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Ms. Taylor

Faith Taylor

Senior Vice President Global Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Wyndham Worldwide

Faith Taylor currently oversees Wyndham Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility program’s policies and strategies which include sustainability, philanthropy, wellness, diversity, human rights, ethics and responsible sourcing. The program is implemented across 40 hospitality brands, over 36, 000 employees and over 100, 000 locations in 100 countries. She has overseen the development of the company’s corporate policies, strategies, reporting and branding initiatives since she started the Wyndham Green program in 2006. Ms. Taylor is Chair of the Sustainability Working Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the USGBC of New Jersey. She is also a member of the International Tourism Partnership organizations where she has participated in setting industry standards like the Hotel Carbon Metric Initiative and policies. Wyndham is a recognized corporate leader working with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Obama Better Building Challenge in setting leading programs for the built environment. In 2014 the National Diversity Council named her “One of the Most Powerful Women in the Industry”. Under her leadership in 2014 Wyndham was ranked as one of the top 50 Greenest Companies in America by Newsweek and in 2014 was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as both World and North American leader in the Hotel, Resort and Cruise line sector and in 2014. CDP has recognized Wyndham as a leader in both performance and disclosure. In 2013, Wyndham Worldwide reduced its carbon emissions by 13% and water is down 16% globally and 25% of its $2.1 Billion supply chain has met the Wyndham Green criteria. Ms. Taylor has experience in P&L management, new business and product development as well as marketing and strategic planning. Ms. Taylor worked at Wyndham Hotel and Resorts where she was responsible for repositioning the brand through innovation and new product development programs. She also oversaw the repositioning, and marketing for the Ramada International brand. Ms. Taylor has worked at Avon Inc., Apple Computer and International Home Foods. She has an MBA from Wharton business school and a BA from Stanford University. She is married with two children. She was born in Japan and is of Asian and African American heritage.

Ms. Taylor can be contacted at 973-753-8613 or faith.taylor@wyn.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.