The latest industry appointments
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JEAN-GABRIEL PERES has become the new president & CEO of Kerzner International, which operates the luxury One&Only hotel brand. Peres joins Kerzner from Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, where he spent the last 17 years as CEO. Prior to that he worked for Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts.
OLIVIER CHAVY has been appointed CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, replacing Jean-Gabriel Peres. A Cornell graduate, Chavy holds dual US and French citizenship. He joins the Swiss hotel group from Wilson Associates, the global interior architectural design firm, and has also worked for Hilton.
ARVED VON ZUR MUEHLEN has been announced as Malaysia Airlines’ new chief commercial officer, effective 5 September. He spent several years with the Lufthansa Group, including a spell in China, before moving to Qatar Airways to become senior vice president of commercial network operations.
GRAHAM KIY has become Jumeirah Group’s regional vice president for Greater China and general manager of the Jumeirah Nanjing. A UK national, Kiy initially joined Dubai-based Jumeirah in 2010 as pre-opening manager for the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.
ELLEN BETTRIDGE has been named as the new president & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, succeeding Guy Young. Ms Bettridge joins Uniworld from Azamara Club Cruises, where she served as vice president of sales & marketing. She has also previously worked for Silversea.
CHRISTOPH HOEFLICH has been appointed general manager of the Marco Polo Shenzhen. He has more than 20 years of hotel experience, including spells in with Starwood, Four Seasons, Kempinski and Hilton. Most recently he was GM of Marco Polo’s three hotels in Hong Kong.
NEIL BLENKHARN has been named as the general manager of the Oakwood Residence Damei Beijing, which opens in Q4 2016. A UK national, Blenkharn has worked in 11 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, for companies including AccorHotels, Hyatt, Four Seasons and Hilton.
IAN McDONALD CAMERON has been announced as the new general manager of the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta. A British nation with more than 30 years of international experience, his career has included spells in the UK, Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Bali.
PREET INDER SINGH has been appointed general manager of Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin, which is due to open in the Q3 2016. Singh moves to Thailand from India, where he previously served as GM of the Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar. He has also worked for Taj Hotels.
SOMSUK NAKWATCHARADILOK has joined the Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou as its new director of spa. Suki, as she is more commonly known, is a Thai national with 15 years’ experience in the spa industry. She has previously worked for Banyan Tree and Ritz-Carlton in Thailand and China.
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