CAPTAIN MOHD NAWAWI HAJI AWANG has been appointed Managing Director of MASwings, effective 1 April 2011. Capt. Nawawi joins the low-cost carrier from parent company, Malaysia Airlines, where he was Executive Vice President of External Relations.
BRIAN POVINELLI has been named Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. With more than 20 years’ marketing experience, Povinelli most recently served as Vice President of Brand Management for the company’s North America division.
ERIK MUNOZ has been appointed Regional Director of Sales – Asia Pacific for IDeaS Revenue Solutions. Munoz brings more than two decades of pricing and revenue management technology, services and education experience to the company.
PAUL TCHEN has become the new General Manager of Operations, Planning & Support for Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH). Tchen has been with HSH since 1991 and in 2008 was named as pre-opening GM of The Peninsula Shanghai.
SURATSAWADEE SIRIKASEM has been named as the new Regional Managing Director of Absolute Hotel Services Thailand and General Manager of Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok, effective 1 April 2011. She joins from Zinc InVision Hospitality.
JOSEPH CHONG has been appointed General Manager of The Peninsula Shanghai. Chong joined Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) in 2000 as Director of Rooms at The Peninsula Beijing, and most recently served as Hotel Manager at the Shanghai property.
SONJA VODUSEK has been announced as the new General Manager at The Peninsula Manila. An Australian national with 16 years’ experience, Ms Vodusek moves from The Peninsula New York, where she served as Hotel Manager since 2010.
JACK WORK has been appointed Hotel Manager of the Mercure Nadi in Fiji. Work, who was born in Sigatoka, becomes Accor’s first Fijian hotel manager. He first joined Accor in 2005 as a Duty Manager at the Sofitel Resort & Spa on Denarau Island.
AMANDA BALAAM has been announced as the new Director of Sales for the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns. Ms Balaam will relocate to Cairns from Melbourne where she was responsible for managing sales for Accor’s Grand Hotel Melbourne.
ALLAN FEDERER has been appointed General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Dubai. A Canadian national, Federer has more than 30 years’ experience, and has held five GM positions in the last 10 years, most recently at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, US.
ALONGKORN SRICHUEN has been named as the eCommerce Manager for Marriott International Southeast Asia. He joins from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he spent the past five years in marketing communications, online marketing & ecommerce.
DAVID PENNEY has been appointed Sales & Marketing Manager at the Mercure Cairns Harbourside. He returns to Cairns after six months as Assistant General Manager at the Mercure Port Douglas Treetops Resort, also in Queensland.