Qantas Announces New Board Members and Chairman Elect in Ongoing Renewal

(IN SHORT) Qantas reveals significant changes to its board as part of its continuous renewal process, appointing John Mullen as the Chairman Elect effective July 1, 2024, alongside Dr. Nora Scheinkestel as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee starting March 1, 2024. The selection of Mullen, with his extensive executive and directorial… Read the full press release

Kempinski Hotels Enhances Regional Expertise with COO Switch

(IN SHORT) Kempinski Hotels announces a strategic switch of regions for two of its Chief Operations Officers (COOs), aimed at sharing best practices and bolstering regional growth. Xavier Destribats, previously overseeing operations in the Americas, moves to Geneva to take charge of Europe in addition to the Americas, while Timur Sentuerk relocates to Dubai to… Read the full press release

Swedavia Implements Organizational Change, Merges Project Unit with Facilities and Systems

(IN SHORT) Swedavia has announced an organizational change effective July 1st, merging the Project business unit with the Facilities and Systems business unit. This decision follows the retirement of Johan Bill, Director of Projects, who has made significant contributions to Swedavia’s project development at various airports. With this merger, the Facilities and Systems business unit… Read the full press release

Rohit Pandey Appointed General Manager of Anantara Jaipur Hotel: Leading Minor Hotels’ Debut Luxury Property in India

Rohit brings over 20 years of experience to lead the first Anantara in India (IN SHORT) Minor Hotels announces the appointment of Rohit Pandey as General Manager of Anantara Jaipur Hotel, marking the luxury brand’s entry into India. With over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, including roles at prestigious brands like Marriott International… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Cabo Del Sol Appoints Miguel Baltazar as Executive Chef, Elevating Culinary Excellence in Cabo San Lucas

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol proudly announces the appointment of Miguel Baltazar as Executive Chef, bringing over a decade of culinary expertise and a passion for creating masterful dishes to the resort’s dining experiences. Set to open in early 2024 on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, the resort… Read the full press release

dnata Travel Group Appoints Lesley Rollo as CEO, UK, to Lead Seven Prominent Brands

(IN SHORT) dnata Travel Group has named Lesley Rollo as the Chief Executive Officer, UK, responsible for overseeing the operations of the group’s seven UK-based brands. Lesley, who previously served as Managing Director for Travelbag within the dnata Travel Group, brings extensive industry experience to her new role. dnata Travel Group is a division of… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Appoints Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil as VP of Operations to Drive Expansion in India’s Luxury Hospitality Market

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels has named Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil as Vice President – Operations, India, effective from December 21, 2023. In this newly created role, Krishnan-Vazhvelil will play a vital part in Minor Hotels’ expansion efforts in India, particularly in launching the group’s first Anantara property in Jaipur and fostering growth across the country. With over… Read the full press release

Leanne Harwood Appointed to Lead IHG’s Luxury & Lifestyle Americas Division

Company, Industry Veteran to Begin New Role as SVP, Managing Director, Luxury & Lifestyle Americas in March (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts has named Leanne Harwood as Senior Vice President (SVP), Managing Director, Luxury & Lifestyle Americas (LLA). Harwood, an industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, will oversee the daily operations of… Read the full press release

United Airlines Pilot Capt. Anne Worster Elected as MEC Chair by Air Line Pilots Association

(IN SHORT) The United Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has elected Capt. Anne Worster as the new chair of the pilot group. Capt. Worster, a 27-year United Airlines pilot, Gulf War veteran, and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, currently serves as vice chair and first officer representative… Read the full press release

Boeing Appoints Admiral Kirkland H. Donald as Special Advisor to Enhance Quality Management

Admiral Kirkland Donald to lead in-depth assessment of Boeing commercial quality management system (IN SHORT) Boeing has named Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, U.S. Navy (Ret.), as a special advisor to Boeing’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, to assess Boeing’s quality management system for commercial airplanes. Admiral Donald and a team of experts will review quality… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Appoints Culinary Stars to Reclaim Michelin Status at Yu Yuan Restaurant

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotel Seoul has made significant appointments in its culinary team, welcoming Head Chef Kwok Wai To and Dim Sum Chef Qingbing Wu to the renowned Yu Yuan restaurant. These appointments are part of a strategic initiative to regain Michelin-star status and strengthen the restaurant’s position as a world-class venue for authentic… Read the full press release

Finnair Appoints Turkka Kuusisto as New CEO to Lead Next Phase of Growth

(IN SHORT) Finnair has announced the appointment of Turkka Kuusisto as the new CEO, effective from July 11, 2024, or earlier. Kuusisto, who currently serves as the CEO of Posti Group Corporation, brings extensive experience in senior leadership roles and a deep understanding of complex industries. Finnair’s Chair of the Board, Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae, expressed confidence… Read the full press release

Frank Dobbelsteijn Appointed as Swissport’s Global Head of Operations

(IN SHORT) Swissport International AG has appointed Frank Dobbelsteijn as its Global Head of Operations, effective from January 1, 2024. With over 30 years of experience in various senior roles in the aviation and logistics sectors, Dobbelsteijn will be responsible for aligning Swissport’s operational priorities with its strategic goals, focusing on safety, reliability, customer-centricity, and… Read the full press release

Stuart De San Nicolas Appointed Cluster General Manager for Three Luxury Resorts in the Maldives

(IN SHORT) Stuart De San Nicolas has taken on the role of Cluster General Manager for Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Avani+ Fares Resort, and NH Collection Maldives Havodda, effective December 23, 2023. With over 30 years of international hospitality experience spanning various continents, Stuart’s expertise will be instrumental in leading these luxury resorts. Stuart’s extensive… Read the full press release

