van der Werff, Director of Restaurant Development. Norwegian Cruise Line has appointed Frits van der Werff as Director, Restaurant Development. Effective immediately, Frits will be responsible for the entire restaurant department, overseeing and further developing Norwegian Cruise Line acclaimed Freestyle Dining program, which features multiple specialty restaurant such as; Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Moderno Churrascaria, Teppanyaki, Sushi and Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Ocean Blue restaurant. Before his promotion Frits was the Corporate Manager, Restaurant and Beverage Operations for Norwegian and prior to joining Norwegian Cruise Line, Frits served as Director of Food & Beverage for One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa, Fla. as well as the St.Regis Aspen Resort, Co. Additionally, Frits's management experience includes St.Regis, Ritz Carlton and various other properties around the United States and Europe, including Michelin Star restaurant Chateau Neercanne in the Netherlands. Pressrelease.
Alex Cabañas Promoted to President & CEO. Benchmark Hospitality International® has announced the promotion of Alex Cabañas to President & CEO, and the promotion of Greg Champion to Executive Vice President & COO. Both positions will include Board of Director responsibilities and will officially take place January 1, 2014. Burt Cabañas, the company's Founder and Chairman, who will remain active in Benchmark's future strategic development and growth, made the announcement. "Alex's contributions to our company over the last eight years have enabled Benchmark Hospitality to double in size and strategically strengthened our capabilities," said Mr. Cabañas. "He has also been instrumental in enhancing relationships with our property owners and has expanded our knowledge in the capital markets. Most importantly, his leadership and organizational development expertise helped us to clearly define and enhance our ‘Be the Difference' culture." "Greg has taken our operating teams to a level that actively prepares us for future growth, and he has overseen the installation of the systems and services that have dramatically improved the consistency of our property operations," stated Burt Cabañas. "His support of the growth of our sales and marketing group has guided the development of the hospitality industry's newest brands -- Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, and Benchmark Conference Centers -- and he has enabled our company to better apply our skills in all aspects to these select properties." Pressrelease.