Key appointments: Langham, InterContinental, Pullman, Vista

Langham Melbourne makes three nominations

The Langham, Melbourne have announced three new appointments to their squad.

Karl Marshall

Karl Marshall assumes the role of hotel manager; Bibin Bobby has been promoted to Assistant Manager of Food Beverage, while Kirby Pickrell has been named the new Spa Manager.

“Karl, Bibin and Kirby are all seasoned hospitality professionals and share a commitment to making every guest’s visit an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons,” said The Langham, Melbourne general manager Jeffrey van Vorsselen. .

Kirby Pickrel

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome them to the growing global Langham family. I know they will embrace our values ​​and our culture and I hope they can soon experience our two new properties, The Langham Gold Coast and The Langham, Jakarta, arguably two of the most luxurious new hotels to have opened these two last years. ”

Bibin Bobby

Originally from New Zealand, Marshall worked at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne from 2001 to 2006 before spending more than a decade working abroad in Dubai, Tanzania, South Africa and most recently in Oman, where he was the managing director of Alila Jabal Akhdar.

Bobby joined the company in December 2021 as Head of Banquet Operations after spending several years working in the luxury hospitality market in Singapore. In his new role, he will oversee banquet, dining, Aria Bar Lounge and Melba Restaurant operations.

Pickrell brings a five star spa experience having worked at many respected spas in Australia including Aurora Spa in St Kilda and the award winning Gwinganna in Queensland.

Vista appoints director of sales and marketing

Vista Hospitality Group has appointed Raelene Ohlson as Director of Sales and Marketing at voco Brisbane City Center and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre.

Raelene Ohlson

Ohlson brings extensive meetings and events experience from his time at major MICE hotels including Hyatt Regency Coolum, Novotel Twin Waters Resort and several Crowne Plaza properties across Australia.

Her most recent roles include General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Hospitality at Alice Springs Turf Club, General Manager of Crowne Plaza Alice Springs and General Manager of Lancemore Macedon Ranges.

“I am delighted to be working with the teams at voco Brisbane City Center and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Center and look forward to re-introducing the business events industry to the flexible conference facilities at these two unique and very cool in the heart of Brisbane,” she said.

“I love creating and working with clients to evolve their conference and event experiences. The fact that we have the capacity to accommodate up to 750 delegates in the Grand Chelsea Ballroom and offer clients flexible accommodation options at both hotels is a huge plus.”

InterContinental Fiji Leadership Appointments

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa has announced the appointment of several executives.

Akshay Singh has been appointed regional director of sales, marketing and revenue for the South Pacific at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) South Pacific. David Bell has been named Director of Dining and Entertainment at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa; while Mary-Louise Corcoran holds the position of Resort Manager at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.

“We are thrilled to have Akshay and Mary-Lou join the IHG family, and I want to congratulate David on his well-deserved promotion,” said Lachlan Walker, Area General – South Pacific, IHG.

(LR) David Bell, Mary-Louise Corcoran, Akshay Singh

“All three are highly experienced professionals in their area of ​​expertise and have made great contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry. The resort has ambitious goals for the next few years in the areas of sustainability, growing and buying local produce, training Fijian leaders, focusing on the fundamentals of luxury service delivery and Akshay, Mary-Louise and David will no doubt be integral to achieving them. »

Singh, who brings over 14 years of experience in commercial roles in the hospitality industry, will lead the commercial team to drive the performance of IHG’s four properties in the region. Bell joined InterContinental Fiji in 2018 as Executive Chef. He will now be responsible for food and beverage operations at all restaurants, bars and venues in the resort. Corcoran joined the company this month, bringing over 30 years of experience in hospitality, gaming, project management and parliament.

Pullman Melbourne appoints chief executive

Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, owned by Erdigroup, has appointed Ashlee Skrzelinski as executive chef. She will run Eva’s Restaurant & Bar, Room 1954, and the hotel’s award-winning Club Lounge.

Skrzelinski joined Accor in 2016 and worked at Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley and Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, where she became head chef.

“I am delighted to be part of the Pullman Melbourne team on Swanston,” she said.

“The culture at the hotel and at Erdigroup is incomparable. I also enjoy working as part of a team and seeing junior chefs grow and be inspired by what we create together. This is the most rewarding aspect of being a chef.

Pullman Melbourne on Swanston launched in late 2019 after a $30 million makeover, and its restaurants have since established a solid reputation.

Pullman Melbourne on Swanston managing director James Muscat has welcomed Skrzelinski to the team.

“We look forward to seeing her bring her personal touch to our heartfelt, home-style, yet contemporary cuisine, while mentoring our exceptional culinary talent,” he said.

Nicholas E. Crittendon