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Amanda Hyndman and Francesco Cefalú promoted to senior leadership roles at Mandarin Oriental

Hyndman appointed as Chief People Officer and Cefalu as Chief Development Officer effective 1 May 2023.

HONG KONG – Mandarin Oriental announce two senior leadership appointments. Amanda Hyndman, who joined the company in 2007, has been promoted to the position of Chief People Officer. Francesco Cefalú, who joined the company in 2016, has been promoted to the role of Chief Development Officer.

Amanda Hyndman is responsible for establishing, implementing, and evaluating global HR strategies for the Group. Her career spans over 30 years in the luxury hotel industry, and she has held several senior management roles in the UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Washington DC. Her impressive contribution to the success of the Group led to her appointment as Group Director of Quality & Rooms in 2020. In her new role as Chief People Officer, Amanda will oversee the development of Human Resources strategies that support the growth of the brand and colleague career development.

Francesco Cefalú, who joined the company as Regional Development Director for EMEA, has led the development strategy in EMEA, resulting in several successful agreements, including Lake Como, Muscat, Kuwait, Zurich, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and Cortina. In his new role as Chief Development Officer, Francesco will be responsible for overseeing the development of the Group’s pipeline of hotels and residences worldwide.

These appointments reflect the company’s commitment to promoting and nurturing talent from within its ranks.

“I am delighted to announce Amanda and Francesco’s promotions to their new roles. Both have made outstanding contributions to the success of the Group, and I am confident that they will continue to lead their teams with passion and dedication, helping us achieve our ambitious growth plans for the future.” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive.


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