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Vanessa Williams Named Executive Assistant Manager/Sales, Marketing
and Hotel Operations of Sandy Lane, Barbados

(St. James, Barbados) – December 3, 2009 - Robert Logan, General Manager of Sandy Lane is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Williams as Executive Assistant Manager/Sales, Marketing and Hotel Operations of Sandy Lane, Barbados.
Robert Logan states, “Vanessa has proven herself to be highly passionate about the luxury hotel industry and her 20-plus years of global experience certainly make her an asset to Sandy Lane.  We’re confident Vanessa’s remarkable leadership skills will continue to reaffirm Sandy Lane’s position as one of the Caribbean’s leading resorts as we head into our busy winter season.”
In her role Williams will report directly to Mr. Logan.  She will be responsible for the global management of sales, marketing and public relations on behalf of the resort and also actively involved in the day to day operations of Sandy Lane.
“Given the resort’s reputation for luxury, service, and excellence, I am very much looking forward to my new post at Sandy Lane,” states Ms. Williams.  “Along with the marketing and sales team at Sandy Lane, I am excited to develop new and creative ways to engage Sandy Lane’s already strong group of repeat visitors as well as introduce the resort to a new generation of travelers.”
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Williams joins Sandy Lane with more than 20 years of experience in the hotels and hospitality industry.  Prior to her appointment at Sandy Lane, she was Hotel Manager/EAM Sales & Marketing at Raffles L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, California where she oversaw the day to day operations along with leading the sales and marketing efforts of the 119-room, Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel.  
Previously, Williams served as Director of Marketing at the Intercontinental Hong Kong and Director of Sales and Marketing at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, where she took a lead role in the successful renovation and re-launch of the flagship property.  She has also held positions with Nikko Hotels in the USA and Asia Pacific.
Williams is married with two sons, Wesley and Blake, who live and work in South Africa.
About Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of the island of Barbados.  Originally built in 1961, Dermot Desmond, J.P. McManus and partners purchased the property and golf course in 1996 and completely rebuilt and expanded, opening in March 2001.  This exclusive 112-room resort has stylish lodging in rooms that average 900 square feet, a five-bedroom villa, luxury Bentley airport transfers, four restaurants including the signature restaurant L’Acajou, five bars, a 47,000-square-foot spa and three distinct golf courses offering guests the best golf in the Caribbean.  Two of the courses are Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole courses including the Green Monkey Course.

Meghan Powers Bell
Phone: 212.584.6453

Also See: Robert Logan Appointed General Manager at Sandy Lane Barbados / October 2008

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