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  • January 2014

Baha Mar Ltd. 

Gregory Djerejian, executive vice president, will head the company's new Asia business development operations

Greg has been working with Baha Mar for more than ten years. In his expanded role, he will oversee the company’s development interests in Asia; work with gaming partner Global Gaming Asset Management on developing Baha Mar's Asian clientele; and interacting with other strategic partners in Asia.

Greg has long experience across a spectrum of diverse business matters and has an MBA from Columbia University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. As part of this initiative, and with its expanded presence in Hong Kong, Baha Mar will be locating its new offices in Jardine House in central Hong Kong.

Gregory can be reached at: +1 (0) 242 677 9000 and



Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Thomas Engelhart has been appointed area vice president Nordics

Based in Stockholm, Thomas will be responsible for all of the group’s hotels in the Nordics. A Danish/Norwegian national, Thomas has an extensive background in the hospitality & service industries. Thomas began his career in hotels in Scandinavia, before being appointed president of First Hotels. He joined American Express, responsible for supplier relations in the Nordics and Netherlands.

Thomas joined Scandic Hotels as senior vice president commercial ops and brand experience, then moving to KF & Coop AB as managing director. Most recently, Thomas was in an interim role at Swedish online payment specialist Klarna. He is a hotel management graduate from Hosta/Glion in Switzerland, with an MBA from Ceram University in France.

Thomas can be reached on: +32 (0)2 702 9200 and


Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Patrick Pacious has been promoted chief operating officer

In this role, Patrick will be responsible for global operations, executing the company's global distribution strategy, brand management and marketing. Patrick joined Choice Hotels in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility since then. He is currently executive vice president, global strategy and operations.


Before joining Choice, Patrick held senior positions with BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen, where he worked directly with clients including Choice and other major hotel companies. He has provided testimony before the US House of Representatives and Senate on performance management and privatization issues.

Patrick earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his degree from Duke University. He served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1993, achieving the rank of lieutenant.

Patrick can be contacted at: +1 (0) 800 547 0007 and


CP Holdings

Mark Hennebry has been appointed director, hotels

Mark has more than 20 years in the financial, private equity and real estate hotel sectors. He has held a number of different senior finance roles in Europe, Asia and the USA, bringing experience encompassing finance, asset management, mergers & acquisitions, operations, property development and investor relations.

Prior to joining CP, Mark spent two years at Redkite Hotel Advisory, which he joined having spent more than six years at the Maybourne hotel group, where he was executive director. He replaces John Smith, who has retired.

Mark can be contacted on: +44 (0)1923 650 212  and


Dorchester Collection

Philip Morris has been appointed director of revenue

Having worked in revenue management for over 15 years, Philip joins Dorchester Collection from his previous position at the Waldorf Astoria & Towers, New York where he worked as director of revenue management since 2011.

Earlier in his career, Philip’s roles included regional director of revenue management at Hilton Worldwide, and progressive revenue management roles in the UK and Europe with Rocco Forte Hotels and Marriott.

Philip can be contacted at: +44 (0)20 7663 7000  and


Dusit International

Ahmed Talaat has been appointed director of sales Middle East & Africa

Ahmed joins Dusit from his most recent post at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman, where he was assistant director of sales.

Previous positions include assistant director of global sales with Hyatt Worldwide and Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. Using his strong relationships in the GCC region, Ahmed will assist the team in fostering relationships with key clients. He reports to Sameh Shawkat, regional director of sales and marketing – Middle East and Africa.

Ahmed can be contacted at: +971 (0)4 332 9270 and



John Seaton has been appointed vice president-sales, EMEA and APAC

John will be responsible for the continued growth of the RateTiger and Connect solutions across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific region focusing on further growing its geographical footprint and developing new market segments.

An industry veteran of 18 years, John has been with eRevMax since 2010. He has successfully led sales & account management teams in identifying and anticipating distribution requirements, assisting customers in growing market share and improving product procurement and reservation processing. John previously held senior sales, account and distribution management positions with HBSi and Pegasus Solutions.

John can be reached on: +44 (0)1929 407846  and


Frasers Hospitality PTE Ltd

Alan Tang has been appointed chief operating officer (COO)

Alan will be responsible for overseeing commercial operations with a key focus on developing the group’s business growth and expansion strategy. Alan comes to Frasers from GIC Real Estate where he was senior vice president, head of hospitality. Over a 13 year period he oversaw acquisitions and asset management of global properties across multiple brands including Shangri-La, Westin, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Ascott, Oakwood, InterContinental and Accor.

