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WAILEA, MAUI, HAWAII, October 16, 2013 - Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, announces the appointment of Tom Donovan as managing director of the 40-acre, beachfront resort destination on Maui.  Donovan joins Grand Wailea at a new phase of growth with its new owner, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), committed to investing financial resources to maintain Grand Wailea's position as one of the top island resorts in the world. 

GIC acquired Grand Wailea in March as a long-term investment and it is already devoting resources in capital improvement projects that will enhance the resort's unique offerings. Hilton Worldwide continues to remain the management company of Grand Wailea through its luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts. 

Jerry Gibson, area vice president for Hilton Worldwide said, "Tom is the clear choice to lead Grand Wailea. He is an engaging executive with great leadership skills, knowledge of operations, financial acumen and an advocate of the Hawaiian culture. He has done an exemplary job leading his previous resorts, we are confident he will achieve even greater success at Grand Wailea." 

The feeling is mutual as Donovan commented, "Grand Wailea is an impressive, iconic resort. I am excited to join its inspiring team, build on its strong brand and empower its growth." 

Donovan brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry recently serving as the vice president and general manager of the The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua where he led the 463-room hotel's $167 million renovation. Prior to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, he served as general manager for The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Bachelor Gulch in Edwards, CO, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.

Donovan is an active member of the local community serving in several boards within Hawaii. He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

About Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea is nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, providing open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty for romantic getaways and fun for the whole family. Built to portray the richness of Hawaii's culture, people and nature, Grand Wailea is the ultimate Hawaiian resort providing an extensive selection of amenities and activities. Since opening in 1991, the Grand Wailea consistently ranks among the world's best resorts by leading travel consumer reports and industry peers. For more information, call 800.232.4604 or visit

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