as Director of Executive Sales.

The Grand Del Mar has tapped Sunday Spencer as its new Director of Leisure Sales. She was most recently the National Sales Manager for Pebble Beach Resorts. Previously, she has served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Highlands Inn, a Park Hyatt Hotel in Carmel and as the Associate Director of Sales for the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Jennifer Dunne has been appointed Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising for Wynn Resorts, replacing Denise Randazzo who has left the company. Dunne joined the hotel 2006 as Vice President of Entertainment Marketing and Sales.

Chris Kandziora has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Miramonte. He originally joined the resort in 2004 as Director of Group Sales, a promotion from the position of Associate Director of Sales at (then) sister property the Crowne Plaza Northstar in Minneapolis.

Eric Branger transfers to the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage as Executive Chef. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park South. Branger has been with the company since 1995, serving as Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. He had been the Executive Sous Chef at the (old) Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage from 1995 to 1998.

Fabio Trabocchi has joined Fiamma Osteria in New York as Chef/Partner, succeeding Michael White, who has moved to Alto and L’Impero as Executive Chef. For the past seven years, Trabocchi has served as Executive Chef for award-winning Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner. Previously, he was based in London as Executive Chef at Floriana Restaurant and the Grissini London Restaurant at the former Hyatt Carlton Tower.

Thierry Debailleul has been appointed Executive Chef at Foxwoods in Connecticut. He was formerly the Executive Chef of the Pointe South Mountain in Phoenix. Prior to that, he opened the Westin Stonebriar in Texas as Executive Chef.

Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda has promoted Jermaine “Monk” George to Executive Chef. For the past eleven years, he served at the resort as the Sous-Chef.

Ruben Tanuz is once again the Executive Chef at El Monte Sagrado in Taos where he was previously the Chef de Cuisine from January 2005 to January 2007, then promoted to Executive Chef.  He previously served in the kitchens at the Chattooga, Quail Run Resort and Fuego Restaurant.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe has appointed Guido Landolt Executive Pastry Chef. He had previously served as Pastry Chef at Caesar’s Tahoe and most recently at Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hotel & Casino as Assistant Executive Pastry Chef.

Andrew Broderick has joined the Omni Downtown Los Angeles as Director of Rooms. He was most recently at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica as Front Office Manager. He has previously served in various operational positions at the Malibu Beach Inn, Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills and the Little Nell in Aspen.

Bryan Bourgeois has joined the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio as Director of Rooms. He was previously with Four Seasons for eight years, serving as Director of Rooms for both the Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele and as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons New York.

Pradeep Raman has been promoted to Manager of Food and Beverage at the Peninsula Chicago. He joined the property in 2003 as Lobby Manager and, after a stint at the Peninsula Hong Kong as Assistant Manager Food and Beverage, returned to Chicago in the position of Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.

The Four Seasons San Francisco has appointed Sébastien Duclos Restaurant Manager of Seasons Restaurant. He joined the company in 2002 at the Four Seasons Toronto and has held various food and beverage positions at the Four Seasons New York and the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.

The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid has appointed Phyllis Leslie Director of Spa and Wellness. She most recently served as Spa Manager at the Spa at Whitefish Lake in Montana.

Irene Lim has been appointed Director of Spa at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. She previously was the Spa and Wellness Director at the Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa.

Kirsten Wilkens-Combs is the new Spa Director at the Enchantment Resort Mii Amo Spa. She previously held various spa management positions at the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte and the Sandestin Hilton.

Cleo Bradley was promoted at Biras Creek Resort to Rooms Division Manager. For the past twenty years, she has held various positions at the resort, most recently as Reservations Manager.

Devon Liburd is the new Food and Beverage Manager at Biras Creek Resort. He was most recently the Head of Purchasing for the resort.

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Europe
Paul White has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Orient-Express, replacing Simon Sherwood. White had left Orient-Express merely two months ago after sixteen years, to accept an opportunity with a London investment firm. He had been the Chief Financial officer at Orient-Express since September 2005.

John Brennan leaves Four Seasons after 23 years to work for Quinlan Private, the owners of the Four Seasons Dublin where Brennan has been the General Manager and Regional Vice President since opening. He joined the company in 1984 in London and has previously been based at Four Seasons hotels in Philadelphia, Dallas, Toyko, and Regent hotels in London, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

At the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, Thorsten Ries takes over from Rainer Burkle as General Manager. Ries, the former General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Doha, had recently been promoted to Area General Manager for Qatar. Before Doha, he served as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Sharm El Sheik.

