People on the Move: Remington, McKibbon, The Georgian

Remington Hotels, Dallas, Texas, has promoted Chris Green from divisional president to president. Green has 25 years of successful hospitality operations experience, joining Remington Hotels in April after the company joined forces with Chesapeake Hospitality, where he served as CEO. Under his leadership, the company had a reputation as a results-driven, culture-forward, high-performance organization with an eye for helping clients achieve their full potential through exceptional guest experiences. His elevation to president fortifies Remington’s commitment to thoughtful growth, keeping owners at the heart of everything the company does.

“In a world where many management companies focus solely on company growth and cost-savings, Chris and the Chesapeake team focused on its core values of honesty, integrity, and humility early on, setting them apart from the pack,” said Remington chief operating officer Sloan Dean. “With combined resources and an aligned mission, our partnership has led to exciting results. Chris’ leadership ethos is integral to Remington, and his new role will lead to greater success in the new year.   

“Sloan and I have always been in lock-step when it comes to culture and growth, so Remington has felt like home since I joined the team in April,” says Chris Green. “This transition is a natural next step, and I’m honored to support this incredibly talented team.”

From left to right: Chris Green (Remington Hotels), Saakshi Verma (Andaz Liverpool Street), Alex Bollinger (The Alida), and Rebecca Coonan (Hotel Indigo Exeter).

Corporate Management

The Georgian, Santa Monica, California, has named Amber Arbucci as culture and guest relations lead. Arbucci is a celebrated artist, angel investor, philanthropist, and former fashion model.

McKibbon Hospitality, Tampa, Florida, has promoted Kari Elofson, Karl Oates, and Sebastian Peralta, who are now serving as senior vice presidents of operations. Elofson joined McKibbon almost 10 years ago as regional vice president of operations, Oates joined in 2001 and most recently served as vice president of lifestyle hotels, and Peralta, who joined in 1998, had been working as regional vice president of operations.

H World Group Limited HTHT, Shanghai, China, has promoted Jihong He, from her role as chief executive officer for international business to chief financial officer, replacing Hui Chen.

Jumeirah Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has named Aaron Kaupp as regional vice president and general manager of Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab. Most recently, Kaupp served the group as regional vice president northern Europe and general manager of The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London, England.

General Managers and Managing Directors

Jasjit Assi has been appointed general manager of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand. Previously, Assi served as hotel manager for Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya, also in Thailand.

Hotel Indigo Exeter, England, has appointed Rebecca Coonan as the general manager ahead of opening. Coonan most recently worked as a freelance management consultant.

The Inn on Fifth & Club Level Suites, Naples, Florida, has appointed Maria Hamilton as general manager. Hamilton previously served as resort manager of the Jekyll Island Club Resort in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Pacific Hospitality Group, Dallas, Texas, has hired James Montgomery as the general manager for the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria and Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas by the Galleria. Previously, Montgomery held the role of general manager at the Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, Frisco, Texas.

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, has named Tabish Siddiquie general manager. His most recent position was general manager of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, Florida.

Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland, has appointed Kai Winkler as general manager. Most recently, Winkler held leadership roles at Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the Fairmont Golden Prague, Czech Republic.


The Georgian, Santa Monica, California, has named Bre Smith director of operations. Her hospitality journey includes roles at elite properties including the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California, the Ambassador Chicago, Illinois, the Hollywood Roosevelt, California, Soho House Chicago, the Triumph Hotel in New York, and several Ritz-Carlton hotels across the globe

Food & Beverage

The Alida, Savannah, Georgia, has named Alex Bollinger executive chef. Bollinger previously worked as chef de cuisine at the Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, California.

Wylie Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, expanded its management team with the hiring of Peterson Hill as restaurant general manager, Nichol Narinesingh as executive chef and Hannah Leonard as creative specialist of beverages. Hill has held several positions in the field including director of food and beverage, corporate manager of beverages, independent consultant, and wine director. Narinesingh most recently served as sous chef for American Cruise Lines, Guilford, Connecticut. Leonard brings more than eight years of experience in the industry and a diverse background to her new role.

Hotel Forty Five, Macon, Georgia, has promoted Matt Schleis from sous chef to executive chef.

Sales & Marketing

Smyth Tribeca, New York, has welcomed Brianna Birtles as the new director of sales and marketing. Birtles joins from TOMS Hospitality Group where she was the director of events and marketing.

Kelley DeVinney has joined Wylie Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia as executive sales coordinator. DeVinney first stepped on the hospitality scene with one of Wylie Hotel’s sister properties, Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel, India, has welcomed Nihal Kurian as director of sales and marketing. Previously, Kurian was the director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Garden Inn Pune, also in India.

Crerar Hotels, Edinburgh, U.K., has promoted Alison MacLeod as marketing director and Jodie Wilson as commercial director. Their previous positions were group marketing director and group revenue manager, respectively.

Andaz Liverpool Street, London, England, has appointed Saakshi Verma as marketing communications manager. Verma most recently served as marketing communications manager for Hyatt Hotels, London, England.

Spa and Wellness

New Meliá Chiang Mai, Thailand, has welcomed Pornphan Chumjai as spa manager. Chumhai previously served as spa manager at Cross Chiang Mai Riverside.