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The Leela Mumbai

The Leela Mumbai has appointed Morton Johnston as general manager of the property. Prior to taking on this assignment, Morton was general manager of The Leela Palace Goa. Johnston comes with valuable experience at leading hotels in Asia and London, with The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London; The Lanesborough in London; The Chedi Muscat in Oman; The Ananti in North Korea and The Regent in Taipei.

Red Zen, Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport

Chef Phongthorn Hinracha is the newly appointed executive sous chef at Red Zen, Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai International Airport. In his current role, Hinracha will be involved in preparing menus and designing daily specials. He is responsible for the quality of the food, hygiene matters and overlooking the kitchen.

The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa

Sanzeev Bhatia has been promoted as the general manager at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa. He is responsible for overall operations, profitability, growth and creation of unique guest experiences for the hotel along with the constant development of entire team.

Centara Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka

Alexandre Glauser has been appointed as cluster general manager of Centara Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka. He will be responsible initially for two managed resorts, namely Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka and Centara Passikudah Resort & Spa Sri Lanka. A third project is currently under development on the east coast. Glauser, whose career with Centara spans 11 years, was previously general manager of Centara Villas Phuket and Centara Kata Resort Phuket.


Maritim Hotels has appointed Kailash Chand Panwar, a specialist Indian chef at its airport hotel in Hannover. Panwar brings more than 30 years experience in Indian cookery to Maritim. Most recently he was head chef at the famous restaurant Sagir in the centre of Hannover.

Blue Ocean Resort Mui Ne, Vietnam

Life Resorts Vietnam has appointed Kristy Marland as general manager, and Marion Ender as assistant manager of the four-star Blue Ocean Resort in Mui Ne, Vietnam. In her most recent position as general manager at the Watermark Hotel Nagasaki, Marland piloted the reopening of the hotel.

Blue Ocean’s other new arrival, Zurich-born Ender, graduated from the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland with a degree in International Hospitality Management.

Langham Place Mongkok

Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong has appointed Maxine Howe as its new director of sales and marketing. She joins the hotel with over 20 years of hospitality, management, sales and marketing experience at hotels worldwide.

The Westin Mumbai Garden City

Abhilash Kumar has been appointed as executive housekeeper at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. His prior appointments include executive housekeeper at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace and assistant housekeeping manager at Marriott Hyderabad. With over seven years of experience, he has completed his Bachelor in Hotel Management from Regency College of Hotel Management.

Mohit Kanwal has been appointed as director of sales at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. With over eight years of experience, his prior assignment was with Trident BKC as sales manager. His previous work experience includes sales manager at The Oberoi Mumbai and Trident Nariman Point.

Rahul Dhavale has been appointed as executive sous chef at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. He has completed his IHM and PG Diploma in Kitchen Management from Oberoi Center for Learning and Development. He has over nine years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to this he has worked as executive chef at Kookie Jar Foods, Steakhouse Chef at Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami and Sous Chef at The Oberoi.

Rendezvous Hospitality Group

Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) has made seven management changes to its Australian team.

Nicole Woolfe, who was formerly regional director of sales & marketing, has been appointed as vice president, sales and will oversee all sales aspects of revenue generation capability and performance.

Zsuzsanna Albrecht, who was director distribution, is now vice president distribution & marketing, a role that complements her previous experience. Shirley Dodt is continuing in her role as director leisure sales.

James Blanchett has been appointed associate director national sales corporate & MICE. Wendy Hill is associate director brand marketing, given her management of the brand activity and transformation for RHG since joining mid last year. Tim Birley joins as associate director MICE.

Pooja Peeters joins RHG as manager distribution, while Katie Finlay is moving into the coordinator marketing role, from her previous position as coordinator sales & marketing.


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