People on the move at Travel + Leisure and Sonesta

Travel + Leisure has appointed a new CTO, while Sonesta has appointed a new management team in Windy City.

Travel + Leisure Co. appoints Esfahani CTO
Travel + Leisure Co. has appointed Sy Esfahani as Chief Technology Officer.

He has over 30 years of experience as a technology leader for global travel, hospitality and finance companies. In this role, he oversees and aligns company-wide technology with the strategic objectives of the company. He is responsible for the integration of new innovative technologies and data analysis capabilities to provide a modern, dynamic, flexible and integrated IT environment.

Esfahani was until recently Chief Information Officer at Qatar Airways Group, where he led the technological transformation to deliver exponential digital capabilities as part of the delivery of “5 star” customer touchpoints. Previously, he was Global CIO for MGM Resorts International, where he focused on improving operations and the customer experience within various lines of business across the 20 resort brands. Together with his team, he launched the first fully operational mobile check-ins and kiosks capable of offering digital keys to rooms.

Earlier in his career, he led the CIO and key technology leadership function for financial services companies Fiserv, ACI and trade show production company GES.

He joins Travel + Leisure Co. as the company builds on its flagship brands and embarks on a four-year strategy to accelerate its growth with new subscription and subscription travel businesses. He joins the Executive Committee of Travel + Leisure Co., reporting to President and CEO Michael D. Brown.

Sonesta appoints Chicago leadership team
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has appointed its new Chicago leadership team, led by Zone General Manager Paul Cardona and Zone Sales and Marketing Manager Fantasy Greene.

Cardona brings over 20 years of hospitality industry experience to the Sonesta family of hotels. He began his hospitality career in food and beverage, where he rose through the ranks to become director of food and beverage at several luxury properties in the United States. After a 14-year career primarily focused on restaurant operations, he expanded his management responsibilities. to include all other aspects of hotel operations. He has since led several teams to success in various leadership roles at several well-known hotels in Miami and Chicago, including Managing Director of Park Hyatt Chicago, SLS South Beach, Le Meridien Hotels, Virgin Hotels Chicago and most recently Thompson Chicago. .

Today, Cardona is the Regional Managing Director of a portfolio of Sonesta hotels in the Chicago market: The Allegro Royal Sonesta Chicago Loop, Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown, Royal Sonesta Chicago River North, Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile and Sonesta Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Greene brings over 20 years of sales and hospitality experience. After spending time at White Lodging and TMI Hospitality managing sales and marketing operations for Marriott, Hilton and other major hotel brands, she has established herself as a successful leader who has managed large-scale teams. and portfolios of over 30 properties.

Having played a pivotal role in the transition from Kimpton Hotels to Sonesta, Greene now oversees a multi-faceted and complex sales team for the Chicago market. She will develop and lead the growing sales team to cross-sell the three Royal Sonesta properties in Chicago by leveraging each of their unique assets.

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