Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for Feb. 5, 2016
Alex Incorvaja Appointed General Manager At Le Meridien St. Julian’s
Alex Incorvaja has been appointed general manager at Le Méridien St. Julian’s Hotel & Spa, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In his new role, Incorvaja will oversee all aspects of operations of the award winning boutique hotel, one of Malta’s leading five star properties, ensuring delivery of the highest. A native Maltese, Incorvaja has over 20 years of international hospitality and tourism industry experience, gained through working in leading luxury hotel chains in Malta and Italy.
Antonio Paradiso to be appointed Managing Director for MSC Cruises UK
MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, announced today the appointment of Antonio Paradiso as managing director for MSC Cruises’ business in the UK and Ireland. Paradiso is currently based at MSC Cruises’ global headquarters in Geneva as executive director, emerging markets. Coming from an extensive MSC Cruises background, Antonio will bring his great experience with him in his new, London-based role.
Matt Kruszewski Joins Management Team at Cruise Planners
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s leading home-based travel agency network announces that Matt Kruszewski has joined the franchisor as corporate director of finance. Matt comes to Cruise Planners with 10 plus years of experience and a background in finance with a special focus on technology, which makes him uniquely qualified to jump into his new role.
Prior to Cruise Planners, Matt worked at Oracle as an IT audit manager with a focus on IT operations, product development and cybersecurity. Prior to Oracle, Matt was a manager at Ernst & Young with a specialization in enhancing the processes and controls of financial services organizations. Both roles have prepared him to immediately contribute to Cruise Planners’ success and support each franchisee.
Singita Appoints New Lodge Manager at Sweni Lodge
Singita has appointed Lauren Crewe-Brown as the new lodge manager at Singita’s Sweni Lodge. Lauren officially commenced her position on Jan. 15, 2016. Prior to taking over as lodge manager, Crewe-Brown has created a name for herself within the Singita family when she first started working at Singita Boulders Lodge in December 2008. As a child living in Botswana, Crewe-Brown grew a love for the bush and wanted a career that combined a wildlife environment with big game and work in the hospitality sector. After studying hospitality in Cape Town, she took an available concierge position at Singita Lebombo, and immediately felt connected with Singita’s mission of sustainability and creating an environment for guests to enjoy the bush.
Central Holidays Names Larry McCarthy Director of Sales for Midwest Region
The Central Holidays family of travel brands today announced the appointment of Larry McCarthy to the role of director of sales for the Midwest region. A seasoned travel professional, who joins the company bringing extensive experience working with tour operators, McCarthy will be responsible for driving revenue for Central Holidays' travel brands from the Midwest U.S. region. Continually recognized for outstanding performance and sales, McCarthy offers knowledge and insight in motivating individuals and training, increasing group sales, and driving revenue via travel agents for more than 30 years. McCarthy's career in the travel industry was launched in 1984 when he joined the Globus Family of Brands.
Rocky Mountaineer Announces Graham Cove as Director of Global Sales Operations
Rocky Mountaineer, a privately owned luxury tourist train offering life-changing travel experiences through the Pacific Northwest, is proud to announce the appointment of Graham Cove as its director of global sales operations.
Prior to Rocky Mountaineer, Cove held the position of senior director of franchise performance at Expedia CruiseShipCenters, where he was responsible for the support and sales growth of the company’s franchise network. Before Expedia, he spent 22 years with Princess Cruises in a variety of sales and operations roles based both in Canada and the U.S.
JP Lind Is Appointed Exclusive Resorts’ New SVP Of Sales & Marketing
JP Lind has been appointed senior vice president of sales and marketing at Exclusive Resorts, the nation's leading destination club offering a premier collection of luxury vacation residences and global experiences. In this role Lind will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of sales and marketing for the renowned Club. With more than 19 years of experience in business, sales and marketing, Lind was recognized as one of Marketing EDGE’s "Rising Stars" for his achievements in the marketing industry and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Welcomes Irby Morvant As General Manager
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of Irby Morvant Jr. as general manager of the Burlingame hotel, located just minutes from San Francisco International Airport. Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience within Hyatt Hotels Corporation, including his most recent role as general manager of Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, Morvant is responsible for all operations at the 789-room property and oversees its various departments, programs and team. He will also lead the hotel through a full renovation planned for completion in summer 2016.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts Appoints Heather Krasnow as Director of Marketing and David Black as Director of Sales, Trade
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Krasnow to director of marketing and David Black to director of sales, trade. Together, the duo brings nearly four decades of industry experience to the company, where they are committed to building upon existing sales and marketing efforts to take Karisma to the next level during a period of unprecedented company growth.
Krasnow is an accomplished marketing strategist with more than two decades of experience working with an array of national and international hospitality, consumer and lifestyle brands. Her experience is heavily steeped in high-level public relations, crisis management, social media and integrated marketing. At Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Krasnow oversees advertising, marketing, public relations, social media and partnerships across each one of its brands, including El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels & Villas, Generations Resorts, Allure Hotels, and the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts.
Previously, Krasnow served as director of marketing for Resorts World, a subsidiary of The Genting Group – the world’s largest casino gaming company – where she was responsible for overseeing the brand image and reputation of Resorts World Miami, Resorts World Bimini and Bimini SuperFast. Before that, she ran her own marketing and public relations consultancy, HK Media, where she strategized for a number of high-profile companies including Voyages to Antiquity, The Homestead Company and Rave Reviews Culinary Spirits. Krasnow was also the public relations practice head for Starmark International, an award-winning integrated marketing agency based in Fort Lauderdale.
Black’s background is equally impressive, having formerly served as director of sales for Resorts World Bimini where he was responsible for building the sales department from the ground up. He led the pre-opening hotel team for Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, a luxurious 305-room marina property in The Bahamas, and went on to oversee day-to-day operations for the outside and inside sales agents, revenue management, reservations call center, groups, travel agents and FIT business.
Kathy Heneghan Promoted to Hotel Manager at the Hilton Chicago
Hilton Chicago is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Heneghan to hotel manager. A veteran of the hospitality and service industry, Heneghan brings more than 26 years of experience to her new role. As hotel manager, she will oversee the day-to-day management of travel industry relations, quality assurance, guest satisfaction, partnerships, building the meeting and events portfolio and support the on-site team as the 1,544 room hotel finalizes its top-to-bottom renovations.
Most recently, Heneghan served as the hotel’s director of catering and events, director of events and executive assistant manager. Prior roles include the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel’s assistant director of events and the Hilton Chicago’s meetings and conventions manager, senior catering sales manager and hospitality sales manager.
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