New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet Marriott Executive Apartments
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel & Lakeside Chalet Marriott Executive Apartments has announced the appointment of Gaurav Aggarwal, as director of catering sales, at the property. Prior to working in Fairfield, he has executed several responsibilities as the sales manager at Marriott International, New Delhi. His professionalism also helped him rise the ladder quickly in his career that he began at The Park, Vishakhapatnam.
Gaurav earned his Bachelors in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Chennai in 2005 and went on to complete an Industrial Exposure Training at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. He has been an active participant of core training programmes at the Marriott.
Absolute Hotel Services India
Absolute Hotel Services India has announced the promotion of Rakhi Purohit as regional director of sales, marketing, revenue and distribution for Absolute Hotel Services India, effective immediately. In her new role, she will lead the team by working closely with corporate sales, marketing and revenue team to drive revenue and marketing activities as well as develop each hotel sales and marketing strategies, rates structure and expand distribution channels based on competitive environment.
She has a hotel management diploma from Mumbai and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from London. She went on to complete her MBA from University of Wales, London. She comes with a total experience of 17 years including more than five years in United Kingdom as cluster revenue manager prior to joining Absolute Hotel Services India in 2013 as regional director of revenue and distribution.
Fairmont Jaipur has appointed Shagun Sethi as director of sales and marketing. She has over a decade of experience in hotel sales and marketing in leading Indian hotel brands. She worked as sales manager – key accounts national sales with the Oberoi Group. She has been recognised for building high performing sales teams with a strong customer focus and business strategy to achieve proposed budgets.
Amit Kumar has been appointed as director of operations at Hilton Chennai. With over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry in India, Kumar has worked with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, as executive assistant manager, food & beverage services at The Lalit, Mumbai, he led the menu planning, forecasting, budgeting, resource planning, quality and cost control processes. He holds a diploma in hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Ahmedabad.
Anup Mishra has been appointed director of human resources at Hilton Chennai. Mishra has 13 years of experience, and has worked with Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group in India. He joined Hilton Worldwide in April 2012 and has since then served as director, human resources, at Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore. In previous assignments, he focused on employee welfare while heading the staffing, compensation and training and development functions. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai.
Anjani Upadhyay has been appointed as director of finance, Hilton Chennai. He has 11 years of experience in finance, nine of which he has spent spearheading accounting, purchasing, storing and cost control in the hospitality industry. He has worked with Kenilworth, Taj Safaris and Alila, Bangalore. Upadhyay took charge as director, finance, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, in September 2012. In that position, he led the pre-opening team through streamlining fund management, taxation, auditing, inventory management and financial control. He is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Calcutta University.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
Nick Yarnell has been appointed as general manager of Six Senses Douro Valley. The resort is scheduled to open by mid-2015. As a 24-year veteran of the hospitality sector, he brings extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the business, having worked in many destinations around the world-London, Los Angeles, Maldives and Paris.
Yarnell is joining Six Senses Douro Valley from his most recent tenure as hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech in Morocco. Prior to this, he was the director of rooms at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Previous roles in his career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts were as director of rooms at Jimbaran Bay, Bali; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He started his career as a management trainee with The Savoy Group in 1990, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The London School of Economics.
Mandarin Oriental Milan
Michelin-starred chef, Antonio Guida has been appointed as executive chef of Mandarin Oriental, Milan which is scheduled to open in 2015. Chef Guida joins from award winning restaurant Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole in the Monte Argentario area of Tuscany, and will be responsible for all of the culinary operations of the hotel. He has worked at various Michelin-starred restaurants such as Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence and Don Alfonso in Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi.
He joined the restaurant La Terrazza Hotel Eden in 2000 as sous chef, eventually rising to the position of chef de cuisine before leaving to join Il Pellicano as executive chef in 2002. It was there that Chef Guida gained two Michelin stars in 2004 and 2010 and entered the list of renowned Italian restaurants, conquering the three forks of the acclaimed Italian guide Gambero Rosso.