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Ms. Donahue

Kieran Donahue

Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, DoubleTree by Hilton

As Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for DoubleTree by Hilton, Kieran Donahue is responsible for the development of long term global market share growth strategies and overall brand marketing initiatives. She focuses on enhancing owner return on investment by further leveraging the resources of the Hilton Worldwide enterprise and developing tools and resources that hotels can implement in-market, ensuring the brand is well-positioned for the rapid global growth it continues to enjoy. A Hilton Team Member for 11 years, Ms. Donahue held a series of positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in her role as Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. In that role, she developed and led an international, multi-faceted and cross-cultural marketing strategy that substantially increased that brand's reputation and profitability. Ms. Donahue was also responsible for creating enduring and award-winning entertainment partnerships with the film "Up in the Air," popular TV series "Hawaii Five-0," the GRAMMY Awards and the Tribeca Film Festival. During her tenure with Hilton, she played a key role in marketing the company's highly successful loyalty program, Hilton HHonors, where responsibilities included oversight of the Visa co-brand card and global airline partners. A featured speaker on marketing and branding at several conferences, including Variety TV & Film Summit, Ms. Donahue has also written for such well-regarded publications as The Journal of Brand Strategy and Innovation. Ms. Donahue began her career working for Tricots St. Raphael, a prominent New York City men's fashion designer. She went on to develop an innovative partnership and sponsorship platform for MAGIC, the fashion industry's most influential convention event.

Ms. Donahue can be contacted at 703-883-5799 or kieran.donahue@hilton.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.