On the Move: Hard Rock International, AccorHotels, More

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business is tracking appointments. Hard Rock International, AccorHotels, Choice Hotels and Dream Hotel Group have appointed new executives. Here are the details:

Hard Rock Appoints New President of Hard Rock Japan
Hard Rock has appointed Ado Machida as its new president of Hard Rock Japan. He comes to Hard Rock Japan from Navigators Global LLC. As both the principal and director of issues and policy management, he advised Japanese and U.S. manufacturers, financial services, and tech firms looking to expand across the Pacific. Prior to Navigators Global, Machida was director of policy implementation for the Trump Transition effort. Additionally, he also served as chief domestic policy officer for former U.S. VP Cheney as well as serving in various leadership and advisory roles for Senator Bob Dole and his then presidential campaign. Machida has also held positions with Goldman Sachs & Co., both in New York and Tokyo, and also worked at the Boston Consulting Group based in Tokyo early in his career.

AccorHotels Appoints Emlyn Brown to Luxury Post
AccorHotels has appointed Emlyn Brown as VP of well-being for AccorHotels’ luxury & upper-upscale brands. He joins AccorHotels from Resense Spas S.A, where he most recently held the position of global design director and was responsible for managing corporate strategies, well-being concepts and related design services. Brown brings more than 20 years of international experience to this role, beginning his wellness career in 1996. Since then, Brown has held several progressive management positions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over his career, Brown has led group operations of several leading luxury spa and fitness operators. During his time at Resense Spas S.A, he also held the position of managing director of Asia, accountable for the management and growth of the portfolio in China and Southeast Asia. Prior to that, Brown was the director at GOGO Hospitality, and also held senior positions at Six Senses Resorts & Spas where he was the regional director for Europe and later the operations director for Asia. Prior to working within luxury hospitality, Brown held senior operating roles with Holmes Place Lifestyle clubs in Switzerland and Germany.

Choice Hotels Appoints Jeannie Lin as VP of Sales Strategy and Operations
Choice Hotels has appointed Jeannie Lin to lead the company’s newly formed sales strategy and operations department. She has been a member of Choice’s marketing and distribution team since 2009, most recently serving as VP of marketing and distribution strategy and operations. Prior to joining Choice, Lin held leadership positions related to marketing and business development at various technology companies, including VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, IBM and Verizon. Lin earned her bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and a master’s in business administration from the University of Virginia.

Dream Hotel Group Appoints Lynn Griffith as VP of Human Resources
Dream Hotel Group has appointed Lynn Griffith as VP of human resources. She has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as regional director of human resources at Journal Hotels. Griffith previously held leadership roles in the human resources departments of Two Roads Hospitality, Kimpton Hotels and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. She also has experience working at Hospitality Talent Scouts and the New York Palace.

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