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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.