PEOPLE: Jan. 24 to Feb. 6, 2018

Phil Cordell has a new role at Hilton. Dorothy Easton joins go2HR as policy analyst. David Gabri retires from Associated Hotels of the World; Josh Lesnick part of succession plan.

>

go2HR, BC’s
tourism industry human resource association, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Dorothy Easton to the new position of Policy Analyst.

Easton will be providing research, analysis and
recommendations on key employment-related issues and policies affecting the BC
tourism labour market. Working closely with leaders in industry,
government, educators and other stakeholders, she will play a leadership role
in the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy.

She brings extensive policy analysis experience to the
role, including five years in a similar position with the Industry Training
Authority. Prior, Easton worked with the federal government on the
Operational Aboriginal Policy Team of the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency. She has a B.A. in Economics and a master’s degree in Public Policy from
Simon Fraser University in B.C.

Phil Cordell was recently appointed the global head of new brand development for Hilton. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the creation and development of new brands for the company. 

Cordell has been with Hilton for more than 30 years, rising from the general manager of a single Hampton hotel to global head for the focused service brand category, which includes Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Tru by Hilton. 

Cordell gained his franchising expertise early in his career when he helped to develop many of Hilton's franchise support systems including: the original quality assurance process, training programs, guest assistance functions and hotel field support. In his roles as vice-president of franchise operations and subsequently as vice-president of hotel performance support, Cordell worked across a number of Hilton's premier brands, including DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton. During his tenure with Hampton, he has seen the brand grow to more than 2,000 properties.

Despite a work schedule filled with extensive business travel, Cordell enjoys exploring new countries, cultures and meeting new people.

David Gabri, chairman of Associated Luxury Hotels and 45-year hospitality industry
veteran, announced he will retire effective March 1, 2018, yet will
remain actively involved with the company’s Board of Directors. Associated
Luxury Hotels is the parent company that owns and operates Associated Luxury
Hotels International (ALHI) and Worldhotels, which both specialize
in serving luxury and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world which
are either owned or operated as independent or are with an independent
hotel brand. 

As
part of the succession planning, Josh Lesnick became Associated Luxury
Hotels’ president and CEO in March 2017, and he continues to oversee and
advance all of the company’s business operations and subsidiaries worldwide.