Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York Announces New Hires

Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York has appointed Gilles Stellardo as general manager and Victoria Menechella as director of marketing and communications. The pair will become the first to assume their respective positions ahead of the property’s opening this summer. Both Stellardo and Menechella bring years of hospitality experience to Groupe Barrière.

Born in Nice, France, Stellardo was immersed into the hospitality industry from a young age. His grandparents were in the restaurant business and his parents owned five hotels across Nice, Menton and Lyon. In addition, his great grandfather’s brother was the co-owner of Fouquet’s Brasserie in Champs-Élysées. After a successful career as a classical ballet dancer, Stellardo began his hospitality career in 1993. Through many years of experience in hotels across Europe, Stellardo gained expertise in the luxury hotel industry, most recently working as the managing director for the Mercer Hotel in New York.

Stellardo will lead the operations at Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s New York, bringing three decades of experience to the property’s opening team. Before joining Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York, Stellardo helped open luxury hotels in Nice, Cannes, Rome and New York. Spending time in both New York and France, Stellardo brings crucial knowledge to property, as the hotel looks to blend both cultures seamlessly.

Victoria Menechella
Victoria Menechella (Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York)

Menechella has over eight years of hospitality experience. In 2017, she joined The Mark Hotel as marketing manager, eventually becoming director of marketing in 2019. She also oversaw the launch of the property’s e-gift shop “Le Shop.” After four years with The Mark Hotel, Menechella joined The Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York as director of marketing of the opening team in 2021, a position she held until she joined Groupe Barrière.

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