Alan started his career in the hospitality industry with the Singapore Tourism Promotion Board where he led their internet marketing strategy. He is on the advisory committee at Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Alan has a degree from the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

Alan can be reached at: +65 6415 0290 and


FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI)

Aiden McAuley has been appointed senior vice president operations, Europe

In this new role, Aiden has relocated from Singapore to Zurich and is now responsible for overseeing all existing hotel operations and future developments across all three brands – Fairmont, Swissotel & Raffles – within Europe. During the past eight years Aiden was managing director Swissotel The Stamford & Fairmont Singapore, and regional vice president, Asia-Pacific for Swissotel overseeing properties in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Australia and India.

In this role he oversaw the opening of the first Swissotel property in India. Aiden first joined Swissotel in 1999 as the general manager of The Howard, London before moving to Singapore. Prior to that, Aiden held positions at other international brands including Hilton.

Aiden can be reached on:  +1 (0)416 874 2600 and

Jane Mackie has been appointed vice president, Fairmont brand

In her new role, Jane will lead the Fairmont brand, developing brand strategy, focusing on refining and articulating the brand positioning and communicating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand messaging.

Jane brings over 20 years of hospitality experience to her new role. She began her career at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and held positions including vice president, advertising and promotions, North America and vice president, marketing, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. Latterly she was vice president, marketing for Loews, Viceroy Hotels and Cape Advisors/Cape Resorts Group. In 2011, she joined Club Quarters as staff vice president, revenue planning.

Jane can be reached on: +1 (0)416 874 2600 and


The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (Peninsula)

Alan Clark has been named chief financial officer (CFO)

Alan began his career with Durban Hotels before joining Sun International in 1992, where he supported the opening of The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort. After leaving the sector to look after his family business, he returned following a move to the UK, in 2003 becoming deputy vice president of finance for Europe with Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts.

In 2005, Alan joined Malmaison as financial controller and was promoted to group finance director in 2007. In 2010, he joined Rocco Forte Hotels as group finance director. Alan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Alan can be reached on: +852 2920 2888 and


Horwath HTL

Matt Gebbie has been appointed director

Matt Gebbie is an industry veteran with previous experience of Horwath, having served as a director of the the company’s Singapore office until 2010 before moving to Europe. Matt will be responsible for overseeing Horwath HTL’s business development and consulting activities in Indonesia, supporting clients in the areas of hotel and resort feasibility, due diligence and valuations, hotel operator selection, strategic advisory and operations reviews.

Matt can be reached on: +62 21 527 7718 and



Delfo Melli has been appointed sales director EMEA

In his new role, Delfo will be responsible for strategic revenue management system accounts. He brings a wealth of industry and revenue management experience having previously worked for Micros-Fidelio as senior account manager overseeing the rollout of Fidelio solutions into major accounts.

Delfo gained further experience with Ramesys Hospitality specializing in sales of CRS and web-based PMS systems before moving to Optims SA and then Amadeus as their head of sales for revenue management systems.

Delfo can be contacted on: +44 (0)808 238 1641 and


InterContinental Hotels Group

Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson has been named chief financial officer (CFO)

Paul has been with IHG since 2004, and was most recently CFO of IHG’s Europe and Asia, Middle East & Africa regions, and a member of the regional operating committees in both regions.

Prior to this, he held a number of senior level finance positions including head of investor relations, head of global corporate finance, financial planning & tax and chief financial officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa and head of hotel development, Europe.

Paul joined IHG from PricewaterhouseCoopers and previously spent seven years working within corporate finance at HSBC Investment Bank. Paul has a law degree from the University of Southampton; he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Paul can be contacted on: +44 (0)1895 512 211  and


Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Bastien Blanc has been appointed vice-president, sales, marketing & business development, Russia & CIS

Bastien will be based in the Moscow office and will be responsible for providing leadership to the Russian & CIS markets for all Interstate properties under brands such as Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn as well as developing strong relationships with key partners and owners.

