SHINYA KATANOZAKA has been named as the new president & CEO of ANA Holdings, the parent company of Japan’s biggest airline, ANA. Katanozaka originally joined ANA back in 1979 and most recently held the position of senior executive vice president. He replaces Shinichiro Ito, who will become ANA’s new chairman.
KURT STRAUB has been announced as Hyatt‘s new vice president of operations for India, based in Gurgaon. Straub moves to India with more than 20 years of experience with Hyatt in various countries. Most recently, he served as area vice president for the company’s full- and select-service hotels in Mexico.
NICOLAS RESCHKE has been named group director of business development for Thailand’s Sala Hospitality Group. Reschke has extensive experience in hotel sales and most recently spent two years as group director of sales & marketing at the Sutera Harbour Resort in Malaysia. He has also worked for Marriott.
ASHLEY HANSEN has become the new regional director of sales & marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the Pacific. Hansen is returning to Australia after 10 years to undertake the role, which will see him oversee Starwood’s sales four regional offices. Most recently he worked at Le Royal Méridien Shanghai.
MICHAEL SCHLUETER has been appointed managing director of the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and the St Regis Resort Langkawi in Malaysia. The move marks a promotion for Schlueter, who has served as GM of the Westin Langkawi since 2012. He has more than 27 years of hotel industry experience.
KEITH YEUNG has become Dorsett Hospitality International‘s new vice president of information technology, based in Hong Kong. Yeung joins the hotel group with 18 years of technology experience, including a spell as head of IT for the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
CHRISTINE TAN has become Fastbooking’s new senior vice president of sales & marketing for Asia Pacific. Ms Tan joins the travel e-commerce technology provider from Trust International, where she served as vice president of sales for Asia Pacific. She has also worked for Pegasus Solutions.
LEE NG has been appointed general manager of Dorsett Hospitality’s Silka Cheras Kuala Lumpur hotel. Ng joins the group with more than 16 years of hospitality experience, including spells with Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton and Starwood in Singapore, KL and Sanya.
DOMINIK TRIMBORN has been appointed director of sales & marketing at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok. Trimborn is no stranger to Starwood having served the company in several countries. Most recently he was deputy director of sales & marketing at the St Regis Bali.
AZRULE AZIZ has become director of operations for the Dorsett Putrajaya hotel in Malaysia. Aziz brings more than 10 years of experience to the role, including spells with Hotel Majapahit in Surabaya and the Newport Marriott in Rhode Island. Most recently he was director of F&B at the JW Marriott Surabaya.
AMIR LABABEDI has been appointed to the newly-created role of vice president of development for the Middle East & South Asia with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. With 20 years’ experience in the industry, Lababedi has a strong background in providing investment advisory services for hotels and owners.