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GHM appoints new General Manager at The Chedi Muscat
GHM has installed Markus Iseli as the General Manager of the Chedi Muscat on the Gulf of Oman. Iseli most recently managed the pre-opening and soft-opening of the Palazzo Parigi, a Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) member in Milan, Italy.
The Muscat posting marks the Swiss native's third stint in the Middle East. He was hotel manager of the Four Seasons in Istanbul from 2000 to 2004, and general manager of the Four Seasons in Damascus from 2004 to 2008.
Earlier in his career, he'd worked in the United Arab Emirates and for InterContinental in Turkey. He spent four years in the Sudan at the Hilton, and two more at safari lodges in Kenya.
Opened in January of 2003, The Chedi Muscat is a contemporary hotel, a blend of Omani architecture and Asian Zen-style on 21 shore-lined acres 20 minutes from Muscat's old city.
It features 158 high-ceilinged rooms with ocean and Al Hajar Mountain views, six restaurants, a 350-metre private beach on the Boushar beachfront and an 800-square-metre spa - the largest in Muscat. Its 103-metre outdoor pool is the longest in the Sultanate.
Iseli replaces York Brandes, who is moving to Singapore to take on a senior management position with GHM in the second half of the year.
Last month, GHM opened The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland, a 104-room property situated among the Lepontine Alps. And next month, after a soft opening last autumn, the luxury hotel group will celebrate the grand opening of the 261-room Chedi Sakala on the TanjungBenoa peninsula in Bali.
Benchmark names Erik Johnson Vice President, Owner Advisory Group
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Erik Johnson Vice President, Owner Advisory Group, for Benchmark's hospitality owner advisory and asset management business. He will be based in Benchmark's Atlanta regional office, expanding Benchmark's presence in the southeast
Johnson was previously managing principal of North Point Advisors, a firm he founded specializing in hotel asset management, investment advisory and owner support services to a wide variety of hotel owners and developers. Prior to launching his firm, he was Vice President for Reynolds Hotel Group, a private equity company based in Atlanta, where his responsibilities included developing the hotel investment and asset management platform and overseeing the company's investment in The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.
Earlier in his career, Johnson served as director of investment analysis for InterContinental Hotels Group, where he was responsible for leading market feasibility and investment analysis initiatives for new hotel management and franchise contract opportunities for IHG brands. He began his hotel real estate career at CNL Financial Group, where he served several subsidiaries within the company, including CNL Hotels and Resorts.
Erik Johnson is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He resides in Alpharetta, Georgia.
CSM Lodging appoints Robert Payne Regional Sales Director
CSM Lodging has named Robert Payne Regional Sales Director for the hospitality management and ownership company. He will oversee and lead the sales programs for CSM Lodging's properties in the Milwaukee and Greater Portland markets, as well as the company's full service consortium of hotels.
Robert Payne was previously Director of Sales & Marketing for The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, CSM Lodging's flagship property, where he and his sales team experienced success in the luxury hotel's revenue growth and sales systems development. He began with The Depot as sales manager.
Earlier in his hospitality career, Payne worked in sales for a number of leading brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The InterContinental Hotel Group, and Hilton. For a time he also worked as a retail buyer for a number of brands. Robert began his professional life as a CPA with KPMG.
Payne is a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He has previously served as Director and Vice President for Meeting Professionals International, Minnesota Chapter. He resides in Minneapolis with his family.
The Rainmaker Group names Chris Clement Director, Hospitality Sales
The Rainmaker Group, a specialist in automated profit optimization software and services for the gaming/hospitality industry, has announced the addition of veteran executive Chris Clement as Director, Hospitality Sales. In his new position, he will spearhead sales initiatives of GroupREV, Rainmaker's sales empowerment tool for group forecasting and pricing.
Clement's career started in the hospitality industry in 1998 as a front desk associate at a Marriott Courtyard while he was attending George Mason University.
In 2005, Clement was promoted to senior sales manager with Marriott International, eventually helping lead the global sales efforts where he managed six of the hospitality conglomerate's largest accounts. Two of his 13 years with Marriott International were in revenue management where he was an active participant in the rollout of Marriott's forecasting and group-pricing tool, which it developed on its own.
Clement's career also includes a two-year stint with Cvent, Inc., a publicly held software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, among the largest in the meetings technology industry. While with Cvent, his primary role was selling marketing solutions to help better position hotels in front of meeting planners looking to book conventions and other major events.
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