HP Hotels names new CIO; more people on the move

Positions across the hospitality industry continue to be filled, including a new chief investment officer for HP Hotels.

Jeff Burns joins HP Hotels as CIO
Full-service third-party hotel management company HP Hotels has named Jeff Burns as its chief investment officer.

In this role, he works closely with HP Hotels’ existing and prospective hotel property owners to assess their portfolios; investment opportunities; and the capital structure and market strategies for any given hotel property. He also advises investors who are new to the hospitality industry and work closely with HP Hotels’ executive leadership team and Advisory committee in forming strategic direction.

Burns has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as principal, acquisitions for JMI Reality, a private real estate investment and development company originally founded as an investment vehicle of the John J. Moores family.

He is also founding co-partner with Matt Comfort of Bullwhip Capital Partners LLC, an investment platform focused on the hospitality space. Prior to forming Bullwhip Capital Partners, he was a SVP for Behringer Harvard in Dallas, where he managed $650 million in hotel investments for a private REIT across multiple funds.

Archier promoted at Accor
Alexandre Archier has been promoted by Accor to the position of group SVP public affairs. He replaces Pierre Régent, who has held this position since the end of 2017.

Archier is responsible for Accor’s public affairs in France with the various European institutions and internationally. He is in charge of managing all of the group’s relations with the players and decision-makers in the public sphere, while maintaining a close relationship with the eight hubs of the Accor group. He is also responsible for the secretariat of the international strategy committee for the board of directors, with the support of Arthur Prévot, senior manager in the public affairs division.

He was previously the deputy director of institutional relations at Accor for more than two years. He began his professional career at Air France as a project manager in 2003. The following year, he moved to the U.S. and was appointed deputy director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest.

He returned to France in 2006 and joined the French Senate as a research officer in economic affairs before becoming a research and survey officer for the Government Information Service. A year later, he returned to the Senate and at the same time became a parliamentary assistant.

In 2010, he joined Arianespace, the French company in charge of marketing and operating the space launch systems developed by ArianeGroup, and held various positions such as delegate for institutional relations, manager of government affairs—financing and director of public affairs.

The Cornerstone Collective names Gravina senior interior designer
Joanne Gravina has been named senior interior designer with The Cornerstone Collective. In her new role, oversees all aspects of the company’s interior design projects, from conceptual designs through completion.

With more than 32 years of experience, Gravina has an established track record of effectively designing, process managing and providing procurement services for multiple hotels, resorts, restaurants and spas at virtually all service levels. Highlight projects from her portfolio include the Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel in the Doha, Qatar, hotel for the royal family of Qatar and Resort World Catskills hotel and casino in Monticello, NY.  Prior to joining The Cornerstone Collective, she owned and operated her own agency, Joanne Gravina Interior Design. Previously, she held similar senior interior designer positions with JCJ Architecture and J/Brice Design International.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide appoints Jonice Gray Tucker to board of directors
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation has appointed Jonice Gray Tucker to its board of directors.

She is a founding partner and governing board member of Buckley LLP, a law firm offering enforcement, litigation, compliance, regulatory and transactional services to financial services institutions and early stage and leading fintech and technology companies. The addition brings the number of Marriott Vacations Worldwide board members to 11.

Prior to her role with Buckley LLP, Tucker was an attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP. She began her legal career in 2000 as a law clerk to the Marvin J. Garbis, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland.