Richard Evanich has been named general manager of Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Evanich, who will report to Area Vice President, Thomas J. Loughlin, will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the 188-room, award-winning hotel, which was rated the No. 1 hotel in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler in 2011. Evanich comes to Hilton Worldwide from Irvine Company Resort Properties, where he was managing director of Island Hotel Newport Beach. Before that, he spent seven years with Ritz-Carlton Hotels, where he held management roles at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, and Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. Evanich's early career included experience as director of food and beverage for the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. He held similar positions with the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, the Westin Cincinnati and the Westin Maui. He studied culinary arts in Italy, France and Scottsdale, Ariz., and has worked as an executive chef at resorts, including the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., the Maui Marriott Resort and the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
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