Name: Bernard Agache
Position: General manager, Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel
First job: Restaurant dishwasher, France
Favorite pastimes: Tennis, walking
Bernard Agache has taken over as general manager of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He is a 20-year veteran of Westin Hotels who speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Seeing potential in Kahala
"My aim is to realize the full potential of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It is a tremendous property," Agache said.
He previously was managing director of the Westin Stamford and Westin Plaza in Singapore. The complex has 2,100 rooms, 12 restaurants and a convention center.
Agache also has worked as general manager of the Westin Bonaventure in Montreal; the Westin Hotel, Toronto; the Westin Maui, Hawaii; the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles and the Westin Singapore.
He is a graduate of the Hotel Management School in Toulouse, France who also holds diplomas in business and hotel management from Michigan State University.
By Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin