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TFE Hotels appoints Global Chief Financial Officer
TFE Hotels has appointed Irish-born financier Brian Delaney to its management team, taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Delaney comes from Minor Hotel Group Ltd where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer, as part of a nine-year stint with Minor International PCL (MINT) – one of the largest hotel companies in Asia-Pacific.
Throughout his career, Delaney has worked as Chief Financial Officer at Oaks Hotels, Director of Fund Accounting at AMP Capital Holdings in Sydney and spent several years in the financial services industry at Helaba, JP Morgan and Citibank in Ireland.
“Brian is a commercial, strategic and technically skilled leader with an impressive track record in the financial transformation of multinationals, both within and outside the tourism industry,” said Antony Ritch, Managing Director of TFE Hotels.
“We are very pleased to welcome him to the TFE family and are confident that his international industry experience will provide strong financial leadership as we continue to build our story as an Australian international hospitality company.”
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, TFE has opened 19 hotels over the past three years and is focused on building strong global management teams to support its growth.
Delaney will oversee the group’s global financial matters and work with the management team to execute an ambitious growth strategy encompassing seven brands, including A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous and Collection by TFE Hotels.
It will move to the Sydney office of TFE Hotels later this month.
“I’m passionate about working with great people and building great businesses, with a focus on maximizing performance and creating value,” Delaney said.
“And I am very pleased to join Antony and the wider TFE Hotels team as we propel the company’s global growth.”
Sheraton Melbourne welcomes new General Manager
Experienced hotelier Achim Herterich has been appointed General Manager of Sheraton Melbourne, succeeding Peter Minatsis who was recently appointed General Manager of Le Méridien Melbourne.
Herterich first joined Marriott in 2015 as Executive Chef, then Food and Beverage Manager, at Sheraton Melbourne. He was part of the opening team of the luxurious Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay in 2017 before returning to Australia in 2020 to lead the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast as hotel manager.
Marriott International Area, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Vice President Sean Hunt welcomed Herterich to Melbourne to lead the Sheraton team.
“Achim brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including the last seven with Marriott,” Hunt said.
“He worked internationally in Europe and the United States before moving to Australia and brings extensive experience in the upscale Sheraton brand.”
Herterich said he is looking forward to building on the brand’s strong heritage.
“Sheraton is a classic brand that has become world famous for serving business and leisure travelers with class and style,” he said.
“I look forward to working with the Sheraton Melbourne team to continue building our legacy as the destination of choice for interstate and international travelers.
“In our industry, every day is different and brings a new set of challenges and opportunities. I love being able to connect not only with customers but also with our associates, and I look forward to doing so in my role as General Manager of Sheraton Melbourne.
Rosewood HK appoints Sales and Marketing Director
Rosewood Hong Kong has appointed Angus Pitkethley as Director of Sales and Marketing.
Pitkethley brings over 27 years of global hotel sales and marketing experience, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing at Park Hyatt New York. Throughout his career, he has held various sales and marketing positions, including at Marriott International, where he served as Regional Sales and Marketing Manager in Brussels; and New York-based Rosewood Little Dix Bay as director of sales and marketing.
“Angus is a vital addition to the Rosewood Hong Kong team, and we are delighted to have his invaluable global expertise to guide the sales and marketing strategies for our ultra-luxury property,” said Vice President of Rosewood Hotel Group Operations, APAC and Director. Director of Rosewood Hong Kong, Hoss Vetry.
“With his previous experience with Rosewood properties in the United States, Angus’s role is critical in maintaining Rosewood Hong Kong’s market-leading position.”
Pitkethley will be responsible for implementing sales and marketing strategies for the hotel and residential operations.
Fairmont Orchid Appoints New Director of Sales and Marketing
Fairmont Orchid, a luxury resort on Hawaii Island’s Kohala Coast, welcomes Chris Sessions as its new director of sales and marketing.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to our Fairmont Orchid ‘ohana (family),” said Fairmont Orchid General Manager Charles Head.
“He brings with him a strong background in selling luxury goods, a deep desire to serve our community, and a passion for ensuring our customers continue to have an exceptional experience when they visit our island. This winning combination is poised to take our property to new heights.
Sessions brings over 15 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as Director of Sales for the luxury resort Nemacolin in Pennsylvania, and previously as Director of Sales, Marketing and Events for Hyatt. Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego. He was also Associate Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in California.
“I look forward to welcoming visitors to our gathering place, investing in our community and working with our team to develop partnerships that create a more sustainable future,” Sessions said.
“I have traveled the world and quickly discovered that the island of Hawai’i is a special destination. I am incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home.
Sessions will drive sales strategies, revenue management, conference services and brand partnerships for the 540-room destination.