SINGAPORE After holding the position of media relations manager for Accor Asia Pacific in Australia for 13 years, Gaynor Reid has moved to the group’s regional HQ in Singapore to take on the role of director of communications.
She will be responsible for managing Accor’s communications efforts across the 16 countries in which the group operates in the Asia Pacific.
Prior to Accor, Ms Reid worked at the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in the communications team and was a journalist before that.
MALAYSIA G Hotel Penang has appointed Michael Hanratty as general manager. An Australian, Mr Hanratty has been in the industry with more than 20 years of experience in international hotel operations.
His experience includes Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai, Brunei, Indonesia and Australia at properties such as The Fairmont Dubai, InterContinental Bangkok and Conrad International & Treasury Casino Brisbane. Mr Hanratty has also managed various properties throughout the world, with the past 16 years in Southeast Asia.
KOREA Bo Kyung Byun has been appointed as the new president and CEO of Coex Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul. His appointment was finalised after a process to ensure the transparent recruitment of all Coex staff.
Mr Byun has extensive experience heading several of Korea’s top information and technology corporations and contributed substantially to
Korea’s global convention and exhibition industry and international relations through his role as CEO and president of the Seoul Business Agency.
THAILAND Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok has appointed Klaus Sennik as its new general manager, having held the role of hotel manager for two years.
A German national with more than 40 years of hospitality experience, Mr Sennik has worked extensively in many parts of the world and with many international hotel chains. In his new role, Mr Sennik will manage day-to-day operations of the hotel as well as work closely with the hotel’s owners to oversee the gradual refurbishment and upgrading of the hotel.
DIRECTOR OF MICE SALES
THE WESTIN RESORT NUSA DUA, BALI & BALI INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
INDONESIA Saraswati Subadia has been appointed director of MICE sales at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali & Bali International Convention Centre (BICC). She will be responsible for promoting and selling BICC by maintaining existing networks as well as planning strategies to penetrate potential new markets. Born and raised in Bali, Ms Subadia graduated top of her Tourism Management class at the renowned Tourism Institue (STP). She brings 12 years of experience working exclusively in the MICE sector.
CHINA Sherryn Bates has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. She first joined Shangri-La Surabaya, Indonesia as director of sales and marketing in 1997.
Ms Bates served in her first managerial position at a catering equipment and franchise company, then entering the hospitality industry in 1993 in Vietnam. This mapped her journey within the industry where her experience spanned across five-star luxury hotel brands. Originally from Perth, Australia, Ms Bates is interested in antiques, art, travel and new cultures.
INDIA The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. has announced the appointment of Elfa Cleofe as director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore, India. She will be heading the sales, catering, revenue, public relations and marketing divisions of the hotel.
An avid traveller, Ms Cleofe has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, she helped open The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Some of her experiences in international luxury hotel brands include the Four Season Hotels in Tokyo and the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in New York.
THAILAND Boontawee (Max) Jantasuwan has opened his own DMC, the Bangkok-based Events Travel Asia, on April 2.
Max began his career in the tourism industry at Sheraton Grande Laguna in Phuket, where he worked for five years and was the first to be awarded with the Starwood Goal Achievement. He moved on to Diethelm Events as events manager for three years before relocating to Singapore for a year to manage the incentive programme for The MINT Organization, then rejoining Diethelm Events as assistant director of events for three years.
He was most recently with Bangkok-based Asia World Enterprise, where he spearheaded its MICE division for three years.