People on the move

Noble Investment Group has promoted three executives to SVP roles, while Accor, Mint House and Wharf Hotels have added personnel.

Noble Investment Group promotes three executives
Noble Investment Group has made leadership promotions across its investment, asset management and development teams as the firm continues the significant growth of its investment platform built across three decades.

“Over the past 12 months, Noble has committed over $400 million of equity in more than $1 billion of assets,” said Mit Shah, CEO, Noble. “We remain committed to investing in our next generation of leadership as we continue to expand the breadth of our investment strategies and enhance Noble’s position as the leader in select-service and extended-stay hospitality.”

Dustin Fisher has been promoted to SVP, investments. He joined Noble in 2008 and is responsible for leading the sourcing and execution of acquisition opportunities across the company’s institutional investment platforms.

Lisa Smith has been promoted to SVP, asset management. She joined Noble in 2003 and is responsible for leading the firm’s asset management team and overseeing a majority of its third-party hotel operating relationships and overall asset performance.

Judd Ledet has been promoted to SVP, development. He joined Noble in 2006 and is responsible for leading the firm’s pre-development process for hotel acquisitions, renovations and new developments, including due diligence, estimating and design.

Jennifer Erney returns to Accor in global sales position
Jennifer Erney has returned to Accor as executive director, global sales, meetings & incentives and industry relations.

“[Jennifer] will oversee Washington, DC, and Southeastern states,” said ​​Chris Ruane, VP, global sales, meetings & incentives, Accor. “In her new role, she will be advancing group business opportunities for our collection of brands around the globe and engaging with industry organizations to keep Accor top-of-mind in the business events strategist community.”

Prior to returning to Accor, she was regional VP, sales with Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) since 2017. Previously, Erney was global director, meetings & events for 10 years with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Prior to that, Erney held progressive roles with Kimpton Hotels & Resorts and Loews Hotels.

Mint House appoints Maryssa Miller as chief product officer
Maryssa Miller has joined Mint House’s executive team as chief product officer.

She joins the company from JetBlue Airways, where she served as head of digital and customer products, where she was responsible for all customer-facing digital products within the global company. As chief product officer, she will be responsible for leading Mint House’s product strategy and management.

“Maryssa brings multi-decade, extensive experience in digital and product leadership to Mint House,” said Will Lucas, founder/CEO, Mint House. “Hospitality is one of the least digitized industries in the economy, and Maryssa’s exceptional record building digital products and innovative experiences to delight consumers ideally positions Mint House to further extend its vast technology advantage over traditional hotels. Our recently closed Series B paves the way for Mint House to accelerate its product roadmap, and I know Maryssa’s expertise will have a tremendous impact as Mint House continues to rapidly scale.”

Thomas Salg named Wharf Hotels president
Wharf Hotels has appointed Thomas Salg as president. He previously served as VP, operations of the hotel management company for four years, and succeeds Dr. Jennifer Cronin, who returned to Australia after more than six years in the position.

His focus areas include pursuing the group’s growth through extending the Niccolo brand to new destinations. He will also steer the refresh of Marco Polo Hotels, which has grown to encompass 11 hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines.

He joined Marco Polo Hotels in 2013 and subsequently became general manager of the three Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong. In late 2017, he assumed the role of VP, operations at Wharf Hotels.