Vera Manoukian

Chief Operating Officer at Sonesta

Vera ManoukianVera Manoukian has over three decades of hotel industry knowledge, skills, and experience. Having dedicated the entirety of her career to the industry, Manoukian has cultivated a unique understanding and significant depth of skills in leveraging a brand’s market position and core values to elevate financial performance. She recently served as the Global Head of the Hilton Brand at Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. where she led the strategic direction, vision, and growth for nearly 600 properties in 95 countries. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where she was responsible for their largest geographic region, including seven brands, 68 full-service and luxury properties, and $3.4 billion in annual revenue. Manoukian currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. She brings deep industry expertise in hospitality and brand growth, leveraging her extensive experience to develop and execute operating strategies for Sonesta’s rapidly growing footprint of branded and managed hotels. Sonesta is one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., currently celebrating an approximate 350% increase in its national portfolio, soon to exceed more than 300 destinations globally.
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A call to move gender diversity from female fight to industry fight

While elevating women to leadership positions is important across the hospitality industry, it is of even greater significance to Sonesta, given our recent and future growth plans.