New roles for the industry’s movers and shakers
Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort and Spa
Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort and Spa announced Rishi Chopra as the new general manager. Chopra has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Under the new role, he will play a key role in planning, preparing and executing the annual budget and business plans. He has previously been associated with Starwood from 2001 to 2006 as director of F&B at Le Meridien Pune. He has also worked with brands like The Leela and IHCL.
Sumit Kumar is the newly appointed general manager of Hyatt Pune. Under this role, Kumar is responsible for the operational development of Hyatt Pune, including guest and employee engagement, financial performance and strategic decision making. Over the last 13 years, Kumar has been a part of Hyatt Hotels, where he has acquired experience in managing F&B operations.
The Taj Coromandel, Chennai
Prateek Kalra has been appointed as the director of F&B at The Taj Coromandel, Chennai. Kalra has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. His last assignment was with The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Starwood Hotels and Resorts as F&B manager. He started his career as a part of the management training programme at IHCL. After honing his operations skills as a restaurant manager at The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, he joined the Gateway Hotels brand of the Taj in the COO’s office.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has recently appointed Henry Gray as vice president, operations – hotels and resorts. Gray was the group’s area director for Thailand from 2007 to 2009, responsible for the resorts in Phuket, Hua Hin, Yao Noi and Samui. His career has been focused on high-end boutique properties and organisations that include Aman Resorts and The Oberoi Group.
The Leela Palace, Chennai
Amritham Umapathy has recently been appointed as the rooms division manager at The Leela Palace, Chennai. Umapathy has over 20 years of industry experience in the areas of accommodation, operations and management; and has held several positions in various organisations with responsibilities spread across a different functions. Bijay Thakur has recently been appointed as human resources head for the property. With around 19 years of experience in HR operations, his expertise lies in human capital management, strategy planning, training and development, performance and compensation management, people management, talent acquisition, statutory compliance and industrial relations.
Park Hyatt Hotel, Hyderabad
Park Hyatt Hotel, Hyderabad has announced the appointment of senior personnel in key positions. Chef Michele Prevedello has joined as executive chef after serving at Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg for five years. With 19 years of culinary experience, Chef Prevedello has worked with various hospitality brands and standalone restaurants in Tuscany.
Anshuman Appanna has joined as the director of sales and marketing. Starting his hospitality journey with IHCL, Appanna has worked across different locations like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Goa. Preeti Philip has joined as marketing communications manager. She started her career with Marriott Hyderabad as the assistant manager of marketing and communication in 2006.
Commune Hotels & Resorts
Siddharth Savkur has been appointed as the regional general manager – India at Commune Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Savkur will perform this function in addition to his existing role as general manager of Alila Diwa Goa. Savkur will be responsible for the oversight and strategic management of all Commune properties in India, as well as stimulating development activities in the country. Alila Fort Bishangarh, a luxuriously restored warrior fort outside Jaipur, is slated to open in December 2016.
Marco Polo Hotels
Marco Polo Hotels has appointed Christoph Hoeflich as general manager of Marco Polo Shenzhen. He was previously hotel manager of the three Marco Polo properties in Hong Kong. Hoeflich has over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry, with vast international experience across Germany, Switzerland, France, India, Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the US and Brunei. He possesses senior management and hotel pre-opening experience for numerous international brands such as Westin, Sheraton, Four Seasons, Kempinski and Hilton.