April 2019

Russell Fraser

Signature Sales Support & Representation welcomes Russell Fraser to the board of directors.

Fraser’s related experience of the event and hospitality sector includes retail travel, airline, and tour operation businesses.

He has held senior positions in corporate, start-up, turnaround and consultancy businesses, each varying in structure, people, cultural and day to day management.


April 2019

James Street

Arora Group has announced the appointment of James Street as general manager of the new Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2, opening in summer 2019.

Street leads the pre-opening team with over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and joins from Arora Group sister property, Renaissance London Heathrow, where he held the position of operations manager since 2015.

Prior to this, Street led the team at Holiday Inn London Heathrow T5 as general manager, following the hotel's refurbishment in June 2014.


April 2019

Victor Marion

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice in France has announced the appointment of Victor Marion as chef at its Calade Rooftop Restaurant.

Marion has several years’ experience of the Paris and Côte d’Azur culinary scenes. He plans to create a unique culinary identity for the restaurant, providing guests with an experience like no other – one where the dishes and the environment echo each other.

Vegetables, citrus fruits and other aromatic herbs are the heroes on his plates, which always bring a flavour of the Mediterranean.


April 2019

Rebecca Soloff

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the appointment of Rebecca Soloff as director of sales and marketing at Six Senses New York, the group’s first North American property which is currently under development.

Soloff joins Six Senses following a posting as director of sales and marketing at The Mark Hotel, New York.

She has over 17 years of experience in sales and marketing working at The New York Palace Hotel and The Lowell Hotel, New York where she progressed into the role of director of sales and marketing.


April 2019

Gerardo Tejado

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has appointed Gerardo Tejado as general manager of American Express meetings & events, a division of GBT.

In his new role, Tejado will report to GBT’s executive vice president of global supplier relations, Michael Qualantone.

Tejado replaces Issa Jouaneh, who led the globalisation and expansion of the American Express meetings & events business over the last decade.

Qualantone said: “Gerardo brings great experience to his new role, not only on the meetings & events side but also from a commercial, finance and operations perspective. He has been central to the growth of our business in Latin America over the past seven years.”


April 2019

Natalie Benson

Top Banana has appointed Natalie Benson as a senior account manager, working on accounts in the finance, auto-motive and retail sectors and based in London.

Having graduated from the UK Centre for Events Management, Benson has 12 years’ industry experience and joins from ACA Live where she worked as a senior project manager for five and a half years.


April 2019

Susan Craig

Susan Craig has been appointed as general manager at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre.

Craig has more than 25 years of industry experience. She will lead the team of 22 at the hotel in Edinburgh, which is currently benefitting from a £5.5 million refurbishment.

Craig said: “I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter in my career at such an exciting time for the hotel, as the finishing touches are made to our 25-bedroom extension – the final part of our extensive refurbishment programme.”


April 2019

Cheyenne Spears

Cheyenne Spears has joined SevenEvents’ Birmingham office as an event executive.

Spears is an events management graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University with six years’ experience in both agency and in-house.

She will assist the logistics team for the Midlands base and look after some of the new client wins that will be serviced from there.


April 2019

James Brine

James Brine has joined SevenEvents as its new business Lead.

Brine has nearly 20 years’ experience working in events and new business, his focus will be on spreading the word of SevenEvents’ philosophy to create, deliver and inspire.

Angelee Rathor, managing director of SevenEvents said: “James will be a great asset to the growing SevenEvents business, looking at opportunities covering all of the UK.”


April 2019

Alípio Branco

Casa Velha in Quinta do Lago Portugal appoint Alípio Branco as the new head chef.

Branco will bring his passion for Portuguese and European cuisine to the kitchen to refine an À la carte menu. Having worked at numerous Michelin star restaurants in Portugal and Germany, Alípio is experienced in working in the luxury food and beverage sector.

He said: “I’m humbled by the responsibility – this restaurant has a big legacy at Quinta do Lago and is loved by many who visit the resort.”