Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, the stylish airport hotel adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport, today announced the appointment of hospitality veteran Fred DeSota as Director of Sales and Marketing to oversee all sales and marketing initiatives. Mr. DeSota comes to Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel with more than two decades of hospitality experience. Previously Mr. DeSota served in various sales and marketing roles with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a global hotel management company with hotels, resorts, conference centers and boutique hotels located throughout the world.
Caroline MacDonald, formerly Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the Americas and Europe, has also been promoted, now serving as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Rosewood Hotel Group. In her new capacity, Caroline oversees the group's global sales team as well as the corporate revenue management and distribution efforts across the group's distinct brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, New World Hotels & Resorts and KHOS.
Achim Lenders, formerly Senior Vice President, Operations for the Americas and Europe, has been promoted to Group Vice President of Global Operations, where he is now responsible for providing operational leadership and aligning strategies across Rosewood's various brands and regions. Prior to joining Rosewood Hotel Group in 2017, Achim held senior positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt.
Previously Vice President, Talent and Culture at Auberge Resorts Collection, Milet Lukey joins Rosewood with an impressive background that boasts over 25 years of experience in leadership roles at luxury hospitality houses. Before joining Auberge, Milet worked with SH Group Hotels, the management company that launched Baccarat Hotels and 1 Hotels and also oversees SH Collection properties. Additi.
Viceroy Hotels and Resorts has promoted Sam Torgerson to Director of Global Sales. Torgerson joins the corporate office in Los Angeles after four years as the director of strategic accounts at Viceroy Snowmass in Aspen. Torgerson's goal is to increase group sales revenue across the brand's portfolio by uncovering new business opportunities for Viceroy, creating meaningful and long-lasting national account relationships, and building strong partnerships with our property-based group sales experts to enhance performance and further deliver value to Viceroy's diverse hotel collection.
Joining the IHG family to lead the award-winning sales team of the Hotel Indigo brand's flagship property, Kent will leverage her extensive knowledge and experience of the competitive Los Angeles market in her new role. With over 25 years of experience, Kent is widely recognized as a superior leader with a proven track record of conceptualizing and implementing innovative sales and marketing strategies for hotels.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills appoints Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ford to its culinary team. Ford has shown his ability to thrive in fast paced environments and manage high guest expectations, having previously led pastry teams at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore and Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. Originally inspired by his grandmother, Ford grew up baking bread and testing recipes in Orlando.
Slated to open this summer, the AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay, a new build Marriott lifestyle hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar, announces the appointment of a dynamic team members. Welcome Group, Inc., the El Segundo-based hospitality group behind the South Bay's most buzzed about new property, has named Victoria "Tory" Coursen as Assistant General Manager. Tory Coursen chose to trade in the snow of Colorado for the sun of SoCal to serve as the Assistant General Manager at AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay.
Clarke returns to his home state of California with his new position at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills after his career in luxury hospitality has taken him around the world. Over the last two deca.
Sun Hill Properties, Inc. today announced the appointment of Matthew La Vine as Managing Director of the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. La Vine, who boasts nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, takes over the helm of the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, the largest hotel in the San Fernando Valley, from Mark Davis. Davis, recently appointed President and CEO of Sun Hill Properties, Inc., will turn his attention to growing the company's hotel portfolio.