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    Our Leadership Team


    • Bill Walshe

      Bill Walshe

      Chief Executive Officer

      A 20-year veteran to the luxury hospitality industry, Bill provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective, bringing extensive senior management experience with leading international hospitality companies, including Jumeirah Group, The Doyle Collection and Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. As the CEO of the Doyle Collection, Bill lead the brand through its reinvention into a modern luxury urban hotel group that includes eleven hotels in the USA and Europe.

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      Prior to The Doyle Collection, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Dubai based Jumeirah Group at a time of tremendous growth for the international luxury hospitality group.

      Bill steps into this role at an exciting time of accelerating growth for Viceroy Hotel Group. Given our 2012 openings in New York, San Francisco and the Maldives, and our upcoming openings of Viceroy Istanbul and Viceroy Bodrum, Bill's international experience and recognition as a leader within the industry will enable him to lead the continued growth and development of Viceroy Hotel Group.

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      Anton Bawab

      Regional President

      Located in the Abu Dhabi office, Anton Bawab oversees the operations and the growth of Viceroy Hotel Group in the Middle East and European market. With over a decade in the industry, he has focused on strategy, business excellence and business development. Prior to joining Viceroy's executive management team, Bawab spent four years with Mubadala's Real Estate & Hospitality team.

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      Bawab started his career in the industry as a SixSigma Black Belt with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Frankfurt Germany, then in Warsaw. Bawab then transitioned to manage the online distribution for the company's properties in Northern Italy. Following that he joined GHRS as Director of Business Development, leading the growth of the company in Europe. He then spent a year at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai as director of business excellence.

      Bawab holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) degree in International Hospitality Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School, Les Roches in Switzerland. He also holds Master's of Business Administration degree from the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom.

    • brenda tscharner

      Brenda Tscharner

      Senior Vice President, Human Resources

      Brenda Tscharner joined Viceroy Hotel Group in 2001. Her responsibilities include developing benefits and compensation plans, implementing successful recruiting, retention and training plans, overseeing succession planning, handling colleague relations, ensuring consistency and compliance within the company's human resources practices, and helping establish Viceroy Hotel Group as an "Employer of Choice."

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      Tscharner brings an extensive level of luxury hospitality and human resources experience to the Executive Team. She spent the first 14 years of her career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. She was a Corporate Trainer for the Company while holding the role of Director of Human Resources.

      Tscharner holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed her sophomore year at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tscharner is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and also has participated in a number of leadership training programs through the Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla, California.

    • Mike Paneri

      Michael R. Paneri

      Senior Vice President, Hotel Development

      With 25 years of experience in premier resort, hotel, hospitality and leisure project development worldwide, Michael Paneri brings an invaluable skill set to the Viceroy Hotel Group team. A licensed architect and seasoned corporate executive, Paneri has been overseeing the design and construction of various Viceroy Hotel Group projects including initial site assessment/project feasibility, business development and operational luxury hotel management since he joined in 2005.

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      Most recently he headed his own firm, Michael Paneri Consulting, with projects including the renovation of New York's Plaza Hotel. Previously, Paneri was Vice President, Design & Construction for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. During his six-year tenure, he was a key member of the company's corporate leadership through a period of significant worldwide growth, and developed and administered Rosewood's luxury quality standards. Prior to Rosewood, Paneri was Director of the Board, Vice President and Senior Principal at Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo. During 14 years there, he managed some of WATG's largest resort, hotel, casino, retail and entertainment projects including The Venetian and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

      Paneri holds a BS in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and studied Land Development & Management at University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed architect in California, Nevada and New Jersey, and is NCARB certified.

    • joanne cox

      Joanne Cox

      Vice President of Global Risk Management and Compliance

      For the last few years, Joanne Cox has been a member of our Corporate Finance management team, leading our financial reporting, budgeting, and insurance disciplines. As Vice President of Global Risk Management and Compliance, Joanne oversees all financial and internal controls audits as well as Fire, Life, Safety, and Second Nature audits; manage all Viceroy insurance matters, including insurance procurement; and monitor compliance for all properties’ monthly financial reporting and quarterly balance sheet certifications. 

