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.


      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.

    • anton bawab

      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.


      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.

    • mary pierson

      Mary Pierson

      Chief Financial Officer

      Mary Pierson oversees the company's asset management group and both corporate and hotel finance and accounting, including financial reporting, cash management, investor relations, business planning, financial analysis and risk management. Working closely with operations executives, she is leading the company to standards of financial management and reporting on par with the leading publicly traded companies in the industry.


      Pierson has both CFO and CEO experience with retail and consumer products businesses, as well as an extensive background in private equity, investment banking, real estate investing and venture capital. In the last 25 years, in CEO-CFO roles she restructured two companies for GE Capital, served as Bristol Farms CFO for Oaktree Capital Management and was Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Additionally, she was a founding partner of a regional investment banking firm, Pennsylvania Merchant Group, and co-founder of Radnor Venture Partners, a Philadelphia-based venture capital fund.

      Pierson graduated from Wellesley College with a major in economics and holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. 

    • 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."


      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.


      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. 


      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.

    • 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. 


      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).

    • scott pusillo

      Scott Pusillo

      Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management

      With 15 years of hotel and travel industry experience, Scott Pusillo brings his extensive skills to Viceroy Hotel Group as the Vice President of Sales and Revenue Management. Scott’s responsibilities include overseeing a diverse team of senior-level sales and revenue management leaders focused on developing innovative commercial strategies, driving premium revenues, and achieving optimum profitability for Viceroy’s key stakeholders and ownership groups.


      Prior to joining Viceroy, Scott was the Corporate Director of Revenue Management & eCommerce for Crestline Hotels & Resorts based in Fairfax, VA, where he was closely aligned with the sales division to generate premium returns for a variety of institutional investors, ownership groups, and REITs.   Scott has also led the Revenue Management divisions at both Branded and Private Label hotels, including during his nine-years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

      Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Johnson & Wales University and a certificate in Hotel Revenue Management from Cornell University. Scott has also earned industry credentials, including a Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) designation through Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), where he holds memberships in both the Revenue Management and Travel Internet Marketing special interest groups. Scott has been invited to speak at industry events and in university settings, including the 2011 STR Hotel Data Conference, and for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

    • mary bennett

      Mary S. Bennett

      Vice President, E-Commerce

      Mary Bennett holds the role of Vice President for E-Commerce, overseeing e-commerce and digital marketing for Viceroy Hotel Group, and joined the company in 2010. Her responsibilities include directing all online commerce and digital activities, such as website and mobile development, search engine and email marketing, digital marketing, CRM and online data/analytics. Working closely with corporate and hotel executives, Bennett leads the company to ensure its digital strategy is sustainable, maximizes profits for shareholders and speaks to a global customer.


      Bennett's 15 years experience in digital includes seven years with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, where she established and led the e-commerce division and launched a multitude of sites for PC and mobile for hotels, restaurants, shopping/retail, as well as fully translated sites in Mandarin and Japanese.

      Bennett is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and universities, presenting topics such as digital marketing and e-commerce. She graduated with honors from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.

    • 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.


      “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.