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Changes at Ascott, Fairmont, Centara and naked Retreats

Alfred Ong has been promoted to Ascott’s managing director for Europe and India, responsible for the group’s growing business in these regions. Prior to the move he was Ascott’s managing director for strategic development. Alfred has been with the company for 15 years, rising through the ranks and holding various responsibilities, including managing director for Southeast Asia and Australia in 2009, and overssing operations for Ascott Vietnam and India.

Martin Heiniger moves up to area general manager Samui and general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui from his post as cluster general manager of Centara Hotels & Resorts in Bali. His career spans more than 20 years, covering the UAE, Switzerland, Egypt, Indonesia and Thailand.  Martin has been with the group since 2006, initially as general manager of Centara Villas Samui. He can speak fluent German, Italian and French.

Marco Militzer joins naked Retreats Group as general manager for naked Stables Private Reserve. A veteran in the hospitality industry, Marco has more than two decades’ of experience, most recently as hotel manager of MGM Grand Sanya. He has alos held various management posts at The Ritz-Carlton Sanya and Beijing. During his tenure in Beijing he led the Beijing hotel to become the first ISO 14001 certified property within the company and the first ‘green’ hotel for the group in China.

Throughout his career, Marco has worked in Berlin, Germany, Guangzhou, Tokyo, Bahrain and Istanbul. He has also held posts at The Peninsula Group, The St. Regis Hotel and The Plaza Hotel in New York.

Parent company for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel Hotels, FRHI, has announced five new additions to its Asia-Pacific team.

Wayne Buckingham is senior vice president, Asia Pacific, overseeing FRHI’s portfolio of 23 hotels across the region. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, most recently as senior executive vice president for TCC Hotels Group in Thailand. He has held various management roles in Asia Pacific, including executive appointments within the Starwood Group and as regional vice president for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia at Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok. Wayned will be based in FRHI’s Singapore office.

Foued El Mabrouk is vice president for operations, China. Based in Shanghai, Foued will focus on performance, employee engagement and implementation of the hotel group’s quality standards. He joins FRHI from Hyatt Hotels where he held the position of area director, East China, responsible for the group’s hotels in Shanghai, Ningbo, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Foued was director of sales and marketing at Swissotel Beijing from 1998-2000. With a management degree from Cornell University, he is fluent in Mandarin, French and Arabic.

Tom Meyer is regional vice president, Asia Pacific, and managing director, Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford. Tom will oversee several properties in the region and will be directly responsible for three properties in Singapore, including the 70,000-sqft Raffles City Convention Centre. With more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, Tom joins FRHI from InterContinental Hotels Group, where he held director posts at the group’s hotels in Bali and Dubai. He was most recently general manager for Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati.

Shelly Perkins joins FRHI as vice president for human resources, Asia Pacific. She has held various progressive positions in her 20-year hospitality career, including training and human resources roles at The Ritz-Carton Hotel in Hawaii, Australia, the Middle East, and Washington DC, where she was vice president, International for seven years. Prior to her post at FRHI she was the group director for human resources for Shangri-la International Management in Hong Kong.

Julian Anthony is vice president for finance & business support, Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Julian brings broad, international experience in hospitality and finance management from his various regional posts for Starwood Hotels & Resorts as well as Aman Resorts in Indonesia. Julian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and CPA Australia.

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