New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Park Plaza Noida
Ramendra Pratap Singh has joined Park Plaza Noida as general manager. He has over 16 years of work experience. He began his career with Corbett Riverside Resort and has worked with Chokhi Dhani followed by a stint with Leisure Hotels. Prior to joining Park Plaza Noida, Singh worked with Radisson Blu Hotel Indore as director sales and marketing and executive assistant manager.
Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon
Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon has appointed Vikram Singh Chauhan as front office manager. He will be responsible for daily operations of the front office team and will closely monitor room inventory to ensure maximum profitability. Chauhan holds a degree in Hotel Management from Institute of Hotel Management (Jaipur, Rajasthan) and has worked with hotels like Courtyard by Marriott, Hyderabad, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments, Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur, Rajasthan), The Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad, The Oberoi Udaivilas (Udaipur, Rajasthan), Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, (Jodhpur, Rajasthan) and The Park Hyderabad.
Crowne Plaza Greater Noida
Subroto Goswami has been appointed as executive chef at Crowne Plaza Greater Noida. He will be responsible for kitchen operations of the hotel under the leadership of Greesh Bindra, area general manager – North. With an experience of over 30 years, Chef Goswami has worked with some of the best brands like The Oberoi, Hyatt Regency, Trident, Radisson Blu and Lalit across India. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from IHM Kolkata and kitchen training programme from The Oberoi School of Hotel Management (now known as Oberoi Center of Learning & Development).
DoubleTree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad
Double Tree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad has appointed Sahdav Mehta as general manager. Prior to this, he lead the F&B team at Marriott Pune as executive chef. In his new role, Mehta will be responsible for budgeting and financial management, planning, organising and directing all hotel services, including front-of-house (reception, concierge, reservations), food and beverage operations, and housekeeping.
JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
Saeid Heidari has been appointed as general manager at JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar. Heidari brings with him 25 years of hospitality experience with Marriott hotels across the Middle East and Europe followed by his move to India as the general manager for Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and Lakeside Chalet Marriott Executive Apartments, Mumbai. Heidari’s first position in the hospitality industry was that of a security manager and later he went onto change his field of expertise to food and beverage. In 1996, Heidari was promoted to assistant restaurant manager at Frankfurt Marriott Hotel and he moved to Leipzig Marriott Hotel as restaurant manager. His next role took him to Courtyard by Marriott Rostock as food and beverage services manager in 1998.
The Resort, Mumbai
The Resort, Madh Marve, Malad has appointed Satyajit Kotwal as general manager. Prior to this, he was the hotel manager at Keys Hotel Temple Tree, Shirdi. In his new role and capacity, Kotwal will be overseeing the hotel’s operations. He has over 10 years of experience in hotel operations, human resources, and training sector.
Indian Culinary Forum
Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), a forum of chefs affiliated to Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA), has re-elected Chef Davinder Kumar as president for another two-year term, he is a vice president F&B, Le Meridien, New Delhi, and has appointed Chef Vivek Saggar of VS Food Art as the new secretary general. Other elected members include: Chef Shaju Zacharia, an independent food consultant, as vice president for another term, Vinod Bhatti, executive chef, American Embassy (ACSA) as the treasurer of the forum for another term. The joint secretaries include Chef Arvind Rai, Chef Mahendra Khariya, Chef Bharat Alagh, Chef Prem Ram, Chef Rajesh Variyath, and Chef Atul Shankar Mishra. Around 180 members of the ICF participated in the AGM and elections.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the appointment of new general managers at two of its resorts in Thailand. Sascha Hemmann has been appointed as general manager of Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa. Hemmann moves to Phuket from his previous position as general manager at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa.
In Hua Hin, Manish Jha has been appointed as general manager at Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Jha joins the team at Anantara Hua Hin from his most recent position as general manager at AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa.