Industry Update
Appointment23 October 2019

Shannon Knapp

Named President & Chief Executive Officer
At The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd (LHW) in New York - NY, USA

Shannon Knapp

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd (LHW) announced today that the Executive Committee, comprised of seven LHW hoteliers, has appointed Shannon Knapp as the next President & Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Knapp, who assumed leadership responsibilities of the company in April as interim CEO, previously served as LHW's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for more than five years.

Since assuming leadership responsibilities as interim CEO, Knapp steered the company through a successful leadership transition and began to accelerate the momentum of the company in nearly all critical areas of the business. During this time, she also crystalized LHW's strategic vision and business strategy for the new future of the company.

In her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Knapp led breakthrough brand and data-driven marketing strategies, transformed the customer experience, and accelerated brand loyalty for the company. Knapp oversaw the various marketing divisions of LHW and was responsible for the redesign and 2018 relaunch of Leading Hotels' loyalty ecosystem, Leaders Club, a program that has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as "offering a boutique alternative to mega-chain hotels with a bevy of benefits."

Additionally, she built the marketing analytics and customer insights organization to drive a paradigm shift in the use of data to inform marketing strategy, resulting in an increase of marketing efficiency and millions of dollars in incremental revenue.

Knapp also brings a wealth of luxury travel experience from her 15 years at American Express, where she had the opportunity to work in both the Corporate and Leisure travel divisions, managing luxury travel programs, partners and benefits for Platinum and Centurion Card members and travel consortia business.

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd (LHW)

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury marketing organization representing 400 of the world's finest hotels. Headquartered in New York City, the company maintains a network of 18 regional offices in key cities around the world.
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