Quick Takes – Hospitality industry personnel roundup

by | Mar 21, 2019 | News

Get caught up with recent promotions and appointments in the world of hospitality.

RCI Exchanges appoints Olivier Chavy as president

Wyndham Destinations has announced the appointment of Olivier Chavy as the president of RCI Exchanges, a global leader in vacation exchange.

As president, Chavy will be responsible for the strategic direction, operation and growth of the network and travel services of RCI Exchanges, as well as overseeing brands including RCI Hospitality, The Registry Collection, DAE Global and Love Home Swap.

Chavy has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and most recently held the position of CEO of Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, which saw its portfolio grow more than 40% under his direction.

Michael D. Brown, president and CEO of Wyndham Destinations, said, “Olivier will strengthen RCI Exchanges with his dynamic leadership and his impressive depth of experience in hospitality operations and international business. His highly regarded capabilities will ignite our growth strategy and enhance the service provided to RCI members, affiliates and associates.”

Maike Menzel’s restaurant at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich receives Michelin Star

Maike Menzel

Congratulations are in order for Maike Menzel, the 29-year-old chef who heads up the kitchen at the Schwarzreiter restaurant in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, which has been awarded a Michelin Star.

This prestigious accolade also has the extra distinction of making Menzel the youngest Michelin Star chef in Germany.

Menzel knew from an early age that cooking was her vocation, and started in the Schwarzreiter kitchen in 2016, first as Chef de Partie, then Chef Tournant and Sous-Chef, before being appointed Executive Chef in August 2018, taking over from Michelin Star chef Anton Pozeg.

Menzel says, “This star means a lot to me and my team. Additionally, it is an honour to be the youngest chef receiving this recognition.”

Kevin Tatem appointed as first MD for STAAH in Southeast Asia

Kevin Tatem

Technology, sales and development veteran Kevin Tatem will be heading up STAAH’s operations in Southeast Asia in his role as the company’s first Managing Director in the region.

Based in Australia, Tatem will be responsible for growing STAAH’s business and continuing to foster innovation in the company’s platform.

The Southeast Asia market has already proved fruitful for STAAH, where it has established itself as a leader in the efficient delivery of technological services.

Tatem says, “I am delighted to join STAAH, a company I believe is ideally situated to respond to the technological challenges and give its partner properties time to focus on hospitality skills that enable excellent guest experiences. STAAH is well placed to capitalise on the growth opportunities presented by this region’s improving market. I have watched STAAH grow and evolve with great interest over the years and I am excited to join the management team that will take it to the next level of global success.”


Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in different parts of the world:


Bellagio by MGM Beijing 


Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman 


Movenpick Ho Chi Minh City 

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