SYMON BRIDLE has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Hong Kong-based New World Hospitality. Bridle joined New World in 2009 as Senior Vice President – operations. He previously worked for Shangri-La Hotels for 18 years.
ROBERT C. HAUCK has been appointed Group President of Thanyapura, the Phuket-based hospitality and sports group. Hauck has hotel experience across Asia, most recently served as General Manager of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia.
NEELIMA CHOPRA has been named as Marriott International’s new Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Asia Pacific. Ms Chopra has previously held several senior leadership positions with the Oberoi Group and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
STUART HUNTER has been named as the new Chief Operations Officer for Australian travel management company, Voyager. Most recently Hunter worked for IBM as Senior Sourcing Specialist. He also worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila.
MARK FISHER will take over the role of Chief Development Officer for Merlin Entertainment from 1 August, heading up the restructured Property and Development Group. He moves from is current role as Managing Director of Resort Theme Parks.
JOHN SHAMON has been named as New World Hospitality’s new Senior Vice President of Technical Services. With 34 years’ experience, Shamon previously served as Group Director of Technical Services for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
NICK MACKENZIE has been appointed as Merlin Entertainment’s Managing Director of Resort Theme Parks, taking over from Mark Fisher. MacKenzie had previously been Managing Director of the company’s Property and Development Group.
PATRICIO AYLWIN has been appointed as LAN Airlines’ new General Manager for Australia, New Zealand & Asia, based in Sydney. Aylwin was previously the Chilean national carrier’s Manager of Long-Haul Revenue Management
ASDANG SUKWISES has been named General Manager of the Centara Boutique Collection’s Chiang Mai property, Khum Phaya Resort & Spa. A Thai national, Khun Asdang arrives from the Novotel Centara Hat Yai, where he was also General Manager.
THILAKAVATHY MUNUSAMY has been appointed Sales and Marketing Director at LEGOLAND Malaysia. A Malaysian national, Munusamy has more than 15 years of experience, the last six of which were spent at Sunway Lagoon.
PATTAMA YOSHIMURA has been announced as The Sukhothai Bangkok’s new Hotel Manager. A Thai national, Khun Pattama was previously General Manager of the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, and has also worked at the InterContinental Bangkok.
LEONARD MOK has been appointed Resident Manager at the Mandarin Oriental, Macau. Prior to joining the luxury hotel, Mok served as General Manager of the Forbes 5 Star Hotel & Spa Altira Macau. He has also worked in Canada, Brunei and Singapore.
CATHERINE ZHANG has been appointed Director of Public Relations for the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center. Ms Zhang arrives at the property having gained more than 10 years’ experience with Starwood and Shangri-La Hotels.
NOR ASHIKIN has been appointed Human Resources Director for LEGOLAND Malaysia, which is due to open in 2012. Ms Ashikin most recently worked in the same position at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
FABRIZIO TUMMINELLO has been appointed Italian Chef the St Regis Bangkok’s Jojo restaurant. Hailing from Palermo, Sicily, Chef Fabrizio has more than 19 years’ kitchen experiecne, most recently at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena in Bulgaria.
MASSIMO ZARETTI has joined the St Regis Bangkok at Restauratn Manager of its Italian outlet, Jojo. Zaretti has worked in several top restaurants, including the Michelin-starred restaurant Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.