Chef Adee Affende BinSudin joins The Datai Langkawi as senior chef at award-winning The Gulai House. With over 20 years of experience, Malaysian-born BinSudin first joined The Datai Langkawi in 2007 as assistant chef at the same property for three years before venturing to expand his experience.
Shinta Mani Siem Reap has appointed Indra Budiman as general manager. Prior to joining Shinta Mani, Budiman held the dual role of CEO/GM for six years at Thai Hospitality group Hansar Hotels. He first joined the hospitality industry in 1991, initially at Sheraton Towers Bandung, and has worked at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, The Four Seasons, The Empire Hotel & Country Club and Hotel de la Paix.
Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre has welcomed Zayne Boon as its new general manager. With a career spanning over 20 years, Ausgralian-born Boon worked throughout his native country before joining AccorHotels group.
Belmond has announced the appointment of Arnaud Champenois as senior vice president marketing and brand. French national Champenois has over 20-years’ experience in marketing and communication in the luxury goods and services sector. He joins Belmond from Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he has been VP brand director APAC since 2011. Prior to that, he was ASEAN brand director for various brands such as Biotherm, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent.
Stanley Chang is the new sommelier at The Sanchaya, Bintan. International award winning Chang is a South Korean national who began his hospitality in Las Vegas and has since worked all over the world.
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Marc Dardenne as group chief operating officer. Dardenne has a long and established career as a hotelier having worked internationally for more than 30 years. He joins the group from Patina Hotels and Resorts in Singapore where he was CEO.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Marc Emmanuel as general manager of Pan Pacific Hanoi, the group’s first Pan Pacific property in Vietnam. Emmanuel has worked in France, Morocco and Switzerland over his 15-year career, which started with Hyatt Hotels.
North Hill City Resort, a new five-star luxury resort near Chiang Mai, has appointed James Hang as general manager. With 28 years industry experience, Hang’s first job was as night auditor at the Dynasty Hotel in Singapore. With multiple sales and marketing positions for renowned hotels, including Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, The Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Le Meriden Phuket Beach Resort, Shangri-la Hotel Chiang Mai, The Scent Hotel and Peace Resort in Koi Samu, his most recent positions include GM Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel & Convention Center and director sales and marketing for DusitD2 and Dusit Princess Chiang Mai.
Pulse Hotels & Resorts has appointed Grant Jefferies as general manager of Kandima Maldives. Jefferies is a seasoned international hotelier whose career in hospitality began at the tender age of 6, cleaning glasses at his parent’s hotel in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Since then he has worked across the Pacific, US, Europe and Southeast Asia in hotels, resorts, cruise liners and casinos.
Tommy Lai has been named vice president of Onyx North Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Lai has close to 20 years of experience in the financial, real estate and hospitality industries. He joined the goup in 2012 as VP development. Before that he managed the investment and business division of a multi-billion, cross-border joint-venture project, between the governments of Singapore and China.
Jeremy Nordkamp is the new resort manager at Kandima Maldives. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in Australia, having previously worked with Mantra Group in Melbourne, Brisbane and Port Douglas, and Hilton Hotels and Voyages Hotels & Resorts at Sails in the Desert – Ayers Rock and Dunk Island. He also managed operations at Accor’s Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, in Queensland.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointed Andrew Tan as general manager of Pan Pacific Hotel and Serviced Suites in Ningbo, China. After a 17-year career with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, most recently as GM of Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington Singaporean Tan has worked in his home country as well as in Australia and the UK.