Disney executive and longtime industry leader, Anne Hamilton, has accepted the role of Vice President, Global Travel for Disney Worldwide Shared Services. In this role, Anne will provide the essential operational and strategic leadership for the teams who serve the needs of Disney’s traveling Cast Members. Anne will also be responsible for the ongoing management of contracts with commercial and charter airlines, hotels, and transportation vendors.
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board of Directors appointed Lori Healey as CEO of the agency that oversees Chicago’s McCormick Place. Healey comes to MPEA from the Chicago-based investment and urban economic development firm Tur Partners LLC, where she served as CEO. She succeeds Jim Reilly, who announced previously that he would be stepping down in 2015.
Mike Waterman has been named president of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and executive vice-president of Houston First Corporation.
Harriet Porter and Colleen Cornett
Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau announced Harriet Porter, has been promoted to Vice President, Convention Sales and oversees convention and city-wide sales for the Anaheim Convention Center. Colleen Cornett, CMP, is moving into a new role as Director of Partnership Development. In addition to partnership development responsibilities, Colleen will continue to oversee Housing.
Edd Karlan was appointed director of sales and marketing at the Hilton West Palm Beach. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2016.
Yvette Edwards was appointed director of marketing at Loews Regency Hotel in New York.
Tradeshow Logic has hired industry veteran Chris Price as chief strategy officer. In this role, Chris will lead TL’s team of event strategists in developing and implementing new ways to grow shows and energize events.
Marshall Hotels & Resorts named Randy Griffin executive vice president of sales and marketing. Previously, Griffin was vice president of sales at Marriott International Global Sales Organization.
The New York Palace announces the appointment of two new professionals to its sales team. Jackie Kelley will join the iconic luxury hotel's team as entertainment sales manager, and Josephine Fontana joins as senior group sales manager.
Sheila Hession was named director of sales and marketing for the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.
Debanjan Kundu was appointed director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Most recently, Kundu was director of sales and marketing at Sheraton Bangalore.
Associated Luxury Hotels International appointed Amber Voelker regional director of sales for the west region. Most recently, Voelker was director of group sales at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California.
Jennifer Wasserman was appointed director of sales and marketing at The Highland Dallas.