WHY IT IS VALUABLE: Preferred Travel Group, operator of several distinct travel and hospitality brands, has just appointed four new female executives to newly created and key leadership positions as part of its ongoing development strategy. – Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
Preferred Travel Group – the family-owned company that operates global travel and hospitality brands Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Beyond Green, Historic Hotels of America, Historic Hotels Worldwide, PTG Consulting and Beyond Green Travel – has announced three strategic appointments within its global and teams of regional leadership as part of its development strategy for portfolio growth and loyalty marketing: Stephanie Dowling steps into the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations; Gladys Camphuijsen is appointed as Vice President of Sales and New Business Development for Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa; and Jennifer Munro has been named Vice President of Loyalty. The company also promoted Simone Mariote to Executive Vice President for South America from Vice President of Global Sales for Latin America. These appointments come at a time of significant development for Preferred Travel Group – which was recently rebranded from Preferred Hotel Group to strengthen its identity as a travel and hospitality company – and are designed to accelerate the growth of its family of brands .
“It is truly exciting to announce this series of key meetings as new opportunities continue to materialize across all segments of travel,” said Cheryl Williams, Chief Revenue Officer for Preferred Travel Group. “Our company has always embraced change and pursued growth, and these talented executives embody that spirit, bringing with them important expertise and fresh perspectives to further accelerate the development of our brands, cultivate loyalty among new audiences and existing and to bring income to our hotel. and destination customers. I am delighted to welcome their capable and thoughtful leadership to the Preferred Travel Group team.”
With more than 25 years of experience in brand management, public relations and marketing, Stephanie Dowling leads the communications efforts for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Beyond Green and PTG Consulting as Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Leveraging the collective talent and regionalized expertise of the company’s public relations, social media and corporate communications team, located across the United States, London, Beijing and Tokyo, to enhance the execution of communications strategies globally and expand the company’s customer base. Dowling began her career at NBC Nightly News, where she earned two Emmy Award nominations, before deciding to follow her passion for hospitality, which led to progressive senior public relations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii and Polynesia French and a term as Head of Marketing. and Deputy Director for the Arizona Office of Tourism. Most recently, Dowling led strategic communications, brand management and public relations for Black Hills Energy.
Focusing on new go-to-market objectives for Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Beyond Green, Amsterdam-based Gladys Camphuijsen has been appointed to the position of Regional Vice President, Sales and New Business Development, Europe, South Asia, East Middle, and Africa. In this role, Camphuijsen has strategic oversight of sales operations and new business development, which includes identifying tools and resources that support the company’s sales teams across these regions. Her extensive experience in hospitality management and proven track record in luxury sales, marketing and event management saw her profile rise at Lore Group where she served as Director of Sales and Events for Pulitzer Amsterdam before her promotion to Commercial Director for the group’s hotels in London, Amsterdam, and Washington DC Her previous experience includes senior sales and marketing roles for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the Netherlands.
Jennifer Munro is named Vice President of Global Loyalty for Preferred Travel Group and will lead strategy for I Prefer Hotel Rewards – the world’s largest loyalty program for independent hotels with over 4.5 million members globally. Munro is responsible for setting a vision for program evolution and leads all operations and delivery initiatives, including marketing, brand partnerships and program expansions to drive profitability across engagement channels. Munro joins the company with over 20 years of experience working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation where she held various global and divisional roles in loyalty operations, digital communications and marketing, including serving as the primary liaison to hoteliers for loyalty processes and performance and member leadership communications. During the Marriott-Starwood merger, she played a key role in the integration of Starwood’s preferred traveler program.
Additionally, Sao Paulo-based Simone Mariote, who has held various sales leadership roles at Preferred for more than 20 years, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, South America. In this newly created role, Simone leads the development and retention efforts in the region by expanding the presence of the company’s portfolio, in addition to domestic and international sales from South America.
For more information, visit preferredtravelgroup.com.
SOURCE: Preferred Travel Group press release.
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