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Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What
March 2003
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Following a three-month search "outside" the company¹s own ranks, a new General Manager has been appointed at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park South. He is Rick Evanich, who did not have to travel from afar since he was the property¹s Hotel Manager. Evanich was once the Director of Food and Beverage at the Westin Maui.

Michelle Taylor, former President of Kiehl's, has been appointed Managing Director of Montecito's San Ysidro Ranch. Anne-Edith Cameron, a longtime employee of the Ranch, has been promoted to General Manager. Ty Warner purchased the property in 2000 from Auberge Resorts.  Taylor¹s mandate is to guide the century-old property through a careful restoration.

Luis Argote has been appointed Opening General Manager of the Four Seasons Costa Rica. His successor at the award-winning Four Seasons Mexico City is Thomas Lind who moves up one notch from the position of Hotel Manager.

Bill McCreary has been named President of Tishman Hotel Corporation.  He has been involved with the company since 1989, when he opened the Walt Disney World Swan Resort as General Manager.  McCreary replaces John Griswold who has been named President of CNL Hospitality Corp. and President of CNL Hospitality Properties, Inc.

At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Tim Aubrey has been named senior Vice President, Finance; Vineet Gupta is the new Vice President Technology and Brian McDonald has been appointed Vice President & Controller. Aubrey had held the position of Vice President, Technology since January 1999.  Gupta was Fairmont¹s Executive Director of Technology. McDonald has been with Fairmont for two years, and with Canadian Pacific for eighteen years. 

Craig Madison has been promoted from Vice-President and General Manager of the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, to President and Chief Executive Officer of the resort. Appointed General Manager in September 1999, Madison, 45, -whose great-great-great-great-grandmother was THE Dolly Madison- started at the Grove Park Inn in 1985 as its Director of Sales and Marketing. He is Board Chairman for the International Resort Managers Association. 

Richard Payette has been appointed Regional Vice President, Quebec Region and General Manager, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. He originally joined Fairmont in 1998 as General Manager of the Queen Elizabeth.

Robert Allegrini has been named Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications for Hyatt Hotels. Formerly with Swissôtel and the Chicago Hilton, he will oversee Public Relations and internal communications for Hyatt.

Ralph Grippo has been promoted to Vice President and Area General Manager for Ritz-Carlton.  He will continue to serve as General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, and will have the added responsibility of overseeing the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. Grippo joined Ritz-Carlton in 1988 and has served as a Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Manager and General Manager for properties in California, Boston and Osaka.

Emily Snyder has been named Director of Sales at the Mandarin-Oriental New York. She was previously with the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South, which she opened as Director of Sales and Marketing. Snyder also worked as Director of Sales at the St. Regis New York. 

Steven Conte has been appointed Director of Human Resources for the soon-to-open Mandarin-Oriental New York.. Conte was briefly with the Melrose New York, following a four-year stint as Director of Human Resources at the Regent Wall Street.

Also recently departed from the Regent Wall Street is Executive Chef John Halligan, who had opened the hotel following a long tenure at the Rhiga Royal. 

Stephen Deucker has joined the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota as Director of Sales and Marketing.  He most recently was the Director of Sales for  "stepsister property" the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld. During a fourteen-year tenure with Renaissance, Deucker worked his way from Front Office Manager to various conference services and sales positions and finally to Director of Sales in 1999. 

Marc Pujalet has been named Chief Marketing Officer with Noble House Hotels and Resorts and Tom Kovacs has been named Corporate Director of Catering with the company. Pujalet joins Noble House from the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he held the position of Senior Vice President Marketing. Prior to his position with the SCVB, Pujalet spent twenty years with Westin Hotels and Resorts. Kovacs is a former Executive Chef of both Commander¹s Palace and Brennan¹s restaurants in New Orleans.

Randy Hayes has joined the Hilton Dallas Fort Worth Lakes as Director of Food & Beverage Operations. Hayes was most recently the Vice-President of Operations at Main Event Entertainment. Prior to his move to Texas, he was the Regional Director of West Coast Operations for the twelve (then) West Coast locations of Planet Hollywood Restaurants.

Patrick Duff is the new Executive Chef at the Phoenician. Duff is stepping into the job left vacant since the departure of Peter Hoefler over a year ago. He just completed a one-year assignment as Executive Chef of the Inter-Continental Hong Kong, (formerly the Regent of Hong Kong). Prior to that, Duff was with Ritz-Carlton, first as Executive Chef in Jamaica then in Seoul, Korea.

Michael Platt has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the St.  Regis Hotel & Spa Los Angeles.  Previously he was Vice President Hotel Food and Beverage Operations for Harrah's Hotel & Casino in St. Louis Missouri and Shreveport Louisiana.

