The latest industry appointments
BUHDY BOK has been promoted to the role of Asia president for the Costa Group. Bok joined Costa in May 2011 as vice president China and was later promoted to president of Costa Asia and Costa Cruises Asia Pacific & China. He will now lead the company as it launches its AIDA Cruises and Carnival brands in China in 2017.
ANDREW LANGDON has become Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ new senior vice president for Asia. He brings nearly 20 years of director-level experience to the role, the last seven of which have been spent as executive vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and Hospitality Group (JLL) in Asia.
JANET McNAB has become the new managing director of the Sheraton Macao Hotel and St Regis Macao, Cotai Central, overseeing 4,400 rooms. An Australian national, Ms McNab’s Starwood career has spanned 25 years, 13 of which have been spent in Asia, working at properties in Thailand, China and Indonesia.
DAVID CAMPBELL has been named as Rosewood Hotel Group’s new regional director of sales & marketing for Southeast Asia, heading up the company’s new Bangkok office. Campbell was previously director of sales & marketing for Rosewood Beijing, and also had stints with The Peninsula Shanghai and St Regis Singapore.
DINO MEZZATESTA has been appointed chief executive officer of Accor Plus Asia Pacific, AccorHotels’ travel, dining and lifestyle membership programme. He joined AccorHotels in March 2005 as director of sales & marketing for The Menzies Hotel in Sydney and most recently held the role of vice president of franchise operations.
NEIL GLENN has become Cathay Pacific Airways’ new general manager for Europe. Glenn joined Cathay’s parent company, John Swire and Sons, in 1990 and has held numerous senior roles in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, most recently as managing director of Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.
RUDROJIT DEB has been announced as the new general manager of Manathai Surin Phuket, which is due to open on 1 November. Deb has 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including spells with brands including Grand Hyatt, Pullman and Marriott in India and Malaysia.
IAN WAINWRIGHT has been appointed as the new event director of the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME), which is run by Reed Travel Exhibitions. A global events marketing specialist with 13 years’ experience, Wainwright will now be tasked with organising AIME 2016, which takes place in Melbourne in February.
AKSHAY PRABHAKAR has been appointed food & beverage manager of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. An Indian national, Prabhakar has more than 11 years of experience in F&B , having worked for Kempinski Leela in India, Hilton Labriz Resort in the Seychelles, and the Holiday Inn and Rembrandt hotels in Bangkok.
GILBERT CHAI has become the Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences’ new executive assistant manager for sales & marketing. Chai joins the recently-rebranded hotel following a career that has seen him work with hotel groups including Pan Pacific, Shangri-La and Nikko Hotels International.