Denihan Expands Senior Team to Drive Growth


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Denihan Hospitality (“Denihan” or the “Company”), a full-service hospitality company focusing on developing, owning, managing and franchising boutique luxury and lifestyle hotels, is pleased to announce the appointments of John Chan as Senior Vice President of Development and Garine Ferejian-Mayo as Senior Vice President of Market Strategy and Revenue Management. Collectively, Mr. Chan and Ms. Ferejian-Mayo bring to Denihan a 35-year record of accomplishment in the hospitality industry.

As SVP of Development, Mr. Chan is responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing upon strategic opportunities to fuel Denihan’s long-term growth. This includes building and developing relationships with partners to expand the Company’s highly differentiated family of brands and secure hotel management contracts. In her role as SVP of Market Strategy and Revenue Management, Ms. Ferejian-Mayo is responsible for driving top-line revenue for Denihan’s brands while ensuring market strategy is aligned with the Company’s vision and priorities. Mr. Chan and Ms. Ferejian-Mayo will report directly to Denihan’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Vera Manoukian.

“The strategic addition of two highly-accomplished professionals in John and Garine further strengthens our senior management team and supports our ambitious plan to grow our fee-based services business,” said Ms. Manoukian. “Both individuals are leaders in their respective disciplines and their skill-sets, insights and perspectives will have an immediate and lasting positive impact on the enterprise as we continue to evolve.”

Mr. Chan joins Denihan from SBE entertainment Group where he served as SVP of Development. In this role, he was responsible for growing SBE’s hotel and food and beverage development pipeline across all brands around the world from SLS, Delano and Mondrian to Hyde and Umami. Prior to joining SBE, Mr. Chan spent 12 years at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide most recently serving as Vice President, Global Development Strategy and Chief of Staff. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.

A results-driven business leader, Ms. Ferejian-Mayo joins Denihan from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where she most recently served as a sales leader in the business, leisure and travel group. In this role, she led a team responsible for $165M in sales for nine Starwood properties focusing on the transient, corporate, leisure, and group customer base in the New York City and New Jersey metro market. Ms. Ferejian-Mayo began her career at Interstate Hotels & Resorts on the West Coast before moving east where she directed revenue management for the Plaza Hotel, Loews Hotels & Resorts and Dolce Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Ferejian-Mayo holds a Bachelor of Science din Business Administration & Management from California State University.


About Denihan Hospitality

Denihan is a privately-held, full service hotel management and development company. The Company owns and/or operates boutique hotels in major urban markets throughout the U.S. For over 50 years, Denihan has been creating value by acquiring, repositioning and managing independent assets. The Denihan portfolio includes properties operating under The James and Affinia Hotel Collection brands, as well as Manhattan independent boutique hotels, The Benjamin, and The Surrey, voted #1 hotel in New York City in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Awards’ in 2016 and 2017. The portfolio also includes an impressive list of chef-driven restaurants and bars. Denihan’s uniquely guest-centric approach, refined through three generations of Denihan leadership, has made it an industry leader in hospitality, property and restaurant development, as well as hotel operations, management and marketing. More details can be found at

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