Executive Team

Hermann Elger

General Manager

A second generation hotelier, Hermann Elger joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as General Manager of Montage Beverly Hills in October 2010. In this role, he oversees all operations of the hotel, which is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Beverly Hills.

Elger spent the last 18 years of his hospitality career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and has held positions at their properties in Aspen, Bali, Cancun, Washington D.C. and Miami. He also played a key role in opening properties in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Dubai, Philadelphia and Bachelor Gulch.

Most recently, Elger held the position of General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun in Mexico, a position he held since 2007. Considered The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company´s most acclaimed resort, it holds the distinction of being the world´s only AAA rated, triple Five Diamond Resort, having earned Five Diamonds for the hotel and both its Fantino and Club Grill Restaurants. During his time in Cancun, Mexico, he was named one of the 40 most influential leaders in Tourism by the magazine Lideres.

Elger is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Hotel Management.

Charles L. Black III

Director of Sales and Marketing

Charles L. Black III joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as Director of Sales & Marketing for Montage Beverly Hills in January 2011. In this role, he oversees all sales and marketing programming for Montage Beverly Hills.

Black brings more than 16 years of sales management experience within the luxury travel market to Montage Beverly Hills. Most recently, he served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Cap Juluca, where he played an instrumental role in repositioning the brand, increasing overall revenue and recapturing several industry accolades for the property.

Black’s tenure includes esteemed roles at several luxury properties throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. He previously served as Director of Marketing, Caribbean, for IMI, Luxury Real Estate Sales and Marketing, where he directed all real estate marketing initiatives for Fairmont Anguilla, Raffles St. Lucia and Raffles Tortola. Prior to that, Black spent over seven years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company driving sales and marketing efforts for their properties in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and New Orleans.

An active member of the travel and hospitality industry, Black has served on numerous tourism boards and is a current member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University and also attended Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

George Nickels

Director of Catering and Conference Services

George Nickels is the Director of Catering and Conference Services at Montage Beverly Hills. In this role, he will oversee all catering, conference services, and weddings; leading his talented team to even greater success.

Nickels was most recently with the SLS Beverly Hills as Director of Catering and Conference Services. Nickels began his hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, where he held a variety of positions before joining The Four Seasons in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Montage Beverly Hills, he also opened Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach as Director of Special Events.

James Proctor

Dining Director

James started at Montage Laguna Beach in June 2009 as The Loft General Manager.  During this time, James had a significant impact on restaurant revenues and operating expenses, running the highest profit margin in many years in a challenging economic environment.

Prior to Montage Laguna Beach, James came to us with an excellent background in the hospitality and food & beverage industry, including: Assistant General Manager at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdales, Assistant General Manager at the Pelican Grill at the Resort at Pelican Hill, and Restaurant Manager & Wine Director at Smitty’s Grill. 

Jane Lledo

Director of Human Resources

Jane Lledo is responsible for all matters pertaining to Montage Beverly Hills Associates, including overseeing and monitoring recruitment, compensation and benefit policies. She also ensures compliance with all applicable labor laws and provides direct and ongoing coaching and support to executive and management staff.

After five years as Director of Associate Relations at Montage Laguna Beach, Jane Lledo, joins Montage Beverly Hills as Director of Human Resources. In her role, Mrs. Lledo is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources Department and Human Resource needs of the entire Resort.  As a member of the Hotel’s Executive Committee she provides strategic and day-to-day human resources oversight and guidance. 

Mrs. Lledo joined Montage in October 2006. She has been instrumental in maintaining our values by teaching and mentoring managers, as well as caring for our Associates.  “For me, it’s all about developing relationships and being grateful for where I am today. My door will always be open. The more I serve, the happier I am!”

Prior to joining Montage, Mrs. Lledo worked as Director of Human Resources at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point and the Jonathan Club with oversight of both its Los Angeles and Santa Monica locations. She also worked for the Los Angeles School District in Elementary education teaching the third grade, as well as training teachers in literacy programs. Mrs. Lledo’s previous experiences include positions with Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner, and Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel as Concierge, Housekeeping Manager, and Training Manager.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Psychology minor from James Madison University, and received a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from University of San Francisco.

Mrs. Lledo resides in Playa del Rey, California with her husband.

