Wendy Watkins, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Delaware North Companies | Wendy Watkins, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Wendy A. Watkins is vice president of corporate communications and public relations of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and foodservice and one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with $2.6 billion in revenues and more than 55,000 employees serving half a billion customers in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.
Watkins leads the company's global communications team and works across the company to enhance and promote Delaware North.
is responsible for the company's external and internal communications strategy including corporate public relations, corporate social responsibility, industry and public affairs.
is active in travel and tourism and food service industry issues.
was part of the initial launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's
childhood obesity initiative and the Chefs Move to School program.
She was a staff representative to the Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and helped to craft the first national tourism strategy for the United States.
She was recently appointed to the Health Research Science Board for the State of New York.
was named a Woman of Influence in 2011 for her
inspirational leadership and accomplishments.
She is a member of the Vice President's Forum, a senior leadership group of corporate communications executives from around the world and participates on numerous other boards and committees of national organizations.
Prior to joining Delaware North in 2000, Watkins spent ten years with the Marriott family of companies holding leadership posts in corporate communications, public relations and marketing.
She served as global director of corporate communications and public relations for Host Marriott, a NYSE global hospitality and food service company, ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's Most Admired Food Service Companies.
Prior to joining Marriott, Watkins led corporate communications, advertising and public relations for Brandywine Enterprises, the development and real estate division of Empire of America.
Before her move into corporate communications, Watkins worked at LaNier Associates, a full service advertising, marketing and public relations agency.
She began her career in public relations at Four Seasons World Resort and Community.
Watkins received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.