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Ms. Vaughan

Dianna Vaughan

Global Head & Senior Vice President, All Suites Brands by Hilton

Dianna Vaughan is the global head and senior vice president of the All Suites brands, Hilton's brand category encompassing Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.

In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction, performance and growth of the more than 1,000 properties that comprise the All Suites brands' footprint, which represent one of the largest portfolios of all-suites inventory in the world.

Most recently, Ms. Vaughan served as the global head and senior vice president of DoubleTree by Hilton. Additionally, Vaughan led the launch and brand strategy behind Hilton's two full-service collection brands: the award-winning Curio Collection by Hilton and newly-launched Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

A 20-year hospitality veteran, Ms. Vaughan has held several leadership positions with the company. At the hotel level, she served within many departments including food and beverage, finance, sales & marketing and general manager. Taking her on-property experience to the corporate level, she took on brand leadership positions, overseeing revenue management, Brand Performance Support, and marketing for the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites by Hilton brands.

Ms. Vaughan has also served in multi-brand leadership roles as vice president of marketing for Hilton's portfolio of brands as well as creating the global Hilton Honors marketing promotions team.

Ms. Vaughan has also worked with Hilton's CEO and CHRO to lead global culture initiatives, including the Diversity & Inclusion and Team Member Resource groups.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Ms. Vaughan can be contacted at +1 901-374-6427 or dianna.vaughan@hilton.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.