New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach
Tejus Jose has taken over as general manager of Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach. Jose has been associated with the Accor group in several positions for almost nine years and his last assignment was as the general manager of Grand Mercure Bangalore. Having embarked on his career 14 years ago, he has worked with many renowned Indian and international hotel companies before joining Accor. His key interests and expertise lies in delivering results through empowered people and systems and processes in all aspects of the business.
JW Marriott Bengaluru
Chef Antonello Cancedda has been appointed as the Italian chef of ALBA at JW Marriott Bengaluru. Coming from JW Marriott Chandigarh where he headed the culinary operations of the Italian restaurant and bar, Oregano, Chef Cancedda’s main responsibility will be to cater to the distinct tastes of discerning guests at ALBA. Heading ALBA, he will also look into the overall management of the kitchen and introduction of new trends in food presentation. He has worked in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in Europe, Canada, Asia and the United States.
JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity
Ankur Chawla has been appointed as beverage manager at JW Lounge, Oval Bar, and Akira Back of JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Chawla started his career with Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai in June 2008 where he underwent training in various departments of the hotel and joined as the assistant manager for Wasabi by Morimoto, Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai in October, 2009. He excelled in his responsibilities and was appointed as the restaurant manager for Wasabi by Morimoto and Machan.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa
Chandrashekhar Joshi has been appointed as general manager of JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa. He has worked in the hotel industry for about 14 years. Joshi started his association with Marriott in 2004 as assistant restaurant manager at Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre in the F&B department. In the subsequent 10 years with Marriott; he gained a varied hotel experience with exposure in operations and sales and marketing.
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Chef Anupam Gulati has joined the Marriott Group of Hotels as executive chef at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa. With close to 14 years of experience in the F&B industry, he has been instrumental in designing menus, concepts and creating innovative dishes for the award winning restaurants where he has worked before. At Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Chef Gulati will be handling the F&B operations of the hotel. His day-to-day responsibilities will include taking care of kitchen operations and maintaining the food quality.
Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences
Jai Kishan has taken over as general manager of Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences. He is a hotelier with more than 17 years of work experience in the hospitality industry spanning India, Switzerland, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore. Prior to joining the Accor Group, Kishan was at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata as executive assistant manager. His previous role in Accor Group was that of general manager – operations of Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The Claridges New Delhi
Swati Jain has been appointed as director of sales – corporate of The Claridges New Delhi. Jain has over nine years of experience in strategic sales and pan-India outreach. She also has a deep understanding of the logistics, and overall back-end planning of revenues and the other function areas of a luxury hotel. Having worked with luxury brands such as The Lodhi and The Leela Palace in the past, Jain is well acquainted with the Indian corporate market, as well as the diplomatic and political circles in the NCR.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India
Kavinder Singh has been appointed as chief executive officer and managing director of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India. His appointment will be effective from his date of joining, which is likely to be in the first week of November 2014. Singh brings 28 years of experience in the FMCG sector having worked in Asian Paints, ITC and Pidilite Industries. At ITC, he was responsible for setting up and successfully building their biscuits business.
Dawid Koegelenberg has been appointed as general manager of Paresa, a luxury resort in Phuket. A graduate of the Cape Town Hotel School and formerly resort manager at Six Senses Koh Samui, Koegelenberg brings over two decades of experience. He was a chef and later general manager of some of London’s best known restaurants. Koegelenberg relocated to Thailand in 2010 as resort manager of Sarojin Resort in Khaolak, Phuket, and managed Six Senses Koh Samui for two years before his move to Paresa.
L’Hotel du Collectionneur, Paris
François Gagnaire has been appointed as executive chef at L’Hotel du Collectionneur – Paris. In 2001, he opened a gourmet restaurant in Puy-en-Velay. In 2006, he earned a Michelin star and in 2009 he was awarded a French National Order of Merit medal.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Martin Kandrac has been appointed as executive vice president, real estate and development of FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Based in Zurich, Kandrac will be responsible for all aspects of FRHI’s real estate and development activity worldwide, including regional offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As part of this role, Kandrac will also have oversight of FRHI’s residential and design and construction teams. He joins FRHI from his most recent position as managing director, real estate in the London office of Mount Kellett Capital Management.