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Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the following management appointments.
Anand Yedery – Regional head of marketing and sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for overseeing the business of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon passenger sales in the said regions and will be based in Mumbai, India.
Rajesh Menon – Regional head of cargo for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for overseeing the business of Cathay Pacific Cargo in the said regions and will be based in Mumbai, India.
Karthik Radhakanthan – Regional cargo services manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for overseeing the operations of Cathay Pacific Cargo in the said regions and will be based in Chennai, India.
Abhijit Abhyankar – Regional head of marketing and digital sales for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will be heading marketing and digital and global contact centre sales strategy for the said region and will be based in Mumbai, India.
Neeraj Tyagi – Regional head of business development for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. He will be heading business development strategy for the said region and will be based in Delhi, India.
Tanu Lele – Head of corporate sales for India. She will be heading corporate sales for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon in India, based in Mumbai.
Naveed Ahmed Khan – Head of trade sales for India. He will be heading trade sales for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon in India, based in Mumbai.
British Airways has appointed Andrew Brem as chief commercial officer and a member of the British Airways Management Committee. He will report to chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz. Brem’s most recent position was as chief digital officer at Aviva, overseeing digital growth, transformation and customer propositions. Prior to Aviva, he was managing director of British Gas’ connected homes business, where he launched Hive.
Travelport has appointed Ming Foong as regional managing director of Asia, effective immediately. Since joining Travelport in 2012, Foong has been instrumental in growing Travelport’s business in the Asia Pacific region. His most recent role was managing director for Greater China Region and Online Business Group APAC. In his new role, Foong takes responsibility for managing and growing Travelport’s business in Asia (excluding Japan and India), providing leadership to the teams and partners in the region. Ming will continue to be based in Hong Kong and to report to Mark Meehan, managing director of Travelport’s newly formed Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.
Karen Clayton will join IATA as the association’s corporate secretary effective April 2019. She joins IATA from Air New Zealand where she has held the role of general counsel and company secretary since 2016. In her new role, she will ensure the integrity of IATA’s governance framework, including management of the Association’s Board of Governors and its various committees. The IATA Board of Governors is elected by the association’s 290-strong membership and consists of CEOs from 31 airlines and IATA’s director general and CEO.
Christopher P Jones has been appointed as head of sales and marketing for Airbus Americas’ commercial aircraft business, effective December 1, 2018. In this capacity, Jones will be responsible for all aspects of the marketing and sale of Airbus passenger, freight and corporate aircraft in North America. Reporting directly to C Jeffrey Knittel, chairman and CEO Airbus Americas, and functionally to Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer, Jones will lead the region’s sales, marketing, contracts, and sales finance teams.
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) the developer of the iconic Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) project, has appointed through the Board of Directors of OCEC company Said Salim said Al-Shanfari as CEO to lead the organisation through its next phase of innovation and growth. Al-Shanfari has successfully completed Oman’s National CEO Programme in 2017. With his leadership skills and experience from the CEO programme, Al-Shanfari aims to promote Oman and OCEC as a hub for regional and international conferences and exhibitions along with live events, as well as showcasing the natural beauty and essence of Oman. Al-Shanfari brings with him a wealth of experience as he progressed through various management positions during his eight-year tenure in Ooredoo Oman as director of business marketing and most recently as the general manager of marketing communication and performance at Omantel.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat And Spa
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat And Spa has announced the appointment of Srikant Peri as the retreat’s new general manager effective October 2018. With more than 30 years of experience in the ‘Luxury Hospitality Industry’, Peri will play a major role in expand the business in India. His priorities will include strengthening partner relationships, strategic planning, managing and overseeing day-to-day operations and driving business development to meet growing business and consumer needs for effective wellness programme. Under his effective guidance, he is also expected to take the lead in carrying out the company’s strategy to further advance and continue the growth in both commercial and enterprise with a strong focus into core verticals such as ‘wellness and retreat’.
JW Marriott Chandigarh
Ramandeep Marwah has joined as the new general manager for JW Marriott Chandigarh. In this role, he will oversee the hotel operations, including guest and associate satisfaction, human resources, financial performance, sales and revenue generation, overall performance and strategy execution of the hotel. An enterprising hotelier with over 19 years of experience, Marwah has worked with leading hospitality groups like Marriott; Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces; The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to name a few. Prior to joining JW Marriott Chandigarh, Marwah was working as the general manager of JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, Marriott India’s first JW Marriott resort in the country.
Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Grand Hyatt Mumbai has announced the appointment of Sonale Zagade as hotel manager. With 16 years of experience in the industry, she is a seasoned hospitality professional and has been associated with the Hyatt family for five years in the past. In her new role at Grand Hyatt Mumbai she will oversee the hotel operations to ensure the highest level of guest satisfaction and quality.
Banyan Tree Phuket
Banyan Tree Phuket is proud to announce the arrival of Shannon Creado as the new area director of sales and marketing. Creado’s successful career spans across 24 years, including 20 years in sales and marketing. He brings strong leadership and public relations skills, combined with extensive experience across Asia and a deep cultural awareness that will benefit the resort’s marketing efforts. Born and educated in India, Creado began his hospitality career in 1999.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Derek Sharp as managing director of CWT Meetings & Events. Effective November 1, 2018, Sharp will be based in London, report to Kelly Kuhn, chief customer officer of CWT and serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organisation Leadership Team.
Immediately prior to his appointment, Sharp was SVP and managing director of Travelport’s Air Commerce line of business focusing on airline and rail distribution as well as airline IT solutions. He has previously held senior management, strategy and consulting positions with HP Enterprise Services, EDS, UPS and Bain & Company.
Alila Villas Koh Russey Cambodia
Sebastien Menesguen has joined Alila Villas Koh Russey as general manager. He joins Alila Villas Koh Russey from Alila Jakarta, where he was general manager since August 2016. Since beginning his career in early 2000 with the Accor Group in the United Kingdom, Sebastien has taken up pivotal positions as a hotelier. Demonstrating effective leadership and a self-described “detail-oriented” management style, he proved himself instrumental in opening three properties for Tauzia Hotel Management in Bali and acting as cluster general manager for three of their brands in West Java.
Hyatt Regency Chennai
Hyatt Regency Chennai has announced Tarun Seth as the newly appointed general manager, where he shall be leading a vibrant team of four hundred professionals, while further building and strengthening the business and reputation of the enchanting 325-room property, with state of the art restaurants, event spaces, spa and fitness center.
St Regis Mumbai
St Regis Mumbai has announced the appointment of Sachin Mylavarapu as hotel manager at The St Regis Mumbai. He brings with him 17 years of excellence in the world of hospitality. He joined as EAM Food & Beverage of India’s first St Regis in May 2015 and has since been an integral part of the successful launch of the brand in India. He played an important and vital role in positioning the iconic brand as ‘The Best Address’ and as market leader in revenue and reputation over the last three years. Mylavarapu graduated from IHM Hyderabad and has a Masters in Hospitality Administration and Revenue Management from Cesar Ritz, Brig in Switzerland.