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Michaelene Sullivan

San Diego Tourism Authority appointed Sullivan vice president of sales and services. She brings more than 18 years of hospitality and destination sales experience with Hyatt Hotels, and has held leadership roles in food and beverage and events, as well. Most recently, Sullivan served as director of sales and marketing at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

Ali Moussa

Moussa is now director of sales and marketing at Doha, Qatar’s The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, the newest hotel by GHM Luxury Hotels & Resorts. Previously, Moussa served on the pre-opening leadership team as director of sales for Dream Doha. He has garnered more than a decade of hotel sales experience and has worked for several Hyatt Hotels & Resorts properties throughout Doha.

Lindsay Inman

Viceroy Chicago welcomed Inman as its new general manager. Inman has served in leadership roles at Langham Hotel in Chicago for the last nine years, first joining the property as its director of restaurants during its pre-opening stage. Most recently, she was hotel manager for Langham Hotel.

Victor Clavell

Rosewood Hotel Group appointed Clavell senior vice president of operations for Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. In his previous role, Clavell was chief operating officer at “Amaala,” a luxury development project in Saudi Arabia. He has spent the last 30 years gaining hospitality and business management experience with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Richard Hess

Florida’s Hilton Orlando appointed Hess hotel manager. He brings over 15 years of hotel operations and leadership experience, most recently serving as director of operations and hotel manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Hess has also previously been director of operations at Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort & Club while he also served as director of rooms at Waldorf Astoria Boca Beach Club, both in southern Florida.

Florian Kunkel

Hilton Boston Logan Airport welcomed Kunkel as its new general manager. Kunkel was most recently general manager of Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. He brings 29 years of hotel management experience and has held food and beverage leadership and executive roles at Hilton properties in Hawaii, Oregon, Maryland and Virginia.

Jennifer Duffy

The global event tech and production company Encore welcomed Duffy as director of external communications. Duffy most recently worked for Associated Luxury Hotels International as its vice president of marketing. In her 15 years of business and consumer marketing, she has held roles such as communications director at Experience Scottsdale in Arizona, director of brand marketing and food and beverage strategy for MGM Resorts, and more.

Thomas Nicholson and Sergiu Les

CWT appointed Nicholson director of sales for North American business travel, and Les to director of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Nicholson was most recently director of business development and banking at Conferma Pay, a virtual payment tech company based in the United Kingdom. He has been a sales leader in travel and hospitality for the last 25 years and has worked for American Express GBT, United Airlines UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan) and more.

Sergiu has spent more than a decade in global travel management company sales. He recently worked for TripActions, a travel technology company.

Milet Lukey

Dorchester Collection named Lukey as vice president of people and culture. Most recently, she was vice president of talent and culture for the Americas at Rosewood Hotel Group. A 30-year hospitality veteran, Lukey has held roles such as director of people organization and development, vice president of people operations and more, and has worked for The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air and SH Hotels & Resorts.

Danna Lilly

Experience Columbia SC in South Carolina promoted Lilly to vice president of the convention and visitors bureau, including its meetings and conventions sales teams. She most was most recently sales manager at Experience Columbia SC. Lilly has over three decades of travel and tourism sales experience and has worked for Kingston Plantation Resorts, Visit Myrtle Beach and was executive director of Meet in South Carolina for two years.

Jeremy Sadler

Sadler is now general manager of 106 Jefferson Huntsville, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first boutique to arrive in Huntsville, Alabama. Previously, he served as general manager of several properties in the southern and midwestern United States. With more than 20 years of hospitality operations and management experience, Sadler has worked for Marriott International, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and more.

Christy Connolly

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, welcomed Connolly as director of sales. Connolly brings over 15 years of hospitality sales experience. Most recently, she was director of sales for Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt in Anguilla, where she served for the last seven years. She has also been director of sales at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France.

Victorio Gonzalez

Gonzalez is now general manager of Montage Big Sky in Orange County, California. A 30-year hotel operations and management veteran, Gonzalez was most recently founder and managing partner of Executive Dining Consultants LLC, owning and opening restaurants throughout the greater Tucson, Arizona, area. He has been a leader within the Montage International brand for the last 20 years.

Richard Cox

Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, appointed Cox general manager. The 25-year hospitality veteran has held leadership roles in food and beverage and hotel operations at Grand America Hotels and Resorts and Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California, where he most recently served as general manager for 12 years.

Hoss Vetry

Rosewood Hotel Group promoted Vetry to vice president of operations for the Asia Pacific region. Previously, he served as regional vice president and managing director of Rosewood Hong Kong. Bringing 32 years of industry experience, Vetry held similar roles within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s North America, Asia Pacific and Middle East markets for 25 years.

Mia Lange

Saint Kitts Tourism Authority of the Caribbean country ­Saint Kitts and Nevis appointed Lange as its first chief marketing officer. Lange brings more than 20 years of tourism and economic development experience, most recently serving as executive director of global communications for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. While there, she also held roles such as senior manager of advertising and branding, manager of cruise development and more.

Jillian Dampier

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, in Florida appointed Dampier director of group and catering sales. She brings 20 years of hospitality sales experience, most recently working for Indy Area Hotels in Indianapolis as regional director of sales and marketing. She held similar roles at Hyatt Hotels, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, and Marriott Bonvoy properties throughout the Midwest.

Erica Tortora

Tortora is senior marketing manager of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street and Tampa Marriott Water Street in Florida. She was previously a marketing supervisor at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, both in Florida. With a decade of experience in marketing roles, Tortora has also worked for Accor, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and Park Hyatt New York.

Anna Karas

Karas is director of marketing and communications at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi in Malé. A 10-year hotel marketing veteran, Karas has served in similar roles AYANA Hotels, W Maldives, Anantara Maldives Resorts, and more. Most recently, she was director of marketing and communications at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.

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