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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
people GreGOrY MeaDOwS GENERAL MANAGER THE SUKHOTHAI aLIaNa hO VP – SALES AND TRAVEL TRADE MARKETING HONG KONG DISNEYLAND HERE I AM NOW ! Matthew Crabbe executive chef hyatt Regency Kyoto what did you want to be when you grew up: I loved gardening and grew up in the country so got many chances to practice it. Because of this I wanted to be a garden designer or landscape gardener. Animals were also a big part of my life so I wanted to do something to do with animals. Your first job: First cooking job was as apprentice chef at Spitlers Restaurant at the spit in Mosman, Sydney. Before that I used to help my dad out in his jewellery shop. Your first pay packet: AUD$170. Your first break: Getting into the kitchen at Browns in Melbourne which in turn got me into the kitchen at Tetsuya’s which at that time consisted of two or three cooks plus Tetsuya. Describe your current role: As executive chef I am responsible for all culinary related issues. [Other responsibilities include] staff retention, motivation, and [maintaining] high culinary standards to differentiate us from our competition. the best part of your job: Guest and employee satisfaction. the worst: Complaints that could have been avoided. who has inspired you: Tetsuya, Greg Brown, my mother and father. Your best quality: Flexibility. Your worst quality: Impatience for silly mistakes. Your best achievement: Finding my wife, having our daughter, choosing cooking and hanging on despite the roller coaster ride it offers. 72 miceAsia.net Gregory Meadows has been welcomed back to the general manager’s role at The Sukhothai Bangkok, replacing George Benney who has returned to his native Australia. Mr Meadows said it was a great honour to return to such a wonderful hotel. Previous to re-joining The Sukhothai, Mr Meadows was opening general manager of The Conrad Bangkok where he worked for seven years. Aliana Ho has been appointed vice president of sales and travel trade marketing for Hong Kong Disneyland. Ms Ho will be responsible for developing and implementing Hong Kong Disneyland’s sales strategies. Her primary responsibilities with be theme park attendance, hotel occupancy and developing new business to enhance the resort’s performance, and oversee travel trade and MICE programs. DaVID aShwOrth GENERAL MANGER SIX SENSES DarreN brINKMaN RECREATION MANAGER INDIGO PEARL PHUKET Darren Brinkman has been appointed recreation manager at Phuket’s distinctive lifestyle resort, Indigo Pearl. The qualified sports coach and karate master will head up a new world-class recreation program including Muay Thai boxing, diving, bike adventures, jungle walks and yoga. Mr Brinkman brings with him a sound foundation in sport science, personal training, track and field coaching and badminton, squash and basketball. In karate, he studied under one of the world’s leading masters, Bernard Creton and took part in both the European full contact (knockdown) championships and Karate World Knockdown Championships in Tokyo. David Ashworth has joined Six Senses as general manager of Six Senses Hideaway Samui. Reporting directly to Six Senses Resorts & Spas’ area managing director for Thailand, he oversees the general management of the property. Mr Ashworth joins Six Senses from his previous role as general manager of Imperial Samui Hotel in Koh Samui. Prior to this, he was resident manager of Imperial Queens Park Hotel in Bangkok. MartIN rINCK PRESIDENT HILTON HOTELS – ASIA PACIFIC NaIM MaaDaD MANAGING DIRECTOR MSPA INTERNATIONAL Martin Rinck has been appointed President of Hilton Hotels - Asia Pacific, based at the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore. He joins Hilton Hotels Corporation from Carlson Hotels where he was President and managing director of Carlson Hotels Worldwide – Asia Pacific. Naim Maadad has been appointed managing director of Minor Spas Global and Hotels Middle East. In this new role, Mr Maadad will take the overall leadership role for MSpa International. He takes over from Michel van der Hoeven who took interim charge during 2008 alongside his other duties. From early 2009 he will be based in Dubai from where he will have additional responsibility for sourcing new hotel development contracts. StePheN FeweLL GENERAL MANAGER SWISSOTEL KUNSHAN Stephen Fewell has been appointed general manager of the Swissotel Kunshan. He brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience gained from senior management positions held in Australia and China.