Kee Group has appointed Michelin star chef Bjoern Alexander as its group executive chef, overlooking the kitchens of private members club, KEE, modern izakaya, Koko, and it’s new venue at the Central Police Station.

Bjoern Alexander
Executive Chef Bjoern Alexander

Fijian private resort Laucala Island has appointed Jean Luc Amann as executive chef. With 30 years of internationally acknowledged culinary experience, he has worked at many renowned hotels and distinguished restaurants across the globe before joining Laucala Island.

Jean Luc Amann
Executive Chef Jean Luc Amann

John Gardner is the new general director of chains Caravelle Hotel Joint Venture Company. Gardner has more than three decades’ worth of experience at the helm of leading hotels within the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland, Bangkok, Surabaya, Singapore, Jinan, Chongqing, Phnom Penh, Shenzhen and, for the past 10 years, Ho Chi Minh City.

John Gardner
General Director John Gardner (on the right)

Niccolo Hotels has appointed Maxine Howe as director of sales and marketing for its new flagship property The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong.  With over 30 years of experience across the luxury hotel industry, Howe held the same position at at Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong for four years, she has also worked for Marriott International across Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, Korea and China.

Maxine Howe
Director of Sales and Marketing Maxine Howe

Niccolo Hotels has appointed Anton Kilayko director of communications for The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong. Kilayko brings over 15 years of hospitality industry experience to his new role. He has held a number of sales, marketing and branding leadership roles with Dusit International, Orient-Express Hotels Trains and Cruises (now Belmond) and The Ritz-Carlton.

Anton Kilayko
Director of Communications Anton Kilayko

Jeong Kil Kim has been appointed by Wyndham as GM of Seoul’s Ramada Jeju Seogwipo. Kim’s two-decade career began at The Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel before moving to The Regent Sydney. He has also worked for Westin Hotels & Resorts in Korea and Indonesia. Prior to this appointment he was GM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Korea, a brand of Louvre Hotels Group.

Jeong Kil Kim
General Manager Jeong Kil Kim

The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali has welcomed Lucia Liu as general manager. Bringing 13 years of experience in hotel operations, Liu has worked in Europe and the US. Over the last four years, Liu has been hotel manager at The St. Regis Bali Resort.

Lucia Liu
General Manager Lucia Liu

Thenesh Murugaya has joined InterContinental Hong Kong as the Harbourside chef. Murugaya has a wealth of culinary experience throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. Prior to relocating to Hong Kong, he was the opening chef de cuisine at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.  Prior to that, he worked at the Mandarin Oriental KL. He has also worked in Singapore at the Fullerton Hotel and Raffles Hotel.

Thenesh Murugaya
Harbourside Chef Thenesh Murugaya

Michael Robinson is the new GM of Caravelle Saigon. Formerly the director of rooms at the property, Robinson has almost a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, this latest move will see him become the youngest General Manager in the Caravelle Saigon’s history.

Michael Robinson
General Manager Michael Robinson

Onyx Hospitality Group has named Mael Vastine area GM Hong Kong. In this capacity, Vastine will oversee all brands, including new projects in Hong Kong, and continue to lead Ozo Wesley Hong Kong; he joined the company in 2014 asGM of that property. Prior tothat , Vastine was resident manager Ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan Hotel.

Mael Vastine
General Manager Mael Vastine

Jean-Yong Pittion has been appointed executive assistant manager F&B for Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central. Korea-born Pittion lived in France from a young age and has spent more than three decades in Europe working with reknown chefs and at five-star establishments such as Four Seasons Hotel London, the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme and Hôtel Plaza Athéné. Most recently he was director F&B at  Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Jean-Yong Pittion
Executive Assistant Manager F&B Jean-Yong Pittion

Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has appointed New Zealander, Jonathan Shea, as its new executive chef. Shea began his career in hospitality at The Hilton Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2002, moving on to The Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, Canada seven years later, where he worked with three-Michelin star chef, Jean Georges Vongerichten. Prior to joining MO, Guangzhou, he was the executive chef at The Shangri-La Hotel in Nanjing.

Jonathan Shea
Executive Chef Jonathan Shea