New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai Marriott Executive Apartments
Amit Kulkarni has been appointed as resident services manager at the Lakeside Chalet – Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments. With over 14 years of experience in the United Kingdom and India, Kulkarni has worked with renowned hospitality groups like Accor, Explore India Tourism & Events, Kamat Hotels India, etc, where he garnered experience in customer service and rooms division background. He is an alumina of Glion Hotel School where he pursued B.Sc in hospitality and tourism management.
Mövenpick Hotel and Spa
Joydeep Ghosh has been re-appointed as director, sales and marketing at Mövenpick Hotel and Spa Bangalore. In his new role, Ghosh will be responsible to add on to the existing sales revenue, get new companies on board and look after the smooth operations of sales and marketing. He will be actively involved in strategising and planning of marketing initiatives. He started his career with a role in the food and beverage department at The Oberoi New Delhi, then he moved to Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With over twenty years of experience in hospitality, FMCG, mall management and marketing, Ghosh has developed strong relationships in these fields.
Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong
KongAlicia Too has been appointed as general manager of the Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong. Too has over 25 years of experience with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where she held various positions in Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong. Her most recent role was as the hotel manager for the pre-opening period of Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou. Too is a Portuguese national and has done MBA from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts has announced management-level appointments at its properties and locations worldwide. Stuart Nielsen has been appointed as vice president, food and beverage, Middle East, Africa and India. Nielsen has an experience of over 15 years in food and beverage. Nielsen has held progressive management level positions in food and beverage at various global hotel brands. Bastien Blanc has been appointed as vice president, sales and marketing for the Middle East, Africa and India. Blanc will be responsible for the overall sales and marketing operations for 19 hotels and will oversee the development and implementation of strategies, plans, and budgets for new and transitional Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel properties in the region, including three hotels that will debut later this year in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC)
Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) has appointed Arun Nanda as the chairman. Nanda will guide and lead the organisation in its aim to fulfill the skilled manpower requirements of the hospitality industry. Nanda is currently the chairman of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India and Mahindra Lifespace Developers, and director of Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland. Apart from this, he holds leadership and advisory roles on the boards of several other companies. In 2008, Nanda was honoured with an award of “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” by the president of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Absolute Hotel Services
Absolute Hotel Services has appointed Seema Rajwani as regional director of sales, India and the Middle East. In her new role, Rajwani will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of sales activities, setting up strategy to drive sales revenue and implementation based on process and standard procedure, managing existing clients as well as expanding client’s base for both inbound and outbound. Prior to joining Absolute Hotel Services India, Rajwani worked for over 10 years in sales focusing on MICE and banquets which included rooms and catering sales. She has worked with The Lalit, Accor and MayFair and holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel management.
Marco Polo Hotels
Marco Polo Hotels has appointed Juni Rahardja as regional director of sales – Singapore, succeeding Roy Yan who recently retired after 24 years with the group. In this role, Rahardja will lead the Marco Polo’s sales activities in the region and drive incremental business to the 14 Marco Polo and Niccolo hotels throughout Hong Kong, China and Philippines. Prior to joining Marco Polo, Rahardja was the director – regional sales office, Singapore, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Rahardja has over 30 years of experience in Singapore’s hospitality industry, and has held senior positions with international hotels such as Conrad Centennial Singapore and Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Oakwood Asia Pacific
Oakwood Asia Pacific has appointed Craig Bond as vice president of operations. In this capacity, Bond will have the responsibility for a portfolio of 11 Oakwood-branded serviced apartments currently operating in the region, as well as several in various stages of development. His most recent appointment was area general manager – Oceania for Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Prior to that he spent more than five years with Mirvac Hotels & Resorts where he was the regional general manager for 11 properties. Bond has more than 25 years of tourism and hospitality management experience.
Siam Kempinski Hotel
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has appointed James Norman as executive chef. Prior to this, Norman was assisting the Kempinski Group’s corporate vice president of food and beverage, Michel Gehrig with a number of culinary ‘task force’ assignments. Norman worked previously as executive chef at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi and regional executive chef for Europe for the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva. His career covers 23 years of professional culinary experience in Europe, Middle East and Asia and includes stints with the Sultan of Brunei at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei and Guy Savoy in Paris.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Guenter Gebhard as general manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum. He brings with him over twenty years of experience in the global luxury hospitality industry, with senior management roles at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco, Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, St. Regis, Bangkok and a global role as director of Operations, Restaurants & Food and Beverage Operations at Jumeirah Group, together with other assignments in the Middle East, Germany and New York. Gebhard studied at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and New York University Stern Business School in New York.