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FRHI appoints five senior executives in Asia Pacific
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI), the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, has appointed five senior executives to oversee its growing portfolio of hotels in the Asia Pacific region.
Wayne Buckingham, senior vice president, Asia Pacific
Wayne will be based in the company's Singapore regional office and will oversee FRHI's Asia Pacific portfolio of 23 hotels. Wayne brings over 20 years of senior hospitality experience across Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Prior to his new appointment, Wayne was the senior executive vice president for TCC Hotels Group, Thai Charoen Corporation, Bangkok, Thailand. He has also held several senior executive appointments at Starwood Hotels & Resorts including regional vice president for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and managing director for Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok.
Foued El Mabrouk, vice president, operations, China
Foued will oversee the operations of FRHI's portfolio of hotels in China and will be based in the company's Shanghai regional office. Reporting to Wayne Buckingham, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Foued joins FRHI Hotels & Resorts from Hyatt Hotels Corporation where he held the position of area director, East China, and was responsible for the hotels in Shanghai, Ningbo, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Prior to this, he was the director of sales & marketing at Swissôtel Beijing from 1998 to 2000. Foued studied Strategic Marketing and Marketing Management at Cornell University; he is also fluent in English, Mandarin, French and Arabic.
Tom Meyer, regional vice president, Asia Pacific and managing director, Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford
Reporting to Wayne Buckingham, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Tom will oversee several properties in the region. As managing director of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford, he will lead the two hotels which have 769 and 1,261 rooms respectively. In addition, the complex also encompasses the 70,000 square foot Raffles City Convention Centre as well as 15 restaurants and bars. Tom has 30 years of hospitality experience, including more than two decades with InterContinental Hotels Group where he held several progressive positions including area general manager for the InterContinental Hotels Group in Bali, as well as director of operations and area general manager for InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Most recently, he was the managing director for Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati, the company's second luxury multi-brand development in Asia Pacific.
Shelley Perkins, vice president, human resources, Asia Pacific
Shelley will lead the human resources function for FRHI Hotels & Resorts in the Asia Pacific region. She joins the company with more than 20 years of global luxury hospitality experience. Shelley held various progressive positions commencing in the food and beverage division, moving into training and human resources with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, in Hawaii, Australia, the Middle East and was appointed Vice President, International, where she was based in Washington DC for seven years. Most recently, Shelley held the position of group director of human resources for Shangri-La International Hotel Management, at the company's headquarters in Hong Kong where she oversaw its global human resources function.
Julian Anthony, vice president, finance & business support, Asia Pacific
Based in the company's Singapore regional office, Julian brings broad, international experience and knowledge of hospitality and finance management to FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Prior to this appointment, Julian held the positions of regional director, finance, Asia Pacific and regional director, finance, South East Asia at Starwood Hotels & Resorts as well as regional financial controller for Aman Resorts Ltd in Indonesia. Julian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and CPA Australia.
Gisela Ciancio new HR Director at Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Four Seasons Hotel Doha has appointed Gisela Ciancio to the post of Director of Human Resources. In addition to overseeing the Hotel's HR functions, she will also serve as a member of the Hotel's Planning Committee.
The promotion sees Ciancio move to Qatar from Four Seasons Hotel New York where she spent the last two years working as Senior Learning & Development Manager as well as Innovation Champion.
A part of the Four Seasons family for a decade, Gisela's new role in Doha sees her return to where her journey with Four Seasons began. Gisela joined the company in 2004 as a Learning & Development Manager on the pre-opening team for Four Seasons Hotel Doha.
She later moved on to Asia as the Assistant Director of HR at Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Cotai Strip, followed by two stints in Europe - as the Interim Director of HR at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin and as Acting Director of HR during the re-opening of the landmark Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.
Ciancio holds a BA in Tourism, a Diploma in Hotel Management and a Post-Graduate degree in Strategic HR Management. Prior to joining Four Seasons, she spent eight years with Intercontinental & Starwood Hotels working in HR, Recruitment & Training both in Argentina and Mexico.
