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Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What
February  2003
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The Americas
Kemmons Wilson, who founded Holiday Inn and revolutionized the hotel industry, has died at the age of 90. He was born in Osceola, Arkansas One of the famous "Kemmons Wilson's Twenty Tips for Success" reads: "Only work half a day. It doesn't matter which half you work -- the first 12 hours or the second 12 hours." 

Michael Silberstein has resigned his position of Managing Director at the New York Palace.  He may assist ownership as an outside consultant for months to come. Silberstein, a 1974 Cornell graduate, had joined the hotel in June 2001. He also had a distinguished career with Six Continents (then still named Bass) as a Vice President Operations for the Americas.

Starwood has appointed Harris Chan at the head of Li Ka Shing¹s Our Lucaya in the Bahamas. Chan most recently was the General Manager of the Orchid at Mauna Lani (which has since become a Fairmont property) and also held the same position at the Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. 

Andy Papoutsis has been appointed Vice President and Managing Director of the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club. Papoutsis most recently was with Wyndham International where he served as the Regional Vice President of Operations, Southeast Region while simultaneously holding the post of General Manager at the Wyndham Atlanta Downtown.  Prior to that, Papoutsis was with Stouffer Renaissance Hotels & Resorts for seventeen years. He replaces Reinhard Werthner who has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Hotel Development for Tishman Hotel Corporation, after eight years as Vice President and Managing Director of the Westin Rio Mar Beach. Werthner, a Cornell graduate, was previously with Marriott for fifteen years. 

Edward Walter, current Chief Operating Officer of Host Marriott Corporation has become Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Robert Parsons, Jr., who has been with the Company since 1981, will be leaving the company in the second quarter to pursue other opportunities. 

Dominique Marty has been appointed General Manager of the Tremont Wyndham in Boston.  He was previously with Interstate Hotels for ten years. In his latest position, he was Director of Operations at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles. Marty returns to Boston where he worked for eight years at the Charles Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton.

Ted Karmen has been appointed Regional Vice President by Sunstone Hotels. Michael Sullivan has been named Vice President of Asset Management with Sunstone. Sullivan was previously with Colony Capital. Sunstone Hotels has had several recent changes since acquiring a portfolio of hotels from Wyndham.

Otto Svensson has been promoted to Vice President/Area General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. He had been the General Manager at the hotel for three years.  Originally from Germany, Svensson joined the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company thirteen years ago at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. For several years, he was the company¹s Vice President.

Tod Morrow has been promoted to Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.  He began his career with Ritz-Carlton twelve years ago at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. He joined the Buckhead team as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms Division in 2001.  

Ed Conway has been named General Manager of the Monarch Hotel, in Dublin, California.

The Monarch is part of PVI Hotels, a small group with nine properties in Northern California.  Conway was previously General Manager of the Greenhorn Creek Resort where he has been replaced by the owner's son-in-law Bill Murphy who holds the title of Managing Partner. Prior to that, Conway was Director of Operations with the California Culinary Academy and General Manager at the Hotel Savoy in San Francisco.

Kevin Galica has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Atlanta. He was previously Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia and has been with Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts for the past five years.

Jack Breisacher has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at the Swissôtel Chicago.  Breisacher brings over thirty years experience in Sales and Marketing. He was previously with Hilton Hotels Corporation for four years as Area Director of Marketing in Chicago. Prior to that, he was part of the opening team at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing and also worked with Renaissance Hotels as Vice President of Sales.

Jean-Marc Jalbert has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Sofitel North America and will be based out of Dallas. He was previously Director of Operations at the Sofitel Chicago, which opened last June 2002.  

Grant MacPherson has been appointed Executive Chef by Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts.  His mandate? To open the company¹s Macau project in China prior to coming home to Las Vegas and open Le Rêve in 2005. MacPherson is completing a five-year tenure as opening Executive Chef at Bellagio. At that time, he had been recruited by then-owner Steven Wynn from Raffles in Singapore, where he was the Executive Chef.

Wolfgang Von Wieser will be replacing Grant MacPherson as Executive Chef at Bellagio.  Originally from Austria, Von Wieser joins from the Four Seasons Las Vegas, where he was Executive Chef for the past four years.  At Bellagio he is re-joining Vice President of Hotel Operations Randy Morton, his former General Manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas and Director of Food and Beverage Win Person, another Four Seasons transplant.

Also at Bellagio, Mary Maher has been promoted to Assistant Food and Beverage Director.  She was previously Restaurant Manager of Nectar for two years. Prior to that, she was a Restaurant Manager at New York¹s Windows on the World.

Laurent Manrique is leaving Campton Place after four years at the end of next month to become Executive Chef with Aqua Development, the parent company of four-star Aqua in San Francisco's Financial District. Manrique is taking over from Michael Mina. In addition to Aqua, Manrique will also oversee Charles Nob Hill and Pisces. The group's Redwood Park restaurant closed in January.  Manrique had moved to San Francisco from New York where he was the Chef de Cuisine at the Waldorf-Astoria¹s Peacock Alley, before Laurent Gras.

At the soon to open Broskstreet Hotel in Ottawa, owned by Sir Terry Matthews, also the owner of England¹s Celtic Manor Resort, General Manager Patrice Basille has appointed Michel Tremblay as Director of Food and Beverage. He was recently in Vancouver at the head of a group of free standing restaurants. Prior to that, he was the Director of Food and Beverage at the Molson Center in Montreal. 

Tom Stroik has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Clift in San Francisco.  He was previously with Ritz-Carlton for six years in the same position in their Cleveland and Marina Del Rey properties. 
At Montage Resort & Spa, Bob Mitchell has been named Director of Sales, and Bud Campbell, National Sales Manager.  Prior to joining Montage, Mitchell spent twelve years at Scottsdale's Phoenician resort, where he worked his way up to Director of Sales. A native Californian, Campbell was most recently Regional Sales Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. 

Maurice Constantin has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Century Plaza. He was most recently in the same position with the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.  Constantin also owned the famed Le Chardonnay restaurant in Los Angeles for five years.

Billie Andrews has been appointed General Manager of the Wyndham Valley Forge. She has held other management positions during her ten years with Wyndham, most recently as General Manager of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

Nelson Hilton has been appointed Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Miami scheduled to open in October 2003. Hilton joined Four Seasons in 1995 as a Conference Services Manager in Palm Beach, then moved to the Four Seasons Aviara and into sales and was then promoted to Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Austin. 

Cynthia Boyett will also be joining the Four Seasons Miami from the Mandarin-Oriental Miami as Director of Catering. She previously worked with Four Seasons and was a member of the opening team at the Four Seasons Aviara. Prior to that she was a Catering Manager at the Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel. 

Julie Zirbel is leaving her position of Corporate Director of Communications for Rosewood Hotels  and Resorts in Dallas. She had been in this position for four years and had previously her own marketing communications firm in Southern California for eight years. Zirbel also was the Director of Public Relations at the former Kahala Hilton, now the Kahala Mandarin-Oriental in Honolulu.

Internal moves within Daniel Boulud¹s fast growing empire. Pastry Chef Rémy Funfrock will be moving from Café Boulud New York to the soon to open Café Boulud Palm Beach.

Grant Friedman is Hotel Manager at the Muse, in New York. He most recently functioned as Director of Rooms at the Pierre. He also served eleven years at the St. Regis New York where he was a member of the opening team. 

Scott Roby has been appointed Director of Revenue Management at KSL¹s La Costa Resort and Spa. He was previously Director of Revenue Management at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

John Fleming has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons San Francisco. He originally joined the company in 1989.  He has held positions as the Assistant Rooms Division Manager at the Four Seasons Chicago, consulting Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo and most recently served as the Director of Rooms at the Regent Hotel Bangkok. 

