Ellen Thornton has been appointed director of catering sales for The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. She has 15 years of hospitality sales experience with expertise in the luxury sector.

She served most recently as director of North American sales for the HÙtel de Crillon in Paris, the HÙtel Martinez in Cannes, and the Palais de la MediterranÈe in Nice, a group of luxury hotels in France.

She was also director of sales for the Hotel Bel-Air from 2002 to 2004 and worked for the Huntington Hotel & Spa, Hotel Nikko Beverly Hills, and the Westwood Marquis Hotel and Gardens.

Thornton graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is an active member of the L.A. Junior League.