Hilton appoints global brand head of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Dino Michael brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the role
Hospitality group Hilton has appointed Dino Michael as the global brand head of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, effective January 1, 2020.
In his role, Michael will spearhead the brand innovation, strategic development and leadership initiatives for both the Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands, building on the continued growth and momentum of each luxury brand.
“We are thrilled to have Dino leading both our Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands. As a seasoned hospitality veteran who has already made an indelible mark on the Waldorf Astoria brand, I am confident that Dino will continue to be a tremendous leader for our two legacy luxury brands,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton.
Michael was appointed as the global brand head for Waldorf Astoria in June 2018 and has since overseen the addition of 13 luxury properties to the portfolio and the opening of Waldorf Astoria’s marquee luxury properties, including: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead and Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.
Prior to that, he oversaw global brand development as vice president for Hilton’s luxury portfolio to drive expansion of the brands’ international footprint through ensuring the growth of strong relationships between owners, brand and operations.
He previously spearheaded global food & beverage operations where he led initiatives and was responsible for the development of Hilton’s full service and luxury brands’ restaurants and bars.
“For the last year, I have had the great pleasure of leading Hilton’s flagship luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and I am now incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to also lead the Conrad brand,” said Michael. “While each brand is unique and will be treated as such, they are both united by their rich heritage and their ability to continue to modernize to meet the needs of the evolving luxury customer.”
Michael brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the role, having held senior positions across several high-profile venues in the United Kingdom, including branded operations, hotel groups and fine-dining venues. His experience includes working with Accor and Guoman Hotels, along with internationally established brands such as Caprice Holdings, Giraffe Concepts and as an independent consultant for a variety of clients.