Shou Sugi Ban House has appointed Chris Pulito as general manager of the wellness property. Pulito stepped into the newly created role last month, in advance of the Hamptons’ peak summer season.
With nearly three decades of hospitality experience, Pulito will be responsible for managing all day-to-day operations for the luxury wellness resort, including the culinary program designed by Michelin-starred chef Mads Refslund, besides the management of Shou Sugi Ban Spa, and two standalone luxury residences.
Pulito’s career in spa and hospitality spans key executive roles in operations, programming, spa and wellness and F&B, always with a focus on ensuring unique luxury experiences for guests, while employing his financial acumen to increase revenue. Prior to joining Shou Sugi Ban House, Pulito most recently served as the general manager of The Lake House on Canandaigua, and previously held that same title at Mirbeau Inn & Spa and Whiteface Lodge. He also served as spa director at the Four Seasons Hotel New York, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, and Topnotch Resort & Spa, over the years.
Separately, last month, co-founder Amy Cherry-Abitbol stepped back as CEO of Shou Sugi Ban House and sold her interest in the business back to her co-founding partner, Kathleen Kapnick.
Kapnick said, “I would like to acknowledge and thank Amy for bringing her vision for Shou Sugi Ban House to fruition and for the years of dedication and hard work that went into developing the property and the team. I wish her great success in her next venture.”