Ty Helms, senior vice president of global sales and revenue at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, will retire at the end of 2016. The veteran exec began his Hyatt career in 1992 as director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. He joined the corporate sales team in 1998, initially to lead North American sales; he was later named senior vice president of revenue, at which point he oversaw sales, revenue management and field marketing. Helms has been in his current role since 2012.
"My 25-year tenure at Hyatt has been incredible," said Helms. "I've been able to see, do, experience more than I ever imagined in my hospitality sales career. I will cherish the memories I've made mentoring and developing so many individuals across the globe. I will miss my Hyatt family, as well as the countless customers and business partners I've worked with throughout the years - but know they are just a phone call, text message or Facebook click away."
Helms has received many accolades over the years, including being named "Alumnus of the Year" in 2013 by his alma mater, Florida State University's Dedman School of Hospitality.
Filling Helms' current job will be Jack Horne, currently senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas at Hyatt. Horne, who has been with Hyatt since 1989, will be responsible for all sales operations globally, in addition to revenue management, distribution and events.
David Lewin, currently general manager of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, will be promoted in January to corporate senior vice president of sales for the Americas, to replace Horne. Lewin has been with the company since 1986, and in addition to various sales and marketing roles, he also has been general manager at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa.