Fairmont announces personnel appointments

Fairmont has revealed several recent management and supervisory-level appointments at its properties worldwide.

The Fairmont San Jose appoints Carlo Nardi as general manager. Having held a series of general manager and director level positions within the travel and tourism industry, Nardi brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role. Most recently, he was the hotel’s director of operations.

Craig Reaume, who takes on the role of general manager, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Reaume began his hospitality career nearly twenty years ago working through several progressive positions that included reservations manager and front desk manager. In 2008, Reaume joined Fairmont in his most recent role as hotel manager at The Fairmont Royal York.

Christophe Piffaretti, who takes on the role of vice president, development, Europe for the brand’s parent Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI). Starting his career in operations, Piffaretti has spent most of his career in hotel real estate and development, gaining a broad expertise while working with major luxury hotel players around the world.

Rami Moukarzel, who has been appointed director, development, Europe, Middle East & Africa for FRHI. Moukarzel began his career in 2002 and held a variety of progressive hospitality positions in countries such as Lebanon, France and the United Arab Emirates. He takes on his new role from his most recent position as senior manager, development, Europe, Middle East & Africa.


Joining the kitchens at Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier is Alain Gobeil, who has been named executive chef. Gobeil has travelled the globe perfecting his trade, gaining both restaurant and hotel experience along the way. He takes on his new role from his most recent position as executive sous chef at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, where he was an important part of the hotel’s opening team.

Jacco Van Teeffelen, who joins the luxury hotel brand as director, food & beverage, The Savoy, a Fairmont managed hotel. Over the last two decades, Van Teeffelen has worked in a variety of luxury properties worldwide, serving in a number of food & beverage positions. He joins The Savoy from his most recent role as resort manager for an upscale property in the Maldives.

The Fairmont Dallas welcomes Valerie Cooper to the hotel as director, food & beverage. Cooper has held a variety of progressive positions within the food & beverage field and joins Fairmont from her most recent position as assistant director, food & beverage for the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Centre, Atlanta.

Steven Stefaniuk, who takes on the role of director, food & beverage, The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda. Stefaniuk heads to the pink sands of Bermuda from the white-capped mountains of Banff where he most recently held the role of director, food & beverage at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Eddy Tannous moves into the role of director of rooms at Fairmont Dubai. Since starting his hospitality career as a health club attendant, Tannous has held a series of progressive roles over the past decade. Tannous was most recently the hotel’s director, sales & marketing.

Sean Walwyn, who has been named area director, sales & marketing, Africa. Walywn brings a wealth of experience to this position, beginning his career in London, England as a management trainee and quickly progressed into various leadership positions at leading hotels around the globe. He joined Fairmont in 2008 in his most recent position as group director, sales & marketing, East Africa.