Auberge Resorts Collection appoints Chris Gabaldon chief operating officer

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
15 March 2019 | Updated 15 March 2019

US: Auberge Resorts Collection has announced that Chris Gabaldon will join the company as chief operating officer in April.

In his new role, Chris will lead the corporate operational and human resources strategies for the company and work closely with the on-property teams and hotel owners of Auberge Resorts Collection's growing international portfolio.

Craig Reid, president & CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection, said: "With extensive leadership experience at prominent international hospitality brands, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to our Auberge family. His impressive track record in the luxury market, as an effective collaborator with a reputation for delivering results, will prove invaluable to the brand and each of the properties in the portfolio."

With nearly 30 years of experience in the global hospitality industry, Chris brings brand strategy, operations, and sales and marketing experience to his new role. Most recently, he served as the area vice president of Luxury Brands, America West, at Marriott International. There, he oversaw operations and opening activities for 37 hotels across the seven brands in the Marriott portfolio: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Edition, W Hotels, Luxury Collection, Bulgari, and Ritz-Carlton Reserve.  Chris previously served in leadership roles as chief sales and marketing officer globally for The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Edition and Bulgari Hotels and with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as area vice president, Western Region and Canada.

At Auberge Resorts, Chris' responsibilities will include corporate management of rooms, residential, food & beverage and spa operations, as well as recruitment and talent development for the company. He will work closely with Auberge's hotel owners and hotel operations.

Chris will be based in Washington D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and earned a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Chris remains involved with his alma mater, serving on the hospitality and sports and recreation management advisory board at James Madison University.  He previously served as a guest lecturer for the university and was a member on the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. Chris was inducted into the 20 Prominent Patriots for George Mason University in 2014 and is a past recipient of the Brand Genius Award by Adweek.

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