She will replace Samar Eraky who moves to Dubai in time for the opening of Four Seasons first Hotel in the UAE later this year.
Terry D. Harley new Director of Human Resources for Snow King Resort
Benchmark Hospitality International has named Terry D. Harley director of human resources for Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Terry Harley was previously interim human resources director for Grand Teton Lodge Company of Moran, Wyoming, a position she assumed while serving as human resources manager. Earlier in her career, she held middle management positions in human resource departments for large and smaller companies located in Minneapolis.
Harley earned her Master's degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Oregon, and her Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation and Park Management at the University of Wyoming.
Ignacio Pérez new Area Manager for Alsol Cap Cana properties
Alsol Hotels & Resorts has appointed Ignacio Pérez as area manager of Alsol Cap Cana properties. As area manager, Pérez oversees five-star resorts Sanctuary Cap Cana, Alsol Luxury Village and Alsol Del Mar, located in the Dominican Republic, and will oversee the additional properties scheduled to debut in Cap Cana and Mexico in 2014.
Pérez comes to Alsol with more than 30 years of hospitality experience. He previously served as general manager at Be Live Hotels in Cabeza de Toro, Dominican Republic, successfully lead the opening of Casa del Mar Beach Resort with Amhsa Hotels, and acted as regional corporate director of Sandals Resorts Eastern Caribbean properties.
Alsol Hotels & Resorts' newest properties, Alsol Luxury Village and Alsol Del Mar, increased the company's portfolio to 850 rooms when they were added in 2013. Under Pérez's management, Alsol Luxury Village will expand its exclusive amenities with the addition of a private beach club, sandy beach and recreational area on the property.
Pegasus Solutions names Linda Kent Senior VP, Distribution Strategy
Pegasus Solutions has named Linda Kent senior vice president, distribution strategy. In the new role, Kent will help define and shape new distribution services and features to bolster Pegasus' position as the world's single largest processor of electronic hotel transactions.
Kent brings more than 30 years of experience to Pegasus, most recently following five years as senior vice president, electronic distribution for Wyndham Hotel Group. At Wyndham, she was responsible for overseeing global revenue generation through key third party channels like online travel agencies (OTAs) and global distribution systems (GDSs).
Before joining Wyndham, Kent spent eight years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she served as vice president of electronic distribution. She has also held positions with Sabre Hotels, ITT Sheraton Corporation, Worldspan, Cohasset Travel Service and Woodside Travel Management Systems.
Kent graduated from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. magna cum laude. She has served on the board of directors for the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), the National Business Travel Association Hotel Committee, and Open Travel Alliance Hotel Working Group.
MGM Resorts elects Mary Chris Gay to Board Of Directors
MGM Resorts International has announced that Mary Chris Gay was elected to the Company's Board of Directors at a meeting held earlier today.
A resident of Maryland, Ms. Gay served as a senior vice president, portfolio manager and equity analyst for more than 24 years at Baltimore-based Legg Mason Global Asset Management, an international asset management firm. Her primary area of research focused on the gaming and lodging industries at a time when Legg Mason Funds took meaningful positions in several companies within the industry groups and was often among the largest investors in the space.
Ms. Gay joined Legg Mason in 1989 to work directly with former Legg Mason Capital Management Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Bill Miller on the firm's flagship product, the Legg Mason Value Trust. At Legg Mason's peak in assets, she oversaw the management of $20 billion in client assets.
During her tenure, she also traveled extensively and managed collective funds registered in Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK.
She earned her bachelor's degree in finance from Towson University and her master's degree in finance from Loyola University in Maryland. During her undergraduate studies, she spent six months living in London and studied at the University of London and Polytechnic of Central London. She also attended New Mexico's Santa Fe Institute, a research and education center, and several courses at Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education program.
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