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NEW YORK, NY. October 17, 2017Conrad New York announced today the appointment of Marlene Poynder as General Manager. In her role, Marlene will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 463 all-suite luxury hotel located in the heart of lower Manhattan's vibrant and residential Battery Park City neighborhood. Poynder brings an impressive 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality fields to Conrad New York, having managed luxury hotels in Australia, Asia and the U.S. Most recently, Poynder served as the general manager at Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

“It is an exciting time to be appointed General Manager at Conrad New York given the recent renaissance and redevelopment of lower Manhattan,” said Poynder. “I am thrilled for this next adventure in my career and having the chance to work with such a dynamic team in the thriving downtown community. I look forward to playing an integral role in the continued success of the property.”

Marlene joined Hilton in 2010 serving as the pre-opening and opening general manager of Hilton Queenstown and Kawarau Hotel. From 2012 to 2013 she held roles in the Australasia corporate regional office and in Dalian, China on behalf of Conrad Hotels & Resorts. In 2013 she became general manager of Waldorf Astoria Beijing, overseeing the hotel opening. Marlene also served as general manager of Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Haitang Bay Sanya, China before taking on the general manager position at Waldorf Astoria Chicago and relocating to the United States.

Prior to joining Hilton, Marlene held a variety of executive roles with Hyatt Hotels in Asia and Australia covering sales, marketing as well as hotel and spa openings across the region. She holds many qualifications and certifications in selling skills and leadership, including Hilton's Excellence in Leadership.

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About Conrad New York

Located in the heart of lower Manhattan's Battery Park City neighborhood, Conrad New York is a contemporary luxury hotel with magnificent views of the Hudson River. This exceptional 463 all-suite hotel is adjacent to Hudson River Park, and in close proximity to many of the city's important and historic landmarks and prominent neighborhoods, including TriBeCa and SoHo. With more than 2,000 works of modern and contemporary art displayed throughout the hotel, Conrad New York offers a new standard of luxury around every corner. Upon entering the 15-story atrium, guests are welcomed by site-specific commissions such as Sol LeWitt’s extraordinary Loopy Doopy and Pat Steir’s Topsy Turvy at the Gallery Ballroom. Spacious guestrooms that average over 430 square feet are outfitted with integrated technology, flat-screen televisions and individual climate control, as well other unparalleled in-room amenities. The hotel is home to ATRIO Wine Bar I Restaurant, serving seasonally-inspired New American cuisine as well as the hotel's seasonal Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, featuring endless views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel, awarded with prestigious LEED Gold for New Construction Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institution (USGBI), boasts over 30,000 square feet of adaptable meeting space, including the 6,200 square-foot Gallery Ballroom; Union Square Events (USE) is the exclusive caterer.

For general information or accommodations at Conrad New York, visit www.conradnewyork.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Vildana.Kurtovic@ConradHotels.com / (646) 769-4208

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business, and pleasure seamlessly intersect. Conrad offers its guests an innovative way to Stay Inspired through a curated collection of 1, 3, or 5 hour experiences, available through www.stayinspired.com or through the intuitive digital Conrad Concierge app. Consisting of 28 properties across five continents, Conrad is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com. Learn more about the brand by visiting http://news.conradhotels.com or following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact: Mark Ricci

Mark.Ricci@hilton.com / (212) 261-5836

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