As part of our new Friday series, Hot Leads, where we will keep tabs of executive appointments and movements in the industry, we bring you several New York City hotels that are shaking up its management team.
The Dominick Hotel, located in SoHo, New York, has named Dant Hirsch as its new general manager. The 15-year industry vet joins the New York hotel after time with COMO Hotels & Resorts in Florida and Turks & Caicos. Hirsch has also worked for both Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis, opening hotels for each, and Faena Miami Beach, which earned a Forbes five-star rating in its first year.
The Knickerbocker Hotel has appointed Karim Abdelhamid as its new hotel manager. He began his career with the Plaza Hotel before holding executive roles in Egypt, Philadelphia and Qatar. Most recently, Abdelhamid served as resort manager of the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.
Sofia L. Vandaele, a 20-year hospitality veteran, returns to New York, to take over the role of general manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay after a four-year stint in Paris, where she held the same title at the four-star Hilton Paris Opera. Here, Vandaele led its multimillion-dollar renovation and reposition. Her previous New York experience includes time as the GM at several W hotels, including W New York - Downtown.