New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
Chef Venecio Cadavida has been appointed as Japanese specialty chef at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. Chef Cadavida is a sushi master and is also known for his culinary skills that he has acquired over the last 11 years of experience across varying restaurant concepts. Having worked and acquired a varied skill set from hotels across the Philippines and India, Chef Cadavida brings his Japanese culinary expertise to JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. Chef Cadavida has trained at various hotels of repute across the globe, namely ITC Hotels Grand Bharat Gurgaon, Louis Café and Restaurant, CASA Ysabel Caffe Restaurant, YABANI Restaurant, Tokyo on the Rocks Restaurant, among others.
Sofitel Mumbai BKC
Manav Koul has been appointed as executive chef of Sofitel Mumbai BKC. Responsible for overlooking the entire gastronomic vertical of Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Chef Koul joins the hotel with over 15 years of experience. Known for his love for French cuisine, his gourmet expertise will bring delicacies to the table coupled with international and local proficiency. Chef Koul envisions the re-establishment of French roots with a blend of Indian flavours for the hotel and will strive to further enhance guest satisfaction. Chef Koul has joined Sofitel Mumbai BKC with immediate effect.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Ritesh Sharma has been appointed as general manager of Taj Falaknuma Palace effective January 2016. Sharma started his career with the Taj family 15 years ago, as front office associate with the Taj Coromandel, Chennai. Thereafter, he rose from being a front office associate to a butler operations manager, post which he was promoted as the operations manager at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.
He moved from the Taj and joined the Mumbai International Airport in 2008. In 2012, he returned to the Taj family and was subsequently elevated as the resident manager of The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. Sharma holds a degree in Hotel Management from SRM Institute, Chennai.
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet – Marriott Executive Apartments
With an experience of 14 years in the hospitality industry, Babita Kanwar has been re-appointed as hotel manager of Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet, Mumbai – Marriott Executive Apartments. In her new role, Kanwar will be responsible for all the key operational areas. Kanwar joined Marriott India in October 2001 as part of the pre-opening team at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. In November 2006 she moved to Goa Marriott Resort & Spa as director of sales and marketing, following which she joined Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments as director of sales and marketing in December 2008. In January 2010 Kanwar was promoted as market director sales and marketing, Mumbai. Kanwar in her most recent role was director of sales and marketing at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre.
The Imperial New Delhi
Indira Banerjee, a seasoned hospitality professional with over three decades of experience, has been appointed as director – sales and strategic planning at The Imperial New Delhi. In her new position, she would helm global sales and international portfolios while spearheading strategic planning for The Imperial. This is her third tenure at The Imperial. Her past association with the brand includes director- travel/trade (2003 to 2006) to director- sales and marketing (2008 to 2011). Her key expertise lies in developing and implementing sales strategies in sync with evolving trends in travel and tourism.
RezNext has announced the appointment of Zubin Bilimoria as president, Revenue Management Service. Bilimoria is a seasoned hospitality professional and has held various leadership roles in global organisations. He was most recently MD, Indian Subcontinent at Profitroom. Before Profitroom, he was associated with ResNet World as its MD for India. He has also led the team at Infocross India and Travtech Business Solutions as their CEO. At RezNext, he will lead the consulting services division and demonstrate the value of RezNext’s integrated solution suite backed by industry leading services and turnkey support. He will also spearhead the GDS programme for customers in India and abroad.
Le Méridien Angkor
Le Méridien Angkor has appointed Mohammed Mahbubor Rahman as general manager. Rahman began his career with Starwood 20 years ago at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in Bangladesh. Over the years he has undertaken four hotel openings, two city hotel conversions and has headed finance teams of several hotels, with his most recent appointment as cluster director of finance for Plaza Athénée, Le Royal Méridien Hotel, Le Méridien Bangkok, Vana Belle and Sheraton Samui Resort. Rahman holds a master of accounting degree from the University of Dhaka and is a visiting lecturer at Mahidol International University.
Avari Towers Hotel, Karachi
Avari Towers Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan has appointed Erik Huyer as general manager. Huyer began his career in hospitality with Hilton in Australia as the chain’s first management trainee, later spending 10 years working at its hotels in Sydney and Melbourne before moving onto the Regent in Auckland, New Zealand. After spending several years in Asia and Australia working, Huyer moved to the Middle East when he was approached by the Gulf Hotel Bahrain and then InterContinental in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. His most recent position, before joining the Avari Towers Hotel, was as general manager of the the Corp Amman Hotel in Jordan.