Frank Kawecki has been named General Manager of Mix, a joint venture between China Grill Management and Alain Ducasse. He was previously General Manager of the Red Square in Las Vegas, the most profitable restaurant of the group.  Mix is due to open my late spring on New York¹s 58th street, once the location of Eric Demarchelier¹s Jean Lafitte restaurant.

Michael Murphy has been appointed Director of Catering at the Double Tree Palm Beach Gardens. He was previously the Food and Beverage Director at tony Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Murphy is no newcomer to the area, having held the position of Director of Catering at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. 

Dan King has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton New Orleans. He had been transferred last August to Starwood Corporate Headquarters where he was Area Managing Director of Hotel Centralized Services. Prior to that he was Area Managing Director with Starwood in Los Angeles. He also worked as General Manager at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the Renaissance Parc Fifty Five in San Francisco. 

Martin McDonough has joined the Ginn Resort Management, LLC team as Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining Ginn Resorts, he served in various human resource capacities with Fortune 500 hotel, restaurant and resort companies.  Most recently, McDonough was the owner and principal of his own Human Resources consulting company. 

At the Regent Beverly Wilshire, Scott Mills has been appointed Assistant Director of Food and Beverage (the Director of food and Beverage position is currently vacant). Mills transfers from the Four Seasons Dallas where he held the same title.

Bruno Chemel is the new Chef at Aqua restaurant at the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort. He was previously with San Francisco¹s Real Restaurant Group for whom he opened the restaurant Beaucoup in San Francisco.  At Aqua, he replaces Chris L¹Hommedieu, who relocated to New York.

Mitchell Berkman has been appointed Spa Director at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort. Prior to his appointment he was a Regional Account Manager for Universal Companies' Florida and Caribbean clients.  Berkman¹s extensive work history includes a hit morning-fitness program in Tuscany, Supervisor of the Golden Door Spa at Sea on the QE2, and Fitness Director at the Spa Deus Health and Fitness Resort in Tuscany. 

Europe
Michel Novatin has been named Director of Operations for Kempinski Hotels & Resorts. As such, he takes the seat left vacant a few months ago by Hervé Houdré. Novatin joins Kempinski from Société des Bains de Mer (Monte Carlo), where he was Group Managing Director for five years. Previously, Novatin was Président Directeur Général of the Tourism Branch of the Danone Group, based at the Domaine du Royal Club Evian in France for seven years. Novatin was also General Manager of several Inter-Continental and Le Méridien hotels from 1972 until 1986 in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

Several new appointments have been announced at Boscolo Hotels Spa, Piergiorgio Mosconi has been named General Manager of Boscolo Hotel De La Ville in Vicenza, Michele Scandellari is the new General Manager with Boscolo Hotel Tower in Bologna, Carlo Samuelli has been appointed General Manager at the Boscolo Hotel Trento, Deborah Russo is the new General Manager at Boscolo Hotel Maggior Consiglio and Daniel Pilla has been named Resident Manager with Boscolo Hotel Exedra.

Stéphane Gras has been appointed Food and Beverage Manager at the Chateau de Bagnols.  He was previously with Four Seasons Hotels for four years. His last position with them was Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Austin. Prior to that, he was in New York at the Four Seasons New York and the Waldorf=Astoria.

Yves Bouillet has left his position of Director of Operations & Marketing with Société des Bains de Mer North America in New York to look over the launching of a French DMC office for Mathez Group Travel. He will be specializing in Group Business and will also be based in New York. He had been with the Société des Bains de Mer for five years in the United States. and the Middle East.

Eric Père has been appointed General Manager at the soon-to-open Port Palace in Monte Carlo. He was previously with the Savoy Hotel Group at the Berkeley in London for three years as Resident Manager and was also in the same position at Orient-Express¹ La Samanna in the French West Indies for five years. 

Klaus Kabelitz has been appointed Resident Manager at the Berkeley in London, replacing Eric Père. He was previously at sister property Claridge¹s as  House Manager for three years.  He also worked with Four Seasons in Berlin and London. 

