Compiled by GINA SIN

JESSIE KHOO
DIRECTOR OF SALES
PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE Jessie Khoo is the new director of sales for Pan Pacific Singapore, leading the hotel’s sales, catering and event services teams in achieving overall revenue targets. She will be working closely with the Singapore National Sales Organisation and Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s Global Sales Offices to ensure that both corporate and leisure accounts achieve their budgeted objectives. Ms Khoo has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, starting out as a sales executive before moving on to various DOS roles. She was most recently based in Shanghai at the Pudong Shangri-La for three years as director of sales – convention before joining Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

 

DEAN ROSSILLI
GENERAL MANAGER
PAN PACIFIC ORCHARD SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE Dean Rossilli joins Pan Pacific Orchard Singapore as the new general manager who will lead the team to achieve new targets in customer sales, guest satisfaction and associate engagement. An Australian, Mr Rossilli has more than 20 years of industry experience in Malaysia, Australia, United States and United Kingdom, where he oversaw diverse operational units at luxury hotels. Mr Rossilli began his hospitality career in Australia under Sheraton and in the United States under Renaissance Hotels & Resorts before moving to the MacDonald Hotels and Marriott Hotels in the United Kingdom where he steered several extensive refurbishment projects in his capacities as general manager, operations manager and rooms division manager.

 

MOHD RAFIN
CHIEF CORPORATE OFFICER
PARK HOTEL GROUP

SINGAPORE Park Hotel Group has promoted Mohd Rafin from senior vice president to chief corporate officer. In his new role, Mr Rafin will continue to reinforce and expand the Group’s network of hotels in the existing markets as well as spearhead the Group’s expansion plans in new markets within Asia Pacific. Mr Rafin joined Park Hotel Group in 2007 as vice president and was involved in asset enhancements, rebranding of acquired hotels, setting up the management teams for new hotels and putting the business strategies in place. With over 30 years of experience, he is well-recognised for his strength in people development as well as strategic business alignment and expansion.

 

VINEET MAHAJAN
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
AYANA RESORT AND SPA BALI

INDONESIA Ayana Resort and Spa Bali has appointed Vineet Mahajan as director of sales and marketing to strengthen the brand and develop new markets as the resort enhances its meeting and conference facilities. Mr Mahajan will also be part of the pre-opening team for a separately-branded resort scheduled to open in late 2013. With more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality, telecom and investment banking industries, Mr Mahajan was most recently complex director of sales & marketing for Westin Gurgaon and Westin Sohna Resorts and Spa. Mr Mahajan’s earlier career experience included various projects with Intercontinental Hotels, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and the Strategic Capital Corporation.

 

FEDERICA BRUGNARA
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
PARK HYATT SAIGON

VIETNAM Park Hyatt Saigon has appointed Federica Brugnara as the new director of sales and marketing, where she will be responsible for the overall management and leadership of the sales and marketing department. Ms Brugnara brings over eight years of experience in five-star hotels, focusing on the MICE and corporate market. Her experience and knowledge in the luxury hospitality industry is expected to help formulate effective planning to achieve successful business development and enhance relationships. An Italian national, Ms Brugnara has a Master in Tourism Management from the University of Trieste, Italy.

 

K.B. KACHRU
CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH ASIA
CARLSON REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP

INDIA K.B. Kachru has been promoted to chairman of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in South Asia, reporting directly to Simon C. Barlow, president of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Asia Pacific.
In his new role as chairman effective July 1, 2013, Mr Kachru will continue to drive the growth of the company’s hotels in South Asia. Founder of Carlson Rezidor’s hotel business in India, Mr Kachru has been instrumental in building the company in India over the past 15 years.

 

YANN LE ROUGE
ASIA SALES REPRESENTATIVE
PACIFIC WORLD

FRANCE Pacific World has recruited Yann Le Rouge as the new sales representative for Asia in the French market as part of Pacific World’s rapid expansion.
Following a career spanning 10 years in the MICE industry, he joins the organisation to support Pacific World Asia with outbound events into Asia. Commenting on his new role, Mr Le Rouge said: “I have experience in many areas of the MICE industry and, as I have spent a lot of time travelling, I have a deep understanding of Asia – for me this is a dream job. The skills that I have developed from years of working in the industry and my familiarity of the destination will enable me to provide the best possible service for Pacific World customers.”

 

RAJ RANA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CARLSON REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP

INDIA Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has welcomed Raj Rana to the South Asia management team, succeeding K.B. Kachru as chief executive officer. With a wealth of international hotel management experience, Mr Rana is a 22-year veteran of Carlson Rezidor and has held numerous senior positions at Carlson Rezidor hotels in the United States and in Europe. A US national born in Delhi, Mr Rana is an alumnus of the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, where he was awarded a diploma in Hotel Management. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delhi, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Dowling College in New York.

 

MARCEL KROMHOUT
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
INDIGO PEARL RESORT PHUKET

THAILAND Marcel Kromhout has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Indigo Pearl Resort Phuket, overseeing the resort’s principle travel agent and tour operator relationships. Mr Kromhout joins Indigo Pearl from The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa where he held the position of director of sales and marketing. He brings an extensive 27 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, having worked at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Vivanta by Taj, Taj Maldives and the InterContinental Hotels Group.

 

MANDY TRAN
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
SHERATON NHA TRANG HOTEL & SPA

VIETNAM Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa has announced the appointment of Tran Thi My Dung (Mandy Tran) as its new director of sales & marketing, the first native Vietnamese to hold this role in Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Ms Tran has eight years of expertise in leisure & MICE segments at international hotels and is a graduate of the Economics Faculty in Vietnam National University, as well as numerous corporate sponsored training courses. Ms Tran says: “This milestone in my life is a great opportunity to learn new things and to further develop my expertise. I’ll use that to maintain and where possible, constantly improve the high standards of service that our treasured clients have come to expect.” In her free time she loves spending it with her three-year-old daughter and cooking for her family during the weekend.

 

JESSICA KOH
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
INTERCONTINENTAL HANOI
LANDMARK 72

VIETNAM Jessica Koh has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the soon-to-open InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72, where she will be playing a key role in delivering sales results and fostering a high-performing sales and marketing team. Prior to this role, Ms Koh was director of sales and marketing for the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel & Residences where she led her team to achieve consistently strong RevPar ranking in 2012.

A Malaysian descendant, she has over 10 years of hospitality sales management experience with a strong understanding of the Asia Pacific market. Ms Koh spent five years with IHG working within the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza brands for city hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh city.

 

SHERONA SHNG
HOTEL MANAGER
THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG

HONG KONG Sherona Shng has been appointed hotel manager of The Langham, Hong Kong.
A seasoned hotelier with extensive experience in marketing and communications, Ms Shng is an accomplished communications specialist with 20 years experience in international communications and media relations. She started her career in marketing communications in the broadcast industry, working in production as well as advertising and promotions at the national television station. Ms Shng joined Langham Hospitality Group (LHG) in 2003 as part of the pre-opening team of Langham Place Hotel in Mongkok and was most recently vice president – communications and public relations at LHG.