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EVENTBOOKINGS (IN THE USA)
What did you want to be when you grew up:
An All Black, but after several concussions
realised that probably wasn’t going to happen.
Your first job: Fixing potholes on the roads, and I
was absolutely hopeless at it.
Your first pay packet: The princely sum of
Your first break: Working on Lizard Island and
the manager told me I should learn how to use a
computer. That led to a fascination with
technology that hasn’t left me since!
Describe your current role: To guide the team
on achieving our next phase of growth.
The best part of your job: The team I work with
The worst: Even though I love to travel, being
away from family is always hard.
Who has inspired you: One of my closest
friends who is in a wheelchair and has been for
many years, yet still has an incredibly positive
outlook and enjoys life to the max.
Your best quality: My credibility and integrity.
Your worst quality: Trying to please everyone all
of the time. Your best achievement: Helping
multiple software companies achieve record
growth year on year. Where do you want to
be in 10 years’ time: Back on Lizard Island but
this time drinking cocktails on the beach!
Your likes about the MICE industries: This
industry is really all I’ve ever known (minus the
stint fixing pot-holes). I know it’s a cliché but the
people are what make this industry so special!
Your dislikes: People who don’t have an
emotional connection to the industry – there’s no
place for them here! (Joking - ok, maybe a bit
Pranathi Malempati has been appointed
director of catering and conventions at The
Langham Melbourne. Pranathi joins the team
following a successful year at the Stamford
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, GROUPS
THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE
Kane Rose has been appointed account
director, groups at The Langham Melbourne.
Kane returns to The Langham after working
in North America.
SANE EVENT GROUP
Kadifa Ridgeway has
been appointed marketing manager at the
Sane Event Group. After spending much of
her career specialising in MICE sales and
marketing in the hotel sector, Ms Ridgeway is
expected to bring a unique perspective to the
marketing of the event agency.
DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING
Pauline Battersby has been appointed
director of sales and marketing of the
Gambaro Hotel. Ms Battersby was previously
director of sales and marketing at Hotel Jen
by Shangr-La, Brisbane.
GM, SALES &
Dylan Rushbrook has
been promoted general manager of sales and
marketing of Heritage Hotels. Mr Rushbrook is
based in the Auckland corporate office and
will be leading the national sales and
marketing team activity for the group’s 19
DIRECTOR, GLOBAL SALES – LEISURE – AP
CARLSON REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP
Scott McConnell has been promoted director,
global sales – leisure, Asia Pacific – of the
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He will be
responsible for key account management and
the acquisition of new accounts, working in
tandem with the Asia Pacific commercial team.
Carolin Thievessen has been appointed
account director of Starwood Hotels &
Resort, based in Sydney. Ms Thievessen will
be responsible for maintaining, developing
and managing a portfolio of global accounts
in the meetings and incentives space.
Bridget Kroll has been appointed account
director for the global leisure and luxury sales
team for Starwood. Ms Kroll will be
representing Starwood’s luxury portfolio
including St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels
and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts.
Mike Garvey has been
manager of the Heritage Queenstown. Mr
Garvey joins Heritage from Wyndham Vacation
Resorts Asia Pacific where he has held a
management role for the past four years. He
has a wealth of hospitality experience with
more than 20 years in hotel management.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT –
CANBERRA CONVENTION BUREAU
Samantha Sefton has been appointed
director of business development – Sydney,
at the Canberra Convention Bureau, looking
after the key markets of New South Wales
and New Zealand. She brings more than 20
years of experience to the team. m
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