MING FOONG has become Travelport’s new managing director for Greater China & Online Business Group Asia Pacific. Having joined Travelport in 2012, Foong’s most recent role was director of OTA for Asia Pacific and business development for North Asia and Japan. He will be based in Hong Kong.
GOH CHOON PHONG has been elected as the new chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The CEO of Singapore Airlines will serve a one-year term in the role, succeeding Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG. Goh joined SIA in 1990 and was appointed CEO in 2011.
CELIA LAO SIO WUN has been named as AirAsia’s new CEO for Hong Kong and Macau. Ms Lao has worked for the low-cost carrier since 2004, when she became AirAsia’s first employee in Greater China. Most recently she served as general manager of regulatory and airport affairs in the country.
VIJAY JAISWAL has been hired by Sarovar Hotels as its new senior vice president of sales & marketing. He brings almost 30 years of experience to the Indian hotel group, the majority of which were spent with ITC Hotels. Most recently he was head of sales & marketing for Fortune Hotels.
GREG LIDDELL has been announced as the new general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. An Australian national, he takes the reins at the 141-year-old riverside hotel following a spell as GM of the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. He also previously worked with the company in Chiang Mai.
CRAIG SIMMONS has become Oakwood Worldwide’s new senior vice president & chief human resources officer. He brings 25 years’ experience to the company, most recently as chief HR officer for American Apparel. Simmons is the first executive appointed by new Oakwood CEO, Chris Ahearn.
STEPHEN MAHONEY will be joining the Destination NSW team as its new general manager – regional. He moves to New South Wales’ tourism board from Etihad Airways, where he was head of corporate communications for Australia & Asia. Mahoney has also worked for Qantas and JAL.
TONY KOK has become the new director of food & beverage at the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen. With 12 years in the hospitality industry, Kok served in a series of positions at the hotel prior to this promotion. He will now be tasked with overseeing all the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
SHEILLA ANDRADE CRUZ has been appointed director of sales & marketing at the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa. She has more than 20 years of experience, including spells with IHG and Pestana Hotels in Brazil. Most recently she was director of sales & marketing at the InterContinental Sao Paulo.