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INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS Group announced Mr Fergus Stewart as the new regional general manager in Vietnam and Cambodia, covering flagship IHG brands and properties that include InterContinental Asia Saigon, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Crowne Plaza West Hanoi, Crowne Plaza Danang, InterContinental Phnom Penh and the soon to open Crowne Plaza Nha Trang.
Originally from Scotland, Mr Stewart obtained a UK diploma in hotel catering and institutional operations as well as the Cornell executive program in hospitality management through the National University of Singapore. With almost 25 years of experience, Mr Stewart has worked in 10 different countries across three continents during his career.
MERCURE Danang has appointed Mr Mathieu Lacabanne as general manager. Mathieu began his career with Accor in 1997 and has held a variety of assignments in France and USA before relocating to Asia in 2005. He was most recently general manager of Novotel Nha Trang.
KOSMOPOLITO HOTELS International has appointed Ramanesh Keith Nair as general manager of Silka Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Bringing with him more than 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ramanesh’s responsibilities include daily operations and overall management of the hotel. Previously the group hotel manager for De Inn Hotel Group, he managed the group’s hotel operations including revenue management, marketing development and promotion activities.
An accredited hotel star rating inspector for all categories of hotels in Malaysia, Ramanesh obtained a diploma in hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Management (NPC) and is a certified hospitality manager and trainer who was awarded an honorary life fellowship at the Institute of Hospitality Management, Ireland (FIHM).
ASIAN ASSOCIATION of Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB) has announced the appointment of Zulkefli Hj. Sharif as president of the association for one term starting from 2012 to 2014. Currently chief executive officer of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Zulkefli’s responsibilities include raising the platform, level of sophistication and capabilities of the business events industry in Asia, increasing Asia’s competitiveness and to drive business to its member destinations.
BRUCE McKENZIE has been appointed Hilton Worldwide senior vice president, operations – Greater China and Mongolia. Based in Shanghai, McKenzie is no stranger to working in China. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in hospitality management, and until recently was InterContinental Hotels Group chief operating officer – Australasia.
TIM BIRLEY joins Rendezvous Hospitality Group’s (RHG) sales team as its new associate director of meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE) and will be representing 13 Rendezvous hotels across Australia, New Zealand, Shanghai and Singapore. Tim will also represent RHG to the Professional Conference Organisers and in-house corporate event managers in all major markets.
Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience through years of representing hotels in the Australian and New Zealand markets including Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Couran Cove Island Resort and Rydges Hotels, Tim will be responsible for the RHG Smart Meetings initiative which was created to inform the MICE industry of the many conference and special event packages that are available.
HILTON Worldwide announced the appointment of Timothy Soper as vice president, operations for Japan, Korea and Micronesia. Having been with Hilton Worldwide for 25 years, working in a variety of positions across properties in Bahrain, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Korea, Soper also gained valuable insights to the Japanese market as the previous general manager of Hilton Tokyo Bay.
In his new role, Soper will oversee all of the company’s operational interests in those three important markets within Asia Pacific including driving continued growth from the 16 hotels in the region and assisting in recruiting best-in-class talents.
KOSMOPOLITO HOTELS International (KHI) announced the appointment of Dominic Chan as vice president of information technology. He will oversee and direct the overall information technology initiatives for KHI Group and its hotel properties. Holding a Master of Science in Marketing degree from Napier University in the United Kingdom, Dominic will also formulate and implement the group’s information technology enhancement, policy and procedures for data information protection and security.
MAXINE HOWE joins Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong as director of sales and marketing. With over 20 years of hospitality, management, sales and marketing experience at hotels worldwide, Maxine will lead the sales and marketing team to boost revenue and elevate the hotel’s leading modern luxury position to the next level. “I am looking forward to working together with the passionate team behind the property and creating more memorable moments for our guests,” said Maxine. Prior to her new role, Maxine served as director of marketing at Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel and also held several positions with the Marriott International, Inc across the region, including Hong Kong, Australia, Bali, Hawaii, Korea and Shanghai.
MONICA LEE-MǕLLER assumed the role of managing director of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (HKCEC) management and operating company, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd (HML). She has held the position of deputy managing director since 2007 and was formerly the HML’s director of business development. During her 18-year tenure, she has led the team in securing numerous world renowned exhibitions and conventions.
IAN TERRY has been appointed as managing director of The Event Company (TEC) Singapore. He has been based in Singapore for the past two years as the Asian region financial controller for the Australian Staging Connections Group and has been acting managing director of TEC since November 2011. Ian has more than twenty years of experience as a senior executive working with major corporations in the finance, media, events and hospitality sectors across Australia, South East Asia and Europe.
AMERICAN EXPRESS announced the appointment of Mr Andi Budd as the new American Express business travel vice president and general manager for Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. Mr Budd has close to two decades of experience working across a spectrum of roles in business travel and corporate payments within American Express. Since joining American Express in 1992, Mr Budd has held various senior executive positions including president of the American Express Nippon Travel Agency in Japan between 2004
EASTIN HOTEL Makkasan Bangkok announced the appointment of Mrs Chutima Kaewta-Fortescue as general manager. Mrs Kaewta-Fortescue began her career at The Regent Bangkok and gained extensive hospitality knowledge throughout her years in numerous hotels around the country. She was the general manager of U Inchantree Kanchanaburi until 2010, bringing with her significant leadership experience in hotel operations, sales and marketing to the new role.
NOVOTEL Bangkok IMPACT has announced the appointment of Zayne Boon as the new general manager. Having more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as the previous regional general manager at Novotel and Ibis Auckland Ellerslie in New Zealand, Zayne joined Accor in 1992 as executive assistant manager at Novotel Launceston Tasmania and has since held general manager positions at various Accor hotels in Australia and New Zealand.
KAREN MERRICK has been named Centara Hotels & Resorts’ general manager for Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives. A British national from Scotland, Ms Merrick has almost 25 years of experience in hospitality throughout the United Kingdom with the last seven working overseas in resort and boutique operations within Maldives, Indonesia and Malaysia.