Montage Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Todd Orlich as general manager of Montage Beverly Hills. This is a return for Orlich to the heart of Beverly Hills where he was on the pre-opening team as the hotel manager in 2007. In 2010, Orlich was named general manager for Montage Laguna Beach where he has led the team to noteworthy success.
Orlich will oversee all hotel operations at Montage’s urban flagship property. Additionally, Orlich will be actively involved in the Beverly Hills’ community, championing Montage’s Hearts of Montage program and Environmental Impact Committee. He has been similarly active in the Orange County community through the years, most recently serving on the boards of the Crystal Cove Alliance and Mission Hospital, as well as treasurer for the local Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Orlich earned a Bachelor’s degree in business communications and finance from the University of Arizona. Orlich started his hospitality career in leadership positions at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz. and The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage
Pradeep Raman joins the Montage team as Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage. Most recently he was the opening General Manager for Hampton’s first Luxury hotel, Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Fine Dining at Wynn Las Vegas and General Manager of The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills.
Previously, he worked at luxury brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in New York, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, St. Louis and with the Peninsula group in Chicago and Hong Kong.
Masato Kominami joins Montage Beverly Hills as Resident Manager. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the rooms division for the hotel, ensuring seamless service from all areas including: front desk, communications, reservations, concierge, valet parking, guest services, laundry, housekeeping, Paintbox and residential services.
Previously he was with The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, as Executive Assistant Manager and had a significant impact on overall revenues and operating expenses. His previous experience includes roles as Director of Rooms at Conrad Miami, Director of Rooms at Regent South Beach and in the Rooms Division at Four Seasons Chicago and The Peninsula Chicago.
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.
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.
Try it and refine it. That’s the philosophy of Executive Chef Gabriel Ask, who keeps his menus as fresh as the ingredients he handpicks at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.
Since joining Montage Beverly Hills in 2011, Chef Ask’s innovative spirit has guided the creation of £10 — named Best Bar in the World by Virtuoso Travel Week — and brought new passion and artistry to Parq Bar, The Rooftop Grill, special events, private dining, catering and conference services and banquets.
Chef Ask’s appetite for change leads to seasonally inspired menus that offer everything from Vietnamese Bánh Mi Sandwiches to Toast Skagen, a traditional Swedish appetizer. Raised in Sweden, Chef Ask admits to a soft spot for dishes his grandmother taught him, such as Brun Kal (Brown Cabbage) made with maple syrup and sweet, late summer apples, and Rod Kal (Red Cabbage) braised with bay leaves, wine, red beets and mustard seeds. Both dishes are often slow-cooked with Swedish sausages and ham.
After learning the basics of cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen, Chef Ask launched his culinary career working for award-winning chef Thomas Keller at the famed French Laundry, and further honed his skills under the tutelage of other prestigious chefs, including 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 being with his wife and son, skiing, golfing, traveling, and cooking with friends.
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.
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.
Director of Learning
Jaclyn Groendyke has joined the Montage family as Director of Learning. Here she will be responsible for the execution of Montage’s learning and development programs and initiatives. She began her hospitality career at the St. Regis Monarch Beach as Human Resources Manager. From there she went on to become Director of Front Office and a Service Culture Trainer for the St. Regis brand.
As an instructor within the School of Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism at Orange Coast College, she facilitates a class that prepares students for placement in the hospitality industry using American Hotel & Lodging Association standards.
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.