Centara has seen a great deal of positive change thus far in 2016 and with that has also brought in some new faces. Centara Hotels & Resorts (CHR) is pleased to introduce a number of new members to the General Managers team. Mr. Dominique Rongé, Belgian national, is the new Area General Manager of Samui. He first joined Centara Hotels & Resorts in 2012 as the General Manager for the opening of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya where he was for two years. He then was promoted to be Area General Manager responsible for Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya and Centara Avenue Hotel for their pre-openings. Rongé has a short absence from CHR while working as the General Manager (opening team) at Keemala Phuket just before re-joining CHR. With his extensive knowledge of CHR and the properties, and 5 star resorts background, Rongé will be a stronger leader at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Villas Samui and Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui.
Central Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Bangkok welcomes Mr. Eric Weber as their new General Manager. Weber is a Swiss national with over 27 years of experience in hospitality industry, having worked for various properties with the Mandarin Oriental and Hyatt – Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Paris – Charles de Gaulle. Prior to joining CHR, he was the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Mumbai in India.
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka is pleased to welcome Mr. Riaan Drever as General Manager. Drever is a South African national with over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked for various properties in countries across Africa, America, Middle East and Asia within groups such as Orient Express, Fairmont, Movenpick, Jumeirah and Six Senses Soneva. He was in the Maldives at Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa as Resident Manager before taking up the role in Sri Lanka.
With an extensive background with Centara Hotels & Resorts, it is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Chaiphun Thongsuthum as General Manager for one of the newest properties, Centra Maris Resort Jomtien, which is just a few hours out of Bangkok. Thongsuthum has more than 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry in operations and sales and marketing. He has worked for many Centara resorts such as Centara Grand at Central Plaza Lad Prao Bangkok, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Central Hotel Myanmar and Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai. Prior to the transfer to Jomtein, Thongsuthum was the General Manager at Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani for the past seven years.
Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts shared, “I offer my congratulations to all of the new members to the Centara team as well as to the friendly faces who are taking on new challenges in their new assignments. I am pleased to see the progress of many of our people and am confident that they will continue to help drive their properties to meet their goals in 2016.”