FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the leading operator of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce several management-level appointments at its properties and locations worldwide. Recent appointments include:
Fairmont’s newest property, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, is pleased to announce the appointment of general manager and regional vice president, Christof Luedi. Based in San Diego, Luedi will also carry out management responsibilities for the brand’s Hawaii region. Luedi brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to this position, beginning his career in Arizona. Most recently he was regional vice president, Hawaii and general manager, Fairmont Orchid.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has promoted George Wee to regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Peace Hotel. With this expanded role, Wee will continue to be responsible for the overall operations, performance and strategic directions for the Fairmont Peace Hotel, but will now also have oversight of Fairmont hotels in the Asia Pacific region. Wee has over 30 years of experience and joined the company in 2013.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle has appointed Markus Treppenhauer as general manager. Treppenhauer brings over 18 years of hospitality experience to this position beginning his career in Germany. He joined the company in 2004 as director, food & beverage, Fairmont Orchid and held that position until 2007 when he was promoted to director of operations. In 2008, Treppenhauer relocated to Canada as hotel manager, Fairmont Banff Springs and in 2012 he joined Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in his most recent position as general manager.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion has named Tim Morrison as general manager. Morrison brings 25 years of hospitality experience to this role, joining the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver in 1988 where he held several progressive positions. In 2003 Morrison joined Pan Pacific Whistler, Mountain Side Resort and Village Centre Resort as general manager and in 2006 he was appointed managing director/general manager for the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the Vancouver Olympic Games. In 2012, Morrison joined FRHI as hotel manager, Fairmont Royal York.
Dennis Clark has been promoted to general manager, Fairmont Mayakoba. Clark brings over 35 years of hospitality experience to this position, starting at Hyatt Hotels. In 1983 Clark joined Ritz Carlton hotels where he held several progressive positions. In 1994, Clark joined Fairmont as director, food & beverage, Fairmont San Jose and held that position until 1997 when he was promoted to hotel manager. In 1998, Clark transferred to Boston when he was appointed general manager, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. Clark relocated to his most recent position as general manager the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle in 2003.
Swissôtel Bodrum Beach announces Emre Kocamustafaogullari as general manager. In this position, Kocamustafaogullari will oversee the pre-opening and opening of Swissôtel Bodrum Beach, scheduled to open summer 2015. Kocamustafaogullari relocated from Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, Moscow where he held the position of director of operations since May 2014. Prior to this, he was the director of operations at Swissôtel Grand Efes Izmir and also held roles at Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.
Swissôtel Bremen appoints Sven-Erik Richter as general manager. Richter joined the company in 2000 at the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg – today part of the Fairmont hotel collection – as duty manager. In 2008, Richter moved to the United States and became director of operations at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, until 2011. His most recent position was hotel manager, Fairmont Mayakoba.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts welcomes Martin B Jones as vice president, food & beverage, Europe. Jones joins FRHI from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was vice president, Asia Pacific since 2009. Jones brings over 30 years of international experience as he began his career in 1981 at the Hyatt Kingsgate in Sydney and built up his career from there, working in numerous renowned hotels globally with a constant focus on F&B.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Kirton as executive chef. Kirton brings over 18 years of hospitality experience, beginning his culinary career in Barbados. After relocating to head chef positions in the UK, Kirton returned to Barbados in 2003 as executive sous chef, La Mer Restaurant, Port St. Charles. In 2012, he joined Treasure Beach Hotel, Barbados as executive chef, before moving onto his most recent position of executive chef at the Lone Star Restaurant & Hotel, Barbados.
Fairmont Pacific Rim welcomes Nathan Brown as executive chef. Brown joins the hotel with over 18 years of culinary experience, beginning his career at the Fairmont Southampton as chef de partie – Tourant. In 2002 Brown relocated to Fairmont Dubai as sous-chef and was subsequently promoted to senior sous-chef. In 2007, he joined the Wynn Resort and Casino, Macau S.A.R., China as chef de cuisine – International Cuisine. In 2009, he became executive sous chef, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford, in charge of the culinary operation of the entire meeting and convention division. In 2012, Brown joined The Ritz Carlton Beijing, in his most recent position as executive chef.
David MacGillivray joins Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as executive chef. MacGillivray brings a wealth of experience to this position, beginning his career in 1979 at Fairmont Palliser. In 1985, he transferred to Fairmont Banff Springs as chef de partie and a year later joined Commonwealth Holiday Inns, Winnipeg as executive sous chef. Over his career, MacGillivray has also held operations roles at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Hotel. MacGillivray returned to Canada in 2012 in his most recent position as director of operations, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Christopher Meredith joins Raffles Praslin as executive chef, in charge of food and beverage. Meredith brings over 20 years of hospitality related experience to this position. He began his culinary career in 1999 when he joined The Great Eastern Hotel, London as senior sous chef. In 2000, he moved to Gordon Ramsey’s Aubergine Restaurant, Chelsea as senior sous chef before joining The Samling Hotel, Ambleside in 2002 as executive chef. In 2008, Meredith moved to Cumbria to join Punch Bowl Inns as executive chef and company manager. He then joined Dorchester Collection at Coworth Park Resort & Equestrian Centre in 2011 as executive chef. Meredith joins from his most recent position as executive sous chef at Sandy Lane Resort, Barbados.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Elder as vice president, sales & marketing, Europe. Based in Zurich, Elder will lead the sales and marketing function for FRHI’s activity in Europe. Elder brings more than 25 successful years of experience to her new position, covering all aspects of luxury hotel sales, marketing and operations and has held different levels of leadership roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. Elder joins FRHI from Kempinski China, where she was the vice president sales & marketing in charge of the Chinese market.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts appoints Helena Suarez as director, luxury sales. Suarez will be responsible for the Luxury Sales accounts in the UK, Scandinavia & Spain. With over 14 years of experience in the sales industry, Suarez started her career in the hospitality industry at The Halkin Hotel by COMO in 2001. In 2002, she became sales executive at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London. Suarez has since worked for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts as a senior account manager before joining the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as a director of leisure sales in 2008.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows welcomes Michael Bridges as director, sales & marketing. Bridges began his hospitality career in 2002 at The Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park. Bridges later joined The Ritz Carlton Dallas as business travel, leisure and entertainment sales manager until 2008 when he joined the Thompson Hotel Group as the associate director of sales for Gild Hall Hotel in New York City. He joined Smyth Tribeca Hotel, New York in 2009 as Director of Sales & Marketing. In 2013, Bridges joined the Viceroy New York in his most recent position as director of sales & marketing and interim general manager.