The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort has
appointed the Executive Team that will spearhead the opening of
South China’s first St. Regis resort in November 2011.
The team is led by General Manager Sunny Heng and includes:
Matthias Y. Sutter, Hotel Manager; Mitsuru Itabashi, Director of
Food and Beverage; Tom Feng, Executive Assistant Manager in charge
of Human Resources; Richard Chan, Director of Finance; Andreas
Lorenz, Director of Kitchens; Anny Tan, Director of Sales and
Marketing; Cathy Li, Director of Rooms; Jean Wei, Director of
Revenue Management; and Daniel Zhou, Director of Engineering.
is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the region’s first St.
Regis resort,” said Mr. Sunny Heng. “The St. Regis
Sanya Yalong Bay Resort will redefine luxury for this resort area
and introduce the St. Regis signature white-gloved services and
amenities to discerning travelers from near and far.”
A veteran hotelier with more than 30 years experience,
Sunny Heng joins the St. Regis after
several years as Complex General Manager at The Westin Tianjin and
Sheraton Tianjin Hotel. Mr. Heng began with Starwood Hotels and
Resorts in 1991 as Director of Food and Beverage at the Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort. Born in Malaysia, Mr. Heng received his
degree in Business Management at Australia’s prestigious Bond
Supporting Mr. Heng will be Hotel
Manager Matthias Y. Sutter, who has years of experience
gained with luxury hotels such as the Peninsula Group and Hyatt
International (Park and Grand Hyatt). Mr. Sutter was most recently at The
Peninsula Tokyo and, before that, the Executive Assistant Manager
at the Capella in Singapore. He received a Master’s Degree
in Hotel Management from the prestigious Zürich Belvoirpark and a
Master’s Degree in Economics from the Lorange University of
Mitsuru Itabashi will serve as Director of
Food and Beverage. The Japanese national comes from a highly
regarded restaurant family with more than 100 years in the
business. Before joining the St. Regis team, Mr. Itabashi was
Director of Food and Beverage at Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen,
while, at the same time, providing direction for several Starwood
Food and Beverage projects including W Retreat & Spa Maldives,
Sheraton Tokyo Bay Hotel and Sheraton Incheon Hotel. Prior to
that, he helped open W Seoul-Walkerhill, the first W hotel in
Asia. He began his Starwood career as an assistant manager at The
Westin Stamford and The Westin Plaza Hotels Singapore before
moving to the InterContinental Singapore.
will serve as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Human
Resources. Mr. Feng was
as a member of the pre-opening team for Raffles Tianjin, where he
served as Director of Human Resources. Prior to that position, Mr. Feng held a variety of positions at the Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao
Hotel, accumulating rich experience in Food and Beverage
Operations and Human Resources.
Richard Chan will
serve as Director of Finance. He has more than two decades of
experience in finance in the hotel industry, most recently with
the five-star properties of Raffles, Hilton and IHG.
Andreas Lorenz will
be the Director of Kitchens. In this position he will be
responsible for menu design, food promotion and presentation as
well as food hygiene and food safety for The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay portfolio of restaurants. An important member of
Starwood’s culinary team, Chef Lorenz helped to open The Westin
Dublin, Europe’s first Westin, in addition to working in the
kitchen operations of other Starwood hotels in Munich and London.
where he ran the kitchen of Pascal Proyarts award winning One-O-One Restaurant. His love of travel and exploring
international cuisines led him to Guam, where he ran the kitchen
of The Westin Resort Guam as Executive Chef and Director of
Anny Tan will serve as Director of Sales
and Marketing. Her responsibilities will focus on all domestic and
international sales and marketing responsibilities, as well as
business development. She has an
impressive track record with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts group.
For the past 8 years, Anny worked in the Middle East.
Cathy Li has been appointed as the Director of
Rooms, and will be responsible for the pre-opening development of
the Rooms Department, Front Office, Housekeeping,
Concierge/Transportation, Guest Relations, Spa/Fitness Center,
Telecommunications and Business Center. A Starwood veteran, Ms. Li
has been a member of The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
pre-opening team since April 2011. Prior to this, Ms. Li
accumulated rich experience at the Westin Tianjin Hotel’s Rooms
Jean Wei will serve as the Director of Revenue Management.
The Taiwan national joins The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
from Sheraton and Westin hotels in Tianjin, where she was the
Complex Director, managing revenue systems. Ms. Wei launched her Starwood career as the Revenue Manager at Sheraton Xiamen Hotel,
before moving on to serve as the Director of Revenue Management
for The Westin Guangzhou. She received her degree in hospitality
management from the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne,
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