Alma Resort has elevated seasoned professionals Vu Thi Huong Giang and Rowie Villacencio to the highest realm of its management structure.
Giang and Rowie have stepped up as resort manager and director of administration respectively at the 30-hectare resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula.
Born and bred in nearby Nha Trang, Giang graduated from Nha Trang University with a major in food processing and started her career in 2004 as a waitress at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, where she steadily climbed the career ladder over a decade to become a food and beverage manager. She has also worked for Vinpearl Land and Mia Resort in Nha Trang, and was the food and beverage director at The Anam and then Alma. She was promoted to executive assistant manager of F&B last year.
In her new role, the resort’s executive chef, executive assistant manager of rooms, assistant director of F&B and the recreation manager report to her.
After Filipino national Rowie earned her undergraduate degree in accountancy and MBA at University of San Carlos in Cebu City, she started her hospitality career in 1999 as a service associate at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa and rose through the ranks to become the property’s director of human resources. She was also director of HR at Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay and later Alma.
In her role as director of administration, she will oversee the HR and finance departments.
Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said he has entrusted both women with huge amounts of responsibility amid the global pandemic and that they had excelled due to their remarkable leadership skills.
“Giang has an insatiable appetite to learn and an incredible ability to immediately change strategy in the face of adversity as she simultaneously looks after her team and contributes to the resort’s profitability,” he said. “Rowie is a profound multi-tasker and has been instrumental in establishing Alma’s DNA and all of the HR-related actions aligned with our strong workplace culture.”
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