HEI adds Cindy Murphy

Hospitality investment and management company HEI Hotels & Resorts has named Cindy Murphy regional VP, operations.

“A hospitality expert with nearly 30 years of experience, Cindy is the ideal candidate to help HEI achieve its growth goals by providing invaluable support to our general managers in the field,” said Anthony Rutledge, managing partner/CEO, HEI Hotels & Resorts. “She has worked at virtually all levels of the industry, from property level positions with Embassy Suites by Hilton to corporate roles with IHG and Sonesta. This vast experience provides her with a unique perspective that will benefit our entire portfolio. Throughout her career, Cindy has demonstrated an uncanny ability to find the best in her teams.  Cindy brings something ‘extra’ to the table, and we look forward to her working her magic at HEI.”

Prior to joining HEI, she was VP, operations and head of the Sonesta Select brand for Sonesta Hotels, where she was responsible for 224 company-managed hotels that generated $750 million annually. She also held similar roles with IHG as VP, franchise performance support; and Trust Hospitality LLC, as VP, operations and technical services. She worked at Marriott International as senior director, brand management for Marriott’s Autograph Collection and played a key role in the growth and long-term viability of Marriott’s collection of unique independent luxury and upper-upscale hotels, the company reports. Additionally, Murphy held leadership roles with Choice Hotels and Hilton.

“I had the good fortune to work with HEI in a franchise support role for the past five years, and their sincerity, expertise and professionalism were immediately apparent,” Murphy said. “HEI stands apart from the competition by living and breathing its business ethos. I look forward to providing our general managers with the tools they need to not only succeed in their day-to-day jobs, but also to assist them along their own professional career arcs.”