Sonesta Announces Two New Vice Presidents on Its Leadership Team

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Appointments of Hospitality Veterans Strengthen Global Sales and Revenue Management Teams

Newton, MA (June 2, 2022) – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta), one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., today announced two additions to its leadership team. Jeanne Montgomery Smith joins Sonesta as Vice President of Revenue Management and Kaaren Hamilton has been promoted to Vice President of Global Sales. Both Ms. Smith and Ms. Hamilton will report to Sonesta’s Chief Commercial Officer, Garine Ferejian-Mayo.

“We are excited to welcome Jeanne to lead the strategic delivery of revenue management and distribution for our team and congratulate Kaaren on her new role in global sales where she will help drive growth across Sonesta’s expanding global hotel portfolio,” said Vera Manoukian, Chief Operating Officer of Sonesta. “Jeanne and Kaaren are both seasoned leaders and we look forward to leveraging their industry experience to enhance revenue generation and sales.”

Ms. Smith brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience in talent development, change management, hotel transitions, process development and expertise in RMS/PMS systems and tools, as well as strategic revenue enhancement. Prior to joining Sonesta, Ms. Smith spent two decades at Marriott International and Starwood Hotels, where she held revenue leadership roles overseeing lifestyle, full service and select brands. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Revenue for Peachtree Hospitality Management, where she was responsible for the revenue optimization strategies for its extensive portfolio of hotels.

Ms. Hamilton has 30 years of hospitality experience and joined Sonesta in connection with the RLH Corporation acquisition. She served as Vice President of Global Sales, Franchise & Development at RLH. Previously, she was the Vice President of Global Sales for Carlson Rezidor Hotels, where she led the North American-based global sales organization. An active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), she recently completed a three-year term on the International Board of Directors and previously served as Chair of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) Sales Advisory Board.


Sonesta is one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the U.S., currently ranked 8th by Smith Travel Research (STR) with 1,200 properties totaling 100,000 guest rooms across 15 brands in eight countries. You will find nearly 300 hotels under one of Sonesta’s seven brands – Royal Sonesta ; Sonesta Hotels & Resorts ; Sonesta Select ; Sonesta ES Suites ; Sonesta Simply Suites ; Sonesta Posadas del Inca ; Sonesta Cruise Collection – operating in the U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Peru, and St. Maarten.

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