New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Grand Hyatt, Pune
Grand Hyatt, Pune appointed Shul Ambwani as director of rooms. With an experience of over a decade, Ambwani will continue to shape the hotel with his insights. His forte has always been maintaining guest relations in major hotels across India. Ambwani started his career in 2005 with Taj Banjara, Hyderabad and followed by his association with brands including Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, and Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, where he advanced as front office manager. He came back to the Hyatt family as a front office manager and joined Hyatt Pune in August 2014.
Grand Hyatt, Goa
Grand Hyatt, Goa has taken aboard Sascha Lenz as executive assistant manager to spearhead the food and beverage operations across the resort. With over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Lenz has been associated with hotels such as the Sheraton and the Mandarin Oriental, prior to joining Hyatt, in the year 2007. Originally from Germany,, Lenz started his career in 1999, and has worked in the US, Hong Kong, Russia and the UK.
Rokeby Manor & Residences
Vidur Kapur has been appointed as the general manager for Rokeby Manor & Residences by Mars Enterprises at Landour-Musoorie, Uttarakhand. His expertise lies in financial planning and achieving revenue targets. Along with Rokeby Manor & Residences, Kapur will also be in-charge of the other newly launched properties in Landour – The Little Salon & Spa Shed, The Stray Dog Café & Bar and Landour Bakehouse.
Sarovar Hotels has appointed Ameet Wagh as general manager, sales – West. He brings with him an experience of over 18 years in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry. Prior to this, he was associated with Sun-n-Sand Hotels as corporate head of sales and marketing.
Sofitel, Mumbai BKC has appointed Zubin Todiwalla as the rooms division manager for the hotel. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall functioning of the rooms division and will spearhead various departments such as front office, housekeeping, guest relations, spa and fitness. The appointment also places Todiwalla on the executive committee of the hotel, besides leading over 140 Sofitel ambassadors in the 302-room property. He has over 12 years of hospitality experience and his career has covered major operational divisions of five star properties such as The Oberoi, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels.
Keys Hotels, a brand by Berggruen hotels funded by Berggruen Holdings, has announced the appointment of Nidhi Gupta as regional director, sales and development. Under this role, Gupta will play a pivotal role in generating new sales leads and contacts, whereby leading to the growth and expansion of the Keys brand into new markets. Gupta has close to two decades of experience in the hospitality sector. Prior to joining Berggruen Hotels, she has worked with Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sarovar Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Concept Hospitality.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Devdutta Banerjee as area director, revenue management – Asia. The move follows recent executive appointments in e-commerce and communications in the company’s Asia headquarters in Bangkok. Banerjee has 18 years of experience working with global hotel brands including his previous employer, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, where he was corporate director of revenue management and distribution.
Anantara Vacation Club
Anantara Vacation Club has appointed Nisha Chand as group director of human resources. A veteran HR professional with nearly two decades of experience, Chand joined Minor Hotels Group five years ago as a director of HR at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in Abu Dhabi. She subsequently moved to the corporate offices in Bangkok where she served as director of HR, before eventually taking over as regional director of HR. Chand managed the corporate team and provided support for the site HR leaders in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia. Before coming to Minor Hotels, she worked for more than 10 years with InterContinental Hotels Group in various operational and HR leadership roles in the Middle East.
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G has appointed Philippe Le Bourhis as the general manager. Bourhis, a French national, has over 25 years of experience working in the hospitality industry at a senior management level across South East Asia. Prior to his new role, he was the general manager at Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit and Pullman Jarkarta Indonesia. Bourhis has also worked as general manager at other Accor hotels, including Novotel Bangkok Siam Square, Novotel Benoa Bali, Novotel Semarang Indonesia and Novotel Coralia Ummed Jodhpur India.
The Marina Mandarin Singapore
The Marina Mandarin Singapore has appointed Melvin Lim as the general manager. Lim has over 20 years of industry expertise gained from key operations and leadership roles he has held across South East Asia with InterContinental Hotels Group, Millennium & Copthorne International, Ascott, Park Hotel Group, and Far East Hospitality.