Hyatt names DE&I leader; more personnel moves

Hyatt has named a new SVP, global diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), while Ennismore, Evans Hotels and First Hospitality have also made personnel moves.

Hyatt promotes Tyronne Stoudemire to DE&I SVP
As part of its commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I), Hyatt has appointed Tyronne Stoudemire to SVP, global diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). In his elevated role, Stoudemire and his team will continue to execute Hyatt’s DE&I strategy, part of the company’s World of Care ESG platform. Stoudemire will continue to report to Malaika Myers, Hyatt’s chief human resources officer.

“Being part of Hyatt means always having a space to be you,” said Myers. “Since opening our doors 65 years ago, we’ve remained committed to creating inclusive environments where every colleague feels welcome, cared for and like they belong. We are passionate about DE&I and with Tyronne’s leadership, we are focusing our efforts in areas where we can truly make a difference, including driving meaningful change for our workforce, industry and communities—further supporting our vision for a world of understanding and care.”

Stoudemire joined Hyatt in 2014 as global VP of DE&I after leading diversity and inclusion efforts at other global companies. In June 2020, his team supported the introduction of Change Starts Here, Hyatt’s company-wide commitment to diversifying who the company employs, develops and advances; buys from and works with; and supports. As outlined in Hyatt’s 2021 DE&I report, this has resulted in increased levels of representation of people of color across Hyatt’s U.S. workforce. The focused commitment also resulted in bringing in more than 220 new Black suppliers in 2021.

“Witnessing the DE&I progress that Hyatt has made has been incredibly moving, and a testament to our leaders and colleagues doing the work necessary to get to where we are today,” said Stoudemire. “We still have a lot to accomplish in our DE&I journey, and I am excited to move forward while continuing to hold ourselves accountable for change.”

Ariel Freeman Sanett joins Ennismore
Ennismore has appointed Ariel Freeman Sanett to VP of development, Americas.

She joins Ennismore with nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, she served as VP of development at Dream Hotel Group, where she was responsible for developing the operator’s portfolio of brands, leveraging her relationships in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, Sanett has held senior leadership positions with Crescent Hotels & Resorts; Management Search Executive; HI Group; and Aries Hospitality Group.

Evans Hotels promotes Will Cherashore to CFO
Evans Hotels has named Will Cherashore, former GM of the Bahia Resort in San Diego, as its new CFO.

His responsibilities will encompass Evans Hotels’ financial reporting and compliance; recommending and implementing the company’s plans concerning capital investments and financing; and overseeing and providing financial analysis for operations and management.

Cherashore began his career at Evans Hotels in the marketing department and subsequently worked as a sales manager for The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. He then spent 10 years gaining significant hospitality real estate finance, asset management, redevelopment and operations experience. He was VP of finance for Kelly Slater Wave Company and its parent company, the World Surf League. Previously, Cherashore worked in hospitality redevelopment, participating in hotel acquisitions and dispositions totaling nearly $2 billion dollars, while also serving as the asset manager and owner’s representative of 11 domestic branded and independent luxury hotels totaling more than 3,750 rooms and generating annual revenues of more than $550 million.

He rejoined Evans Hotels in 2019 as VP, acquisitions & development. In 2020, he was named interim GM of the Bahia Resort.

First Hospitality names Stacey J. Brown chief human resources officer
First Hospitality has appointed Stacey J. Brown to the role of chief human resources officer. With nearly 25 years of expertise, she brings an extensive background in human resources, labor and employment law, legal advocacy and litigation, according to the company.

“Our company has a long-standing reputation for attracting, growing and retaining the industry’s best talent, and Stacey is no exception,” said David Duncan, president/CEO, First Hospitality. “Stacey’s leadership will be an integral part in strengthening and accelerating our commitment to our people, ensuring that First Hospitality continues to be a sought-after employer of choice that cultivates employee satisfaction.”

In her new role, Brown is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of the company’s associate strategy in support of the overall company business plan. Areas of focus include employee coaching and development; retention and recruitment; diversity, equity and inclusion; preemptive labor relationships efforts; and business partner counsel.

Prior to joining First Hospitality, she was the chief human resources officer for DB Schenker Americas, a global logistics provider and supply chain company with more than 11,000 employees in 24 countries. An experienced lawyer, Brown began her career in labor and employment litigation. After spending several years inside of courtrooms, she left law firm life to become in-house counsel and a human resources leader. Brown has held leadership positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The Albertson’s Companies (the parent company of Jewel-Osco, Safeway and other grocery chains) and Walgreens.