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Mr. Cordell

Phil Cordell

Global Head of New Brand Development, Hilton Worldwide

Phil Cordell is the Global Head of New Brand Development for Hilton Worldwide. In this role, he uses his extensive industry knowledge and deep strengths as an innovator and pioneer to successfully launch new brands for the company.

Prior to taking on his new role, Mr. Cordell served as the Global Head for Focused Service and Hampton Brand Management for Hilton Worldwide, the internationally recognized preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 4,600 hotels globally. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands. Mr. Cordell leads the focused service brand efforts, including Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, and the newest brand, Tru by Hilton.

Rising from general manager of a single Hampton hotel more than 30 years ago, Mr. Cordell is now responsible for all aspects of the brands including: strategy, global development, strategic brand positioning, product and service standards, marketing, public relations, brand culture, brand communications, hotel operations support, and franchise relations.

Mr. Cordell gained his franchising expertise early in his career when he helped to develop many of Hilton's franchise support systems including: the original quality assurance process, training programs, guest assistance functions and hotel field support. In his roles as Vice President of Franchise Operations and subsequently as Vice President of Hotel Performance Support, he worked across a number of Hilton's premier brands, including DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, and Homewood Suites by Hilton. During his tenure with Hampton, he has seen the brand grow to more than 2,000 properties, becoming the largest hotel brand in the United States.

An expert in branding, franchise management and customer service, Mr. Cordell has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Fox Business, and others; has received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership and for contributions to the hospitality industry; and is a frequent speaker and panelist on a wide variety of business and industry topics.

Please visit https://www.hilton.com/en/tempo/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-cordell-aa741945

Mr. Cordell can be contacted at +1 703-883-5802 or phil.cordell@hilton.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.