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Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel

20151215eh84Roshan Rajpal has been appointed as executive assistant manager (EAM) at Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel. In her new role she will be responsible for looking after the smooth operations of all departments of the hotel. Her last assignment with Accor hotels was with Novotel Bangalore Techpark where she was heading sales and marketing for all five multi-brand Accor hotels in Bengaluru.

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

20151215eh85Abhay Singh joins Goa Marriott Resort & Spa as director of food and beverage (F&B). He started his career in 2008 at The Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre, as F&B executive. He then joined Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai, as assistant events manager and later moved to JW Marriott Pune as events manager with the pre-opening team. While at JW Marriott, Pune, Singh also worked as a front desk manager for a period of one year. His next role was as director of events at the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre. His most recent assignment was that of director of events at JW Marriott Mumbai, Sahar.

JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

20151215eh86JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar has appointed Nikita Gonsalves as director of sales. Prior to joining JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, she was director of sales at Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa. She holds an MBA in marketing. Her vast portfolio includes brands like The Marriott Group, Taj Hotels and the Hilton Group before she made her way into JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar.

Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar

20151215eh87Chef Vikas Pant has been appointed as executive chef for Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar. Chef Pant has an experience of nearly 17 years with leading hotel chains in the industry. He embarked on his journey by joining Café kitchen at Hyatt Regency, Delhi and also worked in various sub departments. He then underwent his training in trainer certified by Hyatt International, USA and at the Hilton Worldwide University for code of conduct, information security and privacy training, operation audit, behaviour base interviewing, and management development programme. He has also been trained in Japanese kitchen at Hyatt Regency Osaka.

DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad

Guhaneshwaran V is the assistant executive housekeeper at DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad. He has a work experience of above 10 years. He started his career with the Leela Palace Bangalore. Later he moved on to the Oakwood Premier Bangalore, and thereafter he moved to The Fortune JP Palace Mysore. He has been associated with DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad since May 2015.

The Westin Pune, Koregaon Park

Manmeet B Singh has been appointed as director of food and beverage at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. In this role, he will be responsible for enhancing and sustaining guest experiences at all restaurants, bars and events at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. Prior to this, he worked at the Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana as director of food and beverage. In his current role, Singh would be taking on multiple responsibilities such as strategic decision making and planning for the food and beverage department, recruitment and training of staff, as well as developing and implementing marketing strategies.

Four Points By Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi

20151215eh88Rashi Honrao Gakkan has been appointed as learning and development manager of Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi. With around six years of experience in the hospitality industry, she has worked with renowned brands like the Marriott, Accor, Hilton and Starwood. She has been part of two preopening teams, namely the Westin Mumbai Garden City and the Sofitel Mumbai BKC. She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology.

Mandarin Oriental Doha and Mandarin Oriental Macau

Martin Schnider has been appointed as general manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Doha, while Jill Goh has been appointed as general manager of Mandarin Oriental, Macau. Schnider joins the Doha property, which is scheduled to open in 2016, from Mandarin Oriental, Macau where he has held the position of general manager since 2008. Prior to this, Schnider was hotel manager of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. Goh began her career with the group in Singapore in 1993, working her way up through the rooms division to become director of rooms in 2000, and eventually resident manager in 2006. Most recently, Goh was resident manager of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London before taking on the role of corporate operations manager, Asia based in Hong Kong in 2013.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons has appointed Bart Carnahan as executive vice president, global business development. Carnahan will oversee Four Seasons global development efforts, working collaboratively with teams around the world to support the company’s growth objectives and build on the reputation of Four Seasons as the partner of choice for luxury hotel and residential projects. Carnahan joins Four Seasons from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide where he spent the last eight years as senior vice president acquisitions and development, EAME, responsible for Starwood’s growth strategy throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for all of Starwood’s ten brands.


Starwood has appointed Christopher Chung as regional director of sales and marketing – Southeast Asia. Under this role, he will be responsible for overseeing the overall strategic sales and marketing direction for all 31 Starwood hotels in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, covering ten brands including St Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element and Tribute portfolio. Prior to re-joining Starwood, he served most recently as director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.

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