On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Colleen Keating has been appointed COO, Americas, for IHG effective April 1. Keating will be responsible for leading the operations of 3,800 hotels across the U.S. and Canada. She joins IHG from Davidson Hotels & Resorts, where she served as EVP of operations

Here’s a look at other notable comings and goings that took place this week.

Hilton has named Noelle Eder chief information and digital officer, a role in which she will oversee the company’s continued digital transformation. Eder has previously served as chief card customer experience officer at Capital One..

Kelly Sanders will oversee the expanding Hawaiian portfolio for Highgate as vice president of operations, Hawaii. Sanders experience in the Hawaiian market includes managing 5 hotels as area general manager for Starwood/Marriott legacy properties.


After leading multiple dining outlets within brand portfolios, Herve Cuyeu has been named executive chef of The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. With a career spanning over 20 years, Cuyeu has developed the ability to mesh classic dishes with modern trends, which he will accomplish in his new role.

Jerry Gibson will oversee hotel operations as vice president and managing director for Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Gibson has 25 years of hospitality experience in the Hawaiian market, most recently serving as area vice president for Hilton Hawaii.

As senior marketing communication manager for Hotel Crescent Court, Erica Hoelscher will oversee marketing initiatives and strengthen brand awareness for the property’s latest renovation. Hoelscher has 12 years of experience developing marketing strategies for hospitality campaigns.

Laura Burke will manage account development and strategic group partnerships as national sales director for both Chatham Bars Inn and the Inn at Perry Cabin, each located in the Cape Cod area. Burke’s sales experience derives from serving with Hilton’s luxury brands, focusing on global revenue generation.

With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Hartmut Ott will oversee public spaces, front desk operations, event space, and food and beverage as general manager of the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Ott, a Munich native, has experience as general manager at numerous hotels around the United States.

Boutique hotel Kimpton Ink48 welcomes Nick Ivezaj as general manager. Ivezaj began his hospitality career in 1997 at the Plaza Hotel in New York and moved his way up to Highgate Hotels.

Greg Stafford has been named general manager of the currently under-construction Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Stafford, who previously served as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges, has years of hospitality experience as general manger for multiple properties, most recently the Logan Hotel and Spa in Philadelphia.

Anthony Baxter and Brian Tigner have been brought in as general manager of AC Hotel Dallas by Galleria and Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria respectively. While both hotels are scheduled to open this spring, the executives have a combined 35 years of hospitality experience in hotel operations and leadership positions.

To prepare for the opening of Canopy by Hilton Dallas/Uptown, two additions have been added to the executive team; Jeff Pope, who previously served for six years at Hyatt House Dallas, has been named general manager; and Kevin Sullivan will serve as director of sales and marketing after previously working in the same department at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington – Minneapolis.

Ahead of the April re-launch, New England resort Blantyre welcomes Natalie Ward as general manager and Jeremy Berlin as executive chef. Ward will oversee the re-opening of the resort and will manage daily operations, while Berlin will create culinary options for fine-dining outlet The Conservatory at Blantyre and Blantyre Bistro.

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