Hilton has appointed David Kelly to the role of senior vice president, operations, continental Europe. Joining Hilton’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region from his current position overseeing Greater China and Mongolia, Kelly will oversee the operations of 57 hotels across 26 European countries.
Kelly commented: “It’s a privilege to take on this role in Continental Europe where Hilton’s presence spans many different markets, languages and cultures.”
SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute has announced the appointment of Eddy Ram as managing director of hospitality and The VILLAGE Operations.
Eddy brings more than 28 years of international experience in the hospitality, aviation, wellness, and entertainment industries, having worked in Singapore, Malaysia, the Maldives, Cambodia, Spain, France, Indonesia, Thailand, and now China.
Destinations UNLIMITED has announced Louise Jones as its new business development executive.
Louise Jones said: “I am thrilled to be joining the destinations UNLIMITED team and cannot wait to get started in the industry. I am coming in at a very interesting point in the business and am looking forward to learning from the best, sharing my knowledge, and becoming a powerhouse of a team alongside Nikki and Danielle.”
Mark Anderson, CEO of Connect Airways, has been elected to the ERA Board further strengthening the Association’s position as the influential voice of European aviation.
Mr Anderson said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to the ERA Board. Regional aviation has an incredibly valuable role to play towards the growth and sustainable success of local economies and in connecting communities.”
Allianz Partners UK has appointed James Libor as head of marketing as the company focuses efforts on customer-centric digital marketing activities.
Working within the global Allianz Partners Group matrix, Dibor will have UK accountability for all marketing operations, spanning brand, acquisition, digital, PR and eCommerce.
ATPI Group has promoted Claire McGuinness to project lead of the account management team in Aberdeen for its specialist brand ATPI Marine & Energy.
The newly created role has been introduced to strengthen ATPI’s positioning within Aberdeen and the wider Scottish markets and illustrates the organisation’s ability to adapt successfully to the changes and complexities taking place in the energy sector.
Landry’s, Inc., the American, privately-owned, multi-brand dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming corporation, has hired Jacqueline Stilwell as regional director of sales for Landry’s hospitality division.
In this new role, she will oversee Landry’s Galveston Island Properties including The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Centre, Hilton Galveston Island Resort and Holiday Inn Resort Galveston-On the Beach.
Stilwell’s primary responsibility will be managing hospitality sales, marketing initiatives and financial performance for these extraordinary Galveston properties.
Venues and Events International has announced the appointment of commercial, procurement and relationship, travel industry experts; Black Box Partnerships (Black Box).
The department will be outsourced to Black Box’s, managing partner, Leigh Cowlishaw as the new director of procurement and supplier relations.
Cowlishaw, previously director of proposition - accommodation & meetings at Capita Travel and Events before starting Black Box Partnerships, joins as an external business to replace Mark Bevan.
Cvent has announced the appointment of Graham Pope as head of European sales for its hospitality cloud platform, which offers hoteliers digital advertising and software solutions for their MICE business.
Pope has nearly 14 years of experience in the event and software-as-a-service (SaaS) spaces and will be based at Cvent’s European headquarters in London.
The news comes on the heels of the company’s recent announcement that it will double its headcount in Frankfurt and expand its employee base across Europe.
José María Ávila
José María Ávila Joins Kenes Group as VP Business Development for Iberia and LATAM.
Based at the Madrid Office of Kenes Group, Ávila will be responsible for leading the business development team to consolidate the Group’s expansion to Portugal and LATAM, while also reinforcing the existing markets and services.
Ávila has more than three decades of experience in the international events sector. He has taken top managerial positions with some of the most prominent Spanish PCOs, agencies, and DMC companies.