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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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.