Jean-Claude Bailly has been named Chief Executive Officer of Geneva-based Kempinski Residences. He spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of Les Roches Hotel Management School in Switzerland. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan’s Serena Hotels, following twelve years with Méridien.

Lausanne graduate Beatrice Belehradek is leaving her position of General Manager at Paris' Hotel Lutetia to become the General Manager of the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe.

Another Lausanne graduate, Christophe Laure, has left InterContinental after fifteen years, to become the General Manager of the Hyatt La Manga, in Spain. Laure recently served as General Manager of the InterContinental Malta, following a stint as Hotel Manager at Paris’ Grand Hotel InterContinental.

Marcos Bekhit, Regional Vice President for Four Seasons, will now be based out of the new 170-room Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul, as opposed to his previous home, the original Four Seasons Istanbul. His successor at the Four Seasons Istanbul is Tarek Mourad, whose experience with Four Seasons includes a stint as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Riyadh and one as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Cairo.

Jan Chovanec has returned to Swissôtel/Raffles International as General Manager of the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy in Moscow. He had left the fold for a two-year stint as opening General Manager of the Conrad Indianapolis. Prior Swissôtel assignments for Chovanec included the top spot at the Swissôtel Bosphorus, the Watergate and the Swissôtel Chicago.

Patrick Carabin has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Grand Sopot in Poland. He was previously the Resident Manager of the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi and the Acting General Manager at Le Méridien Amman.

Pep Lozano has been promoted by Ritz-Carlton to General Manager of the former Abama hotel in Tenerife. He spent many years at Ritz-Carlton’s Hotel Arts Barcelona as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage and Director of Catering and Conference Services. Lozano also served at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC.

Gregory Maliassas has joined Chandris Hotels & Resorts as General Manager of their soon-to-open Thessaloniki Hotel. Maliassas was previously with Sofitel, as Hotel Manager for the Sofitel Los Angeles, Director of Operations at the Sofitel Washington DC and Food and Beverage Director at the Sofitel Athens.

Jean Pierre Soutric returns to Four Seasons as Director of Corporate and Travel Industry Sales – Europe, based in Paris. He had recently briefly left the company to join the pre-opening team at the Shangri-La Palais d’Iena as Director of Sales and Marketing, after being at the Four Seasons George Cinq for eleven years, most recently as Senior Director of Marketing, France.

Friederike Lockau has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Prague, having joined the hotel a year ago. She was previously the Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Dublin and has held various positions at the Four Seasons Berlin and at the Pierre.

Antoine Maillon has been promoted to Group Director of Operations for Georges Blanc after serving as Financial Director for the past five years. He had originally joined the group in 1999 as Cost Controller.

Edwin Kramer transfers as Director of Food and Beverage to the Four Seasons London. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Damascus where he opened the hotel. Previously, he was with Hyatt for nine years in the USA, Caribbean, Spain and Egypt.

Max Binda is the new Assistant Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. He was most recently the Front Office Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.

Asia and the Pacific
Cornell graduate Jennie Chua has been promoted by Singapore’s Capital Land Group to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ascott Group, the largest international serviced residence owner-operator outside the United States with over 19,500 serviced residence units in key cities of Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region. For the past four years, Chua had been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Raffles Holdings Limited, another subsidiary of Capital Land. She also served several years as General Manager of Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel.

Henry Gray has joined Six Senses Resorts and Spas as Area General Manager, overseeing the Evason Phuket and the Evason Hideaway at Yao Noi. Gray’s most recent role was that of General Manager of Udaivilas for Oberoi. That followed more than twelve years with Amanresorts, notably as Co-General Manager of Mahakua and Amandari with wife Char Gray.

Thomas Meier has been named Vice President, Operations for Raffles Hotels and Resorts in Singapore. A Lausanne graduate, Meier joined the company in 2000. He has previously served as the Hotel Manager/General Manager at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, before moving to Singapore where he eventually assumed the position of General Manager at Raffles The Plaza, as well as Area General Manager for the company.

Matthew Bailey has joined the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa as Managing Director. He comes from Resortquest Hawaii where he was the Senior Vice President Operations. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Fandango Resorts in Park City and as Vice President and General Manager at the Sundance Resort, also in Utah.

