Hilton announced that Dino Michael will extend his current Waldorf Astoria brand head role to include the global brand head position for the Conrad brand effective January 1, 2020.
“We are thrilled to have Dino leading both our Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “As a seasoned hospitality veteran who has already made an indelible mark on the Waldorf Astoria brand, I am confident that Dino will continue to be a tremendous leader for our two legacy luxury brands.”
In his role, Michael will spearhead the brand innovation, strategic development and leadership initiatives for both the Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands, building on the continued growth and momentum of each luxury brand.
Michael was appointed as the global brand head for Waldorf Astoria in June 2018 and has since overseen the addition of 13 luxury properties to the portfolio and the opening of Waldorf Astoria’s marquee luxury properties, including: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead and Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas.
Prior to that, Michael oversaw global brand development as vice president for Hilton’s luxury portfolio to drive expansion of the brands’ international footprint through ensuring the growth of strong relationships between owners, brand and operations.
He previously spearheaded global food & beverage operations where he led new initiatives and was responsible for the development of Hilton’s full service and luxury brands’ restaurants and bars. During this time, he and his team developed third-party relationships with world-renowned chefs and restaurateurs, growing the luxury groups’ portfolio of successful partners.
“For the last year, I have had the great pleasure of leading Hilton’s flagship luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and I am now incredibly honored to have the opportunity to also lead the Conrad brand,” said Michael. “While each brand is unique and will be treated as such, they are both united by their rich heritage and their ability to continue to modernize to meet the needs of the evolving luxury customer.”
Michael brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the role, having held senior positions across several high-profile venues in the United Kingdom, including branded operations, hotel groups and fine-dining venues. His experience includes working with Accor and Guoman Hotels, along with internationally established brands such as Caprice Holdings, Giraffe Concepts and as an independent consultant for a variety of clients.
Born in Great Britain, Michael holds an LL.B. from The University of Law London Bloomsbury and is married with three children.