Richard Brekelmans is the new General Manager at Le Méridien Barcelona. Brekelmans is replacing Jean-Louis Dulau who has been appointed General Manager of Hotels Majestic & Inglaterra, both in Barcelona as well. Brekelmans was previously the General Manager of Le Méridien Apollo in Amsterdam. 

Nicki Johnston has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Hampshire. She brings with her twelve years of Four Seasons experience, starting her career at the Four Seasons London as Human Resources Administrator in 1991. Four years later, she was promoted to Assistant Human Resources Director and transferred to Four Seasons Canary Wharf as Human Resources Director in 1999.

Also at the Four Seasons Hampshire, Ben Trodd has been appointed Director of Rooms.  He came from Sales and Marketing where he started his career at the Four Seasons London. He then was the opening Director of Sales and Marketing at the Four Seasons Dublin.

Glen Murphy has been named Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Hampshire.  Murphy originally joined Four Seasons three years ago as Assistant Director of Engineering the Four Seasons London.  He was then promoted to Director of Engineering. 

Vincent McGrath has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Hampshire. He spent four years at the Four Seasons London prior to joining Hyatt in 1991 for a six-year tenure.  McGrath was then the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at The Dorchester and then the Food and Beverage Director at the Conrad International Dublin. He finally came back to the Four Seasons London in 2001 Seasons Hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. 

Club Med has revamped its global management structure following the appointment late last year of Henri Giscard d'Estaing as chairman. Philippe Raison is the new General Manager Australia, NZ and Pacific.  Previously Global Manager of Human Resources for Club Med, Raison has also been appointed Vice President of the Executive Committee Asia Pacific. The present Managing Director Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Francky Gueguen, is returning to Paris to head up a newly-formed department devoted entirely to customer care.  Newly-appointed National Marketing Manager is Heidi Kunkel.  She comes to Club Med with a very strong consumer marketing background in the publishing industry and extensive operational experience in the travel and hospitality sector.
Olivier Bigot has been appointed General Manager of the Sofitel Hotel Demeure Astor in Paris. He replaces Jacqueline Secchi who will be managing the Sofitel Baltimore. Bigot was previously the Hotel Manager at the Hotel Scribe in Paris. 

Bruno Schöpfer will be leaving Mövenpick in April, where he was the Group¹s General Manager. Prior to joining the company four years ago, he was the Director of Operations for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

David Ippersiel has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the Warsaw Marriott, Marriott's biggest hotel in Europe. He was previously at the Renaissance Dubai in the same capacity.

Wolfgang Neumann has been appointed Area President of Hilton UK & Ireland after former Managing Director Grant Hearn moved to venture capital group Permira to head its newly-acquired Travelodge business.  Neumann has been with Hilton for more than eighteen years and was until now Senior Vice President of Hilton International Nordic region. Hearn, who was managing director at Hilton UK for three years, will become Chief Executive of the new roadside business Permira bought from Compass in December 2002. Hearn previously spent five years at Whitbread, some of which was spent running its Travel Inn budget hotels, and also has 14 years' experience at hotel group Forte.

Jonathan Soper has been appointed General Manager of the Ceylan Inter-Continental in Istanbul. He returns to Inter-Continental where he spent nineteen years of his career after three years with Lynton Aviation as their Managing Director Europe for their Charter and Management division. 

Laurent Ebzant has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the Hotel Columbus Monaco. He was previously in the same position at the Hyatt Regency Brussels.

Eric Cocollos is the new Chef de Cuisine of the Lucien Barriere Hotel Group in Trouville.  He was previously the Executive Chef of Jean-Paul Lacombe¹s Bistro de Lyon, where he had taken over from Guy Gateau.

Africa and the Middle East
Michael Henssler has been appointed General Manager of the new Kempinski Julai'a Beach Resort in Kuwait.

Marc Dardenne has been named Vice President Area General Manager for Ritz-Carlton in charge of Dubai (where he is based) Doha, Bahrain and Sharm el Sheikh.

