Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has named Jennifer Erney, CMP, CASE, as vice president of sales. Based in ALHI’s global sales office in Washington, D.C., Erney will assist meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists in the Mid-Atlantic region who are interested in holding events at any of ALHI’s 250-plus member hotels and resorts worldwide. Prior to joining ALHI, Erney was director of global accounts — meetings & events, for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, which is now part of AccorHotels.
Last week, Erney was named Supplier of the Year at the PCMA Education Foundation’s Visionary Awards, celebrating inspirational leaders in business events.
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that Richard Solomons has decided to retire from IHG and his role as CEO, with former head of Australasia and current chief commercial officer, Keith Barr, succeeding him. Solomons will step down as CEO on June 30 and retire from IHG on Aug. 30. Barr, who has spent 17 years at IHG, will take up his new position on July 1.
Federico Gonzalez-Tejera succeeds Wolfgang M. Neumann as president and CEO of Rezidor Hotel Group, headquartered in Brussels. He has resigned as global chief executive officer of Carlson Hotels Group. The Rezidor Hotel Group and Carlson Hotels Inc. also announced the creation of a global steering committee to provide strategic direction to both companies to leverage their partnership.
Aaron Ichiki and Kelsey Kitagawa
AEG Facilities, the management company of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), has promoted Aaron Ichiki to client services manager and hired Kelsey Kitagawa as sales manager, local sales. In his new role, Ichiki will be responsible for supporting the HCC sales team’s efforts and overseeing client services. He was most recently HCC’s senior event manager and has been with the center for more than 17 years. Kitagawa’s primary responsibility will be to help identify and secure business across the Hawaiian Islands for the center. Prior to joining HCC, she served as corporate group sales manager at the San Mateo Marriott.
Sue Tinnish, Ph.D., has joined Chicago-based strategic agency Minding Your Business as senior consultant/strategist. Tinnish was formerly the dean of the School of Hospitality Management at Kendall College.
Meeting Sites Resource (MSR), an Irvine, California–based strategic meetings solutions firm, has promoted Terri Woodin to the position of vice president of marketing and global meeting services. Woodin has been with MSR since 2012.
Deirdre Lewis and Julie Van’t Hul
The San Francisco Travel Association has promoted Deirdre Lewis to the position of senior director, convention services and events, and added Julie Van’t Hul as director, citywide accounts, to fill Lewis’ previous role. Lewis has been with San Francisco Travel since 2005, and steps into the new position now that Kathryn Horton — who was vice president, convention services and events — has retired. Van’t Hul joins San Francisco Travel from Choose Chicago, where she served as director of western regional sales.
The DMC Network announced the appointment of Aoife Delaney as director of marketing and sales. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Delaney is the first international/European team member to join DMC Network. She was most recently director of global sales for Ovation Global DMC, and is an active member of SITE, where she spent the past five years as a member of the International Board of Directors.
After three decades as the facility manager for Houston First’s George R. Brown Convention Center, David Osterhout will retire, effective April 28. Osterhout’s tenure at the center began when the facility had four exhibit halls totaling 450,000 square feet. Today, the building has 1.8 million square feet under one roof.