New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Kerzner International Holdings
Kerzner International Holdings has appointed Philippe Zuber as president and chief operating officer for One&Only Resorts, effective December 1, 2015. In this role, Zuber will lead the strategic development of the One&Only brand, including continued operational success of all existing One&Only resorts. Zuber will continue this focus on the guest experience across the collection, with continued innovation and further development and growth of the One&Only team.
Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan
Nasir Shaikh has joined Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan as general manager. Prior to joining Courtyard by Marriott Chakan Pune, he was director of operations at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre where he led the operations teams to drive sales and service to excellence. Since his first stint at Le Royal Meridien in 2000 as a management trainee, Shaikh has worked across various verticals in the hospitality sector with brands like the JW Marriott and Westin among others.
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai has appointed Chef Ilango as executive chef. With his vast exposure to various cultures and cuisines, he aims to introduce a wave of culinary innovation at the property. He started his career as a commissary chef at Hyatt Regency New Delhi. From there, he went on to work with Radission, Le Meridien, Park Hyatt in Australia, The Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei and the iconic MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
The Imperial New Delhi
Anil Kumar has joined The Imperial New Delhi as director of engineering. He has experience in design review, project management, architectural and interior finishes of world class style. He has worked in various well known hotels- The Park New Delhi, Uppals Orchid Hotel, Piccadilly Group, Aman Resorts New Delhi, Hilton Group New Delhi along with Globacom, Nigeria.
Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon
Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon has appointed Chef Arzooman Irani as executive chef of the hotel. With 22 years of culinary experience, Chef Irani started his journey with the Taj Group in 2005. His stint with the Taj has taken him to various Vivanta properties including Vivanta by Taj – Fishermans Cove, Chennai; Vivanta by Taj – Green Cove, Kovalam; Vivanta By Taj – Fort Aguada, Goa and Vivanta by Taj – Whitefield, Bangalore. He has taken over the reins from Chef Neeraj Chaudhry and will be overlooking the entire F&B for the hotel including the iconic Thai Pavilion; the all-day diner Latitude, the high energy bar Tease, banquets and in-room dining.
TK Murthy has been appointed as group general manager of Sangam Group of hotels which currently operates in Tiruchirapalli, Thanjaur, Madurai, Chettinad and will soon be launching in Kodaikanal. In his new role he will head the operations of Sangam Group of hotels from leading the business to customer service and will be responsible for overall development of the group.
Sunil Gupta has taken over as chief executive officer (CEO) of WelcomHeritage Hotels. He brings along an experience of 30 years in the hospitality industry and is associated with ITC Hotels since 1995. He has served at various positions at ITC Hotels in a span of 20 years. For the past seven years, he was the general manager at ITC Rajputana, Jaipur and after this tenure he has now been appointed as CEO of WelcomHeritage Hotels.
DoubleTree by Hilton Pune – Chinchwad
Guhaneshwaran V has been appointed as assistant executive housekeeper at DoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad. Guhaneshwaram has a work experience of over 10 years. He started his career with the Leela Palace, Bangalore. Along with housekeeping operations he also took care of the upkeep and maintaining the interiors related assignment of the property. Later, Guhaneshwaram moved on to the Oakwood Premier Bangalore, where he was rewarded the best manager in cost controlling. Then he joined The Fortune JP Palace Mysore.
Courtyard by Marriott, Agra
Abhishek Sahai has been appointed as general manager of Courtyard by Marriott, Agra. In his new role, Sahai will manage responsibilities of guest services, rooms division management, F&B operations, administration, project management, conceptualising events, driving revenues and managing human assets. Sahai has over 15 years of experience in the core hospitality and customer oriented operations with hotel chains like The Oberoi Group and The Leela Hotels. Prior to joining Marriott International, Sahai held the role of general manager at The Leela Palace, Udaipur. He worked with The Leela Group for over five years. Earlier he was associated with The Oberoi Group for a decade, where he had started his professional career.
Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences
Prabhakar Singh has joined Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences as director of sales and marketing. In this role, Singh will be responsible for managing a team of over 20 members of sales and marketing based in Kolkata and in three in other metro cities. His previous assignment, Singh was at Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai as director of sales and marketing. His tenure with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces spans a period of 10 years across three geographies in the West, South and North of India with Taj Coromandel, Taj Club House, launching the 100th hotel of the Taj Group in India – Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, NCR, and Vivanta flagship Vivanta by Taj President, Mumbai. He has also worked with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in Mumbai prior to his stint with the Taj Group.
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and Lakeside Chalet
Danish Merchant has been re-appointed as executive sous chef (cluster role) at Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments. Merchant will be responsible to oversee the entire kitchen operation including the alternative restaurants and the crew kitchen by monitoring food preparation, presentation and delivery over the course of the day. Prior to re-joining Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel and Lakeside Chalet, he was profiled as senior sous chef at JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar as a part of the pre-opening team. He was also associated with other brands like Taj, Bangalore; The Leela Palace Hotel and Resorts Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon and Kempinski, New Delhi. Merchant graduated in hotel management and tourism in 2006 from Rizvi College of Hotel Management and Catering Studies, Mumbai.
Avari Dubai Hotels & Apartments
Manish Chandra has been hired as general manager of Avari Dubai Hotels & Apartments (managing both Avari Dubai Hotel and Avari Hotel Apartments Al Barsha). Chandra brings with him over 16 years of hospitality experience in international and domestic branches. His current role at the Avari Dubai Hotels & Apartments is to put Avari properties on the map of Dubai and other Emirates as well as to be known in GCC countries. Chandra specialises in hotel pre-openings, sales and marketing, branding, renovations and operations.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
One&Only Resorts has announced the appointment of James Wyndham as general manager, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. In his new role, Wyndham is responsible for the operation of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley where he will lead the continued innovation of extraordinary guest experiences that celebrate The Blue Mountains. He joined Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley as resort manager earlier this year following his transfer from Atlantis, The Palm.
Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf
Azar Saliba has been appointed as general manager of Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf hotels at Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort of Dubai. In his new role, Saliba will oversee operations of all departments at the Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and Malakiya villas. He will continue to report to resort general manager, Margaret Paul. Saliba, a Lebanese national, has over 20 years’ experience in the hotel and tourism industry and has been with Jumeirah since 2006 when he joined Jumeirah Beach Hotel overseeing the rooms division. Since then he has undertaken various senior management roles including that of resident manager and hotel manager within different Jumeirah properties.
St Regis Hotels & Resorts
St Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced Jamie Cullum, the award-winning jazz-pop singer-songwriter, as its connoisseur. In his role as brand ambassador, Cullum will continue to lead the Jazz Legends at St Regis series, which to date has brought intimate yet electric jazz performances to New York, Washington, DC, Istanbul, San Francisco, Mexico City and Bangkok. Launching January 2016, the celebrated artist has lent his ear to curate jazz music for the public spaces of all St Regis hotels and resorts globally.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the appointment of general managers at two of its resorts in Thailand. Giles Selves has been appointed as general manager of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Resort. Selves joins Anantara after 19 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, most recently as general manager of Keraton at the Plaza, a luxury collection hotel and residences in Jakarta, Indonesia.
On the island of Koh Samui, Lutz Mueller has been appointed as general manager at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. Having spent 22 years with Marriott International in Germany, India, Thailand and China, Mueller joins Anantara from his most recent position as general manager at Wanda Vista Resort Xishuangbanna in southern China.
Absolute Hotel Services Indonesia
Absolute Hotel Services Indonesia has appointed Gindo S Sianturi as area general manager. In his new role, Sianturi will be responsible for overseeing all pre-opening and operating hotels in Indonesia as well as co-operating with the regional director Indochina/Indonesia in business development and technical services. He will continue to be based at U Paasha Seminyak Bali as general manager. Sianturi joined Absolute Hotel Services in 2013 as general manager of the U Paasha Seminyak, Bali. He has over 15 years of hotel industry experience, working with companies such as Four Seasons, Hyatt, InterContinental and Raffles.