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      Prior to joining Viceroy, Cox spent three years as both the Controller of Corporate Accounting and Tax Credit Funds and the Real Estate Reporting Manager at The Alliant Company in Woodland Hills, California. She also worked as Asset Manager and Fund Controller at Trimont Real Estate Advisors in Atlanta, Georgia as well as five years at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

      Cox graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology, and is in the process of finishing a Masters of Business Administration in Finance which she started at Oglethorpe University's Graduate School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • Jeff Smith

      Jeff Smith

      Vice President, Hotel Finance and Accounting

      As a member of Viceroy’s Executive Committee, Jeff leads our portfolio’s team of Directors of Finance, overseeing hotel accounting and controls, system and team development, and operational finance.
       
      A recognized industry leader with more than 20 years of hospitality management and finance experience, Jeff’s most recent tenure was as Director of Finance and Business Support

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      for Intercontinental Hotels Group, where he was responsible for the financial oversight of 1,600 hotels in the Western Region and Mexico. Prior to that promotion, he served as IHG’s Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Americas Region.
       
      Jeff started his hospitality career with controller and general manager roles with Holiday Inn Hotels,  then joined Prime Hospitality as Regional Vice President of Operations and Tiburon Hospitality as Chief Financial Officer. Smith earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
    • Kristie Goshow

      Kristie Goshow

      Senior Vice President, Commercial

      With over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing, Kristie Goshow is among the thought leaders in her field. Recently appointed to serve as Senior Vice President, Commercial, for Viceroy Hotel Group, the role created expressly for Kristie enables her to display an impressive range of experience that includes intimate knowledge of the airline, hotel representation, agency and travel technology fields. 

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      Building on her entrepreneurial endeavors, including the launch of ‘Table4ME,’ the UAE’s first food and beverage distribution solution, Kristie then identified a challenging opportunity in the US as Vice President of Marketing for Sabre Hospitality Solutions; her purpose was clear - to imagine and then deliver the future of hospitality technology. Goshow excelled in senior roles at Jumeirah Group in the UAE, Le Méridien Hotels and Virgin Atlantic in the UK. A published author and regular speaker at industry conferences, seminars and events, Kristie previously served on the board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association (HEDNA), held a seat on the Travolution Advisory board and performed the role of secretary for a Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Chapter (HSMAI).

    • peter chambers

      Peter Chambers

      Vice President, Information Technology

      When Peter began his hotel career in London, England nearly 20 years ago, it was love at first sight. With ITT Sheraton / Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the early days Peter involved himself in as many aspects of his new passion as possible from Food & Beverage, Room Operations and Hotel Management before dedicating himself to project work, technology and hotel renovations / openings.

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      “I’m truly fortunate to blend hospitality and technology in my professional life so seamlessly,” says Peter. “This wonderful mixture of creativity, practicality, innovation and sheer fun provides me with the perfect balance and leaves me hungry for more every day.”

      After starting his hospitality journey in London and Europe, Peter relocated to Atlanta in 2001 to join the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where he managed the technical renovation and opening of countless luxury properties from Asia to South America and everywhere in between.

      It was at the end of this exciting period that he pursued his entrepreneurial spirit and co-founded Combest Hospitality. Immediately successfully, his new venture married technical, project and technology design skills with hotel owners and developers looking to solve difficult problems and build the hotels of the future. Peter continued to provide his unique skill set to the market with Olio Consulting until 2011 when he chose to return to the management side of the business. After a thrilling year with the largest ski company in the US (Vail Resorts) he joined Viceroy Hotel Group as Vice President of Technology. Today Peter drives the technology strategy for the company and contributes to the overall growth and direction of the business as a Corporate Executive Committee Member.

      During his career, Peter has planned, managed and executed over 100 luxury hotel openings across the world. His unique perspective comes from the experience he has gained on “both sides of the table” in addition to his passion and knowledge for the business that he adores.

    • Sagar Desai

      Sagar Desai

      Vice President, Acquisition and Development
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    • Hugh Templeman

      Hugh Templeman

      Regional Vice President of Operations
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