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Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for May 6, 2015

People | Barry Kaufman | May 06, 2015

Welcome Aboard: New Hires and Promotions for May 6, 2015

Aqua Hospitality and Aston Hotels & Resorts Promote Elizabeth Churchill to Chief Revenue Officer

Aqua Hospitality and Aston Hotels & Resorts announce the promotion of Elizabeth Churchill to the newly created role of chief revenue officer. A veteran marketer and sales leader with expertise in property rebranding and repositioning, Churchill will oversee an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts – including those in the U.S. mainland – in addition to all marketing, sales, revenue management, and reservations functions in her new capacity.

Churchill’s extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s hospitality and tourism industry, combined with her progressive marketing and revenue management techniques, have led to incredible growth for Aqua Hospitality. Churchill was also responsible for orchestrating the rebranding of Aqua Hotels and Resorts.

Etihad Airways Appoints Martin Drew Vice President for The Americas

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced today that Martin Drew has been appointed vice president for The Americas.  In his role, Drew is responsible for the commercial organization of Etihad Airways in the United States, Canada and South America. 

Drew brings more than 20 years of international aviation experience where he previously held senior management roles with responsibility for sales, operations, network planning and cargo operations, including at Etihad Airways.  Prior to returning to Etihad Airways, Drew served as Vice President, Cargo at Jet Airways in Mumbai, India where he substantially grew the airline’s cargo business. Additionally, he implemented dedicated freighter operations by leveraging Jet Airways’ strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, thus bringing considerable benefits to the airlines and businesses alike across India and the world.  Drew has also held senior positions at Lufthansa and DAS Air Cargo.

Grupo Iberostar Appoints Enric Noguer as General Manager America 

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts recently announced the appointment of Enric Noguer as GRUPO IBEROSTAR’s general manager America.  As the General Manager America, Noguer will be responsible for reaching sales targets, operations and implementing the Group’s strategy in a region of crucial importance for the company. 

With his long-standing experience in the tourism sector, Noguer brings to the group his extensive background where he was previously with the TUI Group in Majorca and the Dominican Republic, before moving to BlueBay Hotels & Resorts as CEO. Another notable position Noguer held was regional director for America at the Miami-based Hotelbeds, part of the TUI Group. 

Commune Hotels & Resorts Appoints Todd Wynne-Parry as Executive Vice President, Global Acquisitions & Development

Commune Hotels & Resorts, the international lifestyle hotel group comprising the Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre, and tommie brands, has announced the appointment of Todd Wynne-Parry as executive vice president of global acquisitions & development. A development leader in the hospitality industry, Wynne-Parry brings to Commune more than 30 years of experience, having held senior leadership positions at Starwood Hotels, IHG and Marriott, among other hotel companies. As a member of the Commune executive team, Wynne-Parry will lead the charge for the company’s global growth by sourcing and securing management contracts and investment opportunities.

Travel Technology Leader ECS Taps John Brehm as Vice President, Sales

eCommission Solutions (ECS), the travel technology and business intelligence company today announced a new addition to its executive team.

John Brehm joins ECS as vice president, sales and business development, where he will lead the global sales effort and develop new business opportunities. He brings more than 18 years of leadership experience from American Express Global Corporate Services and most recently Travel Leaders Group, where he served as the vice president of franchise sales.

John Chernesky Appointed Vice President of North America Sales for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line

John Chernesky has been appointed to the role of vice president, North America Sales for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line, effective June 1.  The Princess Cruises veteran succeeds Brian O’Connor who was recently appointed vice president, public relations for the cruise line. In his new role, Chernesky will lead the field sales team representing both lines to professional travel retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
Chernesky, who has been with Princess Cruises for more than 22 years, most recently served as vice president, onboard revenue and business development for the Holland America Group, where he supported Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn. In this position, he was responsible for product development, strategic analysis and creating growth opportunities for spa, fine arts, casino photography, media production, shipboard communications technology and branded credit cards. 

W Fort Lauderdale Appoints Kristiann Galati as Director of Sales & Marketing

W Fort Lauderdale Hotel is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kristiann Galati as its new director of sales & marketing. 

With more than 18 years of sales & hospitality experience and a long-standing history working with the Starwood brand, Galati specializes in the marketing and positioning of luxury hotels and is excited to bring her expertise to this new role. 

Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Global Sales Organization with New Appointments

To help further its sales strategy in the Americas, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company and part of Wyndham Worldwide today announced the addition of two proven hospitality sales leaders to its global sales organization: Carol Bullock, vice president, global sales, North America and Latin America, and Dawn Parisi, vice president, field sales.

Bullock joins the company from Dolce Hotels and Resorts, where she was responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies for the brand in North America. Previously, she was global vice president of sales for Sonesta Hotels. She has also held leadership roles in sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and on-property sales roles at Carlton Hotel in New York, N.Y.; Club Quarters Boston in Boston, Mass.; and Omni Hotels & Resorts in New York, N.Y., Boston, Mass., and Chicago, Ill.

