Owen Deignan, who was based in Chicago, brings 24 years of experience to the brand, and will be responsible for the food & beverage operations of all Virgin Hotels, including the highly anticipated Virgin Hotels San Francisco, opening in 2019. Deignan will work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and execute Virgin's strategic plan to drive growth and profitability in the culinary space, largely focusing on the evolution of the Commons Club concept and developing individual dining destinations in future Virgin Hotels.
A graduate of Kendall College with an AAS in Culinary Arts, Deignan has worked with a number of food & beverage visionaries including Jean George Vongerichten, Ian Schrager and Hubert Keller. Prior to joining Virgin Hotels, Owen was Director of Operations of Snap Kitchen, a market-based concept company with Austin roots.
8 November 2019 — Rory Lowe will also be joining the Virgin Hotels team from Two Roads Hospitality, where he previously served as Vice President of Finance overseeing Canada and the Eastern and Central United States. At Virgin Hotels, Lowe will work directly with other senior leaders to drive profitability at Virgin Hotels and provide financial leadership for all forthcoming openings.