Kempinski Hotels has appointed Christian Ruge as the new General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Bulgaria.
Ruge has worked in Germany, New York, Poland, Egypt, China, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his new position.
Riverside London venue Glaziers Hall has appointed Nicholas Bills as a new managing director to drive new events and marketing strategy and oversee the management of all aspects of the business.
Bills joins the team at Glaziers Hall with extensive experience in hospitality consultancy and business development, having most recently held the position of director at specialist event management company Teetopin.
Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir has taken over as managing director of Meet in Reykjavík – Reykjavík Convention Bureau.
She succeeds Thorsteinn Orn Gudmundsson, who led the bureau from its foundation in 2012. Sigurjóna has been with Meet in Reykjavík from the beginning in 2012, most recently as director of exhibitions and events.
She has an MBA from the University of Iceland and a BA in acting from Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Sandeep Bhalla has been appointed as general manager of The Connaught, the five-star hotel on Mount Street, in the heart of Mayfair.
Bhalla has worked in the luxury hospitality sector for 25 years in London, Dubai and India. Before joining The Connaught as a hotel manager in 2018, he worked at sister hotel The Berkley in Knightsbridge.
In his new role, Bhalla will oversee the reopening of the two Michelin-star Helene Darroze restaurant at The Connaught in September 2019 as well as overseeing a series of new developments at the hotel.
Accor has announced Karelle Lamouche as chief commercial officer for Europe.
The newly created role aims to lead Accor’s European commercial team with responsibility for driving the business revenue strategy for the company and its partners across European markets.
“Europe currently has a thriving hospitality market and I am proud of our role as an innovator and leading operator,” said Karelle Lamouche.
The Business Travel Association (BTA) has appointed Clive Wratten as its new CEO. Wratten joins from Amber Road where he has been chief executive officer since 2015.
Wratten takes over the leadership of the association and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the aviation and business travel sector, replacing Adrian Parkes who is retiring.
As the CEO of the BTA, Wratten is charged with implementing the association’s new scope of work, as well as continuing to boost member and industry partner numbers and establish new partnerships with cross sector associations.
Silversands Grenada has announced the appointment of Narelle McDougall as general manager.
McDougall brings a diverse and comprehensive background with more than 20 years’ experience in luxury resorts and hotels.
In the role of general manager at Silversands Grenada, McDougall will be responsible for continuing the momentum of operational aspects of the resort.
Prior to joining Silversands Grenada, McDougall held leadership positions at a number of boutique and deluxe properties in locations such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali and Singapore.
EFR Travel Group has announced the appointment of Andy McLundie as director of its corporate travel specialist company, WDT Corporate Travel.
McLundie brings with him some 30 years of experience in the corporate travel business where he has worked across all areas including operations, sales and account management.
The vast majority of his career was with HRG, where he worked his way up from an administrative assistant role in the Glasgow offices to head of UK & international operations, still based in Glasgow but with offices all over the UK.
Kempinski Hotels has appointed Michael Pracht as chief financial officer and as a member of the management board.
As CFO, Pracht will oversee the company’s finance and technical services on corporate, regional and hotel level. Pracht will be replacing Colin Lubbe, who decided to step back from his mandate in June.
Pracht will be the driving force behind securing the company’s return on investment and identifying innovative solutions which will enhance performance in his areas of responsibility to ensure efficient decision-making processes across all Kempinski operations.
Louise Gudger has been appointed as sales manager for corporate event and team building specialists, Eventurous Ltd.
Gudger brings to the role 12 years' sales experience having recently moved from the UK's largest exhibition venue, the NEC.
Gudger said: “Moving to Eventurous Ltd. will provide me with a new and exciting challenge. It offers an impressive service to clients, I have a fun team to work with and this role will enable me to do exactly what I do best, bringing clients’ requirements to life.”