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Professional Convention Management Association

March 17 2015

People On The Move


Andrea Irani

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has named the MCI Group’s Andrea Irani as the new Managing Director of HSMAI United Arab Emirates (UAE). Irani has more than 25 years of experience in hospitality, media events planning and conference management, and, through her role as Account Manager for MCI Middle East’s Association Management and Consultancy division, has access to the latest global practices in association growth strategies and product development.

Luis Palacios Larrañaga

The Los Cabos Tourism Board is bringing in an executive with formidable experience as its new commercial director-chief commercial officer, naming Luis Palacios Larrañaga to the position. He replaces Eduardo Segura. 

Justin Ely

Justin Ely was named director of sales at La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Most recently, Ely was director of group sales at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

David Pulford

Fern announced that David Pulford, a 25-year veteran of the live event industry, has joined its staff as General Manager of the Kansas City branch.

Cataline Green

The Resort at Pedregal appointed Cataline Green director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Green was director of sales and marketing at The Standard, Downtown LA.

Sam McDiarmid

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts named Sam McDiarmid director of business development, agency sales. Previously, McDiarmid was travel industry sales manager at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Linly Heng

Linly Heng has been appointed director of sales & marketing for Le Royal Méridien Shanghai and Starwood‘s area director of sales & marketing for east China, with responsibility for 40 hotels.

Maridol Ortiz-Perez

Occidental Hotels & Resorts appointed Maridol Ortiz-Perez director of group sales, meeting and incentives for the U.S. Most recently, Ortiz-Perez was director of group sales at Casa de Campo.