Compiled by GINA SIN
America – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has named Edward French as chief sales and marketing officer. He will serve as the strategic business partner to the president and global chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and play a leadership role for the marketing, global sales and revenue management disciplines. His responsibilities include paying continued and increased focus on making meaningful connections and deepening the levels of engagement with guests through digital, CRM and mobile platforms. Mr French was previously senior vice-president for marketing platforms, which included overseeing the operations, marketing and strategic direction of the loyalty programmes.
Malaysia – Four Points by Sheraton Penang has appointed Kurt Vieren as general manager to spearhead the opening of the hotel. Hailing from Bruges, Belgium, Mr Vieren’s career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts began in year 2000 when he was hired as the front office manager for Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuernberg in Germany. Since then, his career grew throughout Europe, United States and South East Asia. A foodie and a durian lover, Mr Vieren looks forward to exploring Malaysia’s well-known food haven while learning more about Penang’s traditions and heritage.
Hong Kong – The Langham, Hong Kong has appointed Catherine Sum as the new director of sales – MICE. Bringing more than 13 years of experience in hospitality sales, Ms Sum has built up a list of accomplishments with luxury hospitality brands in Hong Kong, including Shangri-La Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hong Kong and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Prior to joining The Langham, Ms Sum was the director of business development – corporate for Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
China – W Guangzhou has appointed Peter Katusak-Huzsvar as the new general manager of the first W hotel in mainland China. Prior to W Guangzhou, Mr Katusak-Huzsvar served as general manager of W St. Petersburg, where he was responsible for all pre-opening and opening activities of the hotel. Before W St. Petersburg, Mr Katusak-Huzsvar was from W Doha Hotel and Residences, where he held the title of director of operations during the hotel’s pre-opening and opening phases.
Thailand – Tony Pedroni has been appointed general manager of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. An Irish national with 23 years of experience in hospitality, he has held hotel management positions in Kuwait, UK and Washington DC. Mr Pedroni, who also speaks French, is a graduate of Newbridge College, County Kildare, Ireland, and HOSTA, Hotel and Tourism College in Leysin, Switzerland. He is married with two sons and is a keen tennis player, golfer and family man.
Hong Kong – Christy Wong has joined InterContinental Hong Kong as director of groups, meetings & incentive sales. Ms Wong brings with her 10 years of experience in meeting and incentive sales with various hotel brands, including W Hong Kong where she was assistant director of sales – MICE. Ms Wong graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Economics and a minor in East Asian Studies. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and trying all types of international cuisine.
Thailand – Komson Sevatasai has joined Regent Phuket Cape Panwa as the director of sales and marketing, with nearly 30 years of hospitality experience in senior management and sales and marketing positions. Mr Sevatasai graduated from Oklahoma City University, USA, where he earned a Master Degree in Liberal Arts – Mass Communications. Prior to joining Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, he was the director of sales and marketing, Banyan Tree Samui where he oversaw the opening of the resort.
Malaysia – Dorsett Grand Subang has announced the appointment of Gilbert Chai as its director of sales and marketing who will oversee the hotel’s sales and marketing strategies and initiatives, as well as maximise growth opportunity in corporate transient, group, conference services and catering sales. Mr Chai completed his Post Degree in Business Administration at the National University of Taiwan, Taipei. Fluent in written and spoken Japanese and Mandarin, he also pursued his Hotel Management and Operation Studies at The Japan Hotel School.