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Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What
May  2002
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Gerard Van Grinsven has been named General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn, replacing Michel Goget who transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Van Grinsven, quite recently, had  been appointed to the position of Director of Openings, in charge of setting up all new properties for Ritz-Carlton worldwide. Van Grinsven joined Ritz-Carlton in 1995, from Inter-Continental Hotels in Berlin.
Richard Adie, a Cornell Hotel School graduate, as the new General Manager of the Statler Hotel at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York, effective July 2002. Adie will first finish a 27-year career with Hyatt Hotels. A General Manager since 1983, he served in that capacity in Hyatt properties in Houston. Denver San Francisco Chicago and his current appointment with the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City.
Steve Bello has been named General Manager of the Hotel Hershey, replacing Maarten Van Wijk, who had left several months ago to get involved with the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Until recently Bello served as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, and at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Steve has spent the past nine years with The Ritz-Carlton organization, which he joined following four years with the former Rockresorts.
Jon Kimball has been promoted from General Manager of the Westin at Los Angeles International Airport to the soon-to-open 700-room Westin at the convention center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kimball a Cornell graduate was previously the Director of Operations at the Westin Century Plaza. At the Westin LAX, Kimball is being replaced by Mary Casey, a Brit who comes from the Sheraton Skyline Heathrow. Casey was previously the Vice President Sales Europe for Sheraton.
At the St Regis Los Angeles exit General Manager Arash Azarbarzin, dispatched in the same capacity to the much hipper W New York Times Square.
Bruno Brunner is back from the Orient as Vice President Operations for St Regis. He worked with St Regis President Atef Mankarios and the rest of his team at Rosewood, prior to joining Shangri-La in Hong Kong.
Six Continents Hotels Appointed Isaac Collazo as Vice President, Operations Strategy & Planning. Most recently, he was Vice President of Strategic Brand Knowledge with Marriott International. Prior to his four-year tenure at Marriott he also served with Promus Hotel Corporation. 
Frank Ashmore is Director of Sales and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. He held the same position previously at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn. In Phoenix he replaces Steven Janicek who is now the pre-opening Director of Sales for the much anticipated Laguna Beach Colony Hotel, an "independent" being built as Marriott Corporation's first "Marriott luxury Division" property. You know that Luxury Division in which some properties will be branded Bvlgari, and some won't.
Michael McMahon has rejoined Ritz-Carlton eleven years almost to the day after leaving that company. Now in charge of marketing the two Ritz-Carlton properties in Naples, Florida, (replacing Frank Cavella, who left the company) he comes from Boca Resorts, for whom he marketed their two Naples properties, the Registry and the Naples Grande. McMahon spent seven years with Ritz-Carlton from 1984 to 1991, holding the top sales and marketing spot in Houston, Rancho mirage and Atlanta.
Josephine Claytor is the new Executive Housekeeper at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. Claytor used to own a restaurant in England, prior to engaging in a hotel management career in the Caribbean (Curaçao, Virgin Gorda, Grand Cayman).
Bruno Lopez has been promoted to Executive Chef at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. He originally joined the property in January as Executive Sous Chef, after a ten-year career with Ritz-Carlton. 
Jim Kostecky, a Cornell graduate, has left Island Outpost's Tides on Miami's hot South Beach after an eighteen-month tenure. He previously was at the Peaks in Telluride for five years
Robert Koren was named Vice President of Operations for W Hotels, in charge of spreading the concept worldwide. He most recently served as the Area Manager for Starwood's famed Costa Smeralda and Malta hotels, and as General Manager of the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo.
Six Continents Hotels appointed Jeff Senior as Vice President, Inter-Continental Hotels, The Americas. His most recent position was Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Kimpton.