Charles de Foucault has left Ritz-Carlton after nineteen years to become the General Manager of the Leela Palace Kempinski in Bangalore. He had been the Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain and the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Seoul. His first General Manager assignment was at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

Bruno Cristol has been promoted by Shangri-La to General Manager of the Shangri-La Marina in Cairns, from the position of Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Sydney (the former ANA). Cristol originally joined Shangri-La as Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Kowloon. He had joined from a stint at the Carlton InterContinental in Cannes, following ten years with Hyatt International in Australia.

Also at Shangri-La, Siegwald Bierbaumer has been appointed General Manager of the Traders Yangon. He had origjnally joined the group in 1992 as Executive Chef of the Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort in Penang.

Richard Saul has been appointed General Manager of the JW Marriott Jakarta, replacing Greg Allan who has taken up his new assignment at the Singapore Marriott. He was most recently the General Manager at the Renaissance Harbour View in Hong Kong.

The soon-to-open St. Regis Singapore has appointed Norwegian hotelier Yngvar Stray General Manager. He joined from the W Seoul-Walker Hill and was previously part of the management team that launched the St. Regis Beijing.

Aditya Mata has been named Director - Development for Splendid Hospitality Bangalore. Mata has previously worked with Oberoi Hotels, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, InterContinental and Banyan Tree in India and Nepal.

Ed Brea is the new General Manager at Shangri-La's new Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Since 2004, he has served as General Manager at the Shangri-La Marina in Cairns. He is replaced by Bruno Cristol who was most recently the Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Sydney.

 Beat Wiesmann has joined the Swiss-Belhotel Lotus Lake in China as General Manager. Since 2005, he had been the General Manager at the Swiss-Belhotel Hualun Hefei. A Lausanne graduate, he has served as General Manager at numerous hotels such as the Yosemite Country Club & Spa in Beijing, the Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club and the LTI-Long Beach Hotel in Egypt. Phan Ing Pai transfers internally to replace Wiesmann.

Alex Porteous has been appointed General Manager of Peppers in Port Douglas. He is a one-time Director of Rooms of the Four Seasons Toronto.

Julian Moore has been appointed General Manager of the Alila Villas Hadahaa in the Maldives, set to open early next year. He previously held various positions at Le Méridien in Melbourne, Phuket and the Royal Mirage in Dubai. He is no stranger to the Maldives where he has also served as Resident Manager of Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa and, most recently, General Manager of Coco Palm Dhunikolhu on the Baa Atoll.

Thiva Kesavan is the new General Manager at Alila Jakarta. Prior to joining Alila, Thiva was the Property Manager for Hotel 1929 and New Majestic Hotel, both in Singapore.

Urs Wuthrich has been appointed as the opening General Manager of the Grand Mercure Sanya, Hainan. For the past two years, he served as General Manager at the Palms Country Club in Manila.

Axel Jarosch is the new General Manager at the Fortress in Sri Lanka. He was most recently the Resident Manager at the Constance Lémuria Resort in the Seychelles.

The Sheraton Utama Hotel in Brunei has appointed Alex Riva General Manager. A Lausanne graduate, Riva was most recently the Deputy General Manager at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur.

Steven Berger has been named Resident Manager at the Alila Cha-Am, in Thailand. His past experience includes tenures at the Village Hotel in Cape Town's Spier Wine Estate and his most recent role as General Manager of the Walmont Ambassador Hotel and Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana.

David Baldwin has joined the Sofitel Jin Jiang Pudong Shanghai as Resident Manager. He was most recently at the Xianglu Grand Hotel in China as the Executive Assistant Manager. He previously served as General Manager at the Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia, Hotel Manager at the New York Palace and General Manager at the Hotel Twin Dolphin in Cabo San Lucas.

Susan Richardson will be part of the opening team at the St. Regis Singapore, as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms. She transfers from the St. Regis San Francisco, where she has been the Director of Rooms.  Richardson, who used to be the Director of Housekeeping at the (former) Regent of Hong Kong, also spent seven years at the St. Regis New York as the Director of Housekeeping.

The Excelsior Hong Kong has appointed Matthew Thomas Director of Food and Beverage. Thomas comes from London where he was most recently at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park as Food and Beverage Manager after joining the property in 2002 as Restaurant Manager.

InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Dexter Chia Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Greater China Singapore. He has been with the company since 2005 most recently as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Greater China. He has previously held regional sales and marketing positions at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Pan Pacific Hotel and Resorts.

