Davidson Hotels & Resorts appointed Holly Lawson as corporate director of people and culture for its lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts. Reporting directly to Albert Smith, SVP at Pivot Hotels, Lawson will lead the human resources efforts for all Pivot hotels, providing a strong cultural bridge between both the Pivot and Davidson platforms and fostering greater collaboration, crossover and best practices amongst both teams.
Lawson joins Pivot with 15 years of hospitality experience, most recently from sbe, where she served as corporate director of human resources overseeing hotel, nightlife and restaurant verticals for the company. Her career began in operations and led to HR where she oversaw the D.C. region for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, eventually moving to Los Angeles and supporting the brand’s Southern California portfolio. Lawson led her hotels to achieve the highest employee survey scores in the company with the lowest turnover and highest number of internal promotions. She is currently living in South Florida, working in Pivot’s South Beach office, and plans to relocate to Pivot’s Southern California office within the next 12 months.
“With her extensive background in HR, and her ability to create an incredible work environment, Holly is undoubtedly the person to head up Pivot’s people and culture,” John Belden, president and CEO for Davidson, said in a statement. “Her creativity and tenacity will continue to bring enticing experiences to our guests, while engaging the people who make each hotel successful across both Pivot and Davidson platforms.”
“Holly’s infectiously positive attitude, extraordinary patience and leadership by example underscore our culture of vibrancy, individuality and passion,” Smith said in a statement. “We’re thrilled she has joined our family and look forward to the momentum with which she’ll propel Pivot Hotels & Resorts.”