Carlos Molinet has been appointed General Manager of the Wyndham Bel Age, in West Hollywood. He joins from a similar position at the Westin Providence hotel. He was previously with Wyndham as General Manager of the Wyndham Old San Juan Hotel & Casino in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
Joe Vina has joined Evans Hotels of San Diego as Director of Sales at the Catamaran. He previously held a similar position with the cool Shore Club on Miami's South Beach for seven months. Vina also was Associate Director of Sales for the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner.
Holger Frohlich is joining the Mirage in Las Vegas as Assistant Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach.
Craig Mueller has been named Vice President of Development for the Northeastern and Midwestern United States for Six Continents, based in Chicago. Prior to joining Six Continents Hotels, Mueller held several senior positions with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Deloitte & Touche, Ritz-Carlton, and Laventhol & Horwath. 
David Siguaw is the new Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien at Beverly Hills. He joins from the Park Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel.
Brian Whitmer left the Lodge at Sonoma to be the General Manager of Paradise Foods, a very high-end gourmet retailer in Corte Madera.  Whitmer, who also was the Chef at Montrachet, Pacific Edge and Moose's, is leaving the kitchen after 26 years. His successor at the Lodge at Sonoma is his former Chef de Cuisine for Carneros, Michael Bilger.
Brian Webb is the new General Manager at Stonehaven Villas in Tobago. The Caribbean veteran is a former General Manager of Jumby Bay.
Speaking of Jumby Bay, it has been reflagged Rosewood, and Dan Reid is expected any day now to take over as General Manager. Reid, also a Caribbean veteran, comes from Amanresorts, where he was the Regional Director for Indonesia, based out of Amanusa in Bali. Reid originally joined Amanresorts as the General Manager of its most secluded property, Amanpulo, in the Philippines. His Caribbean career included stints as General Manager of Galley Bay in Antigua and of Richard Branson's Necker Island.
Conrad Wangeman, a Cornell hotel school graduate, has been named General Manager of the New York Hilton & Tower, after five years in a similar capacity at the Pittsburgh Hilton. He has been with Hilton Hotels for 23 years. His father, a distinguished and respected hotelier, was the Managing Director of Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria for many years.
At Napa Valley's Domaine  Chandon, Executive chef Robert Curry is leaving. He had taken over from Philippe Jeanty when the latter left a few years back to open his immensely successful Bistro Jeanty in Yountville (to which he since added Jeanty at Jack's in San Francisco) Curry is going to Disneyworld where he will be the Executive chef at the Flying Fish Café at the Boardwalk.
Jean-Francois Houdré, Executive Pastry Chef at the Sutton Place (formerly Le Meridien) Newport Beach is leaving after ten years to run his own pastry shop, Pat-A-Chou, in Cap Feret, France. The 30-year boutique makes ice creams and sorbets, candy, ice  creams and also features  a tea room.
Ken Jesina has been appointed General Manager for Benchmark Racine, in Racine Wisconsin, property of the Johnson Foundation; Jesina was previously the Rooms Division Director at Bald Head Island Resort, North Carolina, and prior to this was General Manager for Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia.
Christina Torok has been hired as Spa Manager at the Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas. She previously held a similar position at l'Auberge del Mar for Destination Hotels and Resorts.
Elegant Hotels of Barbados has named Kenneth Kerr Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Vice President Finance for Inter-Continental Middle East and Africa Division.
Charles Lennox III is the new Director of Food and Beverage the Regent Beverly Wilshire. He takes over from Kaleed Mirca who was transferred to the Middle East to open a new Four Seasons property. Lennox logged just a little less than one year at the St Regis Monarch Beach, the opening of which he performed. 
Mark Ansteth has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for Cheyenne Mountain Resort. He comes to Colorado Springs from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel & Conference Center. He also used to be the Director of Marketing at the Scottsdale Princess Resort (now The Fairmont Princess).  
Herb Faulkenberry has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel & Conference Center. Prior to joining the Steamboat Grand, he was National Director of Sales for American Skiing Company.  
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has appointed Elaine Fenard as Vice President, Spa Development & Operations. Most recently Fenard served as a consultant for Steiner Maritime Services where she directed all phases of daily operations for the Disney Magic and Wonder Vista Spas.

