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Mr. Foster

H. Stuart Foster

Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Hilton

H. Stuart Foster is vice president, global brand marketing for Hilton's flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Mr. Foster oversees an integrated team that leads marketing, communications, digital, social media and customer relationship management across all four full service brands. Prior to his current role, Mr. Foster served as vice president, global brand marketing for Hilton's luxury and lifestyle brands. He was responsible for global positioning, strategy and marketing efforts for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, in addition to developing the consumer messaging and launch strategy for Canopy by Hilton. Under his leadership, Mr. Foster established integrated marketing strategies to support Waldorf Astoria Brand's experiential platforms including the Taste of Waldorf Astoria and Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences, both launched to celebrate the brand's storied connection to the luxury consumer's passion points. In addition, Mr. Foster innovated the role of a luxury hotel brand through Conrad's Stay Inspired platform which curates quintessential local experiences for travelers whose time is at a premium. Mr. Foster has an extensive background leading marketing work for some of the world's top brands including L'Oreal, and the Moet Hennessy portfolio of wines & spirits. During his tenure with Moët-Hennessy spanning New York, Tokyo and Paris, Mr. Foster used his rich marketing experience to provide leadership across multiple disciplines, including global brand management, sales and business development. Mr. Foster received his Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. He is fluent in English and French and proficient in Japanese. Mr. Foster is based at Hilton's worldwide headquarters in McLean, Va.

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

Mr. Foster can be contacted at 703-883-6587 or stuart.foster@hilton.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.