Bastien has senior management experience in North America, Europe, Russia, Middle East and Indian Ocean. Previously, he was an area manager Indian Ocean for Sofitel, with which he worked for 15 years. In 2007-2010 he worked in Russia, first as a general manager of Novotel Sheremetyevo Airport and then as an area manager of Accor hotels for Russia & CIS.

Bastien can be contacted on: +7 495 937 6221  and

InvoTech Systems, Inc.

Jeff Welles has been appointed president

Jeff brings 21 years of experience solving clients' business problems with advanced technologies to his new post.

He assumes his position as president after serving as vice president for 6 years. He began his tenure with InvoTech as a systems specialist in the customer support department. He also served as installation manager before moving into directorships in operations, and sales and marketing. Jeff also supervised InvoTech's product development and software enhancements.

Jeff can be contacted at: +1(818) 461 9800 and


Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Co. Ltd.

Simon Zhang has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO)

Simon was formerly CEO of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co and has over 20 years of experience in hotel management and F&B operations. He stated: “I am very honoured to be appointed this role and I will try my best to continue driving the strategic direction of the company and to further enhance the company’s operational efficiency and brand awareness.”

Simon can be reached on: +86 21 2037 5000  and



Thierry Beau has been appointed director of strategy

Thierry will focus Locatel’s international development strategy on providing hotels and their guests with fully convergent services and infotainment, available across fixed and mobile devices.

After graduation from the Novancia – Negocia business school, Thierry began his career with Philips Group, as sales and marketing director for Grundig France. He then joined Cewe Color – Konica, as sales & marketing director. In 2007 he became co-founder and CEO of Directstreams, editor of multimedia convergent solutions (in partnership with Apple) for the international luxury hospitality market.

Thierry can be contacted at: +33 (0)6 2024 7969 and


Marriott International, Inc.

Karin Timpone has joined as global marketing officer

Karin joins from The Walt Disney Company, where she was senior vice president, product strategy and marketing for Disney ABC Digital Media. While at Disney, she created a new digital media product strategy and marketing function for brands such as,,, Disney and She also introduced key digital products and broke new ground with the introduction of the WATCH Disney Channel app bringing television viewing to mobile devices.

Prior to Disney, Karin was head of marketing at Yahoo!'s media portfolio and was also head of consumer/customer innovation. Other leadership positions during her career included executive positions working on global business for Universal Studios, and brand portfolio marketing at The Seagram Company.

Karin can be contacted on: +1 (0)301 380 3000 and


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Floor Bleeker has been appointed chief information officer

Previously, Floor was vice president business solutions at the Jumeirah Group, and worked as director of IT for the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, and as an IT manager for Radisson SAS in Brussels. He worked in different IT positions in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. Floor holds an MBA with a marketing specialisation from the University of Colorado, and a degree in Hospitality Administration from the Hotel School The Hague.

He is currently serving on the board of Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), and holds a number of advisory board positions for other non-profit organisations.

Floor can be contacted at: +41 (0)44 712 22 22 and



David Robinson has been appointed business development manager

David will have responsibility for establishing MultiCommerce as the preferred payment platform in the virtual card market place. He joins from WEX CorporatePay, where he held a similar business development role, with other previous employers including Conferma, AirPlus and LloydsTSB.

For the last five years he has specialised in the field of virtual cards and the benefits they offer the travel industry.

David can be contacted on: +44 (0)117 908 1250 and


Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Mario Hardy has been appointed chief operations officer

Mario has been chairman of the PATA Foundation since June 2012 and has been at the forefront of the Foundation’s response to tropical storm Haiyan in the Philippines since November 8. An investor, entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 28 years of combined leadership, corporate development and change management experience, he was vice president – Asia Pacific of UBM Aviation between 1999 and 2013. Prior to that he was Head of Group and Charter Sales for Canadian Airlines for 12 years and was based in Vancouver and Montreal.

Mario, a Canadian national, will take responsibility for delivering a wide range of internal enhancements to advance PATA’s Next Gen agenda on behalf of its member organizations. He has worked in Asia for 10 years and has a proven track record in online travel, technology, analytics and data.

Mario can be contacted at: +66 (0)2 658 2000  and


Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Bernold O. Schroeder has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO)

Bernold will take over a privatised PPHG, a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group, which now owns or manages more than 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites under two brands, Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL.

It marks his return to Singapore where Bernold had spent 14 years before Jin Jiang with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in charge of business development and hotel operations.