Christopher Garcia has been named Director of Sales for Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. He comes form the Hyatt Regency Chicago where he was employed from 1994 to February 2002.  Prior to that he worked for Hyatt Hotels in Cambridge and Hilton Head Island.  

Hugues Jaquier is gone as General Manager of Le Méridien Chicago, replaced by Lisa Mipagliazzo. A Swiss, Jaquier was a twenty-year Méridien veteran, who had held General Manager positions in Méridien properties in Guadeloupe, Boston, Lisbon, Jakarta and Cancun, prior to opening the Chicago property.
At the Ritz-Carlton Montreal General Manager Carel Folkersma has been replaced by Alan Federer, formerly of the Wyndham Montreal.
There is a new Executive Chef at San Francisco's popular Kuleto's. She is Sharyl Seim, a former lieutenant to Cindy Palcyn at Mustard's and Miramonte. Also in San Francisco and also with Kimpton, the new Manager at the Fifth Floor at the Hotel Palomar is John Jasso, who comes from Gary Danko's.
At the Hotel Bel-Air, Director of Catering Deanna Maddalena has left after seven years. She has been replaced with Niles Deegan, previously a Catering Manager at Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica.
Margaret Chow has been named Director of Corporate Sales at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. She had joined Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts in 1994 as Regional Director of Sales covering the Asia Pacific markets.
Also at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Maged Gubr was named Director of Revenue Management. Most recently, Gubr was Regional Revenue Manager for Crowne Plaza Hotels in Dubai. 
Robert Cornell has been promoted to Managing Director for Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Cornell joined Preferred in 1994 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development for the brand's parent company, IndeCorp Corporation. Prior to joining Preferred, he was senior sales and marketing executive with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Yves-Pierre Gérondeau is leaving his position of Executive Assistant Manager at Ritz-Carlton's Hotel Arts Barcelona to become the Hotel Manager for the future Ritz-Carlton Santiago, in Chili. His replacement in Barcelona will be Joseph "Pep" Lozano. Ass for the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Santiago, he is James Hughes, a former Hyatt man.
Rebecca Abbott is the Controller at the just-opened Standard LA, part of André Balasz' hip group of hotels (as in Mercer, Chateau Marmont..etc..) She joins from Inteletek, a temporary accounting service, and had been the Assistant Controller at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey.
Cristina Romero-Peri was named Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosewood's Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos. She replaces Leila Thorne who had held the job since 1997, and since left the company.  Romero-Peri has been for the last four years with Las Ventanas. She joined the resort in 1998 as Sales Manager and in 2000 became Las Ventanas' Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing.  Previously, she was a Sales Manager with L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. 
Wyndham announced the appointment of Matthew Sparks as Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. He was most recently Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Starwood. Sparks is a graduate of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Michigan State University. 
At the Peninsula New York, Brice Kemper is gone as Front Office Manager, replaced by Tina Liu, who was previously the hotel's Front Desk Manager.     
New Vice President & General Manager at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is Tomas Zeisel, a Cornell Hotel School alumnus. He comes from the Chesterfield in Palm Beach. Also at Cordillera the new Food & Beverage Director is Noel Broadhead. She comes from Champion Hills-Fazio Home Course Country Club in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
At the spanking new Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park South, Matthias Terrettaz is Director of Club, transferred from the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco in the same capacity. Also at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South, Jean-Francois Bonnet is the Pastry Chef. He came from Cello, also in New York.

