Christof Luedi, Regional Vice President Accor Southern California, is pleased to announce the appointment of several key executives at Fairmont Century Plaza, the new $2.5 billion mixed-use redevelopment project in Century City, Los Angeles. Joining the hotel’s leadership team are Hotel Manager Antoine Winckler, Director of Catering & Conference Services Duane Mah, Director of Sales and Marketing Paul Sposare, Regional Director of Finance & Business Support Christine Mikkelsen, Regional Director of Human Resources Dana Sholl, Director of Rooms Juan Leonis, and Director of Residences Zuhair Ammar.
“Our executive team brings vast experience, critical leadership, and a deep appreciation of the hospitality industry to Fairmont Century Plaza,” says Luedi. “Each team member brings a unique skill set to the project, and they all have the end goal of enhancing the guest experience while driving profitability. They all will be instrumental in the opening and ongoing success of Fairmont Century Plaza.”
Winckler joins Fairmont Century Plaza with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including 16 years with Accor, Fairmont’s parent company. Most recently, Winckler served as Hotel Manager for Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
Mah brings with him 20 years of experience in hotel catering and convention services. Most recently, he was Executive Director of Catering at the Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globes. Prior to that, he served as Director of Events at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Sposare brings over 30 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in New York, Napa Valley, Seattle, and San Francisco. Prior to joining the Fairmont Century Plaza, Sposare was the Director of Sales & Marketing at Montage Beverly Hills.
As Regional Director, Finance & Business Support, Mikkelsen will be responsible for overseeing all accounting and financial activities of the hotel including IT, purchasing, and cost control. In this regional role, Christine will be overseeing responsibilities for finance in all Southern California properties. Mikkelsen joins Fairmont Century Plaza with almost 16 years of experience, most recently at Fairmont San Francisco where she held the same role.
Sholl brings over 25 years of Human Resources experience to the Regional Director of Human Resources position, having previously joined Accor as Director, Talent & Culture, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in July 2017.
Juan Leonis brings 10 years of hospitality experience to Fairmont Century Plaza having previously worked with the brand’s properties in New York, Sonoma, San Diego and San Francisco in various roles. Most recently, he served as Director of Rooms at Fairmont San Francisco. In his current role, Leonis will oversee operations including housekeeping, front office, and Fairmont Gold, a hotel within a hotel concept offering unique hotel experiences for Fairmont Gold guests.
Zuhair Ammar joins Fairmont Century Plaza as Director of Residences overseeing all operations for 63 branded Fairmont Condominiums. Zuhair has over 10 years of experience working in luxury hotels and is dedicated to five-star service and passionate about satisfying residents, guests, and associates. Most recently, Zuhair was the former Director of Residences at Montage Beverly Hills.