Bernold can be reached on: +65 (0)6622 2300 and

Chris Lane has been appointed Director of Sales – Victoria

Based at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Chris will manage business-to-business sales and develop new business as well as maintaining and growing current accounts. His role also includes support sales to Victorian customers on other properties in the group.

Prior to his appointment, he spent four years with the Melbourne Convention Bureau as senior national account manager and before that was Victorian sales manager for Constellation Hotel Group.

Chris can be reached on: +65 (0)6622 2300 and


ReardonSmith Architects

ReardonSmith Architects, a practice specialising in hotel and resort design, has announced the formation of a dedicated landscape design team under the leadership of Ed Freeman

Ed joins as director of landscape with over 14 years experience as a landscape architect and urban designer. Most recently, Ed worked with Capita Lovejoy on a portfolio of masterplanning and regeneration schemes as well as luxury hotel and resort projects, both in the UK and overseas. As such, he collaborated with ReardonSmith on the early phases of Porto Montenegro.

Ed’s work has been published in a number of respected specialist books and has also been televised on BBC2’s Culture Show. He is a Member of the Landscape Institute and the Institute of Horticulture and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts earlier this year.

Ed can be contacted on: + 44 (0)207 378 6006 and



Regent Hotels & Resorts

Mark Lettenbichler has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO)

Mark joins Regent with over 30 years of hotel management experience, 24 of which were with Ritz-Carlton. He held tenures at numerous of their hotels, starting in California then Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. Prior to joining Regent, Mark was responsible for Ritz-Carlton Hotels throughout South East Asia.

Mark is a member of numerous professional associations: he served on the board of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Tourism Commission – Tourism Strategy Group, and was also the longest serving chairman of the Hong Kong Hotels Association spanning 10 years.

Mark can be reached on: +1 (0)800 773 3377 and

Arjan de Boer has been appointed senior VP of development & technical services

Arjan joins following nearly 11 years at Alila Hotels and Resorts, where he led and completed multiple projects. In his role as vice president of development, he was responsible for resort and hotel developments, project sourcing, design development and review, legal agreements, planning, technical services and pre-opening assistance of projects throughout Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Arjan can be reached at: +1 (0)800 773 3377 and


Relais & Chateaux

Philippe Gombert has been named president

Philippe is the owner of Chateau de la Treyne in the Dordogne. He will lead Relais & Chateaux for a four-year term working closely with his executive committee, and a 19 strong international board of directors. Philippe Gombert takes over from Jaume Tapies who held the post for eight years.

Executive committee and board members are selected from the exclusive association’s membership of 520 hotels and restaurants worldwide, and are responsible for upholding the rigorous standards of quality on which Relais & Chateaux’s high reputation depends. Philippe is a third generation hotelier and trained lawyer, running the Chateau de la Treyne, which overlooks the river Dordogne at Lacave.

Philippe can be contacted on: +33 (0)1 4572 9650 and



Andrew Sanders has joined RoamingAround as chief operating officer (COO)

Previously Andrew served as VP business development at OpenWays, developer of Mobile Key technology that enables hotel guests to bypass the front desk and use their mobile device as a room key.

Andrew brings more than two decades of hospitality technology experience, including senior sales, business development and operational positions at MICROS, Adaco and Multi-Systems. Andrew began his career in the field of hotel central-reservation systems at McDonnell Douglas Information Systems in the UK. He relocated to the US to lead business integration efforts following the acquisition of MCorp, a New Jersey based property-management system company.

Andrew can be reached on: +1 (0)978 777 8787 and



Mike Blake has been appointed a member of the board of directors

With more than 20 years of experience in finance and technology, Mike is currently CIO at Commune Hotels where he provides strategic leadership and perspective contributing to the ongoing evolution of Commune's global IT functions for the brands Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels and Tommie Hotels. Prior, Mike was CIO at Hyatt Hotels, as senior vice president of IT for First Data, VP of IT finance at Kaiser Permanente, and director of IT finance for Sears.

Prior to that, Mike was director of financial planning for United Airlines. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an MS in IT from Northwestern University.

