The latest industry appointments

Maryam Banikarim
Maryam Banikarim

MARYAM BANIKARIM has been appointed as Hyatt‘s new global chief marketing officer. She joins the Chicago-based hotel group with more than 20 years of marketing expertise across multiple industries. Most recently she was the first-ever chief marketing officer for US-based media company Gannett.

SCOTT CAMPBELL has been named as the new vice president & general manager Boeing‘s 737 programme. He takes control of the best-selling single-aisle aircraft series having previously held the same role for the Boeing 767. He will also manage Boeing’s production facility in Renton, Washington state.
    

Nicholas Kong
Nicholas Kong

NICHOLAS KONG has become Travelport‘s new general manager for Malaysia. An industry professional with 20 years of account management and sales experience, Kong initially joined Travelport in 2011. Prior to this, he worked for companies including Abacus, Amadeus and Creative Advances Technology.

THOMAS MURPHY has been appointed general counsel for Travelport. Murphy, whose appointment is with immediate effect, brings more than 16 years of experience as an in-house legal counsel to the travel technology company, most recently with William Hill. He is a qualified barrister and former solicitor.

Ronald van Weezel
Ronald van Weezel

RONALD VAN WEEZEL has become the new general manager of the Hilton Sydney. An experienced hotelier, van Weezel’s career started more than 36 years ago at the Hilton Amsterdam. Since then he has worked at hotels in Germany, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. Most recently he was a GM in Brisbane.

JEFF GARTON has been named as head of online marketing with helloworld.com.au. He joins the online travel company from lifestyle site Living Social, where he held the position of director of digital marketing. Garton has also previously held executive roles with Webjet in Australia and New Zealand.

Aishath Rizuna
Aishath Rizuna

AISHATH RIZUNA has been appointed boat captain at the Kurumba resort in the Maldives, becoming the first female to hold such a role in the country. Ms Rizu, as she is better known, started working at Kurumba as a kids’ club attendant in 2011 and has since been trained in the boat captain’s role.

SUMIT SINHA has been announced as the new executive chef at the Eastin Hotel Ahmedabad. Chef Sumit is an experienced culinary professional with more than 24 years of experience. Previously he helped renovate and restore the kitchens of Jai Mahal Palace, Sawai Madhopur Lodge and Ramgarh Lodge.

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