Asia and the Pacific
Mark Lettenbichler has been promoted to Vice President Area General Manager in charge of Bali, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong with Ritz-Carlton. He was previously the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Also at Ritz-Carlton, Mark Decocinis has been named Vice President Area General Manager in charge of Shanghai and Osaka.   

After thirty years of experience operating Four and Five-Star hotels and resorts along with overseeing construction and renovation projects, Brad Jencks has joined Construction Management & Development in Honolulu as Senior Vice President of Hospitality Industries.  Recent CM&D projects include the Westin Denver International Airport, Hilton Seattle, Hyatt Regency Kauai and the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Liv Gussing has been promoted to General Manager of Amandari in Bali. Gussing has been with Amanresorts for seven years and was the Resident Manager of Amanpuri in Phuket . She also was part of the opening team of Amanjena in Morocco. Liv Gussing is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, just like John Reed, her predecessor at Amandari, who will be responsible for spearheading Amanresorts' growth in Bhutan. 

Gérard Hotelier has left Méridien after being with the company since 1987. His last position was that of Regional Vice President for Thailand based out of Bangkok. He has relocated to his native Savoie in France. His successor in Thailand is Philippe Seigle who comes to Thailand from Marakkech. Hotelier had been in Thailand for the last three years and also managed Méridien properties in Indonesia, Kuwait and in the United States. 

Rutger Verschuren has been appointed Corporate Director of Operations of Dusit Hotels & Resorts. Prior to that, Verschuren held previous posts as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Manila and General Manager in charge of the opening of the Holiday Inn Resort Benoa in Bali.

Helmut Arthold has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur. He replaces Eric Pendaries who is now with Jumeirah International Group as Executive Assistant Manager for their new Madinat Jumeirah project in Dubai. Arthold was previously the Food and Beverage Director at the Gran Melia Jakarta and Executive Chef of the Gran Melia Bali and Kempiski Istanbul.

Denis Gruhier has been appointed Deputy Director of Operations for Pearl Resorts, a group operating ten luxury boutique hotels in French Polynesia. Gruhier¹s last position was that of General Manager of the Hotel Melia Benidorm. Prior to that he managed Bangkok¹s landmark Dusit Thani and opened the luxe Palazzo Versace on Australia¹ Gold Coast.

Mark Conklin has been named General Manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. This is Conklin¹s fifth General Manager's posting in his career. He was most recently the pre-opening General Manager of the JW Marriott Shanghai.  He replaces Ed Towfighnia who was promoted to head the San Juan Marriott in Puerto Rico also as General Manager. 

Theodore Durham has been appointed General Manager at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Hong Kong. His most recent position was as Resident Manager of the Fullerton in Singapore.  He also served as Executive Assistant Manager of the Conrad International Hong Kong.

Aditya Mata joins Bharat Hotels as Resident Manager of the recently acquired Grand Ashok. Mata was previously Resident Manager with the Shangri-La Village in Nepal.

Marc Denton has been named Executive Assistant Manager at the Bora Bora Nui Resort in French Polynesia. He was previously at the Banyan Tree Phuket as Director of Food and Beverage. He previously worked with Le Méridien in Toronto, Phuket and London. At the Bora Bora Nui resort, he replaces Fabrice Blondeau who was part of the opening team.

lkin Ilyaszade has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the Banyan Tree Phuket. Ilyaszade was previously Front Office Manager at the Banyan Tree Maldives for three years. 

Marc Sayer has been appointed General Manager for Pacific World Thailand, one of the leading Destination Management Companies in Asia Pacific. He was previously Director of Sales for Le Méridien Resorts Thailand.  

Bruce Jarrard has been appointed Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.  He was previously in the same position at the Four Seasons Seattle for ten years. He is replacing Ed Simaneck who is moving on to open the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. 

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Also See:
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / Jan 2003
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / Dec 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Whos Where and Doing What / May 2002
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  / Nov 2000
 
 

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