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Rajeev Panjwani was appointed director of international development for Southeast Asia for Wyndham Hotel Group. The former director of development for Wyndham Worldwide subsidiary Group RCI, Panjwani is responsible for development of the Wyndham, Ramada, Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Super 8 brands in the region. Panjwani reports to Tom Monahan, the hotel group's newly appointed executive vice president of international development. Monahan joins Wyndham from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where he was SVP, acquisitions and development, Asia Pacific.

Hotel Equities named Deborah Parsons general manager of the Hampton Inn-Dalton (GA). Parsons has more than 12 years' experience in hospitality, starting at the 124-room hotel as customer service manager and breakfast hostess.

Amy Curtis-McIntyre was named senior vice president, brand communication for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. The former chief marketing officer for JetBlue Airways reports to Global Hyatt Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Tom O'Toole in her newly created position.

Gregory Habeeb was appointed senior director of business development for the Americas for WORLDHOTELS-the Americas. Habeeb reports to Tom Griffith, vice president of the group for independent and regional hotel properties.

Joining Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior hospitality investment analyst is Kenneth W.K. Kan. He assumes the newly created position from Grove International Partners, where he was vice president.

MGM Mirage promoted Joe Brunini to the newly created position of president, marketing-customer development. He was president of national marketing for the company.

Shane Skubis is the new regional director of franchise sales for southern California and Nevada for InterContinental Hotel Group. Also joining IHG, as regional director-midscale franchise sales & development for Florida is John H. Johnson. Most recently, he was SVP of franchise sales for Wyndham Worldwide.

National Hospitality Holdings appointed David A. Deskins as vice president of accounting and financial reporting. His experience includes financial positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and HEI Hotels and Resorts.

Adam Hamdy was named general manager of Dinah's Garden Hotel, a boutique property in Palo Alto, CA. The multilingual Hamdy has held executive positions in hospitality and f&b at properties in California, Nevada and Minnesota.

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