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W Hotels Worldwide Appoints Katie Donald Director of Sales and Marketing
at the 225-room W Hoboken in New Jersey

New York, NY – January 3, 2012 – W Hotels Worldwide, the hotel category buster and industry innovator, is proud to announce the appointment of Katie Donald as Director of Sales and Marketing at W Hoboken, the luxurious waterfront landmark on the Hudson River. Katie joins the 225-room property with over 13 years of hospitality, management and marketing experience at hotels worldwide.
 
In her new role at W Hoboken, Katie will be responsible for all Sales and Marketing initiatives of the hotel while also providing leadership on the day-to-day operations of the Sales and Marketing team while maintaining focus on the hotel’s strategic goals.
 
“I am thrilled to have joined the visionary team behind W Hoboken.  As the city’s first luxury hotel, W Hoboken has changed the landscape of hotel offerings in New Jersey and I look forward to helping drive the continued success of the property.”
 
Most recently, Katie served as the Director of Sales and Marketing within Starwood at The Westin Auckland in her native New Zealand. Prior to working with them, Katie held management positions at International hotels including L’Hotel Neuchatel in Switzerland, The Grosvenor House Hotel in London and The Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney as well as The New President Hotel, The Heritage Hotel and The Ascott Metropolis Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.
 
Realizing her passion for hotels, Katie graduated from IHTTI School of Hotel Management and from Australia’s Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School with an advanced diploma in Hotel Management & Tourism.

About W Hotels Worldwide®
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations. For more information, visit www.whotels.com.
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