People on the move, week of January 17, 2011

Here is a roundup of people on the move during the week of January 17, 2011:

Davide Barnes has been appointed hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. He was most recently at Four Seasons Hotel Prague.

Charles Black III has been appointed director of sales & marketing for Montage Beverly Hills. He most recently served in the same role at Cap Juluca.

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has named Ralf Bruegger general manager of The Observatory Hotel in Sydney. Previously, Bruegger was GM of both the Sebel Pier One Sydney and The Harbour Rocks Hotel.

Northland Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, has named Mike Brunkow general manager. Most recently, he served as managing director for The Hotel Minneapolis.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba has appointed Rafael Casas as executive chef. Casas served as the opening executive chef at Acapulco’s Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués.

Hospitality Ventures LLC, Atlanta, has named Mary Beth Cutshall as vice president, acquisitions & business development. Cutshall most recently served as director of business development for Hotel Equities.

Alfonso de la Dehesa is the new executive chef at Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués. De la Dehesa has more than 12 years of experience in haute cuisine, working at resorts throughout Spain, Dubai, Switzerland and Mexico.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts has appointed Daniel Dolce as the new vice president of sales for the United States. Dolce most recently served as a development resource to obtain hotel operating contracts for Dolce Hotels and Resorts.

St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kaua’i, Hawaii, has hired Wendy Fisher as senior sales manager for special events. She was previously with the Semiahmoo Resort in Seattle.

STR has named Amanda Hite as its new president. Hite succeeds Mark Lomanno, who has been promoted to CEO of the company. Former CEO and founder Randy Smith has been named chairman. Hite has been with STR for five years, most recently as chief strategy officer.

Lake Placid Lodge has appointed Nathan Rich as executive chef. Rich previously was at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston.

InterContinental Dallas has named Aref Sayegh assistant general manager and Jack Murray as director of sales and marketing. Sayegh was the GM of the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Murray’s prior experience includes director of sales and marketing positions at Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel, Hotel ZaZa and the Fairmont Dallas.

After 25 years at the helm of the kitchens of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford, Otto Weibel has retired as the director of kitchens. Succeeding him is James Wierzelewski, who comes from Harrods in London, where he was the executive chef for the Food Halls.