Sarah Cairns has joined the St. Regis in Los Angeles as Director of Public Relations. She has worked in the same capacity in Asia at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore and Mandarin-Oriental in Hong Kong. Originally from England, she started her career at the Grosvenor House in London and also worked in various marketing positions with Regent International Hotels.

Cheryl Magdaleno is the Director of Human Resources for the soon-to-open Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey for almost five years. Karring McCarron replaces her in Marina Del Rey where she was previously the Director of Training and Development. 

Mobashir (Moby) Ahmed has been named Area Director of Operations for Wyndham's seven properties in Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Minnesota. Prior to joining Wyndham, Ahmed worked with Starwood as Area Managing Director for the New Orleans and Philadelphia regions. He has also served as President of the Potomac Hotel Group in Washington, DC.

Jerry Broz has been appointed General Manager of Benchmark Hospitality¹s Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta. Most recently, Broz served as the General Manager at Emerald Pointe Resort and Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands. 

Tim Eldridge has been appointed Director of Food & Beverage at the Georgian Terrace. Most recently, he served as the Clubhouse Manager of the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. 

Bob Zappatelli has been promoted to Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Benchmark Hospitality. In addition to his new role, Zappatelli will continue to serve as Director of Hotel Operations for the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, a property he originally joined as Executive Chef in 1999. 
André Van Hall has left his position of General Manager at the Adam¹s Mark Denver, and has been appointed Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of the prestigious Denver Athletic Club.  He had been with the Adam¹s Mark Denver for four years, following a long career with Hyatt Hotels.

Keith Harry has been appointed Executive Chef at the Raleigh in Miami, sister hotel to New York¹s mercer and Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. Harry previously was the opening chef at New York¹s Butter. He also logged several years at the landmark Chanterelle.

Isabelle Alexandre is the new Chef de Cuisine at Citronelle in Santa Barbara, taking over from Félicien Cueff, who returned to France after ten years as the restaurant's top toque. Alexandre was previously Chef de Cuisine at the Old Angler's Inn. It is her second time around working for Citronelle's founder Michel Richard: she was a Sous Chef at the Washington DC Citronelle in the mid nineties, and opened the short-lived Bistro M (as in Michel) at the Hotel Milano in San Francisco.

Christophe Feyt has been hired as Assistant Pastry Chef for the Four Seasons Boston. He previously worked as Pastry Chef at  Le Méridien Boston.

At the Sam Houston Hotel, Sam Schorr has left as General Manager. His replacement is Steven André, who comes from Beverly Hills' Avalon, where he stayed a mere eight months.

Paul Birchall is the new General Manager of the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive. Until last summer he had been working in the same position at Avalon in Beverly Hills, where he was Steven André's predecessor.

Doug Geoga has been named President of the Global Hyatt initiative. The new company serves as umbrella for all Hyatt Hotel properties domestically and internationally.  Since 2000, Geoga had been President of the Hospitality Investment Fund LLC, also owned by the Hyatt-owning Pritzker family, and from 1994-1999, he was President of Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  Edward Rabin, previously Executive Vice President of Hyatt Hotels, becomes President, succeeding Scott Miller, who moves up to Vice Chairman. 

Bernd Chorengel remains President of Hyatt International, now reporting to Geoga.  Steve Goldman, (Cornell class of 1983) who was until recently the Executive Vice President Development for Starwood, will oversee development and acquisition activities for the parent companies of both Hyatt Hotels and Hyatt International. 

Thomas O'Toole, formerly Senior Vice President for Marketing and Informational Technology at Hyatt Hotels, will direct information technology, distribution strategy and related functions at both parent companies. 

Kirk Rose, previously Senior Vice President of Finance for Hyatt Hotels, becomes Senior Vice President of Finance for both companies. 

Michael Sansbury (Cornell class of 1974) has been honored as the Resort Executive of the Year for 2002 at the 2003 Resort Management Conference in San Diego. As Regional Vice President and Managing Director for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, Sansbury has introduced three new Loews Hotels, the Portofino Bay Hotel, the Royal Pacific Resort, and the Hard Rock. The combined number of rooms for the three properties is 2,400 rooms. 

Chef-restaurateur Alison Barshak, who had made a big name for herself when she spearheaded Philadelphia's Striped Bass some ten years ago, is at it again: she is launching Alison at Blue Bell in the city of brotherly love. Barshak had also been the creator of Venus and the Cowboy a few years ago.

Vincent Robinson joined Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells as Director of Food and Beverage in November. He most recently held a similar position at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona. Prior to that he served five years at the Hotel Del Coronado in various food and beverage management positions.

Executive Chef Didier Lenders has left Meadoowod after a combined tenure of seven years (in two stints). No successor has been announced.

