BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – January 14, 2020 – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to its luxury-focused executive team, as Kelly Teo joins the hotel in the role of director of sales and marketing.
Teo’s longtime sales and marketing expertise in the world of top luxury hotels is a perfect fit for the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The unique property opened in mid-2017 and quickly established itself as the leading luxury hotel in Southern California, located at the crossroads of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards just west of Rodeo Drive.
“Returning to California after spending the last six years working with top hotel brands in China and is a welcome homecoming for me,” Teo reflects. “And doing so with such a legendary hotel brand makes my return to the United States a true delight.”
Teo, who was raised in Northern California and attended University of California at Berkeley, began his sales and marketing career with the Hilton San Francisco & Towers; with this new appointment at the helm of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, he also marks his return to the Hilton family.
In the interim, Teo’s career took him to a series of luxury hotels, beginning with the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco as director of sales, then on to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. There, as director of sales and marketing, his leadership led to achieving the highest total room revenue in the history of that hotel as of 2012.
Staying with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Teo headed to its outpost in Shenzhen, China, where his expertise in all areas of sales, marketing, public relations and strategic planning helped place that five-star property on the Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List.
Most recently, Teo spearheaded the pre-openings/openings of two more top-notch hotels. First at The Sanya EDITION in Sanya, China, the first EDITION hotel in Asia-Pacific that opened in 2016, then later at the St. Regis Hotel in Hong Kong (2019), Teo’s skills in directing the sales and marketing teams for each of those innovative hotels resulted in impressive and immediate occupancy numbers and overall revenue and market share growth.
With many inventive ideas and a proven track record of success, Teo is already looking to 2020 as a year that takes the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to even higher levels of fiscal success and consumer awareness. “I am elated to be part of this incredible hotel’s executive team and thrilled to return once again to the Hilton family of internationally beloved hotel brands,” he says.