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Ms. Donahue

Kieran Donahue

Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, DoubleTree by Hilton

As Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for DoubleTree by Hilton, Kieran Donahue is responsible for the development of long term global market share growth strategies and overall brand marketing initiatives. She focuses on enhancing owner return on investment by further leveraging the resources of the Hilton Worldwide enterprise and developing tools and resources that hotels can implement in-market, ensuring the brand is well-positioned for the rapid global growth it continues to enjoy. A Hilton Team Member for 11 years, Ms. Donahue held a series of positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in her role as Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. In that role, she developed and led an international, multi-faceted and cross-cultural marketing strategy that substantially increased that brand's reputation and profitability. Ms. Donahue was also responsible for creating enduring and award-winning entertainment partnerships with the film "Up in the Air," popular TV series "Hawaii Five-0," the GRAMMY Awards and the Tribeca Film Festival. During her tenure with Hilton, she played a key role in marketing the company's highly successful loyalty program, Hilton HHonors, where responsibilities included oversight of the Visa co-brand card and global airline partners. A featured speaker on marketing and branding at several conferences, including Variety TV & Film Summit, Ms. Donahue has also written for such well-regarded publications as The Journal of Brand Strategy and Innovation. Ms. Donahue began her career working for Tricots St. Raphael, a prominent New York City men's fashion designer. She went on to develop an innovative partnership and sponsorship platform for MAGIC, the fashion industry's most influential convention event.

Ms. Donahue can be contacted at 703-883-5799 or kieran.donahue@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.