The latest industry appointments
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THOMAS MANGAS has been appointed chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, effective 31 December. The move marks a promotion for Mangas, who is currently the company’s executive vice president & chief financial officer. Starwood’s interim CEO, Adam Aron, is leaving the company.
RAJESH PUNJA has been announced as the new chairman of Fiji Airways. Punja is director of the Punja Group of Companies, the Fijian consumer goods giant. He takes over from Nalin Patel who has been a director of Fiji Airways since 1993 and the company’s chairman since 2006.
BERNARD BOT has been named as Travelport’s new executive vice president & chief financial officer. Bot joins the company on 1 January 2016 from Aer Lingus, where he served as the Irish airline’s chief financial officer. A Dutch national, he previously worked for TNT Express and McKinsey & Company.
YVONNE SAI CHOO LIM has become Regent Hotels & Resorts’ new corporate director of revenue management. Ms Lim arrives from GHM where she held the same position. She has previously worked for Hotelbeds and Marriott in countries including Brunei, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
ALICE MAFAITY has been named as the new resident manager of the InterContinental Hong Kong. A French national, she joins the hotel with more than 15 years’ hotel industry experience in France, Japan, China and the UAE, including spells with Hilton, Jumeirah Group and IHG.
MATT GRANFIELD has become Mantra Group’s new executive director for digital, overseeing the Australian hotel group’s e-commerce and digital strategy. He has 15 years of digital and marketing experience, most recently as head of customer marketing & digital at Heritage Bank.
GILES SELVES has been appointed general manager of the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Resort. A UK national, Selves joins Anantara following 19 years with Starwood, most recently as general manager at Keraton at the Plaza hotel in Jakarta, which forms part of the Luxury Collection portfolio.
LUTZ MUELLER has become the new general manager of the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. Having spent 22 years with Marriott in Germany, India, Thailand and China, Lutz joins Anantara from his most recent position as general manager at Wanda Vista Resort Xishuangbanna in China.
ROCHELLE KILGARIFF has been announced as the new resort manager at Finolhu, a new Maldivian resort that is expected to open in mid-2016. An Australian national, Ms Kilgariff joins the Small Maldives Island Co. with 15 years’ experience in Bali, Oman, Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives.
I NYOMAN BANDISA SASTIKA has been appointed general manager of the Harper Kuta Bali Hotel. A native of Lombok, Bandisa has more than 15 years of hotel experience with several major hotels. His career started in the 1980s and he has gradually progressed through the ranks and departments.
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