MGM Resorts Names President/CEO of CityCenter; More…

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—As the year draws to a close, some hotel executives will be taking on new roles in the industry. Here’s a look at executives on the move:

MGM Resorts Taps Steve Zanella to Helm CityCenter

MGM Resorts International named Steve Zanella as president/CEO of CityCenter, a mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres of the Las Vegas Strip. Zanella will oversee daily operations of Aria Resort and Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, providing strategic direction to both resorts. He will continue to provide oversight on corporate initiatives.

Zanella has more than 25 years of experience with MGM Resorts. Most recently, he served as president of Core Properties in Las Vegas, where he oversaw operations at Park MGM, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino, Excalibur Hotel & Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas. He played an instrumental role in the transformation of Park MGM’s brand and its array of new amenities. Zanella also helped lead the company’s newly formed Slot Strategy team.

Zanella will assume his new responsibilities effective Jan. 1, 2019, subject to completion of applicable licensing requirements.

HP Hotels Hires VP of Operations

HP Hotels has hired David Rosenberg to serve as VP of operations. In this position, Rosenberg will have responsibilities for day-­to-­day operational execution of HP Hotels’ growing portfolio of select-service and full-service assets.

Rosenberg has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. This includes time spent in senior management roles with Interstate Hotels & Resorts and Noble Investment Group. Most recently, Rosenberg was VP of operations for Winegardner & Hammons, where he was directly responsible for the company’s full­-service portfolio of Marriott-branded hotels.

Magnuson Worldwide Names Head of Marketing

Amanda Fox has been appointed as head of marketing for Magnuson Worldwide. Fox is an American ex-pat, who has enjoyed over a decade of working directly for and as a supplier to the hospitality, e-gaming and casino gaming industries across three countries before entering the travel sector 18 months ago.

Fox will be responsible for spearheading both consumer and business development campaigns for the global hotel chain as it continues its international expansion.

Rocketrip Appoints Kathleen Roberge as Chief Revenue Officer

Rocketrip, an employee engagement platform for reducing business travel spending, has tapped Kathleen Roberge as the company’s new chief revenue officer. The appointment aims to accelerate adoption of the Rocketrip platform by large enterprise clients.

Roberge joins Rocketrip from Aventri, where she served for five years as chief revenue officer. With more than 20 years of experience in sales leadership and go to market strategy, she will lead growing sales and marketing teams at Rocketrip and continue to help Rocketrip clients save money, improve workplace cultures, and reward employees for extraordinary behavior, according to the company.