Rosewood Hong Kong Director of Sales and Marketing, Angus Pitkethley

TFE Hotels appoints global CFO

TFE Hotels has appointed Irish-born financier Brian Delaney to its executive leadership team, taking up the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Brian Delaney

Delaney joins from Minor Hotel Group Ltd where he most recently held the CFO role, as part of a nine-year stint with Minor International PCL (MINT) – one of the largest hospitality companies in Asia Pacific.

Throughout his career, Delaney has worked as Chief Financial Officer at Oaks Hotels, Head-Fund Accounting at AMP Capital Holdings in Sydney, and spent a number of years in the Financial Services sector with Helaba, J.P. Morgan and Citibank in Ireland.

“Brian is a commercially focused, strategic and technically skilled leader with an impressive track record in finance transformation in multi-national corporations, both inside and out of the tourism sector,” said TFE Hotels Chief Executive Officer, Antony Ritch.

“We are very pleased to welcome him to the TFE family and believe his international industry experience will provide strong financial leadership as we continue to build our story as Australia’s International Hotel Company.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, TFE has opened 19 hotels over the past three years and is focused on building strong global leadership teams to support its growth.

Delaney will oversee the group’s global financial matters, and work with the leadership team to deliver an ambitious growth strategy encapsulating seven brands including A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous and Collection by TFE Hotels.

He will relocate to TFE Hotels’ Sydney office later this month.

“I’m passionate about working with great people and building great businesses, focusing on maximising performance and creating value,” said Delaney.

“And I’m very excited to be joining Antony and the wider TFE Hotels team as we propel the global growth of the business.”

Sheraton Melbourne welcomes new GM

Experienced hotelier Achim Herterich has been named General Manager at Sheraton Melbourne, taking from Peter Minatsis who was recently named General Manager at Le Méridien Melbourne.

Herterich first joined Marriott in 2015 as Executive Chef, and then Food and Beverage Manager, at Sheraton Melbourne. He was part of the opening team at the luxury 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 Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Sean Hunt, welcomed Herterich back to Melbourne to lead the team at Sheraton.

“Achim brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, the last seven of those with Marriott,” Hunt said.

Achim Herterich

“He has worked internationally in Europe and the US before relocating to Australia and brings extensive experience across the premium Sheraton brand.”

Herterich said he is looking forward to building on the brand’s strong legacy.

“Sheraton is a classic brand that has become world-renowned for offering corporate and leisure guests service with class and style,” he said.

“I look forward to working with the team at Sheraton Melbourne in continuing to build our legacy as a premier destination for interstate and international travellers.

“In our industry, each day is different and brings a new set of challenges and opportunities. I love being able to build connections not only with guests but our associates, and look forward to doing this in my role as General Manager at Sheraton Melbourne.”

Rosewood HK appoints Director of Sales and Marketing

Rosewood Hong Kong has named Angus Pitkethley as its new Director of Sales and Marketing.

Pitkethley brings more than 27 years of experience in global hotel sales and marketing, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing at Park Hyatt New York. Throughout his career he has held various sales and marketing roles including at Marriott International, where he held the position of Area Director of Sales and Marketing in Brussels; and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, based in New York, as Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Angus is a pivotal addition to the Rosewood Hong Kong team, and we are delighted to have his valuable global expertise to steer sales and marketing strategies for our ultra-luxury property,” said Rosewood Hotel Group Vice President of Operations, APAC, and Managing Director of Rosewood Hong Kong, Hoss Vetry.

“With his previous experience with Rosewood properties in the United States, Angus’s role is vital to continuing the leading market position of Rosewood Hong Kong.”

Pitkethley will be responsible for implementing sales and marketing strategies for both hotel and residences operations.

Fairmont Orchid names new Director of Sales and Marketing

Fairmont Orchid, a luxury resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island, welcomes Chris Sessions as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.

Chris Sessions

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris into our Fairmont Orchid ‘ohana (family),” said Fairmont Orchid General Manager, Charles Head.

“He brings with him a robust background in luxury sales, a deep desire to serve our community and a passion to ensure our guests continue to enjoy an exceptional experience when they visit our island home. This winning combination is poised to move our property forward to new heights.” 

Sessions brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as Director of Sales for luxury Pennsylvania resort Nemacolin, 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,” said Sessions.

“I’ve travelled the world and quickly discovered that Hawai‘i Island is a special destination. I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to call this place home.” 

Sessions will lead sales strategies, revenue management, conference services and brand partnerships for the 540-room destination.