Chef Quentin Welch Takes the Helm as Executive Chef at Bourbon Steak DC

MINA Group veteran to helm the kitchen at renowned Georgetown steakhouse (IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, in collaboration with MINA Group, has appointed Chef Quentin Welch as the new Executive Chef of Bourbon Steak DC, the flagship location of Chef Michael Mina’s renowned American steakhouse. Chef Welch, an Ohio native with extensive culinary… Read the full press release

Marin Leuthard Appointed Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

(IN SHORT) Swiss-born Marin Leuthard has taken on the role of Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, bringing with him a wealth of culinary experience acquired from his extensive career in the culinary world. Inspired by his grandmother’s culinary talents, Leuthard embarked on his culinary journey at a local dining venue at… Read the full press release

Alastair McAlpine Appointed General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Osaka

The seasoned hotelier takes charge of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Osaka, set to open in the summer of 2024 (IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Alastair McAlpine as the General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Osaka, set to open in August 2024. With over 30 years of luxury hospitality experience and… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Welcomes Adrien Poul as Director of Food and Beverage

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest has appointed Adrien Poul as its Director of Food and Beverage, leveraging his over a decade of experience in the luxury hospitality industry. Adrien’s journey began at École Hôtelière de Paris Jean Drouant, where he developed his passion for the industry and honed his culinary skills. He… Read the full press release

Booking Holdings Appoints Ewout Steenbergen as New CFO, Bringing Tech and Finance Expertise

(IN SHORT) Booking Holdings Inc. has announced the appointment of Ewout Steenbergen as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective March 15, 2024. Steenbergen, previously the CFO at S&P Global, will lead Booking Holdings’ global finance organization, overseeing various key functions. He will report directly to Glenn Fogel, the CEO, and will… Read the full press release

dnata Appoints Willy Ruf as Managing Director for Switzerland to Lead Ground Handling and Cargo Operations

(IN SHORT) dnata, a global air and travel services provider, has announced the appointment of Willy Ruf as the Managing Director for Switzerland. In his new role, Willy will be responsible for overseeing dnata’s ground handling and cargo business operations at Geneva Airport (GVA) and Zürich Airport (ZRH) in Switzerland. He will lead a team… Read the full press release

KLM Appoints Bas Brouns as CFO and Managing Director, Succeeding Erik Swelheim

(IN SHORT) KLM has announced its intention to appoint Bas Brouns as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director, effective April 24, 2024. He will take over from Erik Swelheim, who will step down as KLM’s CFO after serving for 12 years. Bas Brouns, currently the Senior Vice President Corporate Controller at KLM, brings nearly… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways CEO Engr. Badr Al-Meer Elected to IATA Board of Governors and Joins AACO Executive Committee

Engr. Badr Al-Meer is also announced as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) (IN SHORT) Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA represents approximately 320 airlines worldwide,… Read the full press release

Diego Hermelo Vidal Appointed Spa Director at Four Seasons Resort Lanai

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Resort Lanai has named Diego Hermelo Vidal as the Spa Director, responsible for overseeing the daily operations of Hawanawana Spa. With 20 years of experience in the spa industry and a background in wellness, Hermelo Vidal brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role. He previously served as Assistant Spa… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Nominates Lisa Atherton for Board of Directors

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines Co. has announced that Lisa Atherton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell, a Textron Inc. company, is a candidate to join its Board of Directors. Atherton’s nomination, along with other Board nominees, will be voted on at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for May 15, 2024. Lisa Atherton… Read the full press release

Hyatt Global President of Operations, Chuck Floyd, Announces Retirement After Four Decades with the Company

(IN SHORT) Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the retirement of H. Charles “Chuck” Floyd, who currently serves as the Executive Vice President – Global President of Operations. Floyd will step down from his role on December 31, 2023, and transition to a Senior Advisor role to Hyatt’s President and CEO, Mark Hoplamazian, starting January 1,… Read the full press release

SITA Appoints New Senior Vice Presidents to Lead Key Business Pillars

(IN SHORT) SITA, a prominent provider of technology solutions for the travel, transport, and mobility sectors, has announced the appointments of two senior vice presidents to its leadership team. Stefan Schaffner, formerly the CEO of Touchless Biometric Systems AG (TBS), has been appointed as Senior Vice President of SITA AT AIRPORTS. In his role, Schaffner… Read the full press release

SAS Announces Leadership Changes: Chief of Staff to Retire, New Chief People Officer Appointed

(IN SHORT) Carina Malmgren Heander, the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at SAS, has decided to retire from her position effective February 1, 2024. However, she will continue to serve as a senior advisor to CEO Anko van der Werff until the summer of 2024 to ensure a smooth transition. In light of… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Leadership Changes and Ambitious Goals to Enhance Customer Experience and Reduce Carbon Emissions

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines has unveiled executive leadership changes and organizational realignment aimed at supporting the company’s strategic priorities. The changes include elevating Justin Jones to Executive Vice President Operations, where he will lead efforts related to modernization and daily airline operations. Tony Roach will assume the role of Senior Vice President & Chief Customer… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Appoints Sandie Johannessen as Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia

(IN SHORT) Bangkok-based hotel owner, operator, and investor, Minor Hotels, has appointed Sandie Johannessen as the Group Director of Spa and Wellness – Asia, effective from October 2023. In her new role, Sandie will oversee the spa and wellness operations, development, and brand standards across all of Minor Hotels’ brands in Asia. She will also… Read the full press release

Embraer Appoints José Gustavo as VP of Sales and Business Development for Europe and Africa

(IN SHORT) Embraer Defense & Security has announced the appointment of José Gustavo as the new Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Europe and Africa. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, he will work under the leadership of Frederico Lemos, CCO of the business unit. José Gustavo brings over 20 years of international experience, including… Read the full press release