Suzette Deveau has been appointed to the position of Area Director of Marketing, Southern Asia and Korea for InterContinental Resorts, based in Bali. She was most recently based at the Four Seasons Shanghai, but returns to Bali after an eleven-year absence, having originally been part of the Ritz-Carlton opening team.

David Campbell is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Singapore. He comes from a similar post at the Westin Shanghai.

Frédéric Colin will be the opening Executive Chef at the St. Regis Singapore. He successfully opened the St. Regis Bora Bora, following three years with André Balasz’ Hotels AB, as Executive Chef of the Raleigh and Sunset Beach.

Romuald Feger will be promoted at the St. Regis Bora Bora to Executive Chef, taking over from Frédéric Colin. Since September 2006, Feger has been the Chef de Cuisine at Lagon, the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at the St. Regis Bora Bora. He previously served in the kitchens at the Palais de La Méditerranée in Nice and Le Cirque in New York.

The JW Marriott Bangkok has appointed James Ng as the new Executive Chinese Chef at Man Ho. He has previously worked in several properties in Asia Pacific including the Traders Hotel Beijing, the Shangri-La Singapore and the Singapore Hilton. Prior to this appointment, he was an Executive Chinese Chef at the Shangri-La New Delhi. 

Joel Wilkinson is the new Executive Chef at the Alila Cha-Am in Thailand. He previously served at the Grosvenor House in London, American Club in Singapore, and most recently, Rosewood's Jumby Bay in Antigua. 

Sylvain Royer has moved as Executive Chef to the Novotel King Power in Bangkok. He was most recently in the same position at the Sofitel Thalassa Porticcio for three years.

Penelope Williams has been appointed Executive Chef at the Alila Manggis Bali. She had worked in Sydney for the past twelve years, most recently as Head Chef for four years at Danks Street Depot.

Christian Fogliani is the new Executive Chef at the Alila Ubud Bali. He joins from the Huvafen Fushi Resort in the Maldives. He has previously worked at Albergo Zi Martino in Tuscany and Albergo Cittadella in Locarno, Switzerland. He first ventured to Asia in 2001, working at the Ana Mandara Resort in Vietnam.

Middle East and Africa
Mike Nalborczyk is the new General Manager at the Hilton Dubai Creek. He was previously based in Australia, where he managed the Hilton Sydney and has also helmed the Hilton Melbourne Airport and Hilton Sheffield.

Victor Louis has been named General Manager of the Hilton Fujairah Resort. He has been with Hilton since 1996 and was most recently the Director of Business Development for the Jeddah Hilton.

Saeid Heidari has been appointed General Manager of the Doha Marriott. He joined Marriott in 1992 and has held various positions for the company in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rostock and Dusseldorf.

Vincent Arnaud returns to the InterContinental Jordan as General Manager. Previously he served as the Hotel Manager at the hotel for three years, before moving to his most recent position in Beirut as General Manager at the Crowne Plaza.

Pascal Prigent has been appointed General Manager of the Anahita Residences and Villas in Mauritius. For the past four years, he served as Group Operations Manager for Veranda Resorts.

Brice Lunot is now in Mauritius at the Legends Hotel as Resident Manager. Eric Molle from the Sheraton Morea is replacing Lunot as Front Office Manager at Le Méridien Bora Bora.

Derrek Anderson joins Hilton Hotels in the new role of Vice President, Finance for the Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. Anderson originally joined Hilton in 1999. He has had responsibility for regional portfolios as Financial Controller for UK and Ireland, Area Financial Controller for Middle East and Asia Pacific, and Regional Finance Director for South Asia, Japan and Micronesia.

Jumeirah has appointed Apo Demirtas as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer to be based in Dubai. He was most recently with InterContinental Hotels Group as the Vice President Market Strategy for the Americas. He has previously held various sales and marketing positions with Hilton and Cendant.

Gilles Peillon has joined FST Jet Tours in Casablanca as General Manager for Morocco. Since 1989, he had been with the Hotel St. James et d'Albany in Paris as General Manager. Sébastien Oger comes from his position as General Manager of sister property, the Auteuil Tour Eiffel, to take over for Peillon.

Tamer Labib rejoins as Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza. He has been with the company for seven years first at the Four Seasons Cairo The First Residence then as the opening Front Office Manager at the Cairo Nile Plaza in 2003.

Michiel Lugt has joined the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. He was most recently in the same position at Peter Island on Tortola. He was previously based in Boston, holding various food and beverage positions at the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton and Le Méridien.

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