NEW YORK, NY—The St. Regis New York is pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Donald as Director of Sales and Marketing, and Jackie Collens as Director of Sales for the flagship property located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. In her new role, Katie will oversee the property sales, marketing and advertising activities, while Jackie will work closely with the team in the development and execution of strategic sales initiatives across a range of platforms for the highly acclaimed hotel.
“I am delighted to join the team at The St. Regis New York,” stated Katie Donald. “The iconic hotel has set the benchmark in luxury travel for over a century and I am thrilled to lead the sales and marketing efforts for the beloved property.” Jackie added, “I look forward to working with Katie and the wonderful team at the St. Regis to carry on the hotel’s position as the leader of luxury travel in Manhattan for years to come.”
Katie Donald brings with her a wealth of experience in the hospitality arena, most recently serving as the Group Sales Leader for the Starwood New York Metro Market. Prior to that, Katie excelled in recruiting world-class talent for the Starwood Sales, Revenue Management, and Field Marketing teams. Boasting extensive expertise, she has additionally held positions including the Director of Sales & Marketing for the W Hoboken, the Director of Sales & Marketing for The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay, and the New Zealand Business Leader for CiEvents, , and has worked across the globe in a range of destinations from Switzerland and England to Australia and New York. Throughout her impressive career she has garnered a range of distinctions including a Diploma of Hotel Management in Switzerland, an Advanced Diploma of Hotel Management in Australia, Hotel of the year at the Westin Auckland and Hotel of the Year at the W Hoboken.
Jackie Collens joins The St. Regis New York from The Waldorf Astoria and Towers, where she spent the last nine years climbing the ranks and gaining exceptional experience and insight into the
luxury marketplace. She held a variety of positions most recently as the Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing. Collens exceeded revenue goals on both an annual and quarterly basis, oversaw the luxury, transient and residential market segments, developed and managed institutional clients across both domestic and international destinations and served as a mentor for new team members entering the property.
Jackie is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business. While in school, Jackie spent time studying International Lodging & Development in China, Dubai and India. She is still an active member of her University and serves on the Executive Board of Directors for The School of Hospitality Business. In 2011, Jackie was awarded Emerging Alumni of the Year by the University. Throughout her career she has received a number of accolades including the Big Apple Stars Award from the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., three-time recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from Hilton Worldwide, two of which were in the Elite category, the Team Impact Award fromTthe Waldorf Astoria New York, among other recognitions.
The St. Regis New York, originally founded by John Jacob Astor over a century ago, is revered as one of the finest hotels in the world. The majestic Beaux Arts exterior, elegant public spaces, exquisitely designed guest rooms and suites and unparalleled, bespoke service have preserved its legendary status for more than 100 years. Committed to creating an extraordinary experience for guests, The St. Regis New York underwent a multi-million dollar, comprehensive renovation, culminating in 2014 with redesigned guestrooms, suites, hallways and public spaces. The new design boasts a “timeless is modern” philosophy, embracing the design legacy of the hotel while infusing contemporary style. The hotel is also home to the famed King Cole Bar, the birthplace of the original Bloody Mary. Ideally located in the heart of Manhattan at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, The St. Regis New York has received a myriad of awards and accolades over the years from various publications including Institutional Investor, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Hideaway and Condé Nast Traveler, as well as been honored with the prestigious AAA Diamond distinction, a coveted award that further confirms the hotel’s place as one of the world’s premier luxury experiences.