Fresco, Vaswani head Jewel hotels

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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CARLOS Fresco and Vishal Vaswani were both appointed as general managers with the Las Hotels and Resorts' Jamaican operations recently.

Fresco, who has been employed with the group since 2014, had been hotel manager for the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in Mexico, before he oversaw the opening of Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. He will now oversee, as general manager, the day-to-day operations of Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort.

A graduate of Cornell University in New York, USA, Fresco holds a degree in hotel management. He also holds a master's degree from Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra which focuses on all-inclusive properties. He is fluent in six languages.

Vaswani, on the other hand, is a holder of a bachelor's degree in professional management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA.

Like Fresco, the Jamaican Vaswani joined La Playa Hotels and Resorts in 2014, as director of rooms for Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, and rose to the position of hotel manager of the same property. Prior to that, he held managerial positions at AAA five diamond and five star hotels and resorts throughout Jamaica.

He will now be the general manager of Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

Both Fresco and Vaswani, in their new roles, will be tasked with “optimising operations at each resort and further enhancing service quality and guest relations”, according to a release posted by

“Vishal and Carlos have excelled in their leadership roles to date and have demonstrated a superior ability to oversee the operations, budget and business development of our high-end resorts while motivating teams to deliver the highest levels of guest satisfaction. We are confident that their experience and skills will play a crucial role in strengthening the already stellar reputation of the Jewel brand in Jamaica,” stated Playa's Chief Operating Officer Alex Stadlin.

The promotion of Fresco and Vaswani follows those of Barbara Burton to general manager of Jewel Paradise Cove, Karlene Ritchie as rooms division director at Jewel Runaway Bay, and Maygon Allen as financial controller of Jewel Paradise Cove and Jewel Runaway Bay.

Lomas switches to Digicel

Digicel on Thursday, December 6, named David Lomas the new group chief financial officer (CFO) in a press release.

He brings “significant international experience at the Board level in leading global FTSE 100 and private equity-owned businesses across a wide range of sectors including telecoms, technology, media, outsourcing and professional services”, according to the release.

“David brings with him strong operational expertise from both inside and outside the finance function. This is coupled with a strategic perspective having led several merger and acquisition transactions and initiating and managing transformational change and continuous improvement programmes in a global business environment,” it continues.

Lomas is transferring his skills from Spire Healthcare Group PLC, where he was employed in a similar role. Before that he worked with the Netherlands-based Elsevier — part of RELX PLC Group — again as CFO, where he spent nine years. He has also garnered experience in a variety of senior financial, operational and commercial position from his time at BT in the United Kingdom.

In response to the appointment, Lomas commented: With Digicel well advanced in its global transformation programme, it's an exciting time to be joining the company. With so many opportunities for Digicel, I am looking forward to working with the team to ensure our customers benefit from the digital future we can deliver them.”

Heron leads marketing at Jampro

It's almost been a month since he started in his position as vice-president of marketing at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro), Gabriel Heron told the Jamaica Observer of his recent move.

The new vice-president joined Jampro after leaving Jamaica National Group, where he was first group marketing and brand manager and then business development manager for subsidiary JN Money Services Ltd, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Heron also has international experience, having worked in the United Kingdom with Pedalo as marketing manager and iGlobalWellness StayActive Challenge as UK market operations manager. Prior to those stints, from 2001 to 2004 he was a supervisor and quality analyst at spirit manufacturer and distributor J Wray & Nephew Limited, and from 2004 to 2006, medical sales representative for Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd — a pharmaceutical company headquartered in India with operations in Jamaica.

Certified just this year in digital marketing, Heron holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He then proceeded to earn a Diploma in Management Studies from University College of the Caribbean (now University of the Commonwealth Caribbean), after which he pursued and became a holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brunel University in London, UK.

Heron has served as director of aquatics for Special Olympics Jamaica since 2004.

Tulloch steps up at JSE

Andrae Tulloch last month assumed the role as chief regulatory officer at the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), a position for which he has deputised since 2010, according to a notice on that company's website.

In his new role Tulloch will be responsible for ensuring that the regulatory and compliance interests of the JSE are aligned to its rule book.

The JSE states that as deputy chief regulatory officer, Tulloch recorded improvements in 11 of its 14 indicators in 2017 under his stewardship of the Regulatory Marketing Oversight Division.

The new regulatory head holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a candidate for Association of Certified Chartered Accountants membership.

Tulloch's experience spans ten years in the financial sector; as well as in the Ministry of Justice as an accountant involved in the investigation and administration of bankrupt estates and companies in liquidation.

Dunkley moves to Mayberry

Mayberry Investments Limited (MIL), through an advisory on the JSE website, announced the appointment of Adrian Dunkley to the post of vice-president of compliance & risk effective November 5, 2018.

Dunkley has previousl worked as a data scientist, chief information officer and as team leader for artificial intelligence development at Jozu Analytics; and head of data science at Blue Dot Data Intelligence, according to his LinkedIn profile

His financial experience includes leading risk and compliance activities at Development Bank of Jamaica.

In addition to an MBA (Distinction) in Enterprise Risk Management from UWI, he also holds a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the same institution. He has also earned an artificial intelligence nanodegree from Udacity.

— Josimar Scott

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