Los Angeles, CA, November 01, 2013, 12:42 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Susan Santiago has been appointed Area Vice President and General Manager of Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. In this role, Santiago is responsible for managing all operations for the 726-room Century Plaza hotel, while also overseeing the operations of additional Hyatt Hotels in the Los Angeles area. Santiago is Hyatt's first female Area Vice President and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza's first female General Manager.
Most recently, Santiago was Vice President of Food and Beverage ĖAmericas operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, where she was responsible for the overall success of food and beverage operations at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Latin and South America. Last year, Santiago led Hyatt's launch of its global Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served philosophy that was heralded as, ďindustry leading,Ē and later the same year, launched Hyatt's, For Kids, By Kids , and Alice Waters menus which offer fun, fresh, flavorful and interactive food choices for youth aged guests. These food philosophies helped drive Hyatt's goal to be the most preferred hotel brand, and were acknowledged by The Today Show , The New York Times , Wall Street Journal , USA Toda y among other national and trade organizations. Also last year, Santiago and team along with Hyatt's partner, Folio Fine Wine Partners, a Michael Mondavi company, developed and debuted a Pinot Noir varietal for Hyatt's Canvas wine collection.
ďIn addition to her strong business acumen and leadership skills, Susan brings her great sense of community and passion to the Los Angeles area,Ē said Marc W. Ellin, Senior Vice President, Americas for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
ďI am thrilled to call Southern California home again, especially at a landmark hotel steeped in such vibrant tradition, and to be among a community that wholly respects the great institution the property isĒ said Susan Santiago. ďI look forward to making a difference in the lives of our guests and patrons that visit Hyatt properties in the LA area,Ē continued Santiago.
Santiago began her career at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and worked her way through an ascending series of food and beverage positions at the Hyatt Orlando Airport, before being promoted to Assistant Food and Beverage Director for Grand Hyatt New York. In 2000, Santiago moved to Hyatt Newport Beach as Food and Beverage Director and was promoted in the same role to Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. Santiago later moved to Chicago as Director of Food and Beverage for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and in 2006 was appointed General Manager for Hyatt Key West. In 2008, Santiago moved to Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino as General Manager, where she was recognized as Hyatt's General Manager of the Year.
Santiago is a Board of Directors member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Women in Lodging Council, as well as a member of its Food and Beverage Committee. Santiago was also appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to sit on the Board of Directors for City Colleges. In 2010, Santiago was named one of the Top Five Latino Executives of the Year by Latina Style Magazine.
Santiago, a native of Miami, Florida, attended Florida International University where she studied Elementary Physical Education. In her spare time, Santiago enjoys the outdoors including a day at the beach, golfing and tennis.
About Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Located at 2025 Avenue of Stars in the heart of Los Angeles' fashionable Westside, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza is often frequented by celebrities, politicians and dignitaries. All of the hotel's 726 guestrooms and suites offer a modern décor with residential touches. Hotel amenities include: a one of a kind, ground level, VIP Regency Club; a Starbucks Coffee Bar; a state-of-the-art Equinox Fitness Club & Spa; the famous Lobby Court & Patio; Les Clef d'Or Concierge staff; an infinity edge pool; on-site Hertz rental desk and 24- hour in Ėroom dining service. For reservations and more information, call: 310-228-1234. For reservations at any Hyatt hotel worldwide, call 800-233-1234 or log onto www.hyatt.com.
About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.
Adrienne De Vore
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
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