Katie Benson builds corporate shareholder value by defining and executing growth and profit strategies in the international hospitality industry. Throughout her career she has spearheaded business transformations, led teams and stakeholders during complex hotel startups and turnarounds, guided acquisitions and asset management decisions, and fostered top quality operational leadership across diverse cultures and markets, complex logistics, risk and crisis management, capital works and renovation projects. She has successfully had responsibility for assets valued at USD 2.7bn and revenues of USD 260m.
With a history deeply rooted in the tourism and hospitality industry, she understands the intricacies of hospitality and property asset management across multiple markets and levels. Progressing through the hospitality industry, she began her career as a hotel chef. She also held early roles in HR and general management with Sheraton and then Starwood hotels and resorts in Australia, China, Qatar, and UAE before progressing to C suite roles with Langham Hospitality Group and Jumeriah International in Europe and the US.
Katie is a Fellow of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, possesses an MBA from Bond University in Australia, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has a Cornell Certificate of Hotel Real Estate and Asset Management. Over the years, she has contributed her expertise as a member of several Boards and professional associations.
She is known for her integrity and strength, creating a positive work culture of inclusiveness while ensuring ongoing sustainability through competent operational management, exceptional customer service and prudent financial management.