As our Sonesta portfolio has grown this past year, so has our team, and we have been fortunate to bring in talented individuals to assist with that growth and to continue to share and further develop our core values in all that we do.

Vera Manoukian recently joined the Sonesta leadership team as Chief Operating Officer, bringing an extensive and impressive background in hospitality leadership with her. Having dedicated the entirety of her career to the industry, she 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.

Vera recently participated in the Boston University School of Hospitality’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The topic was A Bright New Day for Sonesta: Driving Radical Growth Now.

During the lecture, Vera shared insights from her hospitality background as well as her passion for coaching, supporting, and lifting up other women in hospitality. Her advice for those up-and-coming in their hospitality careers included the importance of always learning, always being curious, being able to adapt to change, building relationships, and lastly, being able to get back up again after a setback.

Vera also shared her connection to the Sonesta brand and our culture that grew as she got to know the company during the hiring process.

“Sonesta has an incredible meaningful culture – and I’ve really found a home here.” Vera Manoukian to BU Distinguished Lecture series

Sonesta’s historic growth comes at unique time for hospitality; as Vera noted during the lecture, the growth and increase in new hires comes despite the ongoing pandemic that has devastated the hospitality industry. We are excited to have Vera leading our team during this monumental period of growth, and we look forward to everything we will accomplish together.

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