Parisi joins Wyndham Hotel Group from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she held various sales leadership positions throughout her 10-year tenure. Most recently, she was area director, sales and marketing, responsible for leading multiple teams of more than 30 sales, catering and marketing professionals. Previously, Parisi held numerous on-property sales and marketing positions with both Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Bristol Hotels and Resorts, where she began her career.

Star Clippers Appoints Mirell Reyes to President of Sales & Marketing for the Americas

Tall ship sailing specialist, Star Clippers is happy to announce the appointment of Mirell Reyes to president of sales and marketing for North America, South America and Canada. In this new position, based out of Miami, Reyes will head all sales and marketing initiatives out of the Americas.

Reyes has over 14 years’ experience in the cruise business. Prior to joining Star Clippers, Reyes was the sales and marketing director for the German company TUI Leisure Travel, which included the following suppliers: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Sea Cloud Cruises, Plan Tours & Partner, Hansa Cruises and Lufthansa.

Faces in New Places At Raffles, Fairmont And Swissôtel

FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the leading operator of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce several management-level appointments at its properties and locations worldwide. Recent appointments include:

Fairmont’s newest property, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, is pleased to announce the appointment of general manager and regional vice president, Christof Luedi.  Based in San Diego, Luedi will also carry out management responsibilities for the brand’s Hawaii region.  Luedi brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to this position, beginning his career in Arizona.  Most recently he was regional vice president, Hawaii and general manager, Fairmont Orchid.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has promoted George Wee to regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Peace Hotel. With this expanded role, Wee will continue to be responsible for the overall operations, performance and strategic directions for the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, but will now also have oversight of Fairmont hotels in China. Wee has over 30 years of experience and joined the company in 2013.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle has appointed Markus Treppenhauer as general manager.  Treppenhauer brings over 18 years of hospitality experience to this position beginning his career in Germany. He joined the company in 2004 as director, food & beverage, Fairmont Orchid and held that position until 2007 when he was promoted to director of operations. In 2008, Treppenhauer relocated to Canada as hotel manager, Fairmont Banff Springs and in 2012 he joined Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in his most recent position as general manager.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion has named Tim Morrison as general manager.  Morrison brings 25 years of hospitality experience to this role, joining the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver in 1988 where he held several progressive positions. In 2003 Morrison joined Pan Pacific Whistler, Mountain Side Resort and Village Centre Resort as general manager and in 2006 he was appointed managing director/general manager for the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the Vancouver Olympic Games. In 2012, Morrison joined FRHI as hotel manager, Fairmont Royal York.

Dennis Clark has been promoted to general manager, Fairmont Mayakoba. Clark brings over 35 years of hospitality experience to this position, starting at Hyatt Hotels.  In 1983 Clark joined Ritz Carlton hotels where he held several progressive positions. In 1994, Clark joined Fairmont as director, food & beverage, Fairmont San Jose and held that position until 1997 when he was promoted to hotel manager. In 1998, Clark transferred to Boston when he was appointed general manager, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. Clark relocated to his most recent position as general manager the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle in 2003.

Swissôtel Bodrum Beach announces Emre Kocamustafaogullari as general manager. In this position, Kocamustafaogullari will oversee the pre-opening and opening of Swissôtel Bodrum Beach, scheduled to open summer 2015. Kocamustafaogullari relocated from Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, Moscow where he held the position of director of operations since May 2014. Prior to this, he was the director of operations at Swissôtel Grand Efes Izmir and also held roles at Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.

Swissôtel Bremen appoints Sven-Erik Richter as general manager.  Richter joined the company in 2000 at the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg – today part of the Fairmont hotel collection – as duty manager. In 2008, Richter moved to the United States and became director of operations at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, until 2011. His most recent position was hotel manager, Fairmont Mayakoba.

FRHI Hotels & Resorts welcomes Martin B. Jones as vice president, food & beverage, Europe. Jones joins FRHI from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was vice president, Asia Pacific since 2009. Jones brings over 30 years of international experience as he began his career in 1981 at the Hyatt Kingsgate in Sydney and built up his career from there, working in numerous renowned hotels globally with a constant focus on F&B.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Kirton as executive chef. Kirton brings over 18 years of hospitality experience, beginning his culinary career in Barbados. After relocating to head chef positions in the UK, Kirton returned to Barbados in 2003 as executive sous chef, La Mer Restaurant, Port St. Charles. In 2012, he joined Treasure Beach Hotel, Barbados as executive chef, before moving onto his most recent position of executive chef at the Lone Star Restaurant & Hotel, Barbados.

Fairmont Pacific Rim welcomes Nathan Brown as executive chef. Brown joins the hotel with over 18 years of culinary experience, beginning his career at the Fairmont Southampton as chef de partie – Tourant. In 2002 Brown relocated to Fairmont Dubai as sous-chef and was subsequently promoted to senior sous-chef. In 2007, he joined the Wynn Resort and Casino, Macau S.A.R., China as chef de cuisine – International Cuisine. In 2009, he became executive sous chef, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford, in charge of the culinary operation of the entire meeting and convention division. In 2012, Brown joined The Ritz Carlton Beijing, in his most recent position as executive chef. 

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