Accor North America, Central America and the Caribbean promoted Marc Sternagel to vice president of operations for midscale brands, including Novotel hotels in Panama and Mexico, and Mercure Guatamala.
Vanessa Ledesma-Berrios became COO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
Hilton Worldwide named Tom Potter its senior vice president for the Caribbean and Latin America.
Frits van Paasschen has resigned as president and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Adam Aron has been named interim CEO.
Leandro Cruz became vice president of sales at Caso de Campo in the Dominican Republic.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts named Kurt Straub its vice president of operations in India.
Ryuki Kawasaki was named chef de cuisine at Mezzaluna restaurant at the Dome, Tower Club at Iebua in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dominik Trimborn became sales & marketing director at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Bangkok, Thailand.
Camille Olivere became senior vice president of U.S. sales for Club Med.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust promoted Nishil Patel to vice president and treasurer and Nicholas Jette to vice president of acquisitions and asset management.
Deniz Omurgonulsen became president of the Cornell Hotel Society, the 86-year-old alumni association that represents School of Hotel Administration graduates worldwide.
Stephanie Dowling became communications director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Hawaii region.
Michelle Huebner became senior national sales manager at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Matthew Stephen-Hassard became vice president of acquisitions & development for Montage Hotels & Resorts, working from California.
Greg Guthrie became general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Carson in Carson, Calif. Stephanie Bondoc became sales director.
Erika DiProfio became marketing director at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa near San Diego.
Julie Branstrom became sales & marketing director at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Gateway, Colo.
The Sebastian Vail [Colo.] named Robert Friedl its general manager.
Meade Atkeson became general manager at the W Washington, D.C.
Jeanne Bothwell was promoted to associate sales director at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Mark Calibo became sales & marketing director at Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo, Fla.
Kathleen Bertrand retired from the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau after 32 years of service, most recently as senior vice president of community and governmental affairs.
Christopher Hendley joined Lanier Islands in Buford, Ga., as director of special events & promotions.
Tonya Cook, program specialist for Intercultural Relations at Georgia State University in Atlanta, won the 2015 Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice: Outstanding Faculty or Staff. Cook is a longtime member of Plan Your Meetings’ AllStars.
Thomas Murray became general manager of the TownePlace Suites Des Moines Urbandale in Johnston, Iowa.
Konstantin Plavnik became executive chef at Boomtown Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, La.
Frank Ziegler became executive chef at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Maryland.
Amanda Michael became general manager of the Home2 Suites by Hilton Forest Park in St. Louis.
Hotel Vandivort in Springfield, Mo., named James “JP” Roberts its general manager, Nancy Johnson its sales & marketing director, and Zach White as executive chef its The Order restaurant.
Kirsten Dimond became vice president of operations for the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Delfin Ortiz became general manager at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York City.
Vincent Vienne became general manager of the Sofitel New York, where he previously worked as hotel manager (2006-09). He spent the past five years as general manager of the Sofitel Philadelphia.
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Easton in Columbus, Ohio, named Paul Marcum its general manager.
Lance Aldridge became executive director of the Austin [Texas] Sports Commission, part of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ACVB hired Stephanie Washington as a partner relations specialist; promoted Amy Brown to sales director; named Courtney Scully an account director for Northeast and international markets; and named Kelly Thomas account manager for the Midwest and West Coast markets.
The Sheraton Tysons [Va.] hotel named Sam El-Sheikh its executive chef and Uwe Roehricht its F&B director.