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Global Staff Movements - Who is In and Who is Out
Aug 11, 06 | 8:10 am
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Wolf Hengst , who is currently President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, for Four Seasons , has announced his intention to retire at year-end. With his retirement, Four Seasons has appointed Kathleen Taylor as President and Chief Operating Officer. Jim FitzGibbon will become President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, effective January 1, 2007.
Starwood has promoted Rip Gellein, to President, Global Development. Gellein has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership since 1999 and was formerly Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Vistana , a company acquired by Starwood in 1999. He joined Vistana in 1980.
Ted Darnall, President of Starwood Real Estate Group has stepped down in order to develop a fund specifically focused on building aloft and Extended Stay by Westin hotels, two brands he helped create. Darnall joined Starwood in 1996 and has been the President of the Starwood Real Estate Group since 2002.
Starwood has named Matt Ouimet President of the Hotel Group, a newly created position. Ouimet spent seventeen years at the Walt Disney Company , most recently serving as President of the Disneyland Resort . Ed Grier, a 25-year Disney veteran who most recently oversaw the company's operations of Tokyo Disney Resort , replaces Ouimet.
Hotelier Philippe LeBoeuf is back in the United States after eleven years in France. He is now based in Dallas as Rosewood 's Vice President of Operations. LeBoeuf, a Board Director for Leading Hotels of the World , served until 2005 as Executive Vice President of Louvre Hotels , the Barry Sternlicht -controlled entity that includes Paris' tony Hotel de Crillon . LeBoeuf was at the helm of the Crillon for six years. From 1989 to 1991, he was an Executive Assistant Manager at New York's Carlyle , now a Rosewood hotel.
Radisson has appointed Ed Garin Vice President of Development, Latin America. A Cornell graduate, he had served as Director of Development for Lexington Services and Vantis International since 1997. Prior to that, he was Director of Rooms and Reservations for the Continental Companies .
Destination Hotels & Resorts has hired David Bland as Managing Director of New Projects, a newly created role. He was most recently with Intrawest at its Winter Park development as Director of Sales.
Edward Haus has joined Yellowstone Club World in Beverly Hills as Chief Financial Officer, under former Conrad International Chief Executive Officer Dieter Huckestein . Haus was with Hilton for fifteen years, most recently as Corporate Director of Financial Services and Reporting. He was the Vice President of Finance for Conrad International during its growth from one to twenty luxury hotels worldwide.
Ray Jacobi has been appointed General Manager of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach replacing Hansjoerg Maissen . A resident of Newport Beach, Jacobi was until recently the Chief Executive Officer at the Telluride Ski and Golf Resort . He previously served with Rosewood as the company's Chief Operating Officer. This is a return to the property for Jacobi who had been its General Manager in the mid nineties when it was still the Four Seasons Newport Beach .
David Feder has been appointed President and General Manager of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach succeeding Michael Starr , who will assume the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the upcoming Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas . Previously, Feder was the President of the PGA National Resort & Club . He also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Boca Resorts , and as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Arizona Biltmore .
Sanjeev Rai has been appointed General Manager of the Rockefeller Center Hotel in New York. He was previously the Director of Food and Beverage at the Fairmont New Orleans following nine years at the Drake in Chicago in the same position.
has been named General Manager of the Four Seasons Boston
replacing Peter O'Colmain
who is leaving the company in order to relocate back to Southern California. Taylor was previously the General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago
and the Four Seasons Atlanta
Joseph Kirtley has been promoted by the Morgans Hotel Group as General Manager of New York's Royalton , from the position of Hotel Manager at Mondrian . He originally joined the company more than eleven years ago as Front Office Manager at Miami's Delano .
Mathew Pargament has been transferred by the Morgans Hotel Group from the position of General Manager at Miami's Shore Club to the same post at Mondrian in Los Angeles, where the post had been vacant since the departure of Bill Doak , almost a year ago.
has been named General Manager of the Vero Beach Hotel & Club
Most recently Serena served as General Manager at the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club
in Naples and was previously the General Manager at the Wigwam
Eric Sather will be joining Blackstone 's LXR Luxury Resorts as the General Manager of the Peaks in Telluride. He has been the General Manager of Robert Redford 's Sundance Resort for the past two years, following a nine-year tenure with Dolce International .
Roy Young has been named Managing Director of the Naples Bay Resort . He was promoted by Benchmark Hospitality from the position of Project Director at the French Lick Resort Casino and West Baden Springs Resort . Young also served as Managing Director for the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.
Sam Guedouar has been appointed General Manager of the Providence Westin . He was most recently the General Manager at the InterContinental in Kansas City and previously served in a similar capacity at the Lake Lawn Resort in Wisconsin, the Hotel ZAZA in Dallas and the US Grant in San Diego.
has been named General Manager of Jalousie Plantation
in St. Lucia. A Lausanne graduate, he had spent several years with Orient Express
in such diverse locations as the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort
, Charleston Place
, the Maroma Resort and Spa
, and the Sanctuary Lodge
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