NEW YORK: NYC & Company’s EVP of global communications Chris Heywood is set to leave on June 30.
Heywood will play a key role in the company’s search for a replacement. After helping tourism in New York City recover from the pandemic, Heywood felt it was the right time to make a change. NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization for New York City’s five boroughs.
“To see the energy and vibrancy return to New York City is so gratifying. It’s a great moment in time, tourism is on the upswing and I feel like it all just caps off a great more than fifteen years [at NYC & Company],” he said.
When asked about his future, Heywood said that he was taking some time to contemplate the next stage of his career and enjoy the summer.
In his role, Heywood manages a global team, representing 15 international offices serving more than 20 global regions across five continents, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also oversees comms staffers who are responsible for domestic and international PR; corporate comms and crisis comms. Additionally, he is chief spokesperson for New York City’s tourism industry.
Prior to his time as EVP, Heywood was NYC & Company’s SVP of global comms. He first joined the company in 2007 as a director.
Earlier in his career, Heywood was manager of corporate communications for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, where he worked for eight years.