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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 June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.