Rajiv Kaul was appointed president of The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in India.
The new W Retreat & Spa on Viques Island, Puerto Rico, named Jonathan Heath its general manager.
Conrad Wangeman became area vice president, operations – Northeast, for Hilton Worldwide’s managed properties in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Arizona Grand Resort hired Michael Valentino as its director of group sales.
Benchmark Hospitality International presented the Chairman’s Award of Excellence to chairman and CEO Burt Cabañas in Colorado Springs.
Megan Meyers became a meeting architect with Colorado-based Kinsley Meetings.
David Wahba was appointed complex director of sales and marketing of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.
Tamara Pigott became the new executive director of the Lee County [Fla.] Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Mark Phillips became chief operating officer of Miami-based Landry & Kling and Seasite.com.
One Bal Harbour [Fla.] Resort & Spa appointed Erin Hosler its general manager and corporate director of branding and operations; Debra Klemm was named director of sales and marketing.
Luxury cruiseline Compagnie du Ponant hired Miguel Rodriguez to head its Miami-based Reservations Department.
Maryann Ferenc, chairman of Tampa Bay & Company’s Board of Directors was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
Hotel Equities named Jedd McConnell the General Manager for the TownePlace Suites-Alpharetta [Ga.].
William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, was named the 2010 Corporate Marketer of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga., honored lead concierge Sari McAfee as its Outstanding Guest Service Employee of the Year. McAfee also will be nominated for the American Hotel and Motel Association’s prestigious Employee of the Year Award as a result.
Bob Marx was named president and CEO of the Peoria Area [Ill.] Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Amy Vieceli was appointed convention center sales manager of the Greater Springfield [Mass.] Visitors Bureau.
The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nev., promoted Denise Banks from vice president of meetings and conventions to vice president of sales, meetings and conventions.
Matthew Davis joined Associated Luxury Hotels International’s New York office as director of sales in the Northeast Region.
Karrie Burns was appointed executive director of the Monroeville [Pa.] Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Yves Calvert became director of food and beverage of The Chanler at Cliff Walk [R.I.].
The City of Dallas named Al Rojas assistant director of its Department of Convention and Event Services.
Michael McGilligan became general manager of the Hilton/Dallas-Lincoln Centre.
Fernando Cuéllar became general manager of the Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center.
Nina Elaine Santellanes was named director of group sales of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio.
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek [Texas] hired Bruno Davaillon to be its executive chef.
The New River Valley [Va.] Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed Aradia Zenobia as its executive director.