Asia & the Pacific
At the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, General Manager John Toner has left. A legendary hotelier (in Hawaii anyway), he is fully credited for making the resort such a success. Toner is now consulting for the Ko'Olina Resort, East of Pearl Harbor where the JW Marriott Ihilani and Ko'Olina golf club may be expanded with two additional luxury hotels, another gold course, luxury retail outlets and luxury villas. 
Also gone from the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is Director of Sales and Marketing Steven Sampson. His successor is Mark Benson, who was previously the hotel's Director of Sales. 
Bradford Jencks, a former General Manager of Halekulani, has been named General Manager of the Turtle Bay Resort at Kahuku. He most recently was Area Vice President for Hilton Hotels in Washington State and Alaska. The Turtle Bay Resort, formerly known as the Turtle Bay Hilton (and prior to that as the Hyatt Kuilima) is now a Benchmark Hospitality property. Alex Doyle joins Jencks as Director of Sales and Marketing at Turtle Bay, coming from the Outrigger Wailea (previously known as the Aston Wailea and the Hotel Inter-Continental Wailea.) Doyle and Jencks worked together in the past at the Inter-Continental Wailea and at Halekulani.
At age 52, Jean-Pierre Dosse is probably the youngest retiree we know.  After over twenty years with Regent International and later Four Seasons, the Frenchman from Annecy has decided to call it quits. Dosse just recently successfully opened the Four Seasons Shanghai (after a two-year gestation) as General Manager. He previously held the same position for the Regent Grand Formosa in Taipei for ten years. Dosse also worked with Regent in Hawaii (Halekulani and Kapalua) Auckland, Okinawa, Washington DC, Beverly Hills and Bangkok. His successor at the helm of the Four Seasons Shanghai is Peter Weber whose most recent assignment has been as General Manager of the Regent KualaLumpur since March 1999. Weber has previously been stationed in Shanghai in the eighties when Regent was involved with the old Peace Hotel.
Randy Shimabuku is taking over from Peter Weber in his first General Manager assignment at the Regent Kuala Lumpur. For the past two years, Shimabuku was the Hotel Manager at the Regent Bangkok. Once the Director of Food and Beverage at  Halekulani, Shimabuku joined Four Seasons in 1988 in Toronto as Assistant Food and Beverage Director. 
Murray Aitken has joined Raffles International Hotels & Resorts as Director of Food & Beverage of Raffles The Plaza and its sister hotel, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore. He previously was with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts for three years as Director of Food and Beverage, first at the Dharmawangsa and then at Carénage Bay in the Caribbean (which is no longer operated by Rosewood). Aitken had previously worked with Raffles Senior VP MV Puri when the latter was the Vice President Food and Beverage for Rosewood.
Tracy Ford has recently been named Director of Food and Beverage at the Kapalua Bay Hotel and Villas Maui, Hawaii. Ford formally was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Grand America Hotel, Hotel Hana Maui, Ihilani Resort and Spa and The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa.
Director of Housekeeping Ariane Iken is semi-retiring after a stellar twenty-year career in the Five Star hotel world (including the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne, the Savoy in London, Noga Hilton Geneva, Four Seasons and Berkeley in London and finally the Peninsula Hong Kong.  She is relocating to Sydney to spend quality time with her family and three-year old daughter. 
Sharon Garrett has been appointed Director of Communications at the Grand Stanford Inter-Continental Hong Kong. She was previously responsible for group Public Relations for Jumeirah International in Dubai.
Italian Chef Alessandro Colombis has been appointed Sous Chef of Mistral the restaurant at Grand Stanford Inter-Continental Hong Kong. Colombis was previously in charge of La Gondola restaurant at the Kempinski Beijing and Rossini's at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok (which he opened). Colombis' Asia Pacific career in fact started at the Sheraton Princeville on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Mark Wesson has been appointed Director of Revenue Management for both Grand Stanford Inter-Continental Hong Kong and Hotel Inter-Continental Hong Kong. He previously held senior management positions at regional office and hotel levels, in finance, marketing and operations with Starwood and Pan Pacific Hotels in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Asia-Pacific.

Willy Luk has joined the Grand Stanford Inter-Continental Hong Kong as Assistant Director of Sales, coming from was with the Westin Tai Ping Yang Hotel in Shanghai.

Africa & the Middle East
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Peter Bennett has joined Le Méridien as Vice President Human Resources, based out of the company's corporate headquarters in London, Most recently, he served as Human Resources Director at Thomas Cook.  Prior to joining Thomas Cook in 1999, Bennett spent seven years with Boots Company as Director of Personnel for Boots Healthcare International. 
Former Sales and Marketing Director Geraldine McKenna, 46, was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Savoy Hotel Group and is the Group's first female boss. McKenna joined the Savoy Group in 1996, before which she spent 10 years with Inter-Continental. Jean-Jacques ("JJ") Pergant, the former Four Seasons man who single handedly built the Berkeley into one of London's finest and most profitable luxury hotels, has become Senior Vice President of the Savoy Group, and is the Managing Director of three properties: the Berkeley, the Connaught and the Lygon Arms. We know that Duncan Palmer has resigned from the Connaught (after seven years with the group) Palmer's successor is Anthony Lee, his former Deputy General Manager, who has been at the Connaught for many years. All food and beverage at the Connaught has been concessioned out to Gordon Ramsay. At the Berkeley Eric Père has been promoted to Hotel Manager. He joined two years ago from Orient-Express' La Samanna as Director of Rooms Operations.
John Wood has been transferred to Le Méridien Moscow Country Club, as the new General Manager, having been General Manager at Le Royal Méridien Chennai, India since January 2001. Before that he was the General Manager of Le Méridien Limassol Spa and Resort on Cyprus. 
Yves Giacometti is the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons George Cinq, replacing Julien Carralero. Giacometti has been with the company since

Dimitrios Zarikos has been appointed General Manager of the Four Seasons Terre Blanche, effective July 2002. Since August 1998, he has been the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo First Residence. Zarikos joined Four Seasons in 1997 as Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons New York, after several years at the Essex House then under Nikko ownership and management.   

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Also See:
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / April 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / The Boutique Search Firm / Nov 2000

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