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Mr. Greenleaf

John Greenleaf

Global Head, Hilton Garden Inn

John Greenleaf proudly serves as globalhead of Hilton Garden Inn. In his role, Mr. Greenleaf is responsible for the strategicdirection and vision of an award-winning brand that features more than 750locations in 37 countries.

Since joining Hilton in 2011, Mr.Greenleaf has held several strategic brand management positions that leverage hisstrong expertise in developing, operating, marketing and growing hospitality brands.Most recently, Mr. Greenleaf served as global head of DoubleTree. He wasresponsible for overseeing the global Full Service Sales group and global BrandProgram Management, Openings & Analytics team for Hilton Full Service Brands,which includes DoubleTree; Hilton Hotels & Resorts; and Curio by Hilton - ACollection of Unique Hotels.

Previous positions have included vicepresident of global brand performance support for the flagship Hilton Hotels &Resorts where he was responsible for leadership and direction of brand supportoperations for the brand's hotels around the world. Mr. Greenleaf began hiscareer as vice president of global brand marketing for DoubleTree by Hiltonwhere he oversaw a global brand repositioning in 2011, plus global advertising,visual identity, public relations, social media, online marketing, brandpartnerships, and promotions and hotel marketing communications support.

Mr. Greenleaf earned a Master ofBusiness Administration from The Amos Tuck School of Business at DartmouthCollege and a bachelor's degree in economics from Dickinson College, graduatingmagna cum laude. He also studied at the University of St. Andrews in St.Andrews, Scotland.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Mr.Greenleaf enjoys classic cars, golf and spending quality time with his wife,Anne, and their two children.


Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Mr. Greenleaf can be contacted at 783-883-1000 or john.greenleaf@hilton.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as "Biophilic Design." Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.