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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 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.