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Wed, 13 March 2019

GM Appointments at Three Avani Hotels

Avani Hotels & Resorts has appointed Dennis Gordienko as GM of FCC Angkor - Managed by Avani, opening Q2 2019; Tyson Bae as Cluster GM of Avani Central Busan Hotel, opening mid-2019; and Naowarat Arunkong (Bee) as Cluster GM of the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok, also scheduled to open mid-2019.

Dennis Gordienko. Click to enlarge.

Dennis has international hospitality industry experience across Europe, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, and Asia. He joins Avani from Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul, Malaysia, where he held his first GM role.

Dennis began his career in hospitality in 2008 as a Restaurant Manager for Copthorne Tara Hotel in London, UK. He then moved to his native Ukraine in 2009 and worked with InterContinental Kyiv Hotel as Deputy Manager and then with Riviera Boutique Hotel Kyiv and Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv as Front Office Manager.

In 2013, Dennis joined Holiday Villa Bahrain where he led the pre-opening team as Operations Manager. He then joined Onyx Hospitality Group as EAM leading the pre-opening of Amari Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2015, he joined Anantara Hotels as Cluster Resident Manager at Anantara Maldives.

Tyson Bae. Click to enlarge.

Debuting in South Korea in mid-2019, Tyson Bae has been appointed as Cluster General Manager of the Avani Central Busan Hotel as well as Avani Busan Resort which is scheduled to open in 2020.

Tyson has two decades of hospitality experience, having started his career in Seoul before venturing to the USA, Singapore, and China. He was also the Chairman of Rooms Operations for the Shanghai Business Council, Marriott International, as well as Board Member of the Asia-Pacific Rooms Advisory Board for Marriott International Headquarters.

In 2012, Tyson led the pre-opening of the Marriott Hotel Pudong East, Shanghai, as the Director of Rooms Operations. He was then promoted to his first GM role at Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao in 2014.

Naowarat Arunkong. Click to enlarge.

Ms. Naowarat Arunkong (Bee) has been appointed Cluster General Manager of Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok, also overseeing the Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Center which is in Issan, a 60-minute flight from Bangkok.

No stranger to the company, Ms. Arunkong joined Minor Hotels in 1999 and worked at Bangkok Marriott until 2007, where she led the Rooms Division. She subsequently transferred to Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa at the companys request, and successfully undertook the roles of Director of Operations and Hotel Manager. She was promoted from Hotel Manager to her first General Manager role at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa in January 2011. Later that year, she moved to Anantara Hua Hin Resort as General Manager. Ms. Arunkong transferred to Bangkok in May 2013 to take on the role of General Manager at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel and Oaks Bangkok Sathorn. In 2016, with the opening of Avanis first property in Khon Kaen, she was appointed as Cluster GM, overseeing Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, Oaks Bangkok Sathorn, and Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre.

Avani currently operates 24 hotels and resorts in 15 countries, and has 15 new hotels in the pipeline.

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