We know what women want, which is why we’re interviewing top business savvy women on their top travel essentials.
This week in “What Women Want,” we will be featuring Katherine Melchior Ray. Katherine Melchior Ray leads the brand vision for Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt as Vice President, Luxury Brands for Hyatt Corporation. Katherine’s expertise in luxury marketing and global business strategies comes from 20 years of experience building brands internationally. She has worked as a senior executive on three continents in four languages, setting global strategy in marketing, business and product development while building top class local teams in their native languages. Prior to Hyatt, Katherine was Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Gucci Japan. She also served as Vice President of Marketing for Louis Vuitton Japan and for Tommy Hilfiger Japan. She lived in France for four years developing the global marketing department for the Nordstrom brand Faconnable. In the United States, she was General Manager of Nike’s $800 million women’s footwear division. Katherine lives with her husband of 25 years and two teenage children in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between there and the rest of the world.
What’s the most unconventional item in your carry-on?
Lavender mist for relaxation.
At 10,000 feet, what gadget do you reach for?
Music, either on my phone or Airbook.
What book or e-magazine is currently on your Kindle or iPad?
I hate to say I’m a hardcover fan, despite the added weight. I will lug a heavy book around the world for the delicious opportunity to cuddle in bed with the book and a cup of coffee when I don’t have an early morning meeting.
What is your guilty pleasure purchase at Kiosk before take-off?
New York Times in print – so not environmental.
If you could create an app to help you with your travels, what would it do?
It would advise me of traffic congestion on roads so I know exactly when to catch a cab for an airport, with just enough time to get through expedited security and board. It would also give me suggestions for restaurants in each city where PLM are gathering (PLM being “people like me”).
What’s the most recently played downloaded song on your iPod or Spotify?
“Lazy Days” by Shwayze.
Fill in the blank:
ORD à ______ PDX!!!