Kathleen Cochran, who has roots in Santa Barbara, has been appointed the new general manager of the Alisal Guest Ranch Resort & Spa in Solvang.
Cochran will oversee the 10,500-acre property that includes 73 guest cottages and suites, 50 miles of equestrian trails, two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 6,500-square-foot spa and fitness center, six tennis courts and a 100-acre spring-fed lake offering fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
Throughout her career in hospitality, Cochran has managed multiple high-end luxury hotels and resorts across the nation, most recently as the managing director at The Resort at Paws Up, an Alisal spokesman said.
Prior to her time at Paws Up, Cochran spent five years as the managing director at Bacara Resort.
She previously spent 24 years with Loews Hotels, serving as general manager of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort near San Diego and managing director of The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Cochran is taking the reins from David Lautensack, who recently retired after more than two decades as general manager of the resort.
She was named woman of the year by the Goleta Chamber of Commerce and top woman in business by Pacific Coast Business Times three years in a row.
Her work at Loews Coronado Bay Resort resulted in a number of management awards, including general manager of the year from the California Hotel & Lodging Association and a Workplace Excellence Award from the Society of Human Resource Management.
She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration General Manager program.