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(2/3/2009) The following Bali hotels have recently made key appointments to their management team.
Douglas Ariza-Giammaria, Hotel Manager, The Laguna Resort & Spa
The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali have appointed Douglas Ariza-Giammaria as Hotel Manager effective December 15, 2008. Douglas arrives at his new post in Bali after spending two and a half years as Director of Rooms for The Regent Singapore, part of the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Group.
A veteran hotelier, he began his hotel career in 1995 working in banqueting division of the UH Hilton in Houston, Texas. While working with Starwood, he held senior roles in rooms, revenue management, food and beverage, and the sales and marketing divisions. Along the way he has worked in a wide range of cultural settings including the St. Regis Houston of North America, The Hotel Grande Bretagne in Greece, The Great Wall Sheraton, Beijing-China and The Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel.
Holding a Bachelor's Degree from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston,, Douglas also pursued a Master's Degree in Hospitality Management at the same institution. A hard working hotelier known for his hands-on management style, approachability and open communications, Douglas speaks Spanish, English, Greek and Italian.
In his new Bali role as Hotel Manager, Douglas has overall responsibility for the security, housekeeping, front office and recreation departments as well as the fitness centre and Laguna Spa. He will report directly to David Cuddon, the General Manager of The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali.
Yani Wongsowinoto – Director of Sales, Four Seasons Resorts Bali
Four Seasons Resorts Bali have announced the appointment of Yani Wongsowinoto as Director of Sales for their Bali Resorts in Jimbaran and Sayan.
Yani joins Four Seasons Bali from The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, and is well known to the island's hospitality industry via his earlier role as Director of Sales at The Legian Bali and its sister-hotel The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud.
Hailing from Surabaya, Yani graduated from the University of New South Wales and Billy Blue Hotel School in Sydney, before attending Institut Hotelier 'Cesar Ritz', Le Bouveret, Switzerland from where he obtained a diploma in Hotel Management. His first professional assignment was as Corporate Sales Executive at Malang's Regent's Park Hotel in East Java. He later moved to Bali, where he was employed as Sales & Marketing Manager at the Grand Mirage Resort at Tanjung Benoa. In 1997 he was appointed Sales Manager at The Legian Bali, and in 2002 promoted to Director of Sales responsible for both of the Island's GHM Resorts. In 2006 Yani was transferred by GHM to The Nam Hai, Hoi An, as a member of the pre-opening management team in the capacity of Director of Sales & Marketing.
Juan Pedro Lemes Duarte, Resident Manager, Melia Bali Villas & Spa
Meliá Bali Villas & Spa Resort have announced the appointment of Juan Pedro Lemes Duarte as Resident Manager.
Juan Pedro Duarte brings wide-ranging hospitality experience to Meliá Bali and a degree from Manchester Southern New Hampshire University (USA) in hotel management. He has worked as an Assistant Director Food & Beverage Sales Manager at the Morgan Run Club Resort in San Diego USA and with Barcelo Hotel Club as an Assistant Director and General Manager in their Spanish properties until 2008. He has also held positions with Hotel Siete Islas, Gran Meliá, Sol Meliá Vacation Club and Hotel Meliá Gorriones Salinas.
Aurora Brahami, Spa Director, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa have appointed Aurora Brahami as their new Spa Director.
A French national, Aurora Brahami brings an impressive background in spa and wellness management to the Nusa Dua Spa where she will oversee all spa treatments, masseuse training, guest consultations and day-to-day supervision of their extensive spa facility.
Prior to her Bali assignment, Aurora worked as the Spa Manager at the Spa Cinq Mondes in Le Méridien Barbarons.
Aswin Pranoto, Public Relations Manager. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa
Nikko Bali Resort & Spa have appointed Aswin Pranoto as the property's Public Relations Manager.
Aswin is a graduate of the Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bandung in Bali majoring Hotel Administration.
He began his career in the hospitality industry in 2002 as Assistant Manager at De Palma Hotel Ampang, Malaysia. Returning to Indonesia, he joined the pre-opening team of Harris Resort Kuta in 2004 working as Duty Manager and later as Front Office Manager before eventually being appointed to a public relations role.