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The week in appointments: 20-24 August 2018

by Stuart Wood

Hill is on the ascent in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board of directors has selected Steve Hill as its next chief executive officer.

Hill will move into the new role on September 1, and will be the ninth CEO of LVCVA following the retirement of Rossi Ralenkotter.

Hill commented: “I am honoured the board of directors selected me as CEO of the LVCVA. The Authority is an integral part of the Southern Nevada economy.

I look forward to working with our tremendous team and our mission partners to innovate, improve access to and around the destination, and drive growth to keep Las Vegas the number one choice for business and leisure travellers alike.”

Three cheers for De Vere’s new director

De Vere Wokefield Estate has announced the appointment of Peter Sangster as venue director.

Sangster will be responsible for overseeing the final stages of the hotel’s £20m refurbishment, as well as the day to day running of both the M&E and leisure business for the estate.

Sangster has more than 20 years experience, and brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the luxury hotel marketplace. He previously served as general manager at Hilton Aberdeen, Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, and Thainstone House Hotel & Spa.

Sangster commented: “My previous work with De Vere has been nothing but rewarding, so to continue my journey at De Vere Wokefield Estate is very exciting. The renovation has created an incredible establishment that I am proud to be a part of.”

XSEM-plary work from four new hires

Leeds-based marketing and events agency XSEM has added to their growing team with four new hires.

Fresh faces to the organisation include Mike Hamilton as client services director, Natalie Antonopoulos as marketing manager, Nikki Symons as senior creative and Brooke Dawson as business development manager.

Dan Bardgett, managing director at XSEM, commented: “We’re heavily investing in our business development, marketing and creative teams in order to maintain our competitive advantage as we grow.

“We want to effectively communicate the strengths of our team from the very start of a new business relationship and our new hires are fundamental to this. Each new member has extensive experience and adds varied expertise to the business as we build our client offering.”

Travis eyes up success at Innovision

Innovision has strengthened its creative offering and strategic leadership team with the appointment of Jayne Travis as creative services director.

Travis, previously head of creative services at brands such as BrewDog and Virgin Media, will lead Innovision’s creative and content studio. She will work with client partners including Facebook, Workplace, the GREAT Britain Campaign, the Department for International Trade, Puma, BP and Red Bull to create effective, inclusive and award-winning experiences.

The appointment is part of Innovision’s continued growth, with the independent agency recently relocating from Regents Park to the iconic Battleship Building in Paddington.

Travis said of her new role: “This is an incredibly exciting time to join Innovision. I love that the agency after 21 years has the same undying passion to push creative boundaries and seamlessly deliver work that’s innovative and makes a positive difference.”


Lam takes on meaty new role at Street Feast

Social dining concept Street Feast has announced the appointment of a new group sales and events co-ordinator, due to an increase in demand for events.

Kim Lam will be responsible for growing revenue across Street Feast’s expanding portfolio of seven venues through the delivery of key events from enquiry to execution. She will work on building a new pipeline of clients, as well as assisting with the development of existing business using her creative and passionate approach to event sales.

On her new appointment, Lam said: “I’m extremely excited to continue growing within the Street Feast family, having learnt so much from them over the past three years. The company’s independent spirit and progressive ethos make it an inspiring and rewarding place to work and I’m excited for this new challenge.”

Can’t knock Russell’s hustle at Butlin’s

Butlin’s Conference & Events has appointed Cheryl Russell as head of conference & events to further bolster business development.

Cheryl joins the Butlin’s Conference & Events team with more than 30 years’ experience, most recently with the Principal Hotel Company where she was director of conference office development.

As head of conference & events, Russell will be tasked with developing the Butlin’s Conference & Events offering to the MICE market. Her role will be pivotal in further positioning Butlin’s as a trusted conference and events venue.

Russell comments: “I’m so excited to have joined the Conference & Events team at Butlin’s and I’m looking forward to getting started. With continued investment into each of our three resorts, including lots of exciting new developments and openings in the next year, it’s a fantastic time to be joining Butlin’s, so watch this space!

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