Virgin Hotels, a hotel brand owned by noted business person Sir Richard Branson, has promoted Owen Deignan, a Kendall College at National Louis University alum, as the Director of Food & Beverage Operations for the growing company.
Deignan will be responsible for the food and beverage operations of all Virgin Hotels, including the Virgin Hotels San Francisco, opening in 2019.
Deignan earned his AAS in Culinary Arts at Kendall and has worked with a number of food and beverage visionaries. He brings more than two decades of experience to his new post.
Virgin Hotels released a statement which said Deignan will work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and execute Virgin’s strategic plan to drive growth and profitability in the culinary space, largely focusing on the evolution of the Commons Club concept and developing individual dining destinations in future Virgin Hotels.
Jay Wetzel, Vice President of Virgin Hotels Food & Beverage, remarked, “Owen was instrumental in the success of Commons Club and crafting the seasonal strategy for Cerise at Virgin Hotels Chicago, which has seen unparalleled success this year. In addition, Owen has proved that strong leadership skills, pinpoint focus and comradery are the key ingredients in building a great team.”