ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2017 — Davidson Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the appointment of Colleen Keating as executive vice president of operations, where she will be responsible for driving the culture, performance and profitability of the Davidson portfolio. She will lead the corporate and regional support teams, fostering a strong environment of innovation, creativity and performance-based accountability, and allowing the company to remain best in class. Additionally, she will take an active role in owner engagement, supporting the efforts of the field, while helping to promote an environment of strong future growth.
Offering more than 25 years of invaluable sales and operational leadership, Keating joins Davidson from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where she held numerous property, area and regional management roles. Most recently she served as senior vice president of franchise operations for North America, where she and her team supported over 260 franchised hotels, spanning five full-service brands and representing over $5 billion in sales. Prior to this, Keating served as SVP of operations for Starwood's largest managed region. Her first decade in the industry consisted of standout director-level roles at world-class companies, including Omni International Hotels & Resorts and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
"Colleen is an exceptional leader, a strong strategist and a relentless competitor. Her passion for performance and accountability will complement our culture and inspire our teams to achieve an even higher level of success," said Thom Geshay, chief operating officer of Davidson. "I look forward to working with her and the rest of our Davidson and Pivot teams in driving innovation, creativity and best-in-class results for our property owners."
Davidson Hotels & Resorts, and its lifestyle and luxury operating division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, is one of the industry's preeminent hotel operators, specializing in branded and lifestyle full-service and upscale urban select-service hotels. For more information about Davidson Hotels & Resorts and Pivot Hotels & Resorts, visit www.davidsonhotels.com or www.pivothotels.com.