Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Announces New Director of Sales and Marketing
Kelly Teo brings his diverse expertise to L.A.’s top luxury hotel
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - 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 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.
Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at www.waldorfastoria.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of now 26 hotels and resorts. The hotel’s 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class, Art Deco- influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. (PYR). World-class dining can be discovered at the hotel with three venues created by the legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten: the elegant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the chef’s signature restaurant, as well as The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Helmed by a top-notch team of culinary experts hand picked by Vongerichten and including Executive Chef Steve Benjamin of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon fame, the chefs are committed to sourcing foods locally whenever possible and a cornerstone of the menus in all the food and beverage offerings at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The hotel also features 6,300 square feet of meeting spaces, perfect for social events, corporate meetings or gala celebrations.
The property recently won the Forbes Five-Star Award, was ranked No. 1 in the Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards as Best Hotel in Los Angeles, and has also been named best new hotel on the Travel + Leisure 2018 It List, 2018 Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” Awards, and by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 17 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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