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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

1 Hotel Nashville Appoints Onal Kucuk General Manager

NASHVILLE, TENN.—1 Hotel Nashville, Nashville’s first mission-driven sustainable luxury hotel, announced the appointment of Onal Kucuk as General Manager. Kucuk will spearhead all operations and strategic goals for the property, and oversee the 178 guestrooms and 37 suites, as well as 1 Kitchen Nashville, Harriet’s Rooftop, Neighbors Café, and Bamford Wellness Spa. Most recently in the role of general manager at The Guild Hotel in San Diego, Kucuk brings extensive experience in luxury and lifestyle hotels. Previously, Kucuk spent several years with Hyatt, from Ventana Big Sur, a luxury coastal resort, to Thompson Chicago, a chic hotel in the Gold...

SH Hotels & Resorts Names Marco Selva Executive Vice President of Operations

MIAMI—SH Hotels & Resorts, a sustainable hotel brand management company that operates 1 Hotels, Treehouse Hotels & Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, announced the hiring of Marco Selva as Executive Vice President of Operations. In this role, he will lead all operations for the company’s current portfolio consisting of three brands and a current total of 12 properties. He will also oversee operations for the robust pipeline of soon-to-open hotels, with 10 new openings expected over the next three to five years. Selva will be responsible for financial performance across the SH Hotels portfolio and will work closely with the...

IHG Hotels & Resorts Names G.M. for Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park

DUBAI, U.A.E.—IHG Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of veteran hotelier Sayed Tayoun as General Manager of Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park. With more than twenty years’ experience in hospitality operations and commercial leadership in the region, Tayoun has been leading and inspiring teams across different IHG brands to excel in operational standards and achieve rooms, F&B, and other revenue streams at optimum profitability. He is a graduate with a BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, and an achiever in online career enhancement programs from Cornell University and Harvard Business School. His career in IHG...

Accor Pacific Appoints David Young as Chief Sustainability Officer

SINGAPORE—Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand, announced the appointment of David Young to the role of Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of ESG for Accor Pacific. Young has extensive ESG, commercial and operational experience gained over many years from working in the travel industry in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the U.K. Prior to joining Accor, David worked with the oneworld alliance as Global Program Director Sustainability and was previously the Executive Manager of Sustainability and ESG at the Qantas Group. Over the last 20 years David has held senior operating roles with Qantas as Executive Manager Commercial at Qantas...

The Beverly Hills Hotel & Hotel Bel-Air Appoint Curator of the Arts

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—James R. Hedges, IV has been appointed Curator of the Arts for The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air. In this position, he will oversee the art program across both hotels. With storied histories in the arts and cultural arenas, both The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air continue to offer guests the opportunity to discover art in an unexpected and intimate setting. In addition to seven planned exhibitions in 2023, Hedges will oversee a series of educational artist-focused events and will organize art experiences in partnership with local galleries and museums. As founder of Hedges Projects and with...

The Allison Inn & Spa Appoints Executive Chef, Jack Strong

WILLAMETTE VALLEY, ORE.—Oregon Wine Country’s award-winning, The Allison Inn & Spa, welcomes Jack Strong as Executive Chef. In this role, Chef Strong leads all culinary programs at the 85-room award-winning boutique resort, including the resort’s signature restaurant JORY. Oregon-born Chef Strong comes to The Allison Inn & Spa with over 30 years of culinary experience under his belt and most recently held the position as Executive Chef at the 453-room JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. During his tenure, he was awarded the coveted Culinary Excellence of the Americas by Marriott. Chef Strong previously held positions at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa where...

Innisfree Hotels Names Bethanne Edwards Director of Sustainability

GULF BREEZE, FLA.—Innisfree Hotels recently announced that environmental expert Bethanne Edwards has joined the company in a new role as Director of Sustainability. The position is part of Innisfree Hotels’ focused commitment to sustainability in 2023 and beyond. The company’s “triple bottom line” approach to business—considering People, Planet, and Prosperity with each decision and striving to strike a balance between all three—makes sustainability a key factor in supporting the communities that Innisfree serves. Edwards says her initial attention will go toward reducing the company’s carbon footprint—including efficient energy and water use and minimizing waste—as well as engaging employees, guests, and local...

Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Honored with Shatterproof Hospitality Hero Award

NORWALK, CONN.—Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S., recently honored Chris Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, with the Shatterproof Hospitality Hero Award. He is the fifth recipient to receive the award. Nassetta has been an integral voice on the issue of addiction in America, using his leadership in the industry to unite hospitality executives to take an active role in ending the addiction crisis. Senior executives across the hotel industry united during the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles to commend Nassetta on his accomplishments. More than 60 hospitality companies raised more...

PM Hotel Group Announces New Corporate Director, Sustainability & Energy

CHEVY CHASE, MD.—PM Hotel Group recently announced the appointment of Ryan Butler as Corporate Director | Sustainability + Energy. In his role, Butler will enhance the Group’s decade-long commitment to environmental sustainability and PM’s core value of Respect—for one another, guests, communities, and the planet. Butler will lead PM Hotel Group’s strategic sustainability initiatives and be the direct point of contact for internal and external stakeholder collaboration. PM Hotel Group’s sustainability team takes a forward-looking approach, vigorously implementing energy, water, and waste reduction programs as well as seeking opportunities to integrate renewable energy and green power into its portfolio of...

AHLA Names Anna Blue President of AHLA Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA), the singular voice representing every segment of the hotel industry, announced two leadership additions to the association and its charitable giving affiliate. Anna Blue has been named President of the AHLA Foundation and Jacqueline Policastro has been appointed Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “After a thorough search, we are proud to welcome Anna and Jacqueline to the Foundation and AHLA teams,” said AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers. “Their collective experience and fresh energy will only continue to build on the incredible work their respective teams have accomplished to increase visibility for the...