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Fritz Smith has been appointed as executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB). He will oversee a total rebrand of the CPCB and its implementation on local, statewide, and national levels. Previously, Smith spent four years in senior roles at Visit Philadelphia, most recently as vice president of research and hotel initiatives.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has named Derek Sharp as managing director of CWT Meetings & Events. Sharp will be based in London and will serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Team. Previously, Sharp worked as senior vice president and managing director of Travelport’s Air Commerce line of business focusing on airline and rail distribution, as well as airline IT solutions.
Lotte New York Palace has appointed Brent Howard as director of the Towers accommodations, which occupy the hotel’s top 14 floors. Howard, who has nearly eight years of experience in luxury hospitality, will lead all aspects of the Towers, including management, guest experience, and day-to-day operations. Howard will also manage the private reception team and dedicated Les Clefs d’Or concierge team. He has been with Lotte New York Palace since 2015, when he started as assistant front office manager.
Heiko M. Stutzinger
Jaarbeurs/VNU Exhibitions has announced Heiko M. Stutzinger as managing director for the Asia Pacific region. He has more than a decade of experience in senior management positions in trade show business and management consulting. In his new role, Stutzinger will oversee the entire Asia Pacific region and will be responsible for setting the strategic direction as well as defining VNU’s growth strategy in the region.