Gabriel Ask

Executive Chef

Gabriel Ask joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as Executive Chef for Montage Beverly Hills in February 2011.

In this role, Chef Ask leads the culinary operations of Montage Beverly Hills, continuing the property’s commitment to creative dining experiences that feature a modern infusion of California’s finest seasonal ingredients and artisanal products. Chef Ask is responsible for the special events, private dining, catering and conference services, banquets, and the stunning rooftop restaurant, The Rooftop Grill, which features unparalleled views of the Hollywood Hills, at Montage Beverly Hills.  

Chef Ask began his culinary career working at the French Laundry and continued on to hone his skills under such other prestigious chefs as Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon. Most recently, Chef Ask served as Executive Sous Chef for The Resort at Pelican Hill. Prior to that, he was with the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

In his free time, Chef Ask enjoys spending time with his wife and infant son, skiing, golfing, traveling, and cooking with friends.

Nicole Weigand

Spa Director

Montage Beverly Hills announced that Nicole Weigand has been appointed to the role of Spa Director. In this role, she will oversee day-to-day operations, spa and fitness programming and development of a team of over 40 associates.

Prior to joining Montage Hotels & Resorts, Mrs. Weigand was Area Director of Spas for the Dorchester Collection. She oversaw spa operations at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. She was responsible for opening the Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie after the hotel had closed for a two year renovation.

Prior to becoming the Area Director of Spas, she was the Spa Director at The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie for six years.

Nicole’s passion for the beauty and wellness industry started at a young age. She attended MUD (Make-Up Designory), studying the Journeyman Program and Hair Design. This program consisted of makeup training in the following areas; Fashion & Beauty Makeup, Special Effects Makeup, Hairstyling and Airbrushing. After completion, she attended esthetic training at SVASC located in Simi Valley, California. Here she fell in love with esthetics and transitioned her career into Spa.

“Nicole brings with her a great amount of knowledge and expertise. We are delighted to welcome her to the Montage Beverly Hills family,” said Hermann Elger, General Manager of Montage Beverly Hills.

Saleem Ahmed

Director of Finance

Saleem Ahmed is responsible for the property’s financial statements, annual budgeting, monthly forecasting and overseeing the staff in the accounting, purchasing, and IT departments. His high regard for accuracy, timeliness and the use of technology has played a large role in his impeccable 26 years in the hospitality industry.

Most recently, Ahmed was Director of Finance at The Peninsula Chicago. Prior to this, he was with The Ritz Carlton Company as opening Director of Finance at Sharq Village & Spa in Qatar Doha and Director of Finance at The Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey. Earlier, he was Director of Financial Services at The Peaks at Telluride, and Controller at Loews Hotels in Santa Monica and the Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville. He started his accounting career with Hyatt Hotels.

Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, and educated in London, he also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at David Lipscomb University in Nashville and coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Wichita State University in Kansas.

Ed Krachie

Director of Engineering

Ed Krachie joined Montage Hotels & Resorts as Director of Engineering for Montage Beverly Hills in October 2012. In this role, Krachie leads the day-to-day engineering operations of Montage Beverly Hills, continuing the property’s commitment to its Gold LEED certification. Krachie is responsible for ensuring seamless and efficient functioning of all departments in both front and back-of-house to provide guests with a luxury experience at Montage Beverly Hills.

Krachie worked as Director of Engineering at the Wigwam Resort in Arizona and continued to hone his skills at the Westin at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Most recently, Krachie served as Director of Engineering for the W Hotel in Hollywood. Prior to that, he was with Verizon for over eight years.

Krachie enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading biographies, collecting wine, and perusing the occasional technical manual.

Frank Bowling


A native of Leeds, England, Frank Bowling’s hotel industry experience spans more than 40 years and two continents. Throughout his distinguished career, he has managed some of the world’s finest luxury properties.

He began in London at a small seven-room inn and worked his way up to the position of Assistant General Manager at the Connaught. He then crossed the Atlantic to establish himself for more than 19 years as one of Manhattan’s most respected general managers. He spent four years as Manager at the Mayfair Regent, five years at the famed Carlyle, five more at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and then returned for another five years back at the Carlyle.

In 2003, Bowling left New York to become international Ambassador for The Peninsula Beverly Hills. In 2008, Bowling joined Montage Beverly Hills, where he delights guests with his charismatic personality and professional style.