NEW YORK—Dream Hotel Group has appointed Rika Lisslö as VP of development & acquisition and Katie Fontana as VP of communications, and Bridget Tran has been promoted to VP of ecommerce. In addition, Randy Taormina as has been appointed general manager of the Dream Midtown in Manhattan.
Rika Lisslö joined Dream Hotel Group in July and, as VP of development & acquisition, she is responsible for developing the company’s portfolio of brands, leveraging her extensive relationships in the U.S. and abroad. Lisslö has vast experience as a real estate executive with a proven track record of success in development, leasing, brokerage, capital markets, hospitality, retail and investments, according to the company. Lisslö also brings significant experience with and focus on mixed-use developments, combining skill sets in hospitality, retail, corporate affairs, food and beverage.
In May, Katie Fontana was enlisted to serve as VP of communications. Fontana is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of all public relations campaigns and activities on behalf of the company and its executive leadership team. Fontana came to Dream Hotel Group from Group SJR where she helped companies address marketing and business challenges through brand positioning, digital storytelling and audience development.
Dream Hotel Group also recently appointed Bridget Tran to VP of ecommerce in July. In this role, Tran will identify and introduce new digital marketing concepts across the group’s growing portfolio of brands. Tran brings 16 years of digital and marketing experience that includes Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, InterContinental Hotels and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.
“We are excited to elevate our corporate team with three strong and talented employees in key positions as we continue to grow our portfolio of brands worldwide,” said Jay Stein, CEO, Dream Hotel Group.
In addition, Dream Hotel Group appointed Randy Taormina as general manager of the Dream Midtown. Taormina is responsible for all day-to-day management and operations of the recently renovated Midtown Manhattan address, including oversight, recruitment and development of staff; the hotel’s annual budget; and ensuring guest satisfaction.
“With 15 years in the industry, Randy has his finger on the pulse of the Manhattan hotel scene and, equally important, the U.S. hotel market. Together, he is a great fit to lead and evolve the standout experience guests already enjoy at Dream Midtown,” said Stein.