Erwan Ehanno is the new General Manager at Joachim Splichal's Zucca downtown Los Angeles.  He was most recently the Sommelier at Beaucoup in San Francisco. He also spent four years in the same capacity at San Francisco's La Folie and the defunct Restaurant Alain Rondelli.

Jean-Michel Chelain is the new Executive Chef at Vail's Left Bank. He comes from the BleuJacket in Lawrence, Kansas. Chelain had also been the Executive Chef at Noel and Gordon Hentschel's tony Stonepine, a Relais & Chateau in Carmel Valley.

Jérôme Lagarde is the Executive Sous Chef at the Sofitel Miami. He was previously in French Polynesia for a few months with the Sheraton Moorea.

Wolfgang Nitschke has been appointed General Manager of Le Méridien Heathrow. Nitschke spent a major part of his career with Regent International. After years at the helm of the Landmark in London (formerly the Regent of London), he went on to open Dubai¹s highly-touted Burj al Arab, prior to running the Regent Schlosshotel in Berlin for one year.

British celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay will be taking over the former Vong location at the Savoy Group's Berkeley in London. He already runs the restaurants at the group's Claridge's and Connaught.  The Berkeley's other restaurant space, previously occupied by La Tante Claire, will be home to Petrus in a few short months.

At the Ritz in Paris, Franco Mora left after eighteen years as Hotel Manager. His successor is Jean-Marie Marcadier who was previously Director of Food and Beverage at the hotel.

Frederic Estève has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Noga Hilton Cannes. 

Ernst Mühle is retiring this month, after a long tenure as General Manager of the Warwick Champs Elysées, as well as Area Vice President, Europe, for Warwick International Hotels.

Patrick Nayrolles has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice. A graduate of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Nayrolles has been with Orient-Express Hotels & Resorts for five years and was previously in a similar position at the Hôtel de La Cité in Carcassonne. 

Bruno Chiaruttini is leaving the Méridien Hotels of Paris (Le Méridien Etoile and Le Méridien Montparnasse) after four years to become the Director of Sales and Marketing at Barcelona's Hotel Majestic. Chiaruttini previously was Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for both Inter-Continental Hotels in Paris (Grand Hotel Inter-Continental and Inter-Continental Paris).
Dominique Blais has been named Executive Chef at the Ritz in London. He replaces Giles Shepard who left the hotel after eight years.

Africa and the Middle East
Andrew Milton is the General Manager at Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius, where he took over from Patrick Finet, who left the company. Milton was previously already with the Constance Hotel Group for whom he opened the luxe Lémuria Resort in Praslin, Seychelles.

Thomas Tapken has joined Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East as General Manager of the Movenpick Doha and the Sealine Resort. He was previously at the Amari Watergate in Bangkok for nine years.

Thomas Laberer, former Executive Chef at the Table Bay Hotel Cape Town has joined the opening team for the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel Cape Town in the same position.

Asia and the Pacific
As expected and widely rumored over the past few months, Raffles International President & Chief Executive Officer Richard Helfer has resigned after seventeen years with the group, effective April 10.  Taking over the reins will be Jennie Chua (Cornell class of 1971), currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Raffles Holdings and President and Chief Operating Officer of Raffles International, and its hotel management arm.  Assisting Chua will be Leong Wai Leng, currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer (in charge of finance & investments), who will become Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Raffles Holdings. 

Christopher Stafford has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Anantara Resorts & Spas in Thailand after two and half years as General Manager of the Anantara Resort & Spa Hua Hin.

Didier Tourneboeuf is moving from Nouméa where he was Regional General Manager of Le Méridien Ile des Pins and Le Méridien Nouméa to become the owner's representative for the Tokyo Pacific Méridien.

Michael Monks is the General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Hangzhou in China. He was previously the General Manager of Shangri-La¹s Traders Hotel Manila for five years. Prior to that, he was with Méridien for ten years in various management positions throughout Asia.

Scott Swank has been appointed General Manager of the Pan Pacific Singapore. He replaces Yasuhiro Uetani who has returned to Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts' corporate office in the capacity of Director-Executive Vice President. Swank is no stranger to the Pan Pacific Singapore.  He was the hotel's Director of Marketing and Rooms between 1991 and 1996. Most recently, he opened a restaurant of his own, Spoon Bistro in Singapore, which unfortunately closed a few months ago.

Andreas Rud is the Director of Food & Beverage at the Sheraton Imperial Luxury Collection in Kuala Lumpur. He was previously in the same position at the Hotel Equatorial Bangi also in Malaysia.

Edited by 
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Also See:
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Jan 2003
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Dec 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Nov 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Oct 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What - the Americas / June 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / Feb 2002
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / December 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / November 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / June 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / May 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What / April 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / February 2001
Global Update: Who’s Where and Doing What  / Nov 2000

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