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Sapphire Culinary Group in Laguna Beach named Dieter Hissin its director of operations, a new position, the company said.

Hissin was previously general manager at the Balboa Bay Resort and the Island Hotel, both in Newport Beach.

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Sapphire was founded by Chef Azmin Ghahreman and now includes six units: event catering, corporate food delivery, school lunches, a retail location, restaurant consulting, and its flagship restaurant, Sapphire Laguna.

Hissin will aim at, “improving procedures, and developing innovative programs that support the company’s growth initiatives,” Sapphire said.