The latest industry appoinments

Noella Ferns
Noella Ferns

NOELLA FERNS has become British Airways’ new regional general manager for Greater China and the Philippines, based in Hong Kong. Ms Ferns has worked for BA for more than 20 years, including spells in Asia Pacific. Most recently she led the Hong Kong, Philippines and Taiwan sales teams.

RETO WILHELM has been named as the new CEO of Kuoni Global Travel Services (GTS), effective 1 March 2017. A Swiss national, Wilhelm has worked for Thomas Cook in London and Frankfurt since 2013, and has been general manager of the group’s joint venture activities in China since 2015.

Wouter de Graaf
Wouter de Graaf

WOUTER DE GRAAF has been appointed general manager of the Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which opens in 2017. A Dutch national, de Graaf has more than 25 years’ experience. He first joined AccorHotels in 2008 as GM of the Sofitel Queenstown, before becoming area GM for New Zealand.

SCHRENE GOH MIOW YING has been named as Malaysia Airlines’ new head of marketing. She brings more than 15 years’ experience to the role, covering various industries. Most recently she was head of marketing, communications, brand & digital for U Mobile, and she has also worked for AirAsia.

Darren Shaw
Darren Shaw

DARREN SHAW has become the new general manager of the Centara Grand Beach Resorts & Villas, Krabi. An Australian national, Shaw first joined Centara in 2012 as GM of the Centara Karon Resort Phuket. He was later promoted to the role of area GM, overseeing three resorts in Phuket.

DORIAN ROMMEL has been appointed general manager of the new Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li, which is due to open in 2017. He joins the luxury hotel group with 20 years’ experience in the US, UK, Switzerland, Singapore and China, including spells with Four Seasons, St Regis and Shangri-La.

BERNARDO DE LA GARZA has been promoted to the role of executive assistant manager at Hotel Muse Bangkok, which is managed by AccorHotels. Mexican born and Swiss educated, de la Garza has worked in Oman, Qatar, Vietnam and Thailand. Previously he was the hotel’s director of F&B.

Rebecca Kwan
Rebecca Kwan

REBECCA KWAN has been announced as Dorsett Hospitality International’s new senior vice president of sales for Hong Kong & UK. Prior to this appointment, Ms Kwan was general manager at the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel and previously served as senior vice president of sales for Hong Kong.

THANOS LIONSATOS has been announced as the new director of sales & marketing at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort. He brings extensive experience to the AccorHotels property, including spells with Banyan Tree, Dusit, Oakwood and Hilton in destinations across the Asia Pacific region.

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