Puneet Dhawan appointed Head of Asia at Minor Hotels

Global hotel owner and operator Minor Hotels has appointed Puneet Dhawan as Head of Asia as the group plots its growth in Asia and India. From July, Dhawan will be responsible for the performance of all Minor Hotels properties in Asia, working in close collaboration with the Minor Hotels senior leadership team and will report to Minor Hotels CEO Dillip Rajakarier.

Puneet Dhawan

Nabil Moubayed appointed General Manager at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is proud to announce the appointment of Nabil Moubayed to General Manager. A veteran hotelier with over two decades of experience, Moubayed looks forward to bringing his deep expertise in the Midwest market and passion for mentorship to the recently renovated hotel along Chicago’s most renowned corridor.

Nabil Moubayed

Leo De Leon appointed Executive Chef at Marriott Long Beach Downtown

Twelve years of outstanding hospitality industry experience with Marriott Hotels® has led to the appointment of Leo De Leon as executive chef and director of food and beverage of the new 376-room Marriott Long Beach Downtown. In his dual role, De Leon oversees daily operations of the hotel’s dining program including in-room dining and customized on-site catering for meetings, weddings and special occasions.

Leo De Leon

Andrew Hills appointed new GM at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

Novotel Sydney Darling Square has announced the appointment of Andrew Hills as its new General Manager. Stepping into the role in April, Andrew will lead both Novotel Sydney Darling Square and its adjoining venue, Pumphouse Sydney. In his position as GM he will be looking to capitalise on the Darling Square precinct’s work/life locale, ensuring the ongoing financial success of the property while maintaining a high level of team morale and guest experience.

Andrew Hills

Avi Niego appointed General Manager at Waymore’s Guest House & Casual Club in Nashville

Waymore’s Guest House & Casual Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Avi Niego as the new general manager. With over 18 years of leadership in the hospitality industry, Niego brings a wealth of experience managing lifestyle hotels, mixed-use properties, and innovative food and beverage concepts across the country. In his new role, Niego will cultivate an atmosphere that celebrates the hyperlocal community of East Nashville, positioning Waymore’s as the premier destination in the heart of Nashville’s culturally diverse and eclectic scene.

Avi Niego

Paul Pellman named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Virdee

Virdee, a leader in guest experience technology and check-in automation, today announced the appointment of Paul Pellman as the company’s first CEO. Pellman joins the Virdee executive team following a 35-year career in the technology industry and will lead Virdee through its next phase of growth, building on the strength of the company’s highly regarded hotel guest experience technology and reputation for innovative solutions.

Paul Pellman

Amanda Schmiege appointed Senior Director of Spa at The Pearl Spa and Wellness UAE Collection

The Pearl Spa and Wellness UAE Collection appoints Amanda Schmiege as its new Senior Director of Spa. With more than two decades of expertise within the wellness a hospitality industry, and a proven track record of transforming and opening spas a gyms across global luxury destinations, Amanda brings a wealth of experience and passion to her new role, leading The Pearl Spa and Wellness UAE Collection into a new era of elevated excellence.

Amanda Schmiege

Michael Innocentin appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Innocentin as its Chief Marketing Officer. Innocentin will oversee the planning, development, and execution of all brand marketing initiatives, including advertising, public relations, social media, the website, and digital campaigns. Additionally, he will direct Omni’s customer engagement and Select Guest Loyalty programs. He will report directly to Jeff Doane, Omni’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Michael Innocentin
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