Malaysia Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu has announced the appointment of its new general manager, Fiona Hagan, who is spearheading the hotel’s strategic planning, overall financial performance and operations. An Australian native, Ms Hagan obtained a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts and studied Economics at the University of New England, Armidale in New South Wales, Australia. Ms Hagan is the first lady general manager in Sabah and the second lady to be appointed general manager within Starwood Hotels & Resorts Malaysia.
Hong Kong Bob van den Oord has been appointed managing director of The Langham, Hong Kong in addition to his role as vice-president of brands for Langham Hospitality Group. Dutch-born, Mr van den Oord has enjoyed a track record in senior hotel management positions for luxury hotels in the UK, France, Hong Kong and United States. As managing director of The Langham, Hong Kong, Mr van den Oord replaces Mr Duncan Palmer who has resumed the role of managing director of The Langham, London.
Thailand Regent Phuket Cape Panwa has appointed Komson Sevatasai as the new director of sales and marketing. Mr Sevatasai joins Regent with almost 30 years of hospitality experience in senior management, sales and marketing positions with expertise in both sales and marketing and business development. Mr Sevatasai graduated from Oklahoma City University, United States, where he earned a Master Degree in the Liberal Arts – Mass Communications.
Australia In response to the increasing number of conferences under management, ICMS Australasia strengthens the team by appointing Melissa Lawlor as a new event manager in the Sydney office. After working for a successful
PCO, Ms Lawlor moved to Ireland to join Amnesty International as a major giving and legacy officer before returning to Australia earlier this year.
Singapore David Donald has assumed the position of general manager at PARKROYAL on Beach Road in Singapore after a successful tenure as general manager of PARKROYAL Parramatta. Having spent most of his 20-year hospitality career across Australia and New Zealand working in the areas of operations, rooms division and revenue as well as managing business hotels, Mr Donald brings with him a fresh management perspective to his first appointment in Asia to drive a new phase of growth at the hotel.
Singapore Paul Chong joins Carnival Asia as its new vice president, business development. He is primarily responsible for Carnival Asia’s strategic priorities in government relations; port infrastructure and destination development; and port operations and guest services. Mr Chong brings nearly 13 years of experience with the Singapore-listed, luxury hotel and resort group, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited, where he was responsible for the group’s global business development efforts and also served as the group’s general counsel.
Singapore Swissotel Merchant Court has appointed Jessica Loh as the new director of sales, bringing with her over 10 years of experience in sales management. Ms Loh began her career with Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore in 1999 before moving on to several managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Swissotel Merchant Court, Ms Loh held the position of assistant manager of security, projects and planning at KPMG Services Pte Ltd where she assumed different levels of responsibilities such as improving core business processes and implementing effective course of actions to maintain a high performance working environment.
Japan Chef Stephane Foucher has arrived in Grand Hyatt Tokyo as its new executive chef. From France, chef Stephane started as an apprentice at La Renaissance, a renowned restaurant in his hometown, Vire, in the Calvados region of France in 1985. After receiving his chef’s diploma and completing his military service, he moved to Switzerland where he worked at Restaurant du Creux-de-Genthod, a seafood restaurant near Lake Geneva.
As the new culinary leader at Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Chef Stephane will oversee the hotel’s portfolio of 10 dynamic restaurants and bars.