Mike can be reached on: +1 (0)415 835 0300 and



Gordon Coutts has been appointed group operations director

Gordon will work out of the company’s corporate head office in Hong Kong. He has 30 years of senior hospitality management experience in China, Australia and Thailand, and will manage operations and development in New Zealand, Australia, as well as in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Gordon can be reached on: +852 (0)2836 5555 and


Swisscom Hospitality Services

Alfonso Tasso has been appointed CEO

Alfonso succeeds Leo Brand, who has led the company for the last six years. Alfonso's mission is to further strengthen Swisscom Hospitality's presence in its core markets and focus on the continued delivery of Swiss-quality products and services.

Alfonso is an industry veteran; he joined Swisscom Hospitality a decade ago and helped bring it to its current leadership position in the market, most recently as executive VP for EMEA.

Alfonso can be reached on: +41 (0)22740 7412  and



Topland Group

Lionel Benjamin has been appointed director of hotels

Lionel joins from Ability Group where he headed its hotel and leisure division. Prior to that he was senior director of asset integration at Hilton Worldwide where he was involved in the sale of 13 Hilton hotels. He has also been director of operations at The Savoy and the Hilton London Metropole.

In December, Topland acquired the parent company of Menzies Hotels from administration, including 12 predominantly four star UK hotels. The acquisition is part of a plan to build a £1bn hotel business, and Lionel has a mandate to seek out further quality hotels which the group will own and operate.

Lionel was awarded an honorary professorship of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West London in 2006.

Lionel can be reached on: +44 (0)20 7493 3373 and


Travelodge (UK)

Peter Gowers has been named chief executive officer (CEO)

Peter joins Travelodge from self-storage operator Safestore, where he was as CEO since 2011. Previously he was chief executive, Asia-Pacific for IHG where he oversaw more than 250 hotels with more than $1.5bn in annual hotel turnover.  Prior to that Peter was chief marketing officer of IHG from 2005-2007. 

Peter spent his early career at Bass PLC and has gained a broad experience in the leisure industry holding senior positions at IHG as well as its predecessor, Six Continents Hotels. Peter is married and has two children, with hobbies that include playing goal keeper for the Beaconsfield Strollers. 

Peter can be contacted on: +44 (0)1844 358500 and



Javier Pareja has been appointed director of hotel development & performance/revenue optimization, The Americas

Prior to joining Worldhotels, Javier was director of revenue generation for Pegasus Solutions/Utell Hotels & Resorts where he oversaw all operational, sales and marketing activities for Utell Hotels & Resorts in North America. His position with Worldhotels is the first in the organization to focus primarily on South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Javier will be responsible for acquiring new affiliate hotels, as well as servicing existing Worldhotels properties in these geographic areas.

Javier can be reached on: +49 (0)69 665 6405 and


Wyndham Hotel Group

Leo Liu has been appointed China managing director

With over 15 years of hospitality experience, Leo joins Wyndham from ENVY Fine Art China, where he served as founder and chief executive officer.

Previously, Leo was vice president, development strategy with Costa Crociere S.p.A. in Pacific Asia and has served as Accor Group’s managing director in China.

Leo can be contacted at: +86 (0)21 5852 6666 and



yoo Hotels Ltd

Phillip Haller has been appointed chief marketing officer

Phillip has a brief specifically to implement creative and targeted marketing strategies for yoo Hotels. Phillip brings with him over 20 years’ experience in luxury branded hospitality marketing, joining from Salvatore Ferragamo’s Lungarno Collection of luxury hotels, where he was VP of marketing and brand development. Phillip cut his marketing teeth with senior marketing roles and repositioning projects for properties including Reid’s Palace, Madeira, San Roque Club in Cadiz, and Forte Village in Sardinia.

He joined Boscolo Hotels in 2002 and successfully relaunched the brand. Phillip has extensive experience consulting for luxury hospitality brands, working on Les Auberges collection and Mandarin Oriental, amongst others. He sits on the marketing board for the Global Hotel Alliance.

Phillip can be contacted at:  +44 (0)207 009 0100  and



The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), Berlin 3-5 March 2014

The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) is the leading meeting place for the global hotel community, bringing together over 1,800 senior influencers from over 60 countries, including more hotel owners and investors than any other event.

As a delegate you will attend three days of unrivalled networking opportunities, outstanding evening receptions, an exhibition and the very best educational programme, with the opportunity to hear from over 160 speakers, all chosen because they have knowledge and information to share.

Attending IHIF could be your most profitable three days of the year. We hope you will join us in Berlin, 3 5 March 2014.

For further information and to register please visit our website

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