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by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2012
Jennifer Fox 

President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Last November, Jennifer Fox was appointed president of Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a collection of luxury properties around the world that includes The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York City. She has more than 25 years of hospitality-related experience and came to Fairmont from the InterContinental Hotels Group, where she served as chief operating officer, managed operations, Continental Europe. She recently took some time to discuss her job with M&C.       

What's high on your current to-do list? We're dedicated to developing a larger global footprint by adding hotels in key gateway cities and attractive resort destinations. Much of our focus is on growth in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, but we're also looking at opportunities for expansion in North America such as Philadelphia, Denver, Houston and Miami.

What advice can you offer planners booking meetings and events with Fairmont? Take advantage of our colleagues' expertise. Our sales staff and catering managers can help organize incredible experiences that reflect the local culture, environment, cuisine and more, and we've developed an event technology concierge service to streamline high-tech meetings.

How do you feel as a woman in a business that is heavily dominated by men in the top ranks? It's been a non-issue for me. In this business I've found that you are judged daily on how you perform for the key constituents -- guests, colleagues and owners -- and not on your gender. But I do think that sometimes women hotel executives in particular might miss out on opportunities that will help them grow by not being willing to relocate and take on global opportunities, which will strengthen their background and skill-set and enable them to take on more senior roles.    

 

 


 

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Suppliers

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority recently appointed Christopher Baum to serve as the organization's new president and chief executive
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Stuart Chappell

 

The 250-room Cor­inthia Hotel St. George's Bay in St. Julian's, Malta, has named Stuart Chappell as general manager.

 

 

 


Mary Saunders De Hoyos

 

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Anne Dunlavy

 

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Kimberly Dunne­gan

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Dennis Geers

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Karen Howell

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Eric Pere has been named general manager of the 400-room Corinthia Hotel St. Peters­burg in Russia.

 

 

 

 

The 76-room Hotel Indigo–St. Petersburg (Fla.) Historic Downtown District has hired Nancy A. Rocker, CHA, as general manager.

At the 253-room Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Tucson, Ariz., David Serus has been named executive chef.

 

Amanda Toy

The Greater Lan­sing (Mich.) Con­vention and Visitors Bureau has hired Amanda Toy as sales manager, association sales.

 

 

 

Garry White

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