CEO, Commune Hotels & Resorts
One of the leading women executives in hospitality, Niki Leondakis joined Commune in 2012 to lead the global expansion for the Commune brands. Previously, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, and three times during her leadership Kimpton was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Prior to joining Kimpton, Niki worked as a food and beverage director for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Marina Del Rey, Calif., Atlanta, and San Francisco, from 1985 to 1993. She began her hospitality career as a food and beverage manager for Marriott Hotels in 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The force behind Commune’s global growth, Niki has expanded the company’s Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hotels brands, as well as introduced the Singapore-based Alila Hotels & Resorts, and soon-to-be launched tommie to the corporate portfolio. Her goal of creating a workplace culture that instills pride and ownership among employees has led to numerous awards and accolades for Commune, including being recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work for 2015” by Crain’s New York and rankings on both the San Francisco Business Times’ “Best Places to Work” and Chicago Tribune’s “Chicago’s Top Workplaces” 2015 lists. Personally, she has been named one of the “2015 Bay Area Most Admired CEOs” by the San Francisco Business Times as well as the magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women,” from 2013 to 2015. She was also recognized as one of “30 Women Power Players” by Nation’s Restaurant News and cited as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Travel” by Travel Agent Magazine.
Tempering business with community stewardship, Niki has devoted herself to Dress for Success, an international nonprofit providing interview suits and career development assistance to low-income women.
A native